Many file cabinet locks are very simple in function, but provide great security. There are a lot of offices that use file cabinets with a lock assembly that unlocks all the other drawers.
The file cabinets that lock individually instead of a group, on the other hand, rely on a lever or cam on the back of the drawer. This mechanism rotates into closed or open positions via the key.
The most common file cabinets in use today generally use one of two types of locking mechanism – cam locks and electronic locks. It should be easy to find out which one your office is using, and Locksmith Palm Springs can easily service either one of them. We have more than a decade of experience as locksmiths, and we have seen every type of filing cabinet lock in existence.
While there’s nothing preventing you from attempting to break into your own file cabinet, it might not be a wise decision if you have no locksmithing experience. You may end up damaging the file cabinet itself instead of just the lock. And we all know replacing the entire file cabinet is significantly more expensive than just replacing the locking mechanism.
Yes, a drill is normally used to unlock file cabinets because the entire lock assembly relies on one keyed cylinder, which can be manipulated to pen. But great care must be taken to ensure that there’s no unnecessary damage to the rest of the cabinet.
The keys that come with a file cabinet are made specifically for that file cabinet. If you lost the key and don’t have access to spares, then your easiest and safest option is to contact a locksmith so that the cabinets can be unlocked. We can even replace the locking mechanism for you so that you can reuse the file cabinet itself.