“Help, I’ve broken my key in the lock”, is a conversion we have most days with our customers. Somehow, this always happens when you’re in a rush, or you need to be somewhere or do something, and all of a sudden… snap! You’re holding the end half of your broken key. So… Now what?

After niggling at lock for as long as you can with anything pointy that you can find, you realise it’s not budging… and you’ve likely damaged the lock in the process.

Finally, you call a locksmith about the broken key (and now) broken lock. It takes technical skill and the correct tools to get the key out without damage, so trying to remove it yourself could come with a hefty price tag. Many people will attempt to retrieve the key themselves.  This is never recommended as you can cause some serious damage to the existing lock.  Furthermore, depending on the location of the lock, you may damage the paint lock around it.

So what should you do when you’ve broken your key in the lock?

Call a local locksmith… Straight Away!

Calling your local locksmith to do the job correctly will save you time and money. As we explained earlier, if you try to get the key out yourself, you’ll likely damage the mechanisms inside. We know… we see it all the time. People will use anything from hairpins to cutlery to try and get their key out of the lock. The quickest and best solution is simply to call your locksmith straight away.

If you suddenly find your key stuck in your lock and need assistance, please call Thomastown Locksmiths on 03 9464 0332.  Our trained locksmiths will solve your problem as fast as possible.  Our mobile service team is always in the area so you shouldn’t have to worry about waiting too long.

If you’d prefer to leave an enquiry on our website, you may do so HERE.

And just remember – if you can hold-off from trying to get the broken key out on your own, you could potentially save yourself some money in the future.  Lock repairs are far more expensive than key removals.