A properly locked door is your first line of defense against intruders. Of course, that defense is not very reliable if you’re not sure who has keys to those locks.
There are many reasons for changing a lock, including:
- You’ve just moved into your house.
- You’ve lost a key.
- Your house has been broken into.
- Your purse has been stolen, and your keys were in it.
- Your current lock is worn and temperamental.
- Your current lock is builder’s grade, and you want something more substantial.
- You want to be able to use the same key to open all the doors in your house.
- You’ve lost track of which contractors, service people and neighbors have keys to your house.
Rekeying vs. replacing
If a new hole is needed, lock sets come with a template that folds over the edge of the door and locates the hole center. Unfortunately, hole saws are not the most common household tool, and even if you do own one, it can be pretty difficult to line up the saw to go straight through the door without the slightest angling. You may want to hire a locksmith or contractor to tackle more complicated lock replacement projects.
If the lock itself is in good shape, it may be possible to rekey the lock instead of replacing it. Rekeying a lock is the process of changing the tumblers of a lock cylinder with tumblers of different sizes. When you rekey a lock, a new key, which coincides with the new tumblers, is needed to open the door.
A locksmith can rekey your locks for a significantly lower cost than full replacement of the lock.