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I have an LA Gard 3000 entry device on my safe. I have replaced the batteries twice in the past 3 months and it continues to give me difficulty opening it. It will open fine one day and the next not allow any access. Currently when we attempt to open the safe, a red light is on and no noise is made when a button is pushed. Should I continue to replace the batteries or is there a bigger problem with it? Any help or direction would be greatly aprpeciated.

Thank you for your time!

Hi Crystal,

All electronics are subject to failure - it's not an "IF" thing, its a "When" thing.   If you are having issues or problems with it, then you need to get it checked out and/or replaced immediately.  
Your issues could be a lock failure, a short on the circuit board, key pad failure, etc.  

Unlike a cellphone failure, which can be a real inconvenience - generally all you have to do is get a new one and have the programming transferred over.     With a safe, if the lock fails with the safe locked up, you no longer have any access to your "stuff".    If this is on a business safe, it could mean not being able to get access to cash tills, or other items which allow you to operate your business.

Cost to repair the safe could be tripled if the safe is locked up, requiring opening and repairing, plus a new lock.

Recommendation if you are still having problems, LOCK THE DOOR OPEN, until you can have a safe technician from a local safe company (not a locksmith), come out to evaluate the problems and/or replace the lock.

If the lock has already failed and/or you can't get the safe door open, then you have one option left - contact the safe company to have their safe technician open and repair your safe.

Bottom line - don't wait, get it fixed before it becomes worse.


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