Rekey Service Coverage

Rekey Service Coverage

Home warranty coverage can offer more than protection for your major home appliances and systems. Liberty Home Guard’s first-class warranty policies can also provide a variety of essential home services. These services include pest control, gutter cleaning, and floor and carpet cleaning, but one of the most popular services is rekey coverage.

The security of your home is of the utmost importance. A home alarm and other security features can provide some reassurance, but key control is your first line of defense.  We can provide a custom policy so that your Liberty Home Guard home warranty also covers locksmith services.

Rekeying vs. Lock Replacement

There’s a difference between rekeying and out-and-out lock replacement.

Rekeying refers to changing the internal mechanisms of a lock so that it requires a different key. Inside a common tumbler lock are a series of spring-loaded pins set at varying levels. When the correct key is inserted into the lock, the pins align. This allows the lock to rotate, thereby opening the door.

A locksmith can rekey a lock by taking it apart and adjusting the internal pins. The lock is effectively reset and requires a new key to align the pins—the old key will no longer work. The locksmith will provide new keys, but your home will have the same lock assembly.

This is different from lock replacement. As you might imagine, lock replacement entails changing the entire lock assembly.

When people referring to “changing the locks,” they usually mean rekeying. A lock replacement is only necessary if the lock assembly has worn down or jammed, which can happen over time. Sometimes a homeowner may want to upgrade a lock to a smart lock, deadbolt, or other model for security or aesthetic reasons.

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Reasons to Rekey a Lock

Rekeying a lock is necessary whenever you lose key control. This term refers to your ability to account for all keys that can open your home’s lock.

There are several circumstances that can require you to gain or regain key control. Here are a few of the most common.

  • Moving into a new home. One of your first tasks when moving into a new home should be to rekey the locks. You can never be sure of who is in possession of a key that unlocks your front door.
  • Losing a key. If you’ve misplaced or lost a key, you’ve lost key control. It’s best to rekey your locks, even if you don’t think that someone who finds the key could determine the home it belongs to.
  • When a previous keyholder departs. Maybe a roommate has moved out, or a nanny or housekeeper has taken another job. Perhaps someone never returned a spare key. Rekeying in these circumstances doesn’t make you paranoid or mistrustful—it makes you prudent.

Liberty Home Guard Home Warranty Locksmith Services

With our rekey service, you can submit a claim to rekey two lock cylinders in your home. All you need to do is fill out a simple form on our website. We’ll take care of finding a qualified locksmith, so you won’t need to search for one yourself.

You’ll also save money. The average cost of rekeying a lock in the United States is around $150. In some locations with a higher cost of living, rekeying expenses can exceed $300.

Our locksmith service is an optional addition to your Liberty Home Guard home warranty. If you’re interested in a policy that provides inexpensive and convenient home security, use our website to request a free quote. You can also reach our team by calling (866)-225-7958.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is a home warranty?

    A home warranty is a service contract that covers the cost of repairs and replacements for your home’s systems and appliances when they break down over time from normal wear and tear.

  • How does a home warranty work?

    It’s simple, you can select the coverage plan of your choice that is the best fit for your home and budget.

    When you request service for a covered item, you will be charged a pre-set fee in order to initiate the service request.

    With an LHG home warranty, when a covered item needs repair, simply follow these steps:

    • File a claim online or call.
    • After paying your set fee, we’ll put you in contact with a local contractor to schedule your appointment.
    • After officially diagnosing the problem, the contractor will contact us to make sure the issue is covered by your plan.
    • If everything checks out, the contractor will then repair or replace the item in question.
    • Afterwards, we’ll check in with you by email or phone to make sure you’re happy with the job.
  • What does a home warranty cover?

    Liberty Home Guard offers 3 different plans depending on the coverage your home needs. The Total Home Guard is a combination of both our Appliance Guard and Systems Guard plan. It is our most comprehensive and most economical.

    We offer add-ons to each plan. Check HERE for our Home Warranty Plans & Policies page to learn more about everything we cover.

  • How is a home warranty different from homeowner’s insurance?

    A home warranty covers the costs of repairs and replacements of major home appliances and systems. Home systems, for example, include plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.

    Homeowners insurance provides coverage if theft or natural disaster hits.

  • How is a home warranty different from a manufacturer’s warranty?

    The main difference is that a manufacturer’s warranty generally covers the failed part of a single appliance, but usually doesn’t include the cost of labor or repair. With a home warranty, one plan covers a variety of systems and appliances, making it a more cost-effective way to safeguard your home.

  • Why is buying a home warranty a good decision for homeowners?

    A home warranty protects the homeowner’s budget by removing the risk of fluctuating expenses when big ticket items break down. With a Liberty Home Guard home warranty, the homeowner will pay for a monthly plan, along with a flat rate service call fee associated with any repairs, rather than the full retail cost of replacing or repairing any of their home appliances or systems.

  • Do I have to get a home inspection before getting a Liberty Home Guard home warranty?

    No. Liberty Home Guard doesn’t require a home inspection or any maintenance records to purchase a home warranty plan.

  • How long does it take to fulfill a service request?

    Liberty Home Guard will dispatch a licensed technician to your home within 24 - 48 (business) hours of your request. Extenuating circumstances do apply.

  • Can I choose my own service contractor?

    Yes, you absolutely can. We only ask that you reach out to us first so that we can authorize the contractor you'd like to work with. This helps ensure that the highest standards are applied and that you and your family are kept safe. In our experience, you will usually save the most money and get the best work done using an LHG Certified Professional. All of our contractors are licensed professionals, and their work comes with a 60-day workmanship guarantee.

  • What happens if I sell my home?

    You can take your warranty with you to your new home, or cancel your warranty plan.

    To cancel your policy with Liberty Home Guard, please log in to your online customer portal and select the ‘Policy Details’ tab. There you will find a link titled ‘Cancel Coverage’. Alternatively, you can also call us at (866) 465-2403 or email us [email protected].

  • How long does my contract last?

    LHG seeks to empower its customers, enabiling you to find the contract term that is right for you. You can purchase a policy that is month-to-month, annual, or multi-year. Our multi-year plans provide the most value, call us toll free at (866) 396-5837 to find out more.

  • How do I make sure my coverage continues?

    If you have set up automatic payments with us, we will send your new contract 30 days before the old one expires. If you are not on an automatic payment system, you can continue coverage by logging into your account or calling us toll-free at  (866) 396-5837.

  • Can I cancel at any time?

    Yes, you can cancel at any time. If your cancellation occurs within the first 30 days of your coverage, we’ll refund your contract fees minus the cost of claims paid, and we will charge a small administrative overhead fee. If you cancel after the 30th day, you’ll receive a prorated refund of your contract fees for the rest of the contract term minus the cost of claims paid, and we will charge a small administrative overhead fee.

    To cancel your policy with Liberty Home Guard, please log in to your online customer portal and select the ‘Policy Details’ tab. There you will find a link titled ‘Cancel Coverage’. Alternatively, you can also call us at (866) 465-2403 or email us [email protected].

  • Is there a limit to the number of repairs I get during my contract term?

    No, we do not have a limit, although some coverage limitations, such as cost caps, may apply.

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