When should you rekey a lock?

Rekeying a lock is the process of changing the lock’s internal pins and tumblers to match a new key. Here are some common situations where rekeying a lock may be necessary:

  1. Lost or stolen keys: If you have lost your keys or if they have been stolen, it is essential to rekey the lock as soon as possible. Otherwise, someone with the key could gain access to your property.
  2. Moving to a new house: When you move to a new house, it is a good idea to rekey all the locks, including the front door, back door, garage door, and any other entry points. This will prevent the previous owner or anyone who had a key to the house from entering.
  3. Key wear and tear: Over time, keys can become worn and may not work correctly in the lock. If this is the case, rekeying the lock can help ensure that the lock works properly and can help prevent lockouts.
  4. Upgrading security: If you want to upgrade your security, you may want to consider rekeying your locks. This can include upgrading to a higher-security lock or changing the locks to better suit your security needs.
  5. Employee turnover: If you own a business and have employees who have access to keys, it is essential to rekey the locks when employees leave the company. This will help prevent any unauthorized access to the business premises. If you have frequent turnover, we recommend an electronic access control system or switching to Patented Mul-T-Lock Keys which can not be copied except at “A” Locksmith.
  6. You’ve let someone in your life go: If you are going through a divorce, a break-up, or even if you switch housekeepers these are important times to think about rekeying your home’s locks. Switching to an electronic lock is another good option to control access.

In general, it is a good idea to rekey locks whenever you have any concerns about the security of your property or when you need to restrict access to certain areas.