How to prevent a broken key

Broken Key issue?

Imagine getting home after a very long day at work, looking for the moment you’ll get to sit on the couch and relax. You get to the front door, insert the key and try to open the door. First try – Fail, second try – Fail, third try – the key got broken to half!

A broken key is an inconvenient situation for any person. Now, not only you can’t access your home, you need to find a way to get the key out and get a new key to replace it.

But don’t worry! There are some simple things you can do in order to prevent this situation from happening.

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We, at Locksmith Toronto, put together a small list of tips on how to prevent a broken key from happening:

1. Use less pressure while inserting the key:

Causing less strain on the key and lock, can lead to minimizing the chance the key will break inside the door. Furthermore, you’ll need to keep your lock more lubricated. You can do so by using a standard spray (WD40- For example) to prevent the key from getting inside, and allowing it a more smooth entry.

2. Only use your key to open and lock the door:

Keys are not made to be used for any other purpose other locking the lock. Using them to open a soda can or plastic package, can cause serious damage to it.

3. Never force the key inside:

If the key is not entering properly, take it out and check what the problem is. Maybe you’re using the wrong key, or inserting it wrong. Using too much force with your key will most likely lead to its breaking inside.

4. Replace your key every now and then:

Once you notice your key starts to bend, crack on damaged in any way, contact a professional locksmith, and get a new one made. Because the soft metal the key is made from, it has a shorter durability than most people will think. Moreover, consider replacing your keys every couple of years, to keep them in the best condition.

What to do when you have a broken key situation?

Although there are many videos online, on how to remove a broken key, you should use a professional locksmith service. Trying removing the broken key by yourself, will most likely cause more damage to the lock itself, and will make removing it more difficult.

That’s why, Locksmith Toronto is here to remove your broken key, and repair the lock if needed – 24\7! Our professional technicians are mobile and available to help at all times.

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