The average cost for a locksmith is between $50 and $100, depending on the service. That’s a lot of money to fix a problem that can quickly be addressed as a DIY job. As the Youtube video “Home Improvement & Repair Tips: How to Fix Door Locks” highlights, proper troubleshooting is the key to quickly finding where the problem lies and correcting it with the appropriate solution. Knowing what to look for can help to turn a mountain into a molehill.
DIY Lock Repairs
Several problems may prevent a door lock from locking. The striker plate is generally the most common problem.
Many people may already have the tools they need in their homes to fix this problem. Apart from the striker plate, other factors may prevent a door lock from working, such as the buildup of dirt and grime inside the locking mechanism, a damaged or broken key, or even certain weather conditions.
In some cases, repairs to the damaged lock aren’t possible, and a replacement may be required. It’s essential to do proper maintenance on locks as this can enhance the life span of a door lock before repairs or replacement is needed.