Problems can occur with your door and it isn’t such an uncommon situation. In fact it is something that almost every homeowner, if not all of them deal with. It is important to get to these problems while it is still early or the problem could potentially worsen and cost you more time and money.

Having a home is a great thing and it is important to be informed about the best ways to protect it and keep you and your family safe. In this article, we hope to help you get a better understanding of security.

Certain problems, like if the door can’t be locked, needs to be handled immediately. This is a danger to you, your home, and anyone living in it. If these problems aren’t taken care of as soon as possible, it can result in more problems than you initially had.

Make sure that you always pay attention to the state of your door as this is one of the main points of entry and it is important that it is fully functional.

1. Loose Door Locks, Door Knobs, and Door Handles

Locks that are found on doors are very tricky and they have a lot of different moving parts. In the case that one of these parts starts to act up or cease to work altogether, then you have a problem on your hands.  With time and plenty of use, these parts can become loose and no longer functional. This is especially the case when it comes to your front door as that door is used most often.

It may not seem like a big deal, but if your door lock is not working as it should, you can easily be locked out of your home or someone can easily force their way in. It is important to keep these locks in check for the safety of you, your family, and your home.It isn’t difficult to locate a loose door lock. You should be able to easily identify it when you use the door. If you decide that it is no big deal, then you are making a huge mistake. When your door locks are messed up, it is very easy for someone to break into your home. Don’t think that the criminal will think the door is too easy and won’t try to use it as a point of entry, because they will. If the parts in the lock are not fitting together as they should, this can also cause some issues with your door lock.

How To Fix this Door Lock Problem

Taking care of your door lock problems shouldn’t be too hard depending on what type of door lock situation you find yourself in. If it is one too complex for you, then it is important to contact your local locksmith to come and look at and fix your current door situation.

If, for instance, the screws that are connecting your door lock come loose, you will simply need to tighten them in order to fix this issue. This is an easy solution to an easy problem and all you need is the proper screwdriver that you may have on hand already. If not, pop by your local hardware store and grab the one you need!

Sometimes, the screws and different aspects of your door lock are broken or worn out and you will need to replace them. You can remove the lock and figure out what you are going to need in order to fix the lock but if the situation overwhelms you, don’t be afraid to contact a locksmith to come and give you a hand!

If you are not having luck with either of these solutions, there is probably something bigger going on with the lock. You can attempt to completely disassemble it and figure out what is going on or you could contact a locksmith to come and give you a helping hand!

Misaligned Door Locks

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.

3. Broken Key in Lock

Having a broken key in the lock is a terrible situation and it can be one of the more upsetting and tougher to deal with door lock problems. You have to consider everything that goes into the broken key process and the damage that the lock will face when attempting to extract the key.

This is a bothersome situation as you are potentially locked out of your home and your lock is probably broken as well. This may seem like a problem you can tackle on your own, but it isn’t and you should definitely call a locksmith.

How To Fix this Door Lock Problem

Unlike the other door lock issues we discussed, it is important to contact a locksmith to handle this one. They know what they are doing and you can be sure that you will be able to get into your home when they are done. We do suggest that you do not attempt to operate the door while the key is inside as this can make the situation even worse.

4. Jammed Locks and Jammed Latches

If you have a jammed door lock, it is important, like we have stated many times, to not let this go unattended. Leaving this door jammed is a potential threat to your security and will only make your door lock problems even worse.

Your lock can be jammed because the inner mechanisms are full of dirt and debris or it can be because a latch or bolt is broken. Whatever the reason is, you door is jammed and it needs to be fixed. If your inner mechanisms are clogged with dirt and debris, this can lead to a key breaking in the lock sometime down the line. If there is a broken latch or bolt and it is causing your door to be jammed, this can be a sign that there has been an attempted break in.

Deadbolts are strong and can endure quite a bit of force, but that doesn’t mean that they are invincible. Do not ignore you door issues such as jammed locks because it can be very dangerous for you.

How To Fix this Door Lock Problem

If your door lock is jammed because of dirt and debris, you should be able to fix it by using a lubricant. Make sure that you use a good one as a bad one can cause more damage to your lock. A dry one like graphite or a wet one like WD-40 are good options.

If your door lock is jammed because of a broken bolt or latch, then you are going to need to replace it. While you may want to tackle this alone, it would be a good idea to contact a locksmith.

5. Turning Lock Cylinder

When you put your key in the lock, turning it give you the ability to lock and unlock your door. If, however, the entire lock cylinder turns with the key, you have a big problem. This is definitely one of the easiest lock issues to spot, but that doesn’t mean it is the easiest to fix.This problem can be the result of damaged or loose set screws. It may seem easy enough to access these and tighten or replace them but… it really all depends on the lock you have. Having a broken lock cylinder is dangerous because this essentially means that you cannot lock or unlock your door.

How To Fix this Door Lock Problem

The solution to this lock problem is locating the set screws and either tightening them or replacing them. With some locks, the set screws are right in the open or behind the outer case. For others, you may need to do a bit of disassembly to access them. Whatever the case may be, contact a locksmith to change the locks if you are unsure or if it is a problem that you do not trust yourself to do properly.

Final Thoughts

While having a door lock problem can be annoying and tiresome, it is important that you fix them ASAP in order to keep you safe and everyone in your home!