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Freezing Conditions Cause Frozen Frustrations

January 01, 2018 10:42 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - The weather outside sure is frightful and these freezing conditions can make it difficult to unlock doors or even drive.  

"It's been cold,” North Country Locksmith Michael Wondrow said. “There've been an abundant number of calls."

Wondrow said North Country Locksmith in Rochester has received twice the number of calls to repair frozen or broken locks since subzero temps have set in.

"We went from an average of about five to 10 calls a day to about 20 a day," Wondrow said.

Wondrow said the best way to keep your lock working is to keep out any moisture.

"Don't wash your cars when it's this cold, wait for a 20-degree day," Wondrow said. "If you drop your keys in the snow, we've all done it, you've got your gloves on, your hands are cold, you drop your keys, don't shove it in the door lock, dry it off first."

Frozen locks aren't the only problem, Andrew Bell with Stewartville Auto Center said dead batteries and blown out tires are common when the mercury dips below freezing.

"I'd say we did over 150 calls last week from jump starts and tire changes," Bell said.  

If your battery is between five and seven-years-old, Bell thinks it's a good idea to replace it or at least get it tested.

However, if your locks freeze or your battery dies, you can always call a professional for help.

"We don’t want people sitting out there in the cold, so if we can help them out then we're more than willing to do it," Wondrow said.

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If your locks are frozen you can try home remedies like rubbing alcohol, or if you get stranded on the road, make sure to pull your car over to the right shoulder for safety.


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