If you want to replace a deadbolt but keep the same key, there are several options. Sometimes this is necessary because a deadbolt no longer functions properly, or it could be that you want to continue using one key that fits several different deadbolts on the property.
Easy Solution to Replace a Deadbolt but Keep the Same Key
The easiest solution is to start by choosing what is referred to as a “smart key” deadbolt, which is sold at all major home improvement and hardware stores. With this, a key to an old deadbolt can be used on the new lock using a special tool sold as part of the set. While these deadbolts are more technically advanced, they are also more expensive than standard deadbolts.
Of course, you can always contact a reputable locksmith who can rekey all the locks. With this, one key can be used, but only if the deadbolt and knob use the exact type of key. This can be done by taking the lock to a professional or choosing a house call. In addition, home improvement stores will rekey locks for a very nominal fee. The downside is that the locks must be removed from the door and taken in, since these types of stores generally do not offer at-home rekeying services, like a locksmith does.
Buying a Special Lockset Kit
Something else to consider is a special lockset kit. Today, there are reasonably priced kits from several different brands available. These kits are designed to change several locks, so they all match one key. From there, you would simply take the initial key and have as many copies made as needed. On the back of the package is a special code that matches an existing key. This is an extremely cost-efficient solution that works incredibly well. By going with a lockset, it is possible to replace a deadbolt but keep the same key.
If you have no luck in trying to replace a deadbolt and keep the same key, a rekeying kit is also a viable option. These kits are available for virtually every brand of lock on the market, but keep in mind they are not interchangeable. Therefore, we cannot stress enough the importance of choosing the appropriate kit for the brand of lock being worked on. Included in the kit are several rekey locks, although additional pins can be purchased if wanted. The kit also comes with all the necessary tools and two keys.
In truth, the process of rekeying locks is not that difficult. For instance, to replace a deadbolt but keep the same key, you can remove the pins from the old lock and install them in the new one. Although this works in most cases, it is important to note that often there are a number of tiny parts along with the pin, so if you choose this option, make sure everything is installed into the new lock in the right order. If needed, there are some do-it-yourself videos online that can guide you through the entire process.