Locks Rekey – What Is The Meaning, How We Rekey Locks, When Should You Rekey Your Locks & More!
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New homeowners, customers who want to change their home or business locks for better security usually wonder what is the difference between changing the locks and rekeying locks.
First, a general explanation what rekeying a lock means.
It means that you keep the existing lock, but changing only the key.
Therefore, the old keys won’t work, but you still get to keep the same lock you had.
In addition, you can choose to have all locks operated on the same key, giving you the convenience of having only one key.
Here is a video which explains the process or rekeying a lock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci5hsXlO3sc
The only way to rekey two locks to the same key is when they have the same keyway.
The keyway of the lock is determined by the lock manufacturer. E.g. Kwikset locks and Defiant can be rekeyed to the same key because they have the same keyway.
However, when locks have a different keyway, e.g. Schlage and Kwikset, they cannot operate on the same key and therefore one of the locks must be changed.
The process is pretty simple one. The core of the lock is taken out and instead of the pins that are currently there are taken out and replaced by new ones.
Thus, the old key won’t “fit” to the new “code” created by the new pins.
A locksmith will provide a new key that fits the new code and therefore unlock the lock.
Furthermore, when the locksmith matches the key for a few locks, he inserts the same code, or use the same pins for all the locks and therefore the same key will operate them all.
First, mention the reason you want to rekey your locks. The locksmith may offer a better solution for you.
In addition, make sure to mention what type of locks you want to rekey. E.g. residential, commercial, deadbolts, door knobs etc.
Furthermore, if you know the lock manufacture mention it as well. E.g. Kwikset, Schlage, Defiant, Yale etc.
Moreover, discuss with the locksmith what is a better option to handle the security situation you have. Sometimes it better to change the locks or to upgrade your security system instead of rekeying the locks.
Finally, ask for a quote based on the information you provided.
To rekey a lock ranges between $20-$50 depends on the type of lock, the labor involved to disassemble it and more.
Yes. The most common brands today in the US are Kwikset, Schlage, Yale, and Defiant. Those can be found in most hardware stores.
Kwikset, Yale, and Defiant can be rekeyed to the same key as they have the same keyway.
Schlage has a different keyway and therefore cant be matched with these other locks.
Please call us for any additional information you need.
A: Well, that depends. generally speaking, as long as your locks are in good shape, and operate with no problem, then there is no need to change them completely. In this case, rekeying them will be as good.
In situations where the locks don’t function well, and you need a new key we would recommend completely changing the locks.
A: The process of rekeying a lock is involved of two phases:
For most residential and commercial door knobs and deadbolts, the process usually takes about 10-15 minutes, that of course in case you have the key to use the lock.
In cases where panic bars, push bars, and other exit devices are involved, mostly for large businesses, the process should take up to an hour.
A: The answer is yes, depends to which key you want to match it.
For example, Let’s say that you have a Kwikset lock, and you would like to rekey it to a different key. You can do that only to another Kwikset key. This won’t work with a Schlage key. Therefore, as long as you use the same lock brand, shouldn’t be any problem.
A: Yes. Home Depot and Lowes, as well as other hardware stores, usually can rekey your locks on site. In addition, you can purchase new locks from them, and ask for the new locks to be rekeyed to your existing home key.
Keep in mind that they only rekey most common brands and high-security keys or restricted keyways cant be rekeyed at Home Depot or Lowes.
A: Yes, you can. However, you will need some special tools to do that such as rekey tools, the new key and pin kit. The total cost of these tools will be higher than just going to a hardware store and therefore we recommend you just let someone do it for you instead.
A: The process of removing a deadbolt or doorknob lock is the same for most residential locks.
Simply take a Philips screwdriver or flathead and unscrew the screws. Keep in mind, for most locks they are located at the sides of the lock.
However, in some cases, you may have to remove a plate to get to the lock itself. In addition, in locks such as mortise cylinder, you will also need a smaller screwdriver to release a pin that holds the lock. This is especially relevant for business storefront locks.