Locksmith Rekey Service Warranty Coverage

Locksmith Rekey Service Warranty 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.

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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