Improving Your Home Security

Possible Reasons Your Gun Safe Won't Open

by Clifton Montgomery

Gun safes should keep your handguns safe. A safe also allows you to access the gun fast if you need to use it. Regrettably, things can take a turn for the worse if your gun safe won't open when you need it. But what would cause your gun safe not to unlock? Well, here are some possible reasons. 

Dead Batteries

Dead batteries are one of the reasons gun safes for homes won't unlock. Unfortunately, most people automatically assume something is wrong with their locks. If your batteries don't have enough power remaining, they definitely won't retract the bolt. 

The keypad might beep and light when you press the buttons, but that doesn't mean your batteries are fine. So, before you call a locksmith, replace the batteries and try unlocking the safe once more. Ensure you use new batteries every time you do a replacement.

Jammed Bolt Work

If your safe won't open, it is probably jammed. You'll hear the motor trying to retract the bolt work, but the safe won't still unlock. Luckily, you can use a few hacks to loosen the bolt work. In most cases, banging on the safe door will work. You can use a soft mallet to pound the door. Just be careful enough not to hit the keypad or handle. If you are successful, the gun safe will open once you key the code. 

The Safe Is in Lockout Mode

Lockout mode could also be a reason for your safe not opening. If you key in the wrong code a couple of times, the safe may lock you out for a few minutes. You'll need to wait for a few minutes before attempting to re-enter the code. The penalty lockout mode will be re-activated if you enter the wrong codes again.

Problems With the Wiring

Sometimes the wiring in your gun safe can get damaged or come loose. If that happens, the safe's door won't open. You can open the keypad and check whether the wires are disconnected or cut. Don't attempt to remove the keypad if you aren't confident. 

If there are signs of damaged wiring, you need to call a locksmith to do the repairs. Just inform them of the type of safe you have, and they'll know what to bring with them.

Gun owners should always inspect their safes often as it helps them identify problems early. You wouldn't want to get locked out of your gun safe when you really need to defend your family.