Posts made in September 2018

Most Common Reasons for Broken Locks

Lock Replacement in Orlando |

The locks on doors tend to take a great deal of use, so they may unexpectedly break. You don’t want to find yourself locked out of your own home or office, which means your property won’t be secure nor will the inhabitants of the building. That’s why it pays to know how to tell when something is wrong with a lock on your door. Some of the most common indications that there is a problem with a lock on your door include the following:

A Lock Has Seized Up. You can tell that a lock has seized up if it does not turn at all when you put your key into it. Try putting a damp cotton swab into it to wipe out the dirt or grime that may be clogging the mechanism. Use a silicone spray and then work the key around to spread the lubricant around.

Misaligned Weather Stripping. If the weather stripping on the door is not properly aligned, it may prevent the door lock from functioning properly. Try removing the weather stripping and realigning it properly before you try to move the lock.

Lock Bolt Not Operating. The mechanism in your lock may be broken if the lock doesn’t work when you turn the key. If you can, remove the lock to check for missing or worn parts. You can also call a professional at Arrow Locksmith for lock repairs or a lock replacement in Orlando.

The Many Different Kinds of Locks, Part 1

Lock Repair in Orlando |

You have lots of options when you are putting in a new door lock at your home or business. The kind of lock you install depends on the level of security you need and the type of doors you are installing.

As an essential part of any building, door locks keep the inhabitants and their belongings safe inside of a home or business. Some of the most common types of locks that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs include all of the following:

  • Padlocks: Padlocks are most commonly used on doors that don’t need high-level security, like shed and storage unit doors. Padlocks are not attached to anything else but instead lock into themselves. They are available in large and small sizes and are usually square or rectangular with a U-shaped bar. One side of the bar locks and releases while the other end of the bar stays in the lock but moves up and down.
  • Deadbolts: A separate mechanism from the doorknob, a deadbolt lock adds an additional layer of security to your front door. Using both a doorknob lock and a deadbolt on home or business entry doors helps to prevent the risk of intruders.
  • Door Knob Locks: One of the most common kinds of lock, the doorknob lock is found on many inner bathroom and bedroom doors in homes. These locks have the locking mechanism inside the doorknob, and they have knobs on either side of the door that can have a single or double cylinder, depending on whether the door locks from the inside or not.

Contact when you need a new lock or any kind of lock repair in Orlando or anywhere in Central Florida.

The Benefits of a Panic Bar

Panic Bar in Orlando |

Installing a panic bar in Orlando at your retail store, school, or large office building is extremely helpful in an emergency situation. A panic bar from Arrow Locksmith is a spring-loaded metal bar that is attached horizontally across the interior of the door. When the bar is pushed, the door immediately is unlatched, which enables people to exit quickly and easily out of a building. The door with the panic bar opens outwardly rather than inwardly.

In a large building where there may be hundreds or even thousands of people, it makes sense to help those who may be panicking in an emergency get out quickly. When the wrong kinds of doors are installed, a group of people may be stuck together with no one able to get out safely. If exits are safe for quick access, the chances of injuries are greatly increased. Additional reasons to install a panic bar on doors in a commercial space include all of the following:

  • Panic Bar Is Safe
  • Affordable Option for Safety
  • Reduction in Insurance Costs
  • Variety of Options in Size, Shape, Color
  • Reduced Risk in Case of Fire

If your commercial facility does not currently have a panic bar installed at exits, it is a good idea to look into the benefits they offer now. This will make a building safer and easier to exit in an emergency situation.


The New Arrow Locksmith shop

Hurricane Charley barreled through Central Florida on August 14th 2004 and Arrow Locksmith in Orlando took a direct hit along with many of our neighbors in the Central Florida community. Hurricane Charley took our roof; we needed a new shop and fast! Wanting to to stay local to the Pinecastle area we began searching for a new shop. Fortunately one of the property managers that we did work for mentioned a place they had available less than a mile away on South Orange Avenue near Oak Ridge Road. We took one look and quickly made the move to our new and much improved shop.

Arrow Locksmith new shop.

Arrow Locksmith new location at 6004 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando.

We have now been at this location for 14 years and the added space has allowed us to expand our inventory as well as our showroom greatly. The old shop allowed room to display a couple of small safes and very little else. Our new shop has about 20 safes at any one time on display as well as commercial and residential locking hardware and a huge range of custom keys and accessories.

We have much more room to stock just about any lock or door hardware for our commercial and residential customers. We stock door closers, panic bars, commercial lever sets in all functions in both grade 1 and grade 2, residential locks, padlocks for just about any application, file cabinet and desk locks, glass storefront locks, cylinders, pivots, push paddles, mailbox locks …


Inside Arrow Locksmith shop

Inside Arrow Locksmith shop showing a few of the safes and door hardware we offer for sale.

Inside Arrow Locksmith shop

Inside Arrow Locksmith shop showing counter area with key accessories and custom keys.


work area with key cutting machines

Work area showing some of our key machines.

interior view behind shop counter

View from behind the counter.

Stop by our shop at 6004 South Orange Avenue in Orlando for all your lock and safe needs. We are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon.