Can I Pick A Lock By Myself Or Should I Call A Locksmith?

If your lock needs fixing, you may either try fixing it yourself by picking up the necessary equipment, or you can hire a professional locksmith to do the job. Some lock repairs can be done effectively without professional training if you’re handy. However, if you’re not sure what to do, a professional locksmith is your sole assurance of successful labor and lock operation.

When a lock breaks or becomes damaged, there are a few things to keep in mind.


When you can insert the key but can’t turn the lock is a common lock problem. This annoying problem can be avoided with preventative maintenance, but is difficult to fix once it’s jammed. Forcing the key in the lock may harm the lock or shatter the key.

Dirt and dust likely clogged the lock. Several solutions are possible. First, spray compressed air into the keyhole to clear it. Oils and lubricants can gather up dust and filth, worsening the condition.

If this doesn’t work, call a locksmith to avoid further lock damage.

Failure of the Bolt to Lock

There could be a mechanical issue with the lock parts if turning the key or knob does not make the lock function. Age, wear, injury, or manipulation are all possible causes. If the lock has a mechanical problem, it must be fixed or replaced.

A new lock for a typical home can be bought at any hardware store and installed by the homeowner. A locksmith should be called to open and fix any commercial or high-security locks.

Frozen Door Lock

When winter comes and it gets cold, locks often freeze up. It’s inconvenient, but you can usually fix it pretty easily on your own. We suggest these three strategies:

  • Heat the key. Place the key in a pot of hot water or on the radiator of your car to warm it up. As it falls into the water, it should melt the ice. You might have to heat the key again and try again.
  • Use a hairdryer to thaw the lock, provided that you have an extension cord long enough to reach the door.
  • In order to remove ice from the lock, spray it with de-icer.
Unauthorized Entry or Lock Picking

If your home has been broken into, the intruders probably gained entry by picking locks or otherwise tampering with them. This could lead to broken locks. After a break-in, it’s a good idea to have a professional locksmith check your locks and security system. They are able to fix and replace any kind of lock you may have. Most likely, you’re thinking of replacing the locks with something more secure. A locksmith can help you secure your house by recommending new locks and other security measures.

Contact Mya Locksmith Poughkeepsie to find out if you can fix a damaged lock on your own or if you’ll need expert help. Please contact us if you have any questions about the services we offer or the pricing we charge. Make contact with us immediately!