What Is a Rekey?
Rekeying a lock is the process of changing the lock so that a different key may operate it. It renders any previously issued keys inoperative.
We do this by changing the internal parts of your locks (known as pins or tumblers.) We change the tumbler configuration by taking the lock apart and replacing some of the tumblers inside. Each series of pins inside your lock correspond to a particular key. So when you change those pins, you will require a new key to operate it. It may sound like a complicated procedure, but with the right tools and a knowledgeable locksmith, it shouldn’t take too long.
Will I Need My Original Key?
In order to rekey your locks, our locksmith will have to have your current key. Without the key that matches your current lock, the locksmith will have to pick open the lock. It’s no problem for a skilled locksmith, but will usually incur additional charges that often exceed the price of switching to new locks.
What’s The Advantage Of Rekeying?
The advantage of rekeying a lock over replacing a lock is that it doesn’t require the tedious and more costly process of switching to entirely new locks. Simply put: it’s faster, easier, and cheaper!
When you’ve had a high turnover of employees
If your employees leave without turning in their keys, or you’ve had to let go of an angry employee, it could be a good safety measure to rekey the locks. Just to make sure no one can enter your building who shouldn’t.
Rekeying isn’t only used for when you want to retire old keys, but also for matching several locks to one key. This key is known as a master key. If your home has several different locks that require different keys, rekeying them all for a master key is a great idea. This will cut down the number of keys you have to keep track of.
Creating a master key is also a great idea for business owners or property managers who often manage larger areas that contain many locks that require different keys.
If you’re interested in having your locks rekeyed, contact us at (410) 406-7395 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about any other locksmith service.