Here at Chicago Locksmiths we often get asked questions about our residential rekeying process. Although it seems like it might be a straightforward process, rekeying actually contains many variables that can affect the efficacy of the entire operation. Here’s a brief guide to the most common rekeying FAQs that we receive from our loyal customers.
Can this lock be rekeyed, or does it need to be replaced?
Often you can rekey locks instead of fully replacing it. Good locksmiths will always provide rekeying as an option, and it’s always possible unless a major part of the lock is damaged or the customer desires a brand new lock. This is a cost effective and practical solution.
How long does rekeying take?
This depends on what type of lock you have. Experienced locksmiths can rekey a lock in a matter of minutes. However, some locks are more complicated which can lead to longer service times - but you can rest assured that the experts at Chicago Locksmiths can carry out any rekeying operation in no time at all.
Can I try to rekey my lock myself?
Rekeying is a much faster process when carried out by a professional locksmith. However when amateurs attempt to rekey locks themselves they often complicated things, and often damage the locks in the process. This is why we advise prospective customers against attempting to rekey their locks themselves/
Should I rekey my locks if I just moved into a new house?
Definitely. You never know who might have a copy of the key to your home procured before your move in date. There’s a possibility that your lock is master keyed, especially if there’s been any recent construction on it, which means that there’s definitely master pins still inside your lock - increasing the amount of keys out there that can be used to gain access to your home, property, and family.