You may think you’re having a very bad day when your key breaks off in a lock. However, there are ways to try and get the broken key out of the lock. First and foremost, do not use your key again. The lock won’t open, and when you reinsert your key, you will push the broken part of the blade further into the lock. You do want to keep the broken halves of the key so you can give both parts to a locksmith who can cut a new key by using both pieces of your key.
You can make the process of removing your broken key from the lock by applying a lubricant to the keyway. It’s best to line up the nozzle of the lubricant so that it is inside the keyway before you spray. Keep a pair of needle-nose pliers handy because once enough of the key is accessible, it should be easy to pull free with pliers.
When you call on the professionals at Arrow Locksmith Co., a leading residential locksmith in Orlando, they will no doubt use a broken key extractor tool. They place this tool inside the keyway along the bitting of the key. The goal is to hook the teeth on the key with the hooks on the extractor. After the key is hooked, it is turned, pulled, and grabbed, and eventually removed from the lock.
To continue our blog about the many different kinds of lock options, below we listed some of the less common locks, so you have an idea about what’s on the market as you consider the kind of locks you need.
- Electronic Locks: Electronic locks don’t require keys to lock and unlock them. They function with a keypad or card system in which a special code or key is used to unlock the door. These locks typically lock the door automatically and are most commonly found in hotel rooms, schools, and offices. Some electronic locks also have a combination key system that can be used with a regular key if the code or key cards are not available. Most often these combination systems operate on batteries.
- Cam Locks: Cam locks are typically found in filing cabinets, mailboxes, lockers, and low-security bank deposit boxes. This lock is a simplified version of other locks and requires a key to turn the cam, which locks and unlocks it. A cam lock may be flat or tubular, with keys of the same shape necessary to open them.
- Chain Locks: Chain locks are usually seen on the inside of hotel doors. They have a catch on the door frame and a main locking assembly on the door, much like a barrel bolt, but use a chain to lock the door instead of the cylinder piece. A chain lock enables you to open the door slightly to greet someone while still keeping the door closed.
Reach out to Arrow Locksmith when you need services for a residential locksmith in Orlando.