Lock Issues in Cold Weather

Lock Issues in Cold Weather

Living in Minnesota means lots of great outdoor activities to do in the winter. With plenty of snow and ice there are many winter activities you and your family can enjoy including ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. While the cold snowy winter weather in Minnesota is great for the above activities it is not good for your locks.
Cold Minnesota winters can cause both home and car locks to freeze. Locks freeze up because they have a direct entry to the outside weather through the keyhole and rain, snow, and ice can easily enter the locking mechanism. Once any moisture enters the locking mechanism, it can seep into all parts of the lock causing it to freeze and preventing the lock from working correctly. If enough moisture is present, then the entire lock or door can freeze not only stopping the key from going into the lock, but the whole door (especially a car door) can freeze preventing you from entering.
To gain access to your door lock you have a few options to help unfreeze the lock and allow you entry. If you have a lighter or match, you can use the flame on the metal lock to melt the ice and let you use your key to enter the door. It is essential to be careful if you have a wooden door that you do not do damage to it with the flame. You also have the option of using a lock de-icer that are available in either tubes or sprays that can be directly applied to the frozen lock to quickly melt the ice and allow you to use your key to enter. If you choose to use a de-icer, it is essential to make sure you use one that has silicon as its main ingredient. If you are at home and your car door and lock are frozen shut you can use some hot water to pour on the door and lock and melt the ice, make sure you open the lock and door immediately before the hot water has time to freeze.
Living in the great state of Minnesota means living with cold and snowy winters. At Locksmith Minnesota we understand how aggravating it can be to have a lock freeze preventing you from entering either your home or car. All our technicians carry silicon-based lock de-icers so if you find you find yourself frozen out of your house or car, please call Locksmith Minnesota at (952) 800-7750, and we can have a technician to you very quickly, sometimes within minutes. If you have any other locksmith issues you can speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members or visit our website at locksmithminneapolisco.com.