Having misaligned locks or strike plates is no joke and it can prove to be a serious issue. Misaligned locks are… well, exactly what they sound like. The parts of the lock that are really important are not connecting like they should be and this causes the door to function incorrectly. In a lot of situations, it means the mechanism you use to lock the door, is not going to let you lock the door.
This is a common problem with door locks either from improper installation or warped doors and frames because of climate changes. The issue that this possesses is fairly obvious. If the door doesn’t lock, someone can get in.
If you try to take on this problem and fail or if you leave it, you are causing the problem to worsen. Every time you attempt to close the door, you are putting pressure on the lock bolt or latch, causing that to break as well.
How To Fix this Door Lock Problem
Certain door lock problems are both easy to spot and fix. If you, however, have absolutely no knowledge about what you are doing, trying to fix the lock will only result in more damage and having to pay the locksmith more to fix the damage you added on to the damage that was already there. However, with the proper tools and know how, you should be able to fix this issue.
In some cases, the problem can lay in the door and not the door lock. If this proves to be the case, tightening the screws on the hinges of you door can be a great solution to the problem. If this solution isn’t helping the problem, then it is the door lock after all.
It is important to make sure that the lock strike plate aligns properly with the door latch or the lock bolt. In order to do this, you need to screw off your strike plate and re position it. Some strike plates may need a bit of filing to get it to fit properly. If you do this and everything works well, congrats. If however, you doubt your ability to do, call a locksmith, they can help.