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June 29, 2010

Schlage Securekey Problems

Reports are coming in about significant problems with the new Schlage Securekey product line. Specifically, these problems include design manufacture inconsistencies and parts not performing the task for which they were designed.

Apparently, some of the internal pin tumbler workings are known to separate from the side bar element, causing keys to not work as they are supposed to.

There have been reports of the cylinders able to be re-keyed without the use of the special key provided.

People locked out of Schlage Securekey products have generally required the product destroyed and replaced, because of the apparent inability or difficulty to have a key determined.

We are looking into these claims and plan to report more as we find out.


  1. I just had a problem with mine today. I have two Schlage locks and I had a problem with not being able to turn the lock at all after it was rekeyed. I thought I was going to have to take it back. I kept messing with it and I managed to fix it. I believe when I put the new securekey in the lock and turned it from 11 O'clock back to 12 O'clock, the key wasn't fully incerted and maybe causing it to "Mis-rekey". Which resulted in a fully incerted key not maching. I had to reincert the same securekey and keep turn pressure as it slid in to match where I had done it the first time. It worked. I tured it back to the 11 O'clock position, slid the Securekey fully into the lock and retured it back to 12 O'clock. Bingo, I have matching locks now.

  2. I am a retailer in CA, and the very first Securekey deadbolt I "rekeyed" for a customer came back two days later and the key no longer worked. Not a good start for Schlage's Securekey. I know this is a problem with the Kwikset Smartkey too.

  3. I thought it'd be wise to invest in a "premium" lock at my rental property, so I bought a Schlage SecureKey. Bad decision. I've gotten calls from angry tenants twice in the two weeks since installation. The Regular keys work intermittently. It looks like the lock gets stuck halfway to re-keying mode, effectively locking the tenants out. I have to use the master key to reset the system. This lockset is getting returned to HomeDepot tonight!

  4. Please note: Schlage Securekey Products or Kwikset Smartkey Products CANNOT be master keyed. It is physically impossible.

    Kwikset produce a special product that incorporates an additional keyhole in the deadbolt to allow an over-ride key to act like a master or landlords key.

  5. ya sux! after a month my key would not work, luckily this was discovered while trying to lock it and not when trying to unlock it! took the cylinder back to lowes and swapped it for a new one... hope this one lasts longer!!!

  6. returning the second one in 2 weeks tonight! 3rd time's a charm???...let's hope. both times the problem has occured in the deadbolt component. after several days of working just fine, it just stops. key will go in, but the cylinder will not turn. can lock/unlock fine from inside, just not with the key. on both occasions, we have tried to re-key...cannot be done, as not even the master re-key key will turn it. we have two doors with this lock. one has been fine. the problem is involving, of course, the front door...the most used, main entrance.

  7. schlage Secure Key is the worst key ever made and a hazard to homeowners. I have a 70% failure rate in 6 months.

    I installed 10 last July and August, and 2 of them failed within 30 days. Today, I received notice from a tenant that the 7th had failed.

    The problems range from keys getting stuck in them and you can't turn them or get them out to everything seeming fine until you get home and find you can't get in. The rekey function doesn't work to correct the problem, either. There is no way to get the door open, except to destroy the lock, unless you have access to the inside from another door.

    Schlage service is just as bad. First they promised delivery of replacements (just plain deadbolts, this time) 3 times and failed all 3. They had no explanation as to why they didn't ship my replacements.

    Then they sent my shipment to someone else in a different state. Next they sent me the wrong type of lock. Last, they sent the right locks, but there was only 1 key for 3 locks.

    Who know if they will replace the other 7, but I am so exhausted from hassling with them for weeks on the phone and replacing locks and driving all over the city to let people into their homes that I almost don't care any more. They can't deliver and aren't worth the hassle and effort of trying.

    I am done with Schlage and don't plan to use anyone else's Secure Key-type locks, either.

  8. This is the second time I've had problems with these new locks. I took the first one back after a week, now a month later the same thing has happened - the deadbolt won't turn unless you jiggle, jiggle, and then aggressively JIGGLE the key. You almost feel like you are going to break the key. Our Home Depot don't have anything BUT the Secure Key type locks - so much for Schlage! Perhaps I need to buy my locks from Walmart from now own - at least I can get into the front door everytime! Unsatisfied in Colorado.

  9. Add me to the list. Two Schlage Secure Key locks, two troubles. Twice now, the key just stops working. I wish I had looked around the internet the first time.

  10. what is a good alternative?

  11. Buy your locks from a locksmith,
    we know better!!

  12. I think some people are using the Blue key inadvertently. This causes all keys (Blue and regular) to not work. The person may insert Blue key fully and turn to 11 oclock reset position and then partially withdraw and turn back to 12 oclock (a new position). To correct this, try what Steven suggested, by slowly inserting Blue key (wiggling) and turning counter clockwise. This will put you back in reset mode if you find the right spot. Turn back to 12 oclock to effectively reset to your original key.

  13. Same problem here. Followed the instructions to a t and ended up with a dead product. I'll never purchase another Schlage lock as long as I live. If a company can produce such junk, they obviously have little to no concern for their customers.

  14. I went ahead and ordered about 20 of these SecureKey locks, and I've only had 1 of them fail. I was able to get a replacement core. On top of that, I was deciding on whether or not to go SFIC... I did buy a Pak-A-Punch for Schlage, with blanks and blank blue keys, but I'm considering buying some new 6 pin SC4 style keyway cores and just go back to pinning them by hand like I used to do. 6 pins will also give more security too... but it takes longer to pin 20 cores. I'll have to see if any of the other ones decide to die.

  15. I had two SecureKey deadbolts. After a few months, I could feel the cylinder starting to stop at the rekey position with the regular key, and not the blue key. Then I could remove the regular key at the rekey position. Had to stop locking the deadbolt, and called Schlage to send me two regular pin/tumbler cylinders. Schlage has definitely heard, and knows, about the problems. They will have to either go back to the original cylinders, or resolve the issues on the SK.

  16. My secure key deadbolt miskeyed once...was able to rekey. Now it won't turn with any key. But still works fine from the inside.

    I just contacted Schlage...they are sending replacement cylinders for free. They suggested "traditional" cylinders due to "ongoing issues" with the secure key line.

    Overall, fast friendly service. I love my Schlage locks..and they are fixing the problem for me. So I guess I'm satisfied.

  17. Same here. My front door Schlage locks with the secure key junk just quit working after about 7 months or so. I put a bunch of graphite lubricant in the thing and then finally got it to "re-key" using the same key and reset key that had quit working. I'm really not sure if the graphite solved the problem or if resetting it did, but I wasn't able to turn the reset key to the 11 oclock position until I stuck some lube in the keyhole. Now it seems to work like a charm again. I had the same problem with kwikset smart key junk on the first day and the Schlage set was the replacement. Now let's see how long the fix lasts....

  18. I'm SO angry. I thought it would be a "great investment" to spend $130 on my new door lock so that I wouldn't have to purchase a new lock every time I wanted to re-key my door. I bought it February, 2011. About a month ago, I noticed that the keys were a little harder to use in the door. Now, the keys are worthless. Including the reset key. Somehow the inside of the lock "re-keyed" itself. Home Depot can't do anything. They told me that the company is probably going to recall the locks soon because the same thing is happening to a lot of people. Why the heck are the products still on the shelf?!?! The Home Depot employee couldn't answer that question. I'll be calling Schlage in the morning. :(

  19. Well, I have had both my sets fail around the 7 month mark within a few weeks of one another. I had originally purchased 2 combo sets keyed alike in January straight from Home Depot. Out of the box, no problems until a few weeks ago, and it is only the deadbolts. I have read all the comments so far, at it is unbelievable that this continues.
    Unfortunately, I have been unable to find the original purchase receipt. My desire is a complete refund or replacement sets consisting of pre-smartkey design. Unbelievable!

  20. I have a different problem. Maybe we installed our two sets wrong on the security door and front door. My complaint is about the inside door lock. If the doorknob is in lock position and you turn the knob to go outside, the lock does not automatically unlock. If you don't manually unlock the door, it stays locked and you get locked out! Is there something in installation we missed? Other knobs either don't rotate until you unlock the button, or the button automatically unlocks and you never get locked out! Unless we can change this, both sets are going back. The rekey issues here are further unappealing.

    1. That's how Schlage works, even the dreaded "F" series.

      Everybody hates them.

  21. Many Schlage residential entrance sets are purposely designed to adhere to ADA guidelines that respect the ease in escaping through a locked door. A door can be locked externally (outside) but be left unlocked inside, to be able to have the escape mode. This innovation in certain product lines has lead to an enormous number of people accidentally locking themselves out.

    When you combine this issue with Schlage Securekey's obvious quality problems, the issue is further exasporated.

    You have purchased F series locksets, that are specifically designed in this way. Perhaps you were misled by a salesperson, but you need to return the product to avoid the issue.

  22. We are replacing 256 Secure Key deadbolts after numerous lockouts. We built an apartment community and realized that the number of lock outs were increasing. There was no explanation and the reset key is in the hands of management, not the residents so that was not an excuse. Schlage is however standing behind their product and providing all of the replacements. Just a headache having to change out all of the residents keys.

  23. My wife locked the door as she left and noticed that the key cylinder was about 15 Degrees to the left when she removed the factory key. Now the key will not go in and cannot open the door. No other way to get into the house other than breaking a window or drilling out the lock. Spent 5 minutes trying to get my key to work and 15 seconds to drill the lock and gain entry. Not too happy with Schlage. Now the problem is we bought this in may of this year, and the reciept has been thrown away.

  24. The rekeying is a little tricky new out of the box.. But it is well worth it! It takes a little time after rekeying and messing with it until it has worn in. Couple of suggestions. Ensure Blue keys are FULLY inserted when they are turned.. may have to wiggle a little. Also consider, rekeying back and forth between both blue key resets to help break it in. Once these locksets are fully broken in, they are a Dream to rekey. Too bad Schlage pulled the product.. they only pulled it to avoid a lawsuit with Kwikset's Smart Key.

  25. I bought mine 9 months ago. Had problems with it once and had to do the blue key trick to get it to work again. The other night came home and was locked out. Went to Lowes to get a new deadbolt. Noticed he didn't use the "blue" key to re-key it. He said Schlage has stopped making that lock as there were too many problems with it. I'm taking the old one back to Lowes to see if they will rectify the situation since it is clearly a manufacturing issue.

  26. Welcome to my world people. As a locksmith I am often called to drill these things and start over. If everyone would stop buying these gadgets and and call me in the first place I could save them money and lots of time and trouble. Shouldn't complain though, DIY locksmiths spend more on locks and real locksmith services in the long run. Call your local locksmith, check his accredidation, tell him the level of security you want. Most will look at your job and give a free estimate, and yes it costs money, but getting the proper lock, (one your locksmith is familiar with, that is long lasting and easy to service), professionally installed and guaranteed for usually 90 days by your locksmith, and a year or more by the manufacturer is worth it.

  27. I've had to rekey three times with this set (divorce, breaking in, stealing keys from the kids) figured this would at least save some money each time I had to change the locks. I did have one deadbolt fail, and Schlage sent me a new cylinder which fixed the problem.

    BUT what she told me was that if you get copies of the keys made at Lowes or Home Depot, the blanks they use are too thin, and will eventually start to work as a reset key on the lock. You can see the difference in thickness between the blue reset key and the gold regular key-- and she was right, the copies I got for the kids were thinner, and they were sticking. Schlage sent me new keys when I gave her the number. (They only would send me 2 duplicates the next time I had to change the locks, I have 3 kids and myself, it's kind of a pisser)

    But maybe that's what was happening-- making duplicates was throwing the pins off.

    Since only using the Gold keys direct from Schlage, have had no problems at all. Except I'd like a couple more of them.

  28. We have an oil rubbed bronze securekey set which we purchased in Sept. 2010, only a year and a few months ago. The lock has been sticking for the past few days but today (and of course it had to be Sunday) the lock totally failed and we were locked out for over an hour and no matter what we did, we couldn't get the key to turn in the lock so we called a locksmith. Fortunately, my husband did manage to finally wrestle the lock open 5 minutes before the locksmith arrived which avoided the necessity of drilling the lock out. The locksmith informed us of the many, many known problems with the Schlage Securekey and was able to simply replace the cylinder with one of their old style, time tested models which should last us 30 years. I was delighted because we were able to keep the oil bronzed exterior but with something more reliable. What a nightmare! They were right to discontinue selling this line of securekey.

  29. Just returned my Schlage Securekey lock to Home depot which I purchased just 2 months ago. Same problems everyone is stating here. Worked fine and then all of a sudden I was locked out. The people at HD said that they have had "tons" of problems with these locks from Schlage and exchanged it for a new lock with schlage's old style lock. Hopefully, this lock lasts longer than 2 months. Securekey's design/technology is junk!

  30. I also experienced a Schlage Securekey problem when the lock cylinder froze after several months of normal use. I bought this Schlage Securekey lock set 6 - 12 months ago and it supposedly came with a lifetime warranty. I called local hardware stores for info how to fix this frozen lock & here's what they said...

    Schlage has pulled all Securekey retail products and inventory from Home Depot and Lowes within the past several months with no official reason given to retail store employees. This sounds like a product recall that has *not* been formally announced to the public so Schlage can minimize the cost of the recall and force consumers to buy another lock. No mention of a product recall appears on the Schlage website, so I called Schlage Customer Service for more info...

    Schlage confirmed the Securekey product line has been withdrawn and replaced with another set of lock products. They offered me a single option to fix my non-working Schlage Securekey F60 lock set. They sent me a replacement lock cylinder for my F60 deadbolt, however I would have to take the new cylinder to a local locksmith and have it re-keyed at my expense.

    It seems to me that I should not have to pay for a locksmith to re-key a problem caused by faulty manufacturing and design of a Schlage lock that has a lifetime warranty. Anyone with a Securekey problem should report it to Consumer Reports magazine and to the Federal Trade Commission.

  31. Locksmith is on his way and it's going to cost $75. Closed bedroom door and the mechanism locked on it's own. Have the key and you hear the lock turning over but it will not unlock. Won't buy this product again.

  32. Had major problem with all 4 Securekey entry locks. Call Schlage told them the problem and they sent 4 new locks free of charge no question asked.

  33. I just came home to find out that I was unable to open the deadbolt on my front door (maybe the last 6-8 months, the deadbolt has been fairly tricky to open). I've bought multiple deadbolts and even more outdoor securekey knobs. I've had all of them for 4 years now with no problems... which is much longer than most complaints. Hopefully I can still get it replaced while I figure out a better/alternate solution :-(

  34. As the Schlage Securekey product has been discontinued, good luck finding old stock. If you decide to simply replace the cylinders (maintaining the hardware) you could save significant money compared to purchasing complete new hardware. If you have the F series locks, you will be happy to know that Schlage recently updated the version to prevent lockout.

  35. My Schlage SecureKey deadbolt is not used much, and has not worked since last summer. I decided to re-key it but the reset key will not turn in the cylinder. I will be calling Schlage on Monday to see what they will do about it.


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