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At Citrus Lock & Security, we know there are difficult decisions that need to be made when trying to decide which service will best suit your needs. We believe it’s important as well as beneficial to be informed with any information we can provide. Here we have provided answers to our most frequently asked questions to assist you. If you require any additional information, please feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to hear from our customers; whether you are returning or someone looking for answers. We thank you for your interest and hope you enjoy your visit with us.
The 5 Most Common Questions Customers Ask Us
Q: Do I have to completely change out my locks to get new keys?
A: No. About 98% of the time, you do not have buy new locks to get "new" or different keys. We can re-key your existing locks to a completely new set of keys so the old keys no longer work and it is substantially less expensive then purchasing new locks.
Q: How long does it take to have my whole house re-keyed to a new set of keys? A: The average home usually has about 6 to 8 locks; 3 or 4 knob locks and 3 or 4 deadbolt locks. In most cases, the average time to complete the re-key is about an hour to an hour and a half. Obviously if you have more locks, it will take a little longer. But in most cases, it's not an all day or all night affair.
Q: How often should I lubricate my locks & why? A: If you are a seasonal resident, we recommend spraying all your locks before you leave for home in the spring with WD-40 only. Upon your return to FL in the fall, it should be done again. We do not recommend the use of graphite be it powder or liquid because it will eventually "gum" up the inside of the lock causing future problems. Graphite works well in the Northern States but not down here in Florida.
With the high dew point and humidity, eventually the graphite will "cake" around the moving parts inside the lock and create problems. If you are a year round resident, we recommend 3 or 4 times each year.ALL locks have moving parts inside and like a car engine, they need lubrication to keep the parts moving freely, thus eliminating trouble.
Q: I now have several different keys that fit the doors in my home. Can I have all of the lockskeyed to 1 key? A: Yes. About 98% of the time, we can re-key all the existing locks on the same key. Once in a while, we run into a case where the key will not fit into a lock. Then we just replace that one particular lock so 1 key will fit all the locks.
Q: I just moved into a new house. Why should I have all the locks re-keyed to a different set of keys? A: If it's a brand new, never lived in house, you definitely want to re-key the entire house ASAP after closing. Reason being, the general contractor and ALLthe sub contractors who built your home still have keys and those keys are DIFFERENT from yours. 95% of the time at closing, your given only 2 keys and your under the falsehood of thinking you have the only keys for the house... NOT TRUE! Most Realtors are not aware of this and think only the general contractor's key will no longer work; such is not the case. So you want to re-key as soon as possible.
SPECIAL NOTE OF INTEREST:
If you purchased a re-sale home and it is more then 2 or 3 years old, youDEFINITELY want to re-key the entire house ASAP after closing. Again reason being, usually everybody and their brother has a key; neighbors, friends and relatives of the previous owners; the list goes on and on. You would be surprised who has keys you don't know about. So in either case, don't take any unnecessary chances on your safety and security. It's well worth the piece of mind and in most cases, relatively inexpensive.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask us. Remember, information is just about the only thing in life that's still free today. All you have to do is ask us.We look forward to hearing from you. Watch our video on You Tube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE6ELT7zRJE
Citrus Lock & Security 6715 W. Mable Lane Dunnellon, FL. 34433 Please Keep In Mind, We Do Accept Credit Or Debit Cards For Our Out Of Area Or Out Of State Customers. For Our Local Customers, We Will Gladly Accept Either Cash, Check or Credit / Debit Cards. Thank You.