How Cold Weather Affects Your Locks

How Cold Weather Affects Your Locks

Posted on December 30, 2020 by A-1

We’re in the middle of winter, which means the temperature has changed dramatically from what it was just a couple of months ago – yes, even in north Texas. This can have a big impact on your wardrobe choices, what you eat and drink, and your body’s ability to fight off viruses. 

It can also potentially impact the locks that protect your home. Let’s discuss what happens to your locks during cold weather and what you can do about it if your lock is compromised or broken.

Cold Weather and Locks

Many homeowners are surprised by seemingly random problems with their locks and other areas of their home that arise as a result of cold temperatures; most often, a direct result of drastic temperature changes in a short amount of time. Here are some of the effects of cold weather on your locks:

  • Contracting door frame: Moisture and temperature issues can result in a warped or contracted door frame. If there’s a poor fit between the door frame and the lock, it may cause your deadbolt to work improperly (or not work at all). 
  • Moisture in the mechanism: If there is moisture in your lock, it can mean your key won’t turn, or it will get stuck in the lock. This is especially common if temperatures are low and the moisture has frozen.
  • Other issues: While the above two scenarios are the most common, other issues may pop up, like a lock becoming brittle due to the cold weather and breaking. Or, moisture getting in the door frame or another component, causing the door to stick. Either way, just remind yourself that these issues probably aren’t as random as you might think.

Fixing Cold-Weather Lock Issues

As with many home security issues, you have two main options when it comes to fixing locks because of cold-weather issues: attempt to fix them yourself, or have a professional locksmith take a look at them. There are solutions out there for fixes to door lock problems in cold weather, such as heating up the key or spraying de-icers in the mechanism or door frame. 

But keep in mind that attempting to fix a broken lock or lock with a key stuck inside of it can result in further damage to the lock or key (and even break it). For the most efficiency and peace of mind, you might be better off giving a locksmith a call first.

If you’re in need of lock repair this winter, give the A-1 Locksmith team a call today for a consultation.

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