Lock rekeying (sometimes also called “Changing the Locks”) is the process of giving your lock a new key combination, so only a new key can open it. Some experts recommend rekeying your locks every few years. However, there are specific instances when it is always a good idea to rekey your lock:
- When you have lost your key
- When too many others have had access to your key in the past
- When you have recently had a breakup, or someone has moved out
- When you’re moving into a new home
- When your key has been in the hands of housekeeping or construction teams
Essentially, it is recommended that you consider lock rekeying any time the keys have spent time away from your control. Remember, it takes only 30 minutes for someone to make as many copies of your key as they want, and a “do not copy” warning rarely stops them. The more people who have had access to your key in the past, the more you should consider a rekeying service.
BENEFITS OF LOCK REKEYING
While replacing a lock may have its advantages, in most scenarios, lock rekeying will be the way to go. Some of the reasons why lock rekeying is such an advantageous option is because:
- It’s much cheaper than replacing a lock. Instead of purchasing new locks to replace them with, all that needs to be done is to replace a few pins
- You’ll get to keep your locks. Keeping your locks isn’t only beneficial because it’s a much less expensive option – it’s also helpful because there’s a good chance that your locks match your home. Having to replace your locks brings up the possibility that there may not be any suitable replacements that match the style that you want for your home.
- You can have them configured in any way you want to. If you’d like to make it so that all of the locks work with one of your existing keys, you can do that too. Lock rekeying will be able to give you added convenience.
FAST, EFFICIENT REKEYING
Although it may be called “changing the locks,” lock rekeying allows you to keep your lock and simply replace the code so that only you and those who live in your home have access to it. At The Flying Locksmiths, we offer both scheduled and emergency lock rekeying services.
Our emergency services are available for those who need to change the locks quickly, due to someone having access to their keys that should no longer be allowed in the building. Our scheduled service allows us to come on your time, and make sure that the new key combination works and is in place. Contact a Flying Locksmiths location near you today to get started.
Locks & Keys Services
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How much does it cost to rekey a lock?
Rekeying Home Locks
Rekeying locks on your home typically costs $80 to $160. If you call the locksmith to your home, you might pay a trip fee of $50 to $100. The cost to rekey is $30 to $60 per lock, bringing you to that total. Rekeying is different and more affordable than replacing the locks.
Is it cheaper to rekey a lock or replace it?
Rekeying your lock is almost always cheaper than replacing a lock. This is because of the cheaper price of the key pins inside the locks, whereas when you replace a lock, you are paying for all brand-new parts.
Can I rekey a lock myself?
Homeowners may not know that they can rekey their locks by themselves. Rekeying your locks saves considerable money, especially when you need to rekey multiple locks. Plus, if you like new challenges, rekeying a lock can be an inexpensive project that helps you learn how locks operate.
Does Lowes offer rekey service?
Lowes won’t rekey an old lock you carry in, you have to buy it right there. … unless you get an employee in a good mood that feels like helping. They use the 5 digit code on your key to know what pins to put in the lock.
How long does it take to rekey a lock?
Rekeying a lock generally takes about 15 minutes, but this depends on the type of lock as well as the skills of the person working on it. The most time-consuming part of the process is removing the lock from the door – the actual rekeying is much simpler.