The combination safe or vault has been the top means of protecting valuable assets for well over a century now — and safes have been around much longer than that with a variety of different locking mechanisms. On the plus side, this means we have made some impressive advancements in terms of safe/vault durability and security. However, no matter how much technology has advanced, there are still mechanical components to contend with — which means grinding, shifting, and eventual damage to the internal workings. No matter how durable and long-lasting your safe is, it’ll need to be serviced on occasion. If you want to avoid damage to your safe or vault, keep an eye out for these signs that it’s due for servicing:
The Lock or Dial Sticks
Just like your front door’s deadbolt lock (or any other lock), if it sticks or doesn’t want to turn, this is a good warning sign that something is going wrong. If your safe or vault isn’t serviced regularly, the issue could be as simple as grime gumming up the works. However, if any part of the mechanism grinds or gets out of alignment, that can also affect how difficult it is to turn the dial. And, even if you don’t have a turn-dial combination lock, the lock sticking is a signal that something internally needs some attention from your local safe-servicing locksmith.
The Lock is Loose
On the opposite end of the spectrum, it may feel like the lock is loose, or like it doesn’t want to engage. Not only is this a sign that something is funky inside your safe’s or vault’s mechanism, but it also poses a security concern. You do not want a loose lock because it could be more easily forced open! The lock on your safe/vault can loosen over time, especially if some of the components inside are grinding and wearing away. Grinding means that seamless fit won’t be seamless, and if it goes on too long, you will need to call an experienced locksmith to fix or replace the components to make sure your safe/vault stays secure.
The Combination Changes
Now, the previous two issues are pretty intuitive ways of figuring out something is wrong. If you think your combination has been changing, no, you are not going crazy! This is something that happens with combination locks specifically, but if something is going wrong with your vault’s or safe’s internal assemblage, it may subtly change your combination over time — even if it is only by a digit or two. This issue doesn’t normally affect those with keypad or electronic locks, but is a good sign that your combination safe needs to be serviced.
The Lock Makes Odd Clicking Noises
When you engage or disengage the lock, your safe should be silent. The whole internal mechanism is designed to fit together seamlessly, so if you hear it clicking or making other odds, that is a pretty good indicator that things are not fitting together the way they were intended to. In theory, if you call your local locksmith to have your vault/safe serviced as soon as you start hearing those noises, you may be able to mitigate worse damage from affecting the locking mechanism.
The Door is Difficult to Latch
As previously mentioned, all of the internal workings of your vault/safe are designed to fit together seamlessly. So, if you notice that the door is difficult to latch shut, or the lock does not want to engage once the door is shut, this is a clear warning that something is wrong somewhere in the internal workings of your safe/vault.
Routine Safe Service vs Repairs
It is important to pay attention to the subtle signs your safe/vault gives off in order to keep it as secure as possible. If you notice any of these signals, call your local locksmith to schedule repairs quickly or those issues could compromise the integrity of your safe. If you want to stave off issues, however, the best way to keep your safe in good repair is to schedule regular servicing. Whether you need repairs or routine care in Hamilton or across New Jersey, trust your local, experienced commercial locksmith team. We have the experience to maintain and repair everything from small residential safes to large bank vaults. Call today to schedule!