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How to Deal with a Frozen Lock

05/05/2015 Back To Blog

When the weather is cold and damp, it is possible for car and home door locks to get frozen. The problem is easy to identify. You will simply not be able to insert the key blade into the keyhole. The important thing in this situation is to take the right action so that you can make the device functional again without causing any damage to it. Find out how to do this.How to Deal with a Frozen Lock

Heat Application

Take a heat gun or a hair dryer - Any one of these appliances should work well to melt the ice. Choose a setting which produces a generous amount of heat but which is not too high at the same time.

Apply heat to both the door lockset and the key - You should hold the appliance a short distance away from the devices which you are heating. Keep in mind that both of them can get quite hot. Touch them with gloves and exercise extra care.

Insert the key into the hole gently - If it still gets stuck, you should apply extra heat. The process may not be particularly fast, but it will not cause damage and pose the need for lock repair.

Using Alcohol

Get alcohol or a non-sticky product which contains it - If you do not have alcohol around you can use a liquid or gel for disinfection which contains it. In general, the higher the concentration of alcohol the better and more affective it is.

Apply alcohol onto the door lock cylinder and onto the key - Rub the surfaces vigorously for best results. You should also attempt to pour a little bit of the liquid into the keyhole.

Insert the key right after applying the alcohol - This is crucial since alcohol evaporates quite quickly. You should not push it too hard. If the key cannot get inside, you should rub it with alcohol once again.

Adding Lubricant

Obtain lubricant which is designed to prevent freezing - The traditional lubricant for locks which is based on graphite should do a good job. It can be found at local shops. Still, before you get it, the professionals of Locksmith Upminster suggest that you check what the lock's manufacturer recommends just in case.

Apply lubricant to the lock - You should squeeze or spray the compound directly into the keyhole. Rub some on the surface of the device as well.

Apply graphite to the key and turn it inside the cylinder - Make sure that you cover the entire surface of the key. You should insert it and turn it with care to avoid damage and the need for key repair.

If you lubricate all exterior locking devices including those of vehicles before the start of the winter season, you will reduce the risk of freezing to the minimum.

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