With the winter knocking on the door many people are taking precautions to avoid distressful situations like frozen locks and windows. Of course this is just one consideration for the winter but in our opinion it is the most important. After all, who wants to stay waiting at their door, trying to unlock it in the freezing cold? Frozen locks are a results of moisture collected within the lock that has frozen due to the cold. This can happen to your door locks and window locks, but is also very common with car locks and padlocks. When the lock is frozen you can very easily break a key inside and get locked out. To help you with these issues DG Locksmiths, a registered locksmith Glasgow, Falkirk and Paisley, created a list of top tips to help you prevent frozen locks and deal with a lock that is already frozen.
1. Protect your locks from moisture
The door and window locks freeze as a result of moisture and rainfall that can be found in them. When the temperatures drop below zero this moisture freezes and so does you lock. That is why it is important to protect your locks from direct snow, rain and sleet. Generally car locks have a dust protector that prevents both dust and moisture getting into the lock. However, they can also freeze and once that happens they are broken and should be replaced. The petrol cap lock is also an issue for many car owners. As the gasoline includes water vapour the lock is exposed to it and can freeze, which results in breaking your key. A suggestion is to use lock de-icer oil that removes the moisture and oils the lock.
2. Regularly oil your locks
Locks should be regularly oiled to avoid keys getting broken and to provide extra lubrication. Before the temperatures drop you should oil your locks. The lubrication provides a thin protective layer on the metal parts of the lock and prevents moisture from freezing them so tightly. A lock that is well-oiled can work properly even after the ice formation.
We recommend oiling the front doors of your home three times a year: in spring, before the frosts and in midwinter. If the door is used very frequently then monthly oiling is recommended. Choose carefully the oil you use, as getting the wrong one could damage your lock. Some locks, for example, are oiled with graphite. In case of doubt you should always consult a locksmith.
3. Clean out your locks
With time dust and dirt can get into your lock and eventually damage it. Cleaning these out of your lock is easy. All you need to do is take lock oil, spray it into the cylinder, enter the key and pull it out. When you take it out clean it with a pad to remove the oil and dirt. Repeat this action until the key has no more dirt on it. Remove all redundant oil after finishing.
Step 1: Spray lock oil into the lock cylinder
Step 2: Enter the key
Step 3: Pull the key out
Step 4: Clean the key with a pad
Step 5: Repeat until the key comes out clean
Step 6: Remove redundant oil
4. Use lock oil de-icer
In the case that your lock is already frozen, do not panic. One way to deal with the problem is with oil de-icer. This oil can be applied to already frozen locks and helps melting the ice that is in it. It also takes away all moisture, leaving the lock well-lubricated.
5. Use heat to defrost the lock
If you do not have lock oil you can also use heat to open the padlock. You can pour hot water over the lock or use a blow lamp to heat it. You can also heat your key, insert it in the lock and leave it for a few seconds. Take out and repeat until it has defrosted the lock. If you manage to get in, take your lock to a warm room until all moisture is gone as otherwise it may freeze again. Oil it and place on the door.
None of these work for your lock?
If these tips do not work for your specific situation then you should contact a locksmith. DG Locksmiths is a registered locksmith Glasgow residents have relied on for years, and also operates as a locksmith Falkirk and locksmith Paisley. We are also one of the best locksmiths Edinburgh residents have been using. We have a wide range of services and product and also offer emergency services, with a guaranteed time of 1 hour. If your lock has frozen, and other methods do not work, all you need to do is contact us and we will help.