Locks are essential safety features for your home or business; however, they do not last forever and will need to be replaced eventually. Thankfully, locks will start showing signs that they need to be replaced, which will ensure that your home or business will always be protected, as long as you know what you’re looking for. Here are a few tell-tale signs that you may need to replace your locks:

Old locks

As we mentioned already, locks don’t last a lifetime. In fact, most locks will only last between 7 and 10 years. So, if you’ve had your locks for an average of 8 years or more, we recommend that you replace them as soon as possible. The longer it takes for you to replace your locks, the more chance there is of them failing on you.

Rusty locks

When your locks start to rust, it is usually a sign of their age. You should replace these locks as soon as you notice the rust as it will slowly start to affect the inner components of the lock. If it is left for too long, your lock may stop working entirely and the rusted components would not be much of a challenge for potential threats.

Difficulty opening

Do you have to jiggle your keys around in the lock more than usual? This is a sign that your lock needs to be replaced. Having difficulties trying to open a lock can be due to many reasons including broken or rusted inner components.

Stuck keys

If your keys are getting stuck in your lock, this is another sign that you may need to replace your lock. Stuck keys is generally another sign of rusted or corroded components within the lock, but it could also be due to loose, components.