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The expert locksmiths from Manchester Locksmiths 24HR answer

At Manchester Locksmiths 24HR, our main priority is 100% customer satisfaction. Therefore, other than offering professional and reliable locksmith services, we try to consult our clients on all they need to know about home, business, and office security.

Below, we have compiled a list of the most common locksmith questions that we get from our clients. We will cover everything from the services you can get from a skilled locksmith to tips on how to make your property safer with premium lock mechanisms and many more. And most importantly, should you have a question not included in our FAQs, our technicians are available to answer via the phone 0161 870 6398.

Why are locksmiths so expensive?

That depends on the locksmiths’ work. Usually, the price accumulates few positions: the cost of the lock itself, or the hardware that you need to change or repair, the work itself, you can name it a labour price and the VAT. Some locksmiths can add the travel time they spend in the traffic jams or getting to your place, as technicians work at your location mostly. If you bring your lock to the key cutting shop the price will be different as it is another kind of service. “It’s all relative”- Einstein explains.

Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?

This is a matter of safety. Briefly, if you had bought a new house or office, lost your keys and can’t find them, or your place was burgled - it is recommended to change the locks totally. In this case, you will pay for the peace of mind – guarantee that the intruder will not have easy access. You pay for the new lock, locksmith’s work and spare keys, etc. Another case, if your keys are damaged only, but you have them. You can order a re-key service with us. Then your expenses will be for the locksmith’s work and set of new keys, etc. It is you who decides.

Can I change a lock myself?

If you have previous experience or are a locksmith, of course, you can. Most locks come with installation instruction today, or you can find the training video on YouTube. All you need are tools, smart hands and plenty of time and patience.

As one of the leading locksmiths in Manchester, we recommend doing only minor repairs yourself. Fast and complex work is better to be left to a professional locksmith. In this case, you will save your day and money. Supposedly not everyone uses non-destructive techniques. To avoid high expenses and if you have a chance to call a professional, do it.

Our expert locksmiths specialise in the emergency door opening, lock picking, lock repair, lock fitting, safe door opening, broken key extraction, auto locksmith services as well as residential, commercial, and emergency locksmith services, uPVC door and window lock repair, burglary repair and many more. You can always give us a call and explain your particular problem, then our technicians will know how to help you.

How soon can I get emergency locksmith services?

When you happen to be locked out of a car, your home or office, we understand that this can be a very stressful situation. If you need emergency locksmith services in Manchester, our technicians will get there ASAP. As we work 24 hours 7 days a week. You can always call us and check the time or reschedule if needed.

What are your hours of operation?

Because of the nature of these services, we are a 24hr locksmith in Manchester. Feel free to give us a phone call on 0161 870 6398 on weekdays, weekends, check for the holidays.

But, what if my key breaks at 2 am?

Just call us right away. We do not want you to be stuck outside or inside whether it is in the afternoon or at midnight. We are available 24/7 and cover Manchester, Salford and the nearby areas. Contact us 0161 870 6398 to find out more.

What should I do if my key snaps in the lock?

The first thing you need to do is calm down and then give us a call. We highly recommend against DIY attempts to remove the key as this may result in more lock or door sheet damage. Sometimes even a window is broken. Let the professionals arrive and we will do it without any fuss.

Can your locksmiths repair a lock without breaking it?

We prefer to stick to non-destructive repair measures to cut down costs. However, in extreme cases, our technicians may seek your approval to break a lock.

How long will it take to repair a lock?

You are very eager to get inside your premises and we are aware of that. Depending on your type of lock, we should get the job done in less than an hour. Kindly note that the more complex a lock is, the longer it may take. For instance, fixing a Yale lock takes only 20 minutes but a mortice lock may take up to 50 minutes.

What types of locks can do you work with?

Mostly all types of locks. Be it a Euro Cylinder, night lock, or mortice lock, any brand. We prefer and recommend British Standard locks.

Will you have all the tools needed to fix my locks?

This is one of the areas that we succeed significantly. Our technicians literally come armed to the teeth. When you call us to perform a locksmith service, we ensure that we get the necessary kit. So that our technicians come prepared with the tools as well as parts that may need replacement.

Should I change my locks if I lose my keys?

You definitely should. Because you do not know where you lost them, you cannot risk leaving the possibility of being burgled by who found them to chance.

Should I change the locks when I buy a house? Or When I move to a new office, should I change locks?

Of course, you should. For starters, you do not know how many copies there and who has them. By changing to a new set of locks, you are assured of 100% safety.

What is the safest door lock?

Having been in this line of work for years, we can testify that the confirmed fact about British Standard locks is true. Not only do we prefer British standard locking devices because of the current legislation, but these locks are of a high-quality and will safeguard your property. Also, do not forget that most insurance policies require that your locks are British standard.

What do I do when my house gets burgled?

First inform the police, allow them to assess the scene, and gather evidence. Once they are done, our team will be outside ready and equipped to perform burglary repairs and enhance the security of your premises and prevent this from happening again.

We promise that we shall update our FAQ section with interesting new questions. And now, if you could not find what you’ve looked for, please contact Manchester Locksmiths 24HR directly over the phone 0161 870 6398.

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