Albuquerque RESIDENTIAL LOCK CHANGE SERVICE
If you are in need of a lock change at your home, look no further than us Our highly skilled locksmiths serve our neighbors and customers throughout the metro area around the clock. We are confident you will appreciate our care and great work whenever you need us. Don't hesitate to call us with any questions about lock changes. You can reach us day or night.
Why do we have to replace my lock instead of repairing it?
While repairing a lock may seem like a less expensive option, sometimes there is no choice but to change the locks completely. If none of the internal components have been damaged, it might be possible to repair it, but if the lock is damaged beyond repair, you will need to replace it.
However, if your lock has sustained major damage, it must be replaced. Our locksmiths will be able to give you an answer after they have surveyed the damage.
No matter what the circumstances, let our locksmiths give you their professional recommendation on whether to repair or replace.
How long will it take to replace my lock?
One of our experienced locksmiths should be able to change your lock in about 20 to 30 minutes. It might take more or less time depending upon the type of lock you had and the new lock you want to be installed.
It will take much less time if you decide to simply swap out the old lock with the same model. The door is already adjusted for that kind of lock, so it's a quick installation process. If you want to change the kind of lock you use, it could take a little more time. But not to worry, our locksmiths can easily make the minor alterations required to accommodate the new lock of your choice.
Will my door be damaged in the process of changing locks?
There should be no damage to your door from this process. The highly skilled professional locksmiths take great care to ensure your door looks just like it did when we leave.
Is a smart lock a good choice for my lock change?
In most cases, you can replace your traditional lock with a smart lock using the same door. Many of the smart locks available today fit easily into the doors already in place. Our locksmiths might have to make some small alternations in order for a new smart lock to fit the existing door, but a new door will not be needed – unless you want one!
This provides great flexibility for customers who don't want to carry house keys or those who might have a habit of losing them. Also, if you happen to forget the combination or pin number, it's easy to reset them. This can be one less headache for you than if you had to rekey all the locks in the case of a lost key. Another feature most smart locks have is the ability to also allow for a keyed entry for family members who prefer that option.
How do you know you need a lock change?
Most customers who call us found it obvious something was wrong with their locks. Either it was damaged during an incident such as a burglary, or their keys no longer opened the door.
Please call us as soon as you are alerted to a problem with your lock. Sometimes we can avoid a more expensive lock change if we get to the problem right away. If it's possible to repair the lock, we will do so.
If there wasn't a forced entry incident that caused the damage, it's likely the lock has worn out over time. You might not know locks can wear out because of extended use, but it's possible. We are happy to assess your lock and determine what can be done to repair or replace it.
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Signs You Might Need a Lock Change
Did you know that damaged locks make you more susceptible to burglary? It is easier to pick and break locks that are already compromised. If you see these signs, call us as soon as possible.
Locks that break during external force are proof that you needed a better lock solution for your home. A high-quality lock should not be easy to break. Even if the break-in was not successful (we hope that's the case for you), there can still be internal damage that causes deficiencies. That means you might not be as safe as you felt when the lock kept someone out. As a matter of fact, locks that have been compromised are easier to pick and break. So, if this has happened to you, call us as soon as possible and we'll be there.
Another reason to think about changing your locks if when your keys have been lost or stolen. If a purse or car was stolen with keys in it, that leaves you vulnerable to someone using those keys to enter your home.
If your lock was broken during a break-in, that proves you need a stronger lock. If someone used force to break through the lock, it will likely need a complete lock change. Such force can cause internal damage that renders the locks useless. Also keep in mind that even if you don't see the damage, the lock could fail and leave you locked out of your house.
There are some things to watch for that could keep a lock replacement at bay. If you see a lock is rusting, or if you have to jiggle the key too much to get it to unlock, you need to have your lock looked at by a professional locksmith.
Sometimes failing locks are hardest to open in cold weather, and you don't want to be left outside because your lock has completely stopped working and your key won't work.
We always recommend that people contact us as soon as they notice something is amiss with their locks. Sometimes we can head off a lock change with a repair. The sooner we have the opportunity to assess the lock the better for your budget and safety.
The force that must be used to break in a locked door usually damages the internal mechanics of a lock or the lock itself. A damaged lock puts you at a higher risk of being victimized again. Also, mechanical failures as a result of a break-in could result in malfunctions that could leave you locked out of your own home.
We also suggest you maintain your locks or hire us to help you with that task. Proper maintenance can extend the life of your lock and make sure it remains in good working order. Making sure your locks and doors are solid is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner to protect your home and family.
Even with proper maintenance, a lock can fail. In most cases, that will require a lock replacement.
Can I use a smart lock?
Great question! For many customers, smart locks provide an easy and secure way to enter and lock your home. Using combinations and pin pads instead of keys, smart locks are a great choice for those forgetful family members who can't keep track of their keys.
If you happen to forget the passcodes, you can reset them. That's better than the alternative if you lose your keys, and you have to rekey or replace your locks.
We have a staff of qualified locksmiths on call at all times. Call us, whether it is an emergency or a routine question. We'll be out to visit you at your home as soon as we can.
We are proud to offer our customers the highest quality products and exemplary service, all at an affordable price. We will give you an honest estimate for any services we provide before the work starts. You can rest easy knowing your home is secure.
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