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There are several occasions when we have received requests from our customers in Chicago and the suburbs of Illinois asking us to replace their locks – But when we get on-site, they are normally surprised when we present them with the option of rekeying as an alternative to replacing the whole lock. Many customers are not aware that rekeying is a cheaper option than lock replacement and also find it difficult to comprehend the difference between rekeying and replacing the whole lock system. So what exactly is the difference between the two and under what circumstances should you rekey or replace your lock?

Rekey and lock replacement

Lock rekeying

Lock rekeying involves changing the tumblers or the wafer configuration to let it function with a new key while rejecting the old one. Rekeying thus alters the inside configuration of the lock while leaving the rest of the components intact. The process usually takes a short time to complete especially if you get the services of competent locksmiths like Panda Locksmiths in Chicago.

When to rekey

The main reason to rekey is simply to enhance the security and safety of your premises by ensuring that no other unauthorized party has keys that they can use to gain access to your premises. The situations that might make it necessary for you to rekey your locks include the following-:

  • When you move to a new house you don’t know the number of keys that are out there and that can gain access to your new house.
  • When your tenants have moved out and they have not surrendered the keys to the premises.
  • When an employee has left a job and they still have keys to the office.
  • When your key is lost or has been stolen
  • When you want to enhance the security of your premises if you haven’t rekeyed in a long time.

If you are faced with any of the above situations or you need any other locksmith services in Chicago and the suburbs of Illinois, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to offer high-quality and affordable rekeying services to you.

Lock replacement

Lock replacement on the other hand happens when you need to replace the whole lock system. This implies that you will be doing away with your current lock and installing a new one with a new set of keys. Under normal circumstances, a rekey would be enough to enhance the security of your premises but certain situations might necessitate the need to replace the whole lock. Such situations include-:

  • When your premises have been broken into –when you are a victim of burglary and your locks are tampered with, rekeying might be recommended or even necessary, as sometimes it might be impossible to rekey a lock that burglars have tampered with. In such a case, lock replacement is your best solution.
  • When the locks become faulty due to prolonged use – with continued use, locks are bound to lose their integrity as a result of the normal tear and wear. If you have used your locks for a long time and you are beginning to experience certain difficulties in operating them, then it will be a good idea to replace them with a new one. Simply contact us at Panda Locksmiths and we will be able to replace any kind of locks you might have.

Rekeying and Lock Replacement in Chicago

You can rely on Panda Locksmiths to offer you the best rekeying and lock replacement services in Chicago and the suburbs of Illinois. We have qualified and competent technicians who use modern tools and equipment to ensure fast, safe, and efficient rekeying or replacement of any lock type. Contact us today to learn more about these and many other top-notch locksmith services that we have for you.

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