• How Weather Affects Your Locks

    Locks are only as good as their functioning mechanisms. As long as they lock and hold tight, we don’t necessarily concern ourselves with their condition. However, there are a plethora of variables that can affect how a lock operates. One of those variables is the weather. After experiencing a long winter and a wild transition into the spring, it’s time to examine how the changing weather can affect your locks.

    Spring/Summer
    As the weather begins to warm and the temperatures rise, outside locks are more prone to malfunctioning. The increasing heat can cause door frames to swell and expand. Locks that are on the exterior of a building or home are susceptible to the expanding conditions of the door frame. As a result of this expansion, keys can get stuck and locks can get jammed. One material that is prone to this issue in particular, is wood. Wood easily swells in the heat and locks on these doors will be equally affected.

    Fall/Winter
    On the other hand, during the cooler season, that’s when the locks really take a beating. When temperatures fall below freezing, locks begin to contract. This contraction creates a poor fit between the lock mechanism and door. You may see people try to pull on the door to re-center the lock, but that is not always the best solution. This problem affects everything from regular locks to a deadbolt lock which can be difficult to unlock in the cold.  Additionally, between snow ice, locks can become frozen over or frozen shut. A heated key may not always work in these situations and could potentially damage the lock further.

    Regardless of weather, be sure to check on your locks periodically. Keeping a watchful eye on your locks throughout the year will help with preventative maintenance. When you encounter any difficult situations with your lock, be sure to contact your local Philadelphia locksmith right away.