Servicing and Replacing A Mortise Lock Set
As a home or storefront owner, you can never compromise on privacy and security. The first option for ensuring safety is to install a door lock system. If you worry about your home, business, or car security, the good news is that Elegant Lock and Key has the solution for that. Elegant Lock and Key is a professional locksmith company that installs different high-security locks, including a mortise lock system. Here is what you need to know about a mortise lock.
WHAT IS A MORTISE LOCK?
A mortise lock is a secure security lock that a locksmith installs in the pocket or mortise of a specific door. You can find mortise locks in most older constructions built before the advent of bored cylindrical blocks. Recently, mortise locks have gained popularity in commercial and upmarket residential buildings.
A mortise lock is unique since it comprises top-quality elements. It is has a unique mechanism installed inside the door. Additionally, a mortise lock set consists of four primary components. These parts include a mortise lock, strike plate, key cylinder, and lock trim.
The lock should fit in a pocket or mortise in the door when one installs it. It is an efficient lock system.
MORTISE LOCK PARTS
The parts include;
Lock body. The lock body houses the bolt work, the components that engage and disengage the lock
Knobs/ handle. It turns to retract the latch once you unlock the door
Through spindle. It is a long rod that links the knobs via the door and mortise lock body
Strike plate. It is a metal fixture that a locksmith fastens onto the doorway to line up with the latch bolt and potential deadbolt residing in the mortise’s lock body
Lock cylinder. It secures via the door into the lock body. That way, the door unlocks once you insert the key. A mortise lock cylinder has a cam. The cam is a rotating rectangular piece of metal that manipulates the knob’s ability to retract the latch
Other mortise lock parts include;
- Hard collars
- Escutcheon plates.
SERVICING A MORTISE LOCK SET
Mortise locks are antiques. Therefore, it is imperative to know how to service individual mortise lock parts to guarantee functionality. To clean or service the components, a locksmith can disassemble the mortise lock and use any recommended techniques to service them.
For DIY servicing, you can use the vinegar method. Here, you place the rusted metal parts of the mortise lock in a container full of vinegar. On the other hand, electrolysis is a more professional technique. It involves one running an electric current through a liquid to rust (chemically changed iron oxide).
“I needed a new high-security mortise lock for my office near Clarks Summit, PA, so I called Elegant Lock and Key. I spoke to the very courteous phone rep who also happened to be an expert on mortise locks. He helped me find a lock that would have all the features I wanted and be easy to operate! The company was prompt — they came right out and installed it immediately. It’s been great knowing that I have a reliable safety feature in my office, protecting both my employee’s and our client’s information. We absolutely love our new mortise lock!”
Taylor, PA – “We needed a new mortise lock installed for security purposes. Many locksmiths quoted us over $700 but Shawn from Elegant Lock and Key was able to install the lock for a more reasonable price and did so with an enormous sense of urgency! He was very professional and even helped us install new deadbolts on our front door. I would 100% recommend him to anyone looking for any kind of locksmith service.”
“I can’t recommend this company enough! We live in Pittston, PA, and no other locksmith company can beat their prices. We needed a new mortise lock in our home, and they did an amazing job installing it for a very affordable price. The locksmith came out the same day, installed the lock perfectly, and even changed all of the hardware on that door for us! He was also extremely polite and professional about his work.”
Several things can go wrong with a mortise lock set. Such is the case with most old or heavily used mortise locks. You can also have your mortise lock parts replaced if they are beyond repair and servicing. Elegant Lock and Key can help you with your mortise lock replacement needs. Talk to an Elegant Lock and Key expert for your mortise lock replacement needs today.