Rekeying a lock is replacing the inner old lock pins in the plug with new lock pins to work with new keys made by our locksmith. Previous keys will no longer work with the locks.
Why Rekey Your Locks?
Locks are usually rekey when:
- To build a master key system to make a set of door locks to work with one common key. This will reduce the amount of keys that you need for your home.
- You move into a new home or office.
- You lost your keys.
- Your house or apartment got broken into.
- To eliminate compromised keys that have fallen into the wrong hands.
- The existing lock is faulty or worn out.
- After previous tenant move out or before new tenant move into your property.
How Much Does It Cost to Rekey a Lock?
Our prices for rekeying (GST included):
Service call including the first lock is $110
Single sided locks are $35 each
Double sided locks are $45 each
Gainsborough trilocks are $55 each
Single sided locks are key lockable from one side only.
Double sided locks are key lockable from both inside and outside.
Not sure what kind of lock you have?
Give us a call today at 0477 724 100 and we will get this done for you as soon as possible.
How Long Will It Take a Locksmith to Rekey Your Home Lock?
Our professional locksmith takes about 15 minutes to rekey a lock. Multiply that by the number of locks and that’s how long it should take to rekey your house. After we rekey your house locks, we will cut you new keys and all this will be done onsite with our mobile locksmith van.
Is It Cheaper to Rekey or Replace Locks?
Rekeying is almost always much cheaper than replacing your locks. When rekeying your locks, you are only being charged for the labour because the price of the lock pins is extremely low. However, when you get your locks changed, you’re paying for both labour and parts.
Should I Change Locks or Rekey Locks?
It’s usually cheaper to rekey than to replace locks. However, if the locks are damaged or broken beyond repair, you should replace the locks. And upgrading your home security usually involves changing to new and more secure locks.
Can I Rekey a Lock Myself?
Rekeying a lock is a common job for a locksmith. If you want to DIY and learn a bit about locksmithing, you can buy the rekeying kits at the hardware stores. The kit usually includes instructions, tools and parts with a follower, springs, master pins, top pins and bottom pins. You will also need screwdrivers and tweezers.
Word of advice when removing the plug from the cylinder or inserting the plug into the cylinder, it is important to maintain a consistent pressure between the plug and plastic follower. This is to prevent the pins and springs inside the cylinder from jumping out, known as blowing the cylinder.
However, we recommend that you contact a professional locksmith like South Perth Locksmiths. You’ll know that it’s done right and DIY might cost you more money and time than a locksmith.
What Is an Interchangeable Core Lock?
Interchangeable core padlocks and locksets such as euro cylinder lock, doorknob, deadbolts provide the convenience of fast rekeying and don’t require lock disassembly to change the cylinder. The interchangeable core can be removed and replaced with a single control key. It is available in multiple brand names, for example, Kwikset and Schlage.
Can You Rekey Lock Without Original Key?
Yes, you can rekey your locks without the original key. If the key is lost or misplaced, a locksmith can pick the lock and unlock the door. The lock cylinder can then be removed for rekeying.