(With Professional Locksmith Services)
Problems never happen at a convenient time, and they usually happen when you are in a hurry. This inconvenience certainly applies when your key snaps apart after you’ve put it into a lock. So, how do you go about removing the snapped key? The first thing you can do is to remain calm and not to panic. Do you have another key that can be used to unlock another house or car door until a professional locksmith can remove the snapped key? In the case that the key was for your office door or a safe deposit box, you will need to notify someone as sometimes you need further authority to duplicate those keys.
When the snapped key is your personal key, check to see how far the broken part of the key is in the lock. If you can grip the part of the key outside of the lock, you can safely pull it out if the key is in the unlocked position and your problem is resolved. But, if the key is turned in the lock, and you can’t return it to the unlocked position, don’t pull it out because that will damage the lock pins inside the keyhole. Not only will this cause internal keyhole damage, but you still will be without your key.
When the broken key is stuck in the keyhole, and you are determined to remove it on your own, you might try using every sharp, pointed, or pinching object close at hand. Unless you are an avid handyman with locksmith experience and tools, the problem with a DIY approach is that you are creating a bigger problem than just a snapped key. You could destroy the lock mechanism and the frame of the keyhole. And, either of these problems will need to be repaired or replaced at a far greater price than having a skilled, professional locksmith remove the broken key. Remember to keep the broken part of the key not stuck in the lock. Once the part of the key in the lock is removed with no additional damage to the lock, the two parts of the key can be given to the locksmith who will make you a new key. Although we don’t recommend it as a first option, for further help going down the DIY path, this clip may offer more assistance.
The bottom line on how to remove a snapped key is with the help of a licensed locksmith. Positive Security WA is a locally owned and operated locksmith company that has been serving the Perth Northen Suburbs. We have years of experience at all lock, key, and security issues. Our emergency service is available 7 days a week specifically to help with problems such as a broken key in a lock. Rather than risk creating an expensive lock repair situation, trust a professional locksmith from Positive Security WA to solve your situation at a reasonable cost.
You can call us, day or night, at (08) 6244 4215, and one of our specialized key removal technicians will be dispatched to your home, office, or vehicle location to quickly remove the broken key, assess the lock and keyhole for any damage or weaknesses, and make you a new key so you can be on your way with a minimal delay.