Best Thing To Do When The Lock and Keys Don't Work?

By: Admin Sep 22, 2022

You don't want to put your key in your door after a long day at work and have it not turn. This is a terrible scenario that seems to occur at the worst possible time. It's equally aggravating when your bathroom's deadbolt lock is locked and stuck, or when your automobile door is stuck.

 Unfortunately, there are several reasons why your key does not turn in the door lock. Below is a list of problems and solutions that you can handle yourself, as well as those that require the assistance of a locksmith.

Why Won’t My Key Turn In My Door

1. Key Has Broken Inside Lock


If your key breaks in your lock, you will be unable to enter your home unless you have some spare tools and a spare key. Without that extra key, you'll need a locksmith to replace the complete key mechanism because both the door and the key are broken. If this happens to you, do not attempt to lock or unlock the door again. Many individuals attempt to superglue the shattered piece of a

key in the door to the key in their palm, but this is a formula for disaster.

 The glue won't be able to hold things together, and the residue will cause even more problems. If enough of the key is protruding. Then carefully pull it out with a pair of strong grip pliers. If the key cannot be extracted calmly, do not force it out as this could exacerbate the situation. You'll need to call a locksmith to handle the situation.

2. Dirt and Dust In Lock


Dirt and dust can find their way into a lock and accumulate over time. This might block the locking mechanism and make turning difficult. Apply some graphite spray or silicone-based lubricant to the lock, replace the key, and turn it a few times. Never use oil-based products like WD-40 to lubricate locks since, while they may help at first, they might create clogging later on.

 If dirt and dust have accumulated in the keyhole, the key may become stuck within the lock. Debris might jam up the imitation mechanisms, making it impossible to insert or turn the key. To remove the debris that is making the lock difficult to spin, spray graphite spray inside the lock. Once inside, turn the key a few times to see if the lock will turn.

3. The Lock is Frozen

If you reside in a chilly climate or it's that time of year, you're probably dealing with a frozen lock. This happens when water gets into the lock mechanism and freezes, making it impossible for your key to enter. To resolve this, warm up the key in hot water, then don gloves and slowly insert it into the lock mechanic in an attempt to unlock the door. If you don't dry the key before inserting it, it may cause the same problem when it freezes.

4. You’ve Just Got Your Keys Cut

If you recently had your keys cut and are unable to unlock your door, your keyway was most likely cut incorrectly. An improperly cut key can prohibit you from turning your lock, preventing you from entering. Before returning your key, make sure you put it in firmly and jiggle it around a little after it's in while also attempting to turn it. Sometimes you just haven't positioned your new key correctly for the turn to be made.

 This is a very typical occurrence, and while it may appear to be a pointless suggestion, it is usually the case with recently sliced keys. If this does not work, have someone else try it; you may simply not get the feel of it. Remember that these folks cut a lot of keys every day, so they know what they're doing. Before you give up, make an attempt to work your way around your lock with your new key.

5. Broken Lock Body

A Yale lock, often known as a night latch, is a popular form of the lock mechanism. It's called a Yale lock since Yale is the largest maker of the night latch. If you can't open your door, the mechanism within your night latch may be faulty, preventing your key from turning.

 If the lock mechanism has been entirely screwed off the door, you'll need to replace it. If you are unable to repair this lock mechanism quickly, you may need to install a different type of lock or hire a locksmith to replace the nigh latch. Because particular holes on your wooden door must be drilled and chiseled away for the lock to be placed, obtaining a quick replacement and installing it swiftly is not a simple process because very few locks are the exact same shape and size as each other. The replacement lock mechanism will fit comfortably on your door after new holes are drilled.

What to Do If Your Outdoor House Key Won’t Turn in the Lock

Outdoor locks that refuse to turn are a whole different problem than indoor locks. Because they are exposed to the elements, outdoor locks are prone to collecting dirt and debris. This filth can accumulate in the lock cylinder, making it impossible to turn the lock. When there is debris in the lock, the pins can become jammed and prevent the key from rotating.

Spray the Lock with Lubricant to Remove Dirt and Dust


It is simple to repair an outside lock that does not spin to open. On the lock, you can use a dry lubrication spray. (Amazon has Dry Lubricant.) When you spray lubricant into the keyhole, it can shift the plug and allow you to turn the key and unlock the door.

If this method does not work immediately, try spraying the dry lubricant into the keyhole and inserting the key 4-5 times. This will aid in getting the grease into and around the key lock mechanism. This should assist in loosening the plug region and allowing you to turn the key.

If a dry lubricant doesn’t do the trick, you can try a product like WD-40.

If you successfully unlock the lock but find it happens again and again, you may need to call a locksmith that can have the lock cylinder replaced.

When Lubricants Don’t Help The Key Turn In The Lock

What if you use lubrication but there still appears to be something preventing the key from fully entering the keyhole? What if your key only goes halfway in? This usually signifies that something is clogging the keyhole and preventing the key from fully entering.

In this situation, if the lubricant did not work properly and you are concerned that something is impeding access to the keyhole, you should contact a locksmith. If you attempt to repair the lock with the incorrect tools, you risk damaging it.

In fact, if lubricants aren't used properly, even more difficulties can occur. The pin chamber or the pin itself may become worn or rusted. A locksmith can only solve these issues with the right tools.

Call Dokey Locksmith Services

Dokey Locksmith Services specializes in different aspects of locksmithing. If you're unable to do all the steps above or is avoiding all the required hassle, just call our locksmith company. Dokey Locksmith Services will provide assistance whenever you are, all around Metro Manila and other nearby provinces. Don't hesitate to contact us and we'll give you our trustworthy and reliable technicians!