The Difference Between Rekeying And Changing Your Locks

Rekey Vs. Changing locks

The Difference Between Rekeying And Changing Your Locks

When calling a locksmith, it can be difficult to explain what service you need when you don’t know anything about locks. In this post I will explain the terms “changing locks” and “rekeying”.

Rekeying a lock is when you remove the cylinder, remove the current pins onside, and replace them with new pins. This means that the lock will no longer work with the old keys and you will receive new keys. This also means that anybody who previously had a key to the locks will no longer have access because their keys will not work. Typically customers who request to have their locks rekeyed are moving into a new home or are in a commercial setting and had an employee leave. Usually customers ask locksmiths to rekey multiple locks to work with the same key. This saves time by allowing access to every lock with 1 key in opposed to sifting through multiple keys to find the right one.

Changing a lock means replacing an existing lock with an entirely new lock. This means that every part of the current lock will be removed, and a new handle, knob, or lock will be installed in it’s place. Customers who choose this option typically want to upgrade for a new style or a higher security lock. Changing locks also provides you with a new key, but you can rekey the newely-changed lock to match your existing locks.

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