Replacing Yale and Deadlocks

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Yale locks are popular in the United Kingdom, and they are self-locking, you just pull the door tight to the frame and the lock sets.These types of locks are not very secure and can usually be easily damaged or destroyed by force.

Deadlocks are different in that you must turn a key to lock them, these are typically used at night or when you leave the house for a prolonged period. Deadlocks are considered by many to be very secure, especially when used in conjunction with Yale locks.

If you have a Yale lock and are on a budget, then you may be able to change the cylinder and key rather than the entire unit.

Deadlocks are usually sold and fitted as one piece.

About Our Data – Read This First

We contacted over 60 different locksmiths regarding quotes to replace Yale locks and deadlocks, unlike other trades we have covered here at QuotationCheck almost all of them were happy to give us a quote over the telephone or by email.

We also found dozens of locksmiths websites that displayed price l; we, therefore, believe our average prices listed above to be fairly accurate.

Cost to Install a Deadlock

A typical deadlock

Typical Deadlock

Below is the typical cost to install a standard deadlock on a wooden front door, the cost includes parts and labour and assume you are having the work done mid-week and during the day. If you want the work done at the weekend or in the evening/night-time perhaps as part of an emergency call-out, then it will cost more!

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£175.00£250.00
South, SW and Midlands£150.00£200.00
Outer Region and North£100.00£175.00

Price to Replace a Yale Lock

Yale lock

Yale type lock

For this quote, we assume you want to replace a Yale lock completely, the price includes an entirely new lock, cylinder and labour fees.

We assume you will have the work done during “off peak” times if you call out your locksmith at night or the weekend then it may cost more than our example below:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£175.00£225.00
South, SW and Midlands£150.00£200.00
Outer Region and North£125.00£175.00

Typical Cost to Replace a Yale Cylinder

Yale Cylinder

Yale Cylinder

These prices are to replace the cylinder on a Yale lock, the remainder of the lock will stay in place. The installer will supply the customer with two new keys. This type of replacement is recommended for anyone who is concerned about copies of their keys falling into the wrong hands (previous homeowners, estate agents, stolen or lost keys, etc., we)

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£125.00£175.00
South, SW and Midlands£125.00£150.00
Outer Region and North£100.00£125.00

Reducing Insurance Premiums

If you have renewed your household insurance recently, you will most likely be asked questions about the types of locks you have on your front and rear doors. You should pay attention to this as most insurance companies will give you a discount if you have a secure lock, here are three of the most common types of locks that give you bonus points:

Five Lever Mortice Deadlock confirming to BS 3621

If your Deadlock conforms to British Standards, you will probably get a discount on your home insurance.

Key operated multi-locking system

This type of locking mechanism is most commonly found on Upvc doors; they offer a high level of security.

Yale Rim Automatic Deadlatch by Yale (P1/P2 versions)

These Yale locks are double locking, with a night latch and an internal locking handle and are one of the locks that some insurance companies give you bonus points for having.


We would suggest that when you take out an insurance policy that you do not benefit from any discount unless you are 100% sure you have the stated locks. If your locks differ (even slightly) then your insurance company may invalidate your claim should you need to make one. Most companies offer a 5% premium discount for “rated” locks but it can be difficult to ascertain whether you have the specified locks, most Yale locks all look the same!

Interesting Fact

Did you know that over 50% of new homeowners do not change their locks when they move into their new home?

Related Websites You May Like

You may want to explore these sites as they are relevant to home security and locking systems:

The Crime Prevention Website

Information from regarding lock and home insurance

2 Responses to “Replacing Yale and Deadlocks”

  1. Emma HarrisJuly 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    I’m in Wickford, Essex & I had Locks and Leaks round to replace my front door lock, they did a really good job – £60 INCLUDING VAT. Would definitely recommend this company! Smart; friendly; wore company uniform; and cleared up after themselves.

  2. Mike LauferApril 13, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    It’s nice to see an article about this subject that also differentiate between London and other parts of the UK as indeed there is a major difference in prices.

    Bear in mind the price would also vary between day and night times.

    As for the necessity to change a lock if you must change one and the struggle is deciding whether to replace your rim (Yale lock) or Mortice (Chubb Lock), I would add that in terms of security you should always aim for changing your mortice lock. The reason is that rim locks are fairly easy to compromise and are not applicable for insurance purposes.

    As London locksmiths (at London 24 Hour Locksmiths) we find that most London locksmiths would charge anything between £49-120 for changing a lock (labor) and £25-60 for the lock itself (if standard lock). Therefore you call a locksmith try to describe your lock as precisely as possible to get an estimate of the cost and make sure it doesn’t exceed these cost estimates for standard locks.

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