Why are my doorknobs and locksets malfunctioning?

Lock trouble can strike at any time and the last thing you want is to be stuck outside at midnight. In order to make certain that our clients are never locked out for too long, we operate a 24 hours 7 days a week business. Stationed in the Grange Park area on the outskirts of the town, we are able to ensure locksmiths in Northampton reach the majority of our callers within 30 to 45 minutes.

A large number of lockset and doorknob issues can be rectified prior to them becoming so serious that the locks don’t work outright. Usually, a malfunctioning lock mechanism or latch assembly is the primary cause. Latches that work incorrectly could be the result of a door that has been poorly fitted and the mechanism might not function simply due to the fact that the lock is dry or dirty. Lubricating it with graphite is the approach to take, as opposed to oil, which shall gum up the workings.

If your door latch isn’t working as smoothly as it should, the latch bolt may not be lined up correctly with the strike plate present on the doorjamb. Should the latch refuse to catch, close your door slowly, and observe how the latch bolt meets up with the strike plate. The bolt could be positioned to the side of the plate, above it, or below. Scars that show up on the plate will indicate where it has misaligned. Another possibility is that the door has shrunk and the latch is unable to reach the plate.

For those lock complications that are more serious, it’s best to contact a professional locksmith to either repair or replace the damaged parts entirely. A vast number of interior doorknobs aren’t that costly to replace. Therefore, unless the knobs are special to you, it’s best to take this route instead of having them repaired.

At TMN Locksmiths we provide an extensive array of locksmithing services to anyone who requires them. Said services include the likes of complete door fittings, security upgrades, master key systems and much more. If you find yourself in need of our help at any point, don’t hesitate to call us. We serve all of Northampton and always focus on customer satisfaction.