Calgary winters bring a unique charm, from snowy landscapes to cozy evenings by the fireplace. But there's one thing we all know too well—the biting cold that can leave us shivering in our boots. And, as if the frigid temperatures weren't enough, winter has a sneaky way of causing a few extra headaches, especially when it comes to our locks.
Imagine this scenario: You're all bundled up, ready to head out, only to find that your front door or car lock has chosen this freezing day to act up. You're locked out, shivering, and frustration sets in. It's a situation no Calgarian wants to face. But fear not, we're here to equip you with the knowledge to navigate these chilly challenges.
For Homes: What Not to Do and What to Do Instead
Don't #1: Don't Force the Key
Forcing a key into a frozen lock can lead to key breakage and damage to the lock.
Do #1: Use Lubricant or De-Icer
Apply a lock-specific lubricant or de-icer to thaw the lock gently. Insert the key and wiggle it to distribute the solution evenly.
Don't #2: Don't Use Hot Water
Pouring hot water on a frozen lock may temporarily thaw it, but it can lead to refreezing and potentially damage the lock.
Do #2: Use a De-Icing Spray
Use a lock de-icing spray specifically designed for thawing frozen locks. It's a safe and effective solution.
Don't #3: Don't Use Excessive Force
Exerting too much force when turning the key can break it or damage the lock.
Do #3: Gently Turn the Key
Apply gradual, gentle pressure while turning the key. If it doesn't turn, remove it, apply more de-icer, and try again.
Don't #4: Don't Neglect Maintenance
Failing to maintain your locks during cold weather can lead to more frequent issues.
Do #4: Regularly Lubricate Locks
Before winter arrives, apply lock-specific lubricant to all lock mechanisms. Regular maintenance can prevent freezing issues.
For Vehicles: What Not to Do and What to Do Instead
Don't #1: Don't Force the Key in the Car Lock
Forcing the key into a frozen car lock can damage the key and the lock.
Do #1: Use Lubrication for Car Locks
Apply lock-specific lubricant to the car's lock mechanisms, including the driver's side, trunk, and any other accessible locks.
Don't #2: Don't Use Hot Water on Car Locks
Pouring hot water on a frozen car lock can lead to refreezing and potential damage.
Do #2: Use a De-Icing Spray for Car Locks
Car lock de-icing sprays are designed to safely thaw frozen car locks. Insert the key and gently wiggle it after applying the de-icer.
Don't #3: Don't Use Open Flames
Using open flames to thaw a frozen car lock can damage the lock and pose a fire hazard.
Do #3: Warm Your Car Key
Warm your car key by rubbing it or using a hairdryer on a low setting before inserting it into the lock.
Don't #4: Don't Procrastinate
Waiting until you're locked out to address car lock issues in cold weather can be stressful and inconvenient.
Do #4: Prepare in Advance
Be proactive and take preventive measures before cold weather arrives. Keep de-icer and lock lubricant handy.
When the chill of winter strikes, don't let lock troubles stand in your way. We've armed you with the knowledge of what to avoid and what to embrace when dealing with cold weather lock issues. But, if you find yourself in need of professional assistance, Calgary Lock & Safe is just a call away.
Contact Calgary Lock & Safe Today! Whether it's your home or vehicle, our expert locksmiths are ready to assist you in your time of need. Don't let lock problems freeze your plans. Contact us now, and experience the warmth of reliable, professional service. We're here to keep your life moving, even in the coldest of Calgary's winters.