Extract Broken Key

You pull back into your driveway after a long day at work and running errands. Walking up to the front door, you take out your keys to unlock it. You twist your key and then it snaps in half. The tooth end of your key just broke off in the lock and you are standing there at the door with your face in your hands. 

When you break your key in your door, a couple different feelings and thoughts overwhelm you. 

1) Total desperation

“Of all days for this to happen, of course, it would be this one.” There is never a great time for your key to break. Being locked out of your house is discouraging and incredibly stressful. The key breaks and your gut sinks, throwing you into desperation and despair. 

2) “I can fix this”

After a few minutes of disbelief, you say to yourself “I can still get into the house.” You might even try to ram the handle end of the key into the lock to see if you can get any leverage. 

That’s a terrible idea. In most cases when your key snaps off in a lock, you need to call an expert that can help you get back in. 

Why do keys break?

Keys can break off in locks for a number of reasons. After using a key repeatedly, hundreds or even thousands of times, the key will wear out. The metal can become weak around the part of the key that takes the brunt of the rotational force when you twist it in the lock. 

Locks that are older can cause this as well. Old and poorly lubricated locks create more friction and resistance between the locking mechanism and the teeth and shaft of the key. 

Either one or both of these reasons can lead to your key breaking off in your door. 

What you should do right after you break a key

When you break your key off in your lock, you try everything that you can to get back in your house. The last thing that you want to do is tamper with the lock, as this can make the problem worse. If you happen to have a thin pair of tweezers, you can try to get the key out yourself. Beware, if the tweezers are too thick, you can shove the key further into the lock, making the problem much worse. 

Contacting a professional locksmith for a broken key

Broken key scenarios often take more than a pair of tweezers to fix. So you don’t cause further damage to your lock and make the problem worse, contact our experts at 469LockSmith. Call our locksmith experts today so that we can help you get back into your home as soon as possible.

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Extract Broken Key

  • Lockouts

    We know how frustrating it can be to lock your keys in your car, house, or office. It seems to always happen at the most inconvenient of times. No matter if it’s 2:00 in the afternoon or 2:00 in the morning, our mobile response team is standing by to assist you.

    We offer lockouts for vehicles of all makes and models, houses, apartments, office and commercial buildings, and more. If a door needs to be opened, we have the tools and techniques needed to open it.

  • Lock Repair

    If you have a damaged lock of any type you should not need an appointment to have it repaired. There’s no need for you to go days without the security and protection you deserve. As soon as a lock is damaged, give us a call and we’ll come repair it right away.

    Our lock repair services can be performed on automobiles, RV’s, boats, house door locks, office locks including keyless entry systems, cabinet locks, and more.

  • Key Replacement

    If you damaged or lost your key we can replace it right away. There’s no need to order it from the OEM and wait days or weeks to have it shipped. We have blank keys that are ready to be cut for just about every type of application. This includes:

    • Automotive ignition keys for all makes and models
    • Traditional keys
    • Transponder keys
    • Wireless keys
    • Master keys
    • Cabinet lock keys

    Whatever type of key you need, chances are we have the blank in stock ready to be cut. Our services are available 24/7 so you don’t have to wait to have your key made!

  • Repair and replacement of security systems

    There are many older security systems still being used, and many are bound to stop working at any time. When they do stop working your home or office’s security is at risk.

    If you encounter any kind of problem with your security system we can come diagnose the issue right away. We’ll let you know if it makes financial sense to repair it, or if a replacement would be in your best interest. In either case, we’re equipped to get your security system operational again in no time.

    Don’t let your property go unprotected for any amount of time; our emergency locksmith team can come to your location right away.

  • Rekeying

    There are times when you may need emergency rekeying services. Some scenarios include:

    • After an employee is terminated or quits
    • After breaking up with a significant other
    • After a stranger had access to your keys

    No matter the circumstance you find yourself in if you feel like you might need to have your locks rekeyed you should go with your instinct. It’s usually not worth the risk to wait, especially considering the price it costs. Our rekeying services are very affordable, even if you need your locks rekeyed in the middle of the night.

  • Trunk and door opening

    Similar to lockouts, we are equipped and trained to open any type of door including car trunks. Many of the locking and latching mechanisms used in vehicle trunk doors can become faulty at any time, especially on older vehicles. Unfortunately, they’re not made to last forever.

    When the lock or latch does stop working, it’s usually when you have valuables in your trunk. Our technicians can open the trunk for you and repair the lock or latch so it’s operational again.

    We can also open RV doors including side storage doors, boat doors, trailer doors, lockers, and more.

Call us at (469) 480 3395 for a free consultation and estimate!

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