A Texas Locksmith will respond to your call in a timely manner and will help resolve your needs as soon as possible.There are many locksmith web sites promising 15 minute response time. If you look at the size of the DFW metro area along with the population and the traffic; it is very rare to get to any location in 15 minutes.
+ Why all the fuss about fake locksmiths?
There are many excellent locksmiths in Texas, but some con artists are trying to make a fast buck at your expense. One thing to look for is local telephone numbers, if a site is using a toll free number, then your call is probably being routed to New York City and they are about to send a con artist to rip you off. You may get a cheap quote, but you may charged many hundreds of dollars more after the work is done. Call the police if that happens and don't let the con artist intimidate you.
In the State of Texas, all locksmiths must have a license issued by the state and all locksmiths should publish that number on their web site. Texas locksmiths are required by law to show their license, you can use the Texas DPS Private Security Bureau search to determine if a locksmith is legitimate; http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/psb/company/company_search.aspx
+ What should I do if the key breaks in the lock?
If there enough of the key sticking out, just use a pair of needle nose pliers and pull the remainder out of the lock.
If you can not reach the broken piece, call a locksmith. Do not attempt to put gum or super glue on the pieces and try to stick them back together. When that happens, the gum or super glue will jam the lock and the lock will have to be replaced. It costs much more to replace the lock than it does to have a locksmith extract the broken piece.