When it comes to keeping valuables safe, combination safes are a popular choice. But what do you do when your combination safe won’t open? It’s a stressful situation, but there are several things that could be causing the problem.
Why Won’t My Combination Safe Open?
There are a handful of reasons your safe won’t open. As outlined above, it could be due to dead batteries, lockout mode or time delay, jammed bolt work, disconnected or damaged wiring, and deactivated code. Let’s take a closer look at each of these possibilities.
If the safe runs on batteries, the batteries may have run out of power or died. If the safe has a low battery indicator, it will display a warning. Replace the batteries and see if that does the trick. If not, the problem could be something else.
Lockout Mode or Time Delay
This is a security feature that kicks in after a certain number of incorrect code entries. Many safes have a time delay feature that will lock you out for a certain length of time after multiple wrong attempts. Wait until the time delay is over before trying again.
Jammed Bolt Work
If the bolt work is jammed, the safe won’t open. This could be caused by a broken or worn part, or a foreign object blocking the mechanism. If this is the case, you’ll need to call a locksmith or safe technician to repair it.
Disconnected or Damaged Wiring
If the wiring that runs from the exterior of the safe to the bolt work is damaged or disconnected, the safe won’t open. This could be caused by an attempted burglary or an accidental disruption of the wiring. A locksmith or safe technician can repair or replace the wiring.
If the code has been changed or deactivated, the safe won’t open. If you’re not sure of the code, you’ll have to contact the manufacturer and provide proof of ownership to get it reset.
If your safe won’t open and you’re not sure why, there are a few things you can do. Make sure the batteries are working and that you’re not locked out due to a time delay. Examine the bolt work and wiring for any signs of damage or disconnection. If all else fails, contact the manufacturer for help.