How to fix your smart door if it won’t lock

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How to fix your smart door if it won't lock?

Quickly Locksmith Miami Team Members

Today, smart locks are more common and effective than ever before. Their efficiency in easily and securely limiting access as well as the flexibility they provide in where and how they can be installed make them a must-have security feature for businesses of any size. It’s not only businesses that can benefit from the advanced security and flexibility of smart locks though and residential and vacation properties can also reap the benefits.

However, like any technology, smart locks can suffer from technical glitches from time to time, getting either locked shut or open. Don’t panic though, here are our top locksmith tips on how to fix these issues!

Check the door and smart lock alignment

Due to the way they are designed, we cannot simply look inside a smart lock. Beneath these smart mechanisms though, lies a lock much like you would see on any other door and this needs to be perfectly aligned in order to function properly. Any misalignment can potentially wear out the smart software that works inside every time the door is operated so if you spot any issues, try to realign it. This can often get the door to working as expected.

Don’t do anything more than 3 times

Most smart locks have an automated locking mechanism to increase security against burglary. This means that any action tried more than 3 times could engage this safety feature and operate the lock for half an hour or in some instances, more. If, however, you’ve already gone past this point and you’ve already tried operating the mechanism with an access code, hand or voice ID too many times, you will have to wait for the lock to reboot.

When you need to reboot

Batteries are the first thing you should check when your smart lock fails to work as expected. When batteries are weak, the lock might get stuck in the locked or open position. A red indicator means that one of the batteries is weak and you should have it replaced as soon as possible to avoid any problems.

Weak signals can also be problematic as most smart locks are connected wirelessly to a security system. When this connection is weak, the lock may need to reboot in order to reassign itself to the network and improve signal strength.

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Why won’t your key turn inside its lock

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Why won't your key turn inside its lock?

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Keys seem to have an annoying tendency of jamming when we most need them and least expect them to. If you’ve experienced this, you’re not alone. When this annoyance strikes, the biggest locksmith pro-tip to remember is to stay calm! Try to put your frustration aside and be gentle with your lock as being overly eager with a stuck lock often leads to more problems.

Why won’t my car key turn?

When a car key is stuck inside the lock and won’t turn, it is usually down to one of two problems; either you didn’t put it in the right way or there is a security mechanism at play.

If you suspect it is because the key has been inserted the wrong way around, try to gently pull the key out, moving from side to side. Sometimes a little bump can help you to slide the key out without causing damage to both the lock and/or the key. If that isn’t the case, then it’s likely that you’re experiencing some sort of security feature. For example, a steering lock requires you to gently turn the key and steering wheel at the same time. If this doesn’t work, then it’s possible the car’s security system is involved and it may require 10-15 minutes in order to reboot.

Why won’t my home door key turn?

It is extremely rare for a key to get stuck with most modern smart locks. However, if you mistakenly use the wrong key or accidentally insert the key incorrectly, many smart locks will identify this as a ‘dangerous’ action and automatically activate the locking mechanism. The good news that in this situation, you will just have to wait and the key will come out easily within 5 minutes once the automatic locking mechanism has rebooted.

With traditional locks, just like the lock itself, the problem is often much simpler. Rust inside the lock can degrade the internal workings, just as a rusty key can cause problems too. In this case, a good quality lubricating spray, squirted inside the lock and/or on to the key will help to break down the rust and get things working again. A word of warning, though – if rust is present this method is only a temporary fix and if left unchecked, the metals will continue to degrade. Speak to your local locksmith company in order to have the problem resolved properly as soon as possible.

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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How to fix a lock that came out of its doorknob

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How to fix a lock that came out of its doorknob?

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In most cases all that is needed to fix a lock that has fallen out of position is to re-strengthen the same areas (after all, they were chosen for a reason!) New material such as screws or locksmith super glue are the first port of call but should be monitored over a couple of days to ensure it stays strong. It must be noted though that this tip is only useful if the lock is otherwise strong and in good overall condition. If not, call your local locksmith.

First, check the damage:

Sometimes a broken lock can be the result of a poorly aligned locking mechanism or other malfunction that adds constant pressure with each latch strike or door level movement. When this is the case, a certified locksmith will explain the options available and you may well be surprised that the fix is relatively simple and cost effective. We are available to help any time, any day, so just give us a call!

Second, check the door:

If the lock came out of its doorknob soon after it became loose, it’s possible no further damage was created to the door. However, if the lock rattled around for weeks or months, it’s likely that further damage could have been inflicted to the door itself by the heavy lock metal. If you have a loose lock, it’s best to have it looked at sooner rather than later to avoid this. Our expert locksmiths can check to see if the door is strong enough to reassemble the loose lock or if a new lock is required. Again you might well be surprised at how cost effective this can be!

Look inside your lock:

If the lock has already fallen out, you can at least now take it to your lock locksmith so they can give you an honest and expert opinion. If the door itself is strong and didn’t suffer any damage, the lock can usually be fixed on the spot for less than $20 and reattached easily to give a cheap AND safe result.

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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