Rekeying and lock replacement, although often envisioned to be the same, are much different processes and should be used in different circumstances. Here I will outline the differences in each of these processes, and explain a situation where each one would work.
Rekeying is a matter of completely reconfiguring the tumbler, which is the internal structure of the lock. Locks work through a network of internal pins and openings; only a set and very specific aligning of these will cause the tumbler to decompress and unlock. Rekeying is done without having to replace the existing lock. The pins and openings of the lock structure are placed in a new order specific to a new key, while maintining the appearance of your door. Old keys will be useless, and only the new key provided to you will work.
Lock replacement is done by completely removing the entire lock structure and replacing it with a new one. There is a large variety of different lock types to choose from, including electronic options. Replacing a lock needs to be done precisely, and so is best handled by a professional.
WHICH TO CHOOSE
You should rekey your locks when:
Moving into a new home or office.
Your keys are lost or stolen.
Your keys aren’t working properly.
It is a common, inexpensive process that greatly increases the security of your home or office.
Replacing a lock should be done when:
Locks are damaged.
Locks are too old to be able to find parts to rekey them.
You’re unsatisfied with the quality of your locks so far.
Rekeying is changing a lock so a different key will open it. Rekeying is often requested when a property owner is concerned that unwanted or unauthorized people have keys to their locks. The lock can be rekeyed so that only the new keys will work. In many cases, we can change the tumbler inside the lock so a new key works and the old one don’t. Rekeying is done without replacing the entire lock.
Rekeying is one of our many specialties; it’s also pretty popular since it can turn out to be more cost and/or time effective in a lot of situations.
Lock replacement on rental properties can be very expensive and rental property owners like to acknowledge to new tenants that their rental home has been rekeyed and only authorized people have access. That’s a big comfort level and expense new tenants should not endure. It is actually good practice to rekey you locks every 5 years.
Another reason to rekey is when there are multiple locks and keys, most people prefer not to carry around or fumble through a large ring of keys. We can rekey your home locks so a single key opens every lock and easily make duplicate keys for your family.
Reasons to rekey your lock:
Had a break-in
Moving into a new home (especially when it’s a home that’s previously been occupied)
It’s been 5 years or more
If you have any questions of concerns regarding rekeying or security, please give us a call! At Anchor Security & Locksmith, we provide security services with the experience and professionalism you expect and appreciate.