I'm not into lock picking, but this site seemed like a good place to ask my question. I have an 8 month or so old kwikset deadbolt I bought from home depot that recently stopped working. My wife said the key got stuck and then she had to wiggle it out. I took apart the deadbolt from the door and I noticed that the keyhole is horizontal and only moves a little either way. Essentially the key can not be moved enough to unlock the lock. So to my untrained eye, it looks like the lock is stuck in the "lock" position. I move the inner parts as much as I can, but I can never get it to match the unlock state of the deadbolt. The deadbolt latch works fine when operated by hand.
Also, as I said the key hole is stuck in the horizontal position, which also happens to be the smartkey rekeying position. However, I can not fully insert the smartkey in order to rekey the lock. I'm not sure what that means. I tried putting wd-40 on the keyhole to no avail.
Has anyone ran into this and is it possible to fix it? Is it some sort of auto lock mechanism that can be reset? If there is no easy fix, price wise, whats my best option, get a replacement from home depot at $35, or go to a locksmith? Thanks