How to Fix Broken Vending Machine Locks

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How to Fix Broken Vending Machine Locks
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The use and availability of vending machines has increased due to consumer demand. There were 6,000 vending machine companies operating in the United States in 2008, according to the Vencoa Vending Machines website. Due to vending machines' popularity and constant use, you need to repair certain parts regularly. The locks on vending machines tend to receive constant use and obtain the most damage. Knowing how to repair a broken vending machine lock can save the owner time and money, if the repair is completed effectively.

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Things you need

  • Vending machines
  • Grease
  • Screwdrivers
  • Lock
  • Phonebook or Internet search

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    Assess the vending machine lock to determine why the lock isn't working. In some cases, the lock may be jammed or sticking. Applying grease to the lock can solve the issue, but you may need to repeat the process in the future.

  2. 2

    Determine if the vending machine lock has been damaged beyond repair. Use the Internet or phone book Yellow Pages to find a store or website that sells the required lock. The Global Sources website lists manufactured locks for most vending machines.

  3. 3

    Purchase or order the necessary lock for the broken vending machine. It's advisable you purchase multiple locks to shorten possible repair times in the future. Secure the machine or remove its items until the lock can be replaced.

  4. 4

    Use a screwdriver to remove the broken vending machine lock. Align the front and back of the new lock, and screw it firmly into place. Store the keys in a safe location where they can't be stolen.

  5. 5

    Search the Internet or phone book if you need a professional's help to repair the broken lock. The main priority is to secure the vending machine properly to prevent future problems. Calling a professional is advisable if the lock removal or installation is complicated.

Tips and warnings

  • Vending machines are expensive. If issues begin to constantly arise involving machine security, it's advisable you install a security camera to reduce the number of problems.
  • The vending machine industry is a growing business, but increased success brings additional challenges. It's not uncommon for individuals to purposely break or pick the lock on a vending machine, so purchasing and installing a quality vending machine lock is critical. Vending machines that see consistent use also test a lock's durability, because the machine will be opened repeatedly to refill contents. A quality lock should be purchased to save time and money.

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