A safe is one of the most important items you can invest in as a homeowner or renter. A good safe can help to safely store away valuables like jewelry and key documents. And if you need to keep guns and medications out of reach of children, a safe is a necessity.


Fortunately, there are countless makes and models of safes available to choose from including everything from fire safes to personal electronic models. When your electronic safe isn’t working properly, you need help right away from a professional residential locksmithing company like Minneapolis Lock & Key.


In this post, we’re breaking down some of the most common electronic safe problems and how we can help solve them. Give us a call or stop by our locksmithing and residential security showroom to get help today!

Electronic Safes and Your Property

When it comes to valuable storage, there is really no substitute for a high-quality electronic safe. With a good electronic safe, you don’t have to worry about making arrangements to access your safety deposit box. Instead, you can enjoy instant access to your property and important documents whenever you need them.


These are the most common types and configurations of electronic safes:

●      Fire safes

Fire safes protect your belongings against more than just fire. Many fire safes can also protect your property in other types of natural disasters from tornadoes to earthquakes. Most fire safes are rated for protecting important documents like birth certificates, wills, titles, deeds, and insurance information.

●      Gun safes

Although many handguns can be safely stored in a smaller safe, a gun safe is a must-have for owners of multiple arms including long guns. Proper storage of guns in a safe is essential for anyone who owns guns and has small children in the home.

●      Floor safes

We’re all familiar with the phrase “Out of sight, out of mind.” Floor safes are hidden out of sight in the floor for added security.

●      Wall safes

Not typically the best choice for fire safety, wall safes are a convenient security solution for key documents and items.

●      Standalone safes

Standalone safes come in all shapes and sizes from a small safe for storage of medications and jewelry to a larger one.

Electronic Safe Maintenance

A good electronic safe will typically continue to work well for years as long as you remember to change the batteries when needed. But if you do have a problem with your electronic safe, you need to get it repaired right away so you can access your property when you need to.


These are some of the most common electronic safe issues we can solve at Minneapolis Lock & Key:

1.    Battery is low or dead.

Most electronic safes run on a nine-volt battery, although it’s important to check your manufacturer’s information if you have any questions about battery type. Ideally, your safe battery will most likely last for between 12 and 18 months. However, if you tend to use your safe more frequently, the battery may begin to run low sooner than anticipated.


In some cases, a dead battery may not be as obvious as you might expect it to be, leading to some confusion about what is wrong with your safe. Often, a low battery may still be able to light up the keypad, click as if engaging and disengaging the lock, and generate key tones. At the same time, the lock may not fully engage. Try replacing your battery with a high-performance alkaline battery to ensure better performance in the future.

2.    Handle is jammed.

If you go to open your safe but the handle seems jammed, it may not be due to any serious problems with your safe. This can happen when the handle becomes pushed out too far in one direction and can typically be solved by locating the handle midpoint and re-entering the safe code.

3.    Safe relocks too soon.

If you take too long to open your safe, it may relock after a few seconds. This relock feature is actually a built-in security measure. If it happens to you, don’t panic! Simply punch in your code again and promptly open the safe.


4.    Lockout mode is triggered.

Entering the wrong safe code is a common mistake. However, if you do it too many times in a row, this can trigger the frustration of your safe’s lockout mode. Although essential to keeping thieves away from your property, lockout mode can be alarming, especially if you’re in a hurry. If you encounter lockout mode, don’t worry. Just like with your smartphone, your safe should be available for use again after a short wait, typically between 10 to 20 minutes.

Call Our Residential Locksmithing Company for Safe Services

Are you still having trouble with your electronic safe after going through the checklist above? Don’t worry! At Minneapolis Lock & Key in Minnesota, we’ve got you covered with a complete range of safe sales and safe services. Just give us a call at 612.823.8148 or contact us on the web to connect with a member of our team.


If you need to upgrade your safe, we can help with that, too. Our showroom offers a wide selection of safes including fire safes, gun safes, commercial safes, and residential safes. Give us a call today!