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How to Test a Door Lock

Locks are a very important feature in your home and to a large extent, the security of your property depends on how reliable your locking systems are. This also means you need to ensure the locks are sturdy and that there are no glitches in their operation. While it may seem like a very simple task to inspect and test a door lock, homeowners often tend to go about it the wrong way.


Things to keep in view

Here are some steps to follow while checking door locks on your property:

#1 Stand on the outside

It’s important that you stand on the outside of the door, (whether a building or room) before you begin testing the door lock. It’s not uncommon for people to lock themselves in while testing the locking mechanisms on doors. This can pose a problem, especially if the lock gets jammed while you are testing it.

#2 Close the door

Stand on the outside, close the door and check if the latch is aligned correctly with the striker plate. The latch should be properly wedged into the striker plate, and the door should remain secured regardless of whether you pull or push it. If the door opens or if you notice there is some movement more than a few millimeters, it is an indication that some adjustments would be needed.

#3 For keyed locks

If you are testing a keyed lock, insert the key into the keyhole and turn the handle in order to lock it. Once you retract the key, you shouldn’t be able to open the door without using the right key. If the key turns and you feel you have locked the door, but its handle can still be turned, it’s likely that your locking mechanism is faulty.

#4 Adjust, repair or replace lock

If you have identified that there is some misalignment, you can make the necessary adjustment to ensure there is no play in the lock. If this adjustment doesn’t solve the problem and you are able to open the door even after it has been locked using the key, you would have to repair or replace the fixture.

Some lock models are repairable and replacing the barrel can fix the problem; this becomes a cost-effective solution compared to complete lock replacement. However, in some cases, the mechanism may have become worn or dysfunctional and replacing the entire lock becomes a more feasible option.

Lock repair can’t always be turned into a DIY project as it requires knowledge of the system and the right tools. It’s never a good idea to take the security of your property lightly. So if you notice that any lock in your home isn’t working the way it should, call in a licensed locksmith to address the problem. They will assess the condition of the lock and recommend whether repair or replacement will be a better option.

If you want to know more about Inspect It First‘s building and pest inspection services, don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 557 047 or contact us through our contact form.

Thanks for reading,
Inspect It First Team
1300 557 047

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