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Safe won’t open? Here’s what you should do according to a locksmith

There could be several reasons why a safe won’t open. For example, you may have simply locked your keys inside, which, while inconvenient, is not the end of the world and is easily fixed. When your safe won’t open, your goal is always the same: you want to know how to open it so you can return to your locked safe and retrieve your belongings. Remember that while you are reading this, you can always call a locksmith for help at any time – they will have the tools and experience to open your safe for you. However, here are some suggestions from our locksmiths for what to do if your safe will not open.

Determine what type of safe you have

Let’s start with the three main types of safe locks:

  • Digital safe lock: A digital safe lock is the most common type of safe lock. It uses a keypad to enter a code, which will then release the locking mechanism and allow you to open the safe.
  • Combination lock: A combination lock is a type of safe lock that uses a combination of numbers and/or letters to open the safe. We’ve all seen these spinner locks. They work by aligning a pin with several layers of wheels until the lock opens.
  • Key lock: A key lock is a type of safe lock that opens the safe with a physical key. This is the most traditional type of lock, but it is still common today. You must keep the key secure as it is the only way to open the safe.

Dead battery

A dead battery is one of the most common problems with safe locks. You won’t be able to open the safe if your batteries die. Check the batteries regularly and replace them as necessary. Certain manufacturers may have preferred methods or batteries to use, so if you are unsure, contact a locksmith.

Forgotten combination

If you forget your safe’s combination, you may be able to find it by looking through your records. If you can’t find the combination, you’ll need to contact a locksmith or the manufacturer of the safe. They may be able to help you reset the combination or open the safe.

Lock-out mode

Certain safes have a lock-out mode which is engaged when the incorrect code is inputted multiple times. This mode will lock the safe for a set period, usually for a few minutes. This is a security measure to deter thieves from trying to guess the code. If you find yourself in lock-out mode, simply wait for the lock-out period to expire and then try again.

Debris in the keyhole

If you have a physical key, debris can get into the keyhole and prevent the key from turning. This can be frustrating, but there are a few things you can try. First, blow into the keyhole to dislodge any small pieces of debris. If that does not work, you can try using a can of compressed air. Simply point the nozzle into the keyhole and give it a short blast. This should dislodge any debris and allow the key to turn.

Jammed or damaged lock

If your safe lock becomes jammed, it can be very difficult to open the safe. You may need to call a locksmith to help you get the safe open. Once you have the safe open, make sure to check for any damage and have the lock repaired or replaced if necessary.

Our locally based locksmiths at Richards Lock N Safe can provide first-rate, highly responsive service throughout South Australia. We specialise in all types of lock work, including entry gain, repairs and installations, key cutting and safe locksmith services. Whatever your locksmithing requirements are, we have the tools and know-how to assist you quickly. Contact our team today!

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