How To Thaw Frozen Locks

The frigid Canadian winters can pose all kinds of problems, even with the locks on your car or home. If your locks get frozen, getting them thawed and unlocked can be quite the task. A frozen lock is definitely frustrating, and no one wants to be stuck out in the cold. Before you call a locksmith, here are some tips to help you safely thaw out your frozen locks so you can get inside and get warm quickly. 

Heat Your Key Up

If you're able to warm up your key to a hot enough temperature, it could be sufficient to eventually penetrate the lock. Using a match or a lighter, heat your key up. After it's hot enough, try to slide it into the lock. It may take a few minutes to work as the heated metal slowly thaws the ice inside of the lock. If the locking mechanism is still frozen solid, you may need to repeat the process a few times until you can get the ice melted.

Try Hot Liquid

Warm water or other hot liquids can help melt the ice inside of your frozen locks. If you have a cup of coffee, this will be sufficient enough to work but you may need a lot of hot liquid in order to completely thaw the lock out so you can insert the key. Pour the hot water or other liquid slowly over the handle of your door until the ice starts to melt. This process definitely works, but you'll need to patient. Keep in mind that you may have to repeat this process several times until the heated liquid has done its job. The heat from the liquid will also help warm up the handle, which can contribute to the thawing process. 

Use A Canned Deicer Spray

A de-icing spray solution can also be an effective way to get a frozen lock thawed. This material comes in an aerosol can with a tiny tube attached so you can insert it directly into the lock. Deicers contain a special lubricant and alcohol mixture that work together to quickly melt ice. Keep a can of deicer in your vehicle at all times so you'll have access to it if you need it. In order to prevent your locks from freezing in the future, make sure they're well lubricated and as clean as possible. Proper maintenance of your car and home locks can help prevent a frozen lock emergency in the future.