A safe is a great method for home and business owners who want to have extra security. A safe provides a last line of defence for your valuables if all your other security measures fail. You will find that there are many different types of safes on the market. They all have the common factor of having a locking mechanism, the strength of this can vary, but you can be confident in the security of a safe lock if you buy from well-known companies with a British standard mark.
The level of security that a safe provides will change the strength of the lock function. If a safe lock isn’t working properly then you are not guaranteed that your valuables are safe. If you notice that there is something wrong with the locking mechanism, then you will need to address it quickly. Leaving your safe lock broken means your items are left unsecured.
Why should I replace my safe lock?
Replacing a safe lock that is faulty is a must, however if it’s a gun safe, then it’s a legal requirement. Everyone knows that safes are used to store valuable items, so it can be a target for a thief and if the lock is faulty then they may be able to get in. If your safe has been targeted by a burglar, then you may need to have the lock replaced whether it seems faulty or not. Safe locks can be damaged through blunt force, the mechanism being tampered with or damage to the internal wiring. You might not always to need to have the lock replaced as it could be able to be repaired by a Locksmith. Only an expert such as a Locksmith can determine whether a safe lock can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
You may need to have your safe lock replaced due to general wear and tear; if your safe is old or is used frequently then the lock might degrade. You need to service your safe regularly to make sure it’s in full working order. It might be that your safe lock jams and there is irreparable damage, this will need to be assessed by a professional Locksmith, to see if it needs replacing or repaired. Regular maintenance can decrease the chances of this happening.
How to replace my safe lock?
There are a few options for you to get your safe lock replaced and you need to pick the best option for you. Firstly, you will need to work out whether you actually need to replace the safe lock in the first place, hopefully it will be obvious if there is a problem.
It will be helpful for you to know the state of your safe, this could affect what safe lock replacement you should go with.
Call a Locksmith
As we have said previously, a Locksmith is an expert in all things security and can handle any lock issues you might have. Many Locksmiths can work with both residential and business safes; however you might want to confirm with your Locksmith that they are comfortable with either.
As much as a Locksmith is an expert on fixing safe locks, they aren’t miracle workers, if your safe lock is broken beyond repair you will need a whole new safe. A Locksmith should be able to carry out general safe lock replacements, whether it is mechanical or electric. If needed, the Locksmith should be able to provide you with a safe lock replacement, however they should also be able to use one you have bought yourself (assuming it’s the right one).
Another bonus of calling a Locksmith is that they are mobile and can come to you. Business or home owners will need to provide the Locksmith with all information relevant to the safe. The more information you can give the Locksmith the better, they need to be as prepared as possible.
The cost of a Locksmith coming to replace your safe lock is variable. Depending on what type of safe and safe lock you have may change the price. However, we can pretty much guarantee that paying for a Locksmith to replace the safe lock will be cheaper than buying a whole new safe.
Contact the Manufacturer
Another option to get your safe lock replaced or fixed is to contact the safe manufacture, this is a good option for those looking to just replace the safe lock like for like. It’s also worth checking if your safe came with a guarantee, as this could mean you won’t have to pay for replacements parts. However, this will limit you to only having a like for like replacement, there is not the option to upgrade. It might be that part of a guarantee is that the safe company want to send out an approved Locksmith to do the work. Your choice of replacement lock will be limited, so if you want to upgrade to a safe lock that is electronic or has a higher level of security, then you might be best off calling a Locksmith and sourcing your own lock.
Can I replace a safe lock myself?
This could be an option for a house or property owner that is very good at DIY. But it’s not an option that we would recommend. Replacing the safe lock yourself is incredibly difficult, but if you are desperate to save money then it can be done. You will be able to find some helpful tutorials online, but again this will not be up to the standard of a professional Locksmith. Once you have selected the correct lock to replace your broken safe lock, then you will have to carefully remove the old safe lock and mount the new one. This is not an easy task, and will become even more difficult if you are changing a mechanical lock to a digital one. You may also run the risk of invalidating your home insurance if your safe lock is not installed by a qualified professional.
What to take away
There are many reasons that you may have to replace your safe lock, whether it’s been forced open, jammed or you just want to update your security. But we here at The NGCL would recommend that you hire a professional Locksmith to carry out the work. Safes are supposed to keep your valuables secure, so why leave it to chance that the lock is installed and working properly.