When should I replace my door locks?

If you are wondering when you should replace your door lock, there are several instances where it might be necessary. Your front door is your home’s first line of defense, and the lock is a crucial part of your property’s security. Ensuring your door lock is secure against intruders is vital for feeling safe in your home. Here are five signs that you may need to have your door lock replaced:

Moving into a new house
Moving into a new home is exciting, but it is recommended that you change your door and window locks before celebrating. This is to ensure that the previous tenant or owner hasn’t made any copies of the keys. You should still consider replacing the entry door locks even on a new build as well just to ensure peace of mind. Many builders or workers will have had access to your home during the build, and just to be safe, it’s best to get everything changed so that you know who has access to your home. You may also consider getting smart home security, smart alarm cameras, or installing a ring doorbell to give you extra comfort in the safety of your home.

After a break-in
After a break-in, you are likely to feel unsafe in your own home. Replacing the entry door locks and even the window locks can help you feel safe again at home. If your home has been broken into once, there is a 28% likelihood that it may happen again. Our locksmiths are professionally trained to conduct a free home security check, where they will be able to advise you on any burglary prevention measures you can take to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Someone has moved out
Several scenarios may arise where someone moves out of your home, such as renting it out to a tenant, separating from your partner, or your roommate moving out. Given all of these scenarios, it’s best to have your door locks replaced to ensure that they have not made a copy of a key that you are unaware of. Our locksmiths are professionally trained to deal with all locking systems, from Yale and ERA to Ultion. They will be able to recommend the one that suits your door and house perfectly.

Damage/wear and tear of door lock
Door and window locks wear out depending on how frequently they have been used and the age of the lock. This damage can make it easier for intruders to gain access to your property or even prevent you from being able to lock or open your door. If your door locks show any signs of wear and tear or damage, we recommend having them replaced immediately to ensure both your and your property’s safety.

Stolen or missing keys
If you have lost your keys or had them stolen, we recommend having the door locks replaced to protect yourself and your property. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and this will ensure that your keys don’t fall into the wrong hands. While replacing your keys, you may also consider upgrading the lock system. Our locksmiths will be able to recommend a new and better lock should you need it.

The cost of replacing a door lock will depend on the type of locking system you have or would like to install. Our locksmiths will be able to give you a rough quote over the phone as to how much this would cost. They are also able to complete a free home security survey to assess what locking system or security system would be best for your home. Although you may consider replacing the locks yourself to save money, we have often seen that this ends up backfiring and costing you more by having to get a locksmith out after a DIY attempt. Get the experts out first to save you time and money on your lock replacement.

If you experience any of the above circumstances and think you may need your UPVC locks replaced, our local team of UPVC experts in Leeds and Wakefield are only a call away.