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Broken Key Extraction

Broken keys are a common problem, but fortunately, Alta Locksmithing is a leading provider of broken key extraction services in the Buffalo area! We have a team of highly trained and experienced locksmiths who are experts at safely and quickly removing broken keys from all types of locks. We understand that a broken key can be a frustrating and stressful experience, which is why we offer fast, friendly, professional, and affordable services to get you back on your way!
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Get Unstuck With Our Broken Key Extraction Service!

Have you ever broken a key while trying to unlock a home, business, or even a car door or ignition? If so, you know how frustrating and even stressful it can be! Fortunately, Alta Locksmithing offers key extraction services to help you get back on track. We have the tools and experience needed to safely remove broken keys from any type of lock, including those found in businesses, homes, and automobiles.

So don't hesitate! - call us at 716-331-8964 or schedule an appointment below the next time you're dealing with a broken key - our trusted locksmiths will soon be there to help!

What Causes Keys to Break in Locks?

Even though your metal house or car keys may seem quite durable, it's actually quite easy to end up with a broken key. If a key accidentally becomes slightly bent, there's immediately much more of a risk when pulling a key out of a locked or unlocked position. With every twist, a bent key gets closer and closer to breaking, and typically when keys break, leaving the broken part inside the key cylinder.

If you've ever tried to remove a key fragment on your own, then you may already know that it's an extremely difficult task. If you're not careful or don't use the proper extraction tools, you risk pushing the broken key fragment deeper into the keyhole.

As simple as it may at first seem, it often takes a locksmith with an appropriate extractor tool to remove a broken key. By contacting a professional locksmith like Alta Locksmithing, you can get your door open within just a few minutes!

Can A Broken Key Be Extracted From Locks?

Of course! Sometimes, a broken piece can be lodged in far enough that the extraction may take several attempts. Luckily, our locksmiths at Alta Locksmithing have handled plenty of cases in which a singular broken piece and even multiple thin pieces have broken off into the lock cylinder.

We understand how to handle these delicate situations and will take great care while performing the extraction process to not damage or further jam the keyhole. We've even handled situations where the key broke inside an automobile's lock cylinder, though had to be extracted at a difficult angle.

What's certain is that calling a professional locksmith is the best way to go about extracting a blade. Not only will they have the proper tools to get the job done quickly, but they'll get it done with unbeatable service!

We Extract Broken Keys Stuck In Ignitions!

As previously mentioned, Alta locksmithing handles automotive broken key extractions as well! A car key break is just as difficult, if not more so than metal house keys. The angle at which some car key lock cylinders sit can make it difficult to reach inside or insert a pair of needle-nose pliers. Our locksmiths are also commonly called to remove a broken key from car doors instead of the ignition, which is still difficult without the proper tools to insert into a car lock.

How Broken Keys Are Extracted

When it comes to extraction, our locksmiths only use the best tools on the market. We understand that our customers want their locks, keys, doors, and ignitions to work as efficiently as new ones, which means we take every call with a great deal of care. We'll analyze your specific problem to better understand how to safely remove the broken blade from your lock without damaging it.

Learn more about how broken keys are removed in the explanations below!

Commercial & Residential Door Key Extract

There are a few different methods that our locksmiths may use to remove a broken key from either a business or home door. First, we'll need to insert a tension wrench into the keyway in order to relieve pressure on the broken part of the key.

Once the tension wrench is in place, we'll then insert a broken key extractor. With the extractor in, we'll then need to twist it in order to grab onto the blade so that we can slowly pull it out. This is a delicate process, as too much pressure may cause further damage to the lock and make it difficult to remove the key.

Luckily, our locksmith team has plenty of experience with this process and will be able to quickly and efficiently remove the key from your door!

Ignition Lock Cylinder & Car Door Car Key Extract

Automotive broken key extractions are a bit similar to residential or commercial door extractions in some aspects. We also begin by inserting a tension wrench into the keyway and turning until the cylinder is in the unlocked position.

Once the tension wrench is in place, we then insert a long, thin needle or hook-shaped extractor tool. With the extractor in, we'll then need to twist it in order to grab onto the blade so that we can drag it out. This process is often more difficult with car keys, as the angle in which the lock cylinders sit can make it difficult far enough to reach inside where the key broke.

However, our locksmiths are familiar with this process and certainly know their way around a pair of needle-nose pliers and a key extractor!

Tools Used In Our Unlocking Process

To give you an idea of the level of professional locksmith extractor equipment used in our extraction process, we've listed several of our tools below.

  1. Broken Key Extractor
  2. Needle-Nose Pliers
  3. Tweezers
  4. Mini Saw Blades
  5. Unconventional Methods

How Much Is A Key Extraction on Average?

The price of a key extraction will depend on a few different factors. The first thing that our locksmiths will consider is whether the broken key is stuck in a residential, commercial, or automotive door. As you can imagine, each type of door has a different level of difficulty when it comes to removing a key blade.

The second thing that will affect the price is the severity of the extraction. For example, if the broken key is stuck in the ignition, it may be more difficult to remove and, therefore, a bit more expensive. The last thing to consider is whether you have any special requests.

For instance, if you need us to make you a new key on-site, that will be an additional fee. On average, our locksmiths charge between $60 and $120 for key extraction. However, we always recommend giving us a call so that we can give you a more accurate estimate!

Here For Emergencies When Your Key Breaks

Whether you're dealing with a broken key in your home, office, or car, our locksmiths are here to help with 24/7 emergency locksmithing! In situations where a key has broken or if you've become locked out due to a jammed key fragment, we always recommend calling a professional when you find yourself in such a predicament.

Contact A Local Buffalo, NY Locksmith Key Extractor

Call our professionals at Alta Locksmithing! We offer key extraction services for all types of keys, and our local locksmiths in Buffalo, NY are the best at what they do!

We extract your broken keys at a quick and affordable rate, so you can get back to what matters in life.

If you have a broken key, don't risk extracting it yourself - call Alta Locksmithing today!

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