Locksmith FAQ

Locksmith FAQ

Carmeli Locksmiths - Frequently Asked Questions

A master key typically refers to one key that can open multiple locks.

This is generally used in large commercial environments, or apartment complex settings where a manager may not want to carry multiple keys.

It is unlikely. There is no such thing as a true master key which fits all locks.

Your building owner or your property management may be master keyed, however we would only have access to that information if we were the shop that keeps the records for your building.

A bump key is a specially cut key that can be used to manipulate the tumblers inside of a lock.

The tool requires a certain technique used by professionals, and the correct bump key to correspond to the particular lock.

Yes, we can definitely help.

We cover 85% of cars in the market. The process can vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle.

To get a quote or to schedule a service, give us a call at the number provided.

A transponder key (Anti-Theft system) is an electronic security chip fitted to a car that prevents the engine from running

After the programming process, this chip will communicate with the computer and allow the car to start up.

In general, the anti-theft system of a car is any system in place that prevents unauthorized entry or operation. It is intended to keep your car and personal property safe from theft.

Yes, we can replace keyless entry remotes and proximity keys.

These keys are identified by the vehicle through frequencies that identify the programmed fob, and also serve to start the engine.

Proximity keys are known by a variety of names:

  • Smart Key
  • Keyless Go
  • Keyless Access
  • Push Button Start
  • Push to Start
  • Keyless Entry
  • Intelligent Key
Medeco lock is the highest security lock which we are installing. These locks are mostly seen in businesses or commercial properties. Medeco locks ensure a quality of high security not provided by other locks. These locks can also be used for residences or other private properties, and are virtually pick-proof. The keys can only be duplicated by first providing the correct authorization or identification. Although some residential customers prefer Medeco locks, there are other high-security options such as Schlage or Kwikset locks that are also high quality in this regard. If you have any other questions regarding lock type, please call us and we can discuss your individual security needs.

Yes, A deadbolt lock is generally more effective and is strongly recommended, it’s provides a higher level of security to your home.

Yes, we can arrive to your location in 15-25 minutes. Our business hours are 8AM – 8PM. Our professional technicians are mobile and are equipped with all the necessary tools to open your home. Call us and we’ll send a technician to your location ASAP.

Not all locks can be opened without damage, but with the right knowledge and experience, our technicians will determine the best solution.

We will be transparent with our customers and always provide them with our honest assessment of the situation, as well as to discuss options.

Yes, if all the locks are the same type of cylinder and same type of key.

If so we have the option to customize all the locks to one key.

Rekeying means you can keep your present locks, and we will instead change the existing pins inside of it.

We would then change the existing key to a new key. The old key would then no longer be useful in the lock.

At Carmeli Locksmiths we accept all major credit cards, debit cards, and cash payment.

Most locks can be installed within 20-25 minutes. It depends on the type of lock and if there are any adjustments that need to be done.

We highly recommend having the locks in your new home rekeyed or changed in order to secure your new home, and in case previous residents may still have a key.

You should first consider whether you know when the last time was that your locks were changed or rekeyed on your doors.

If you don’t know the answer then you and your property are potentially at risk. Therefore, we do recommend that you replace or rekey your locks even when renting property.

Yes, we strongly recommend that you change or rekey your locks.

Although it may seem unlikely that anyone would find your keys and know which lock they correspond to, it will depend on who finds the keys and where they are found.

It is better to be safe than sorry as your safety relies on it. Also consider that if you are burgled by someone who holds a key, it could affect your insurance.


Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA