House Key Stuck In Lock

Broken Key

Broken Key

When you find your in a situation where you have a key stuck in a lock, it is difficult to know whether you should laugh in frustration, or have a good scream and shout!  Let’s face it, fewer things are more frustrating than having a full or broken key stuck inside a car or house door that just refuses to come out.  No matter whether you need to gain access to your property, or the door is open but you can’t retrieve your key, it can make your day a whole lot harder.

Trying to dig it out with a screw driver or knife can not only add to your frustration, but it can damage the lock further.  Although there may be a few things you can try in order to dislodge it from the lock, it’s always best to call your local locksmith specialists to help.  Even if you manage to pull it out of the door, it could be evidence of a fault in your lock, or a damaged key.  Either way, to avoid it being a recurring issue, give us a call.

House Key Stuck In Lock

In the meantime, while decerning whether or not you need an emergency locksmith call out, or to phone us to book you in for a new lock replacement or maintenance, you can try some of the following techniques and tips on how to remove your stuck key.

  • Tap the lock and key.

If the problem is cause by it being lodged between some of the mechanisms in the door, tapping it may make some of the components move, or fall back into position, allowing you to smoothly remove it.  Likewise, if the key is damaged and not capable of sliding easily between the slot, then tapping it while also gently twisting and pulling it away from the door may eventually allow it to be removed.  Be careful though, as to much pressure may result in you having a broken key stuck in the lock instead.

  • Using a lubricant

Using a graphite lubricant can help when the parts have seized due to age, corrosion or possibly temperature.

  • Move the handle up and down.

UPVC locks can sometimes cause you to get your full key stuck in a lock when it has failed in removing all of its bolts from the door frames locking system.  By moving the door handle up and down, being careful not to cause further damage to your door, it may allow you to eventually retrieve it.  In this circumstance, it is not the key that is at fault, but the door and lock itself.

What else should I do? 

Even if you have gained entry to your home, when your house key is stuck in a lock, security is at risk.  Not being able to lock or close a door means you can’t go about your other daily routines leaving your property out of sight.  To avoid a risk of theft, we all rely on our security systems to keep our property safe and inaccessible.  If you have tried to free it from the lock, and it won’t budge, then call our emergency locksmith services.  We will be with you as soon as we can.

No matter if, when you have a car key stuck in a lock, you are at the side of a busy road, or your driveway, or at work, we will aim to be with you as soon as we can.  We have all of the training and certification needed to give you another key for your car, and work out if the door lock itself may need replacing.

For support with removing, fixing or repairing your lock and key, contact Brinnick Locksmiths today.