5 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Door Hardware Repair

5 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Door Hardware Repair

Posted on March 10, 2020 by A-1

Something in your house just broke. You are unsure of what to do, but you’d rather attempt to fix it yourself than call a professional. You look up an online video, start the repair and end up making things worse. What was once a money-saving effort has now resulted in more costs than you anticipated. Sound familiar?

With the rise of YouTube and online search, more and more homeowners are attempting all types of home repairs themselves. When it comes to door hardware repair, that might not be such a wise idea, however. Here are five reasons why:

1. You’re not a professional locksmith.

You wouldn’t try to provide dental services to someone without the proper education and experience, would you? Then why would you attempt something similar with your home? Locksmithing is a complex profession and requires extensive training (and the proper equipment) to do it properly. Granted, some home skills and repairs are learned quickly, but locksmithing is not one of them.

2. You’ll likely waste time.

It’s undoubtedly going to take more time for a DIY door hardware repair than calling in a professional residential locksmith. You have to look up steps and try to follow them for the first time, hoping you don’t mess up and have to do it all over again. A locksmith, on the other hand, will already know what to do. Licensed locksmith technicians like the team at A-1 Locksmith install and repair hundreds of locks every week, so they’ve become extremely efficient.

3. You’ll likely waste money.

If you break something during your DIY door hardware repair attempt, you may create more financial expense than you had initially. Furthermore, you may buy the wrong part. And what about tools and equipment? You might have to buy a locksmithing tool or two to complete your repair, whereas a professional locksmith already has all the equipment required for the job.

4. There might be additional underlying issues.

How do you know the door hardware issue is because of a surface issue and not something more difficult to diagnose? A professional locksmith will know where to look and will be able to easily identify whether the door hardware is faulty because of a deadbolt, lock cylinder, broken key, strikeplate or another component.

5. You might be able to avoid a replacement.

Many homeowners attempt a DIY repair and then give up, resorting to buying a new version of whatever they’re trying to fix. A professional locksmith has the knowledge and experience to let you know whether door hardware should be replaced or repaired. If it does need to be replaced, they can also advise on the best options. (It might even be time for an upgrade.)

Need a professional to replace your door hardware? Give the A-1 Locksmith team a call today at (972) 284-7500.

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