How to Repair Storm Doors
Is your storm door acting up? Try these simple repairs before you look for a replacement. We'll show you how to spray the latch, replace the closer, and more.
Storm doors are a key factor in protecting your home from the elements. But oftentimes, storm doors are made with flimsy parts. Fortunately these parts, including the latch, hinge, and closer, are easy to repair or replace.
If your storm door isn't working properly, try these proven repair tips. If the issue persists, you may find it worthwhile to replace the entire storm door with a more substantial and weather-resistant one.
Most repairs can be completed in an hour or so. Before you begin, check the door for binding and other obstructions that could be causing problems.
What You Need
- Replacement parts
- Spray lubricant
Spray the Latch
If your storm door is sticking or not closing properly, this is the first repair to make. Spray the latch and any moving parts—including where panes slide—with lubricant. Once the door is working properly, spray the latch a few times a year to keep it in smooth working order.
Install Replacement Closer
Closers lose their dampening power over time. To install a replacement closer, use a drill with a screwdriver bit to attach the jamb-side bracket, then the screws that hold the closer to the door.
Adjust Closer Tension
If your door takes forever to close or if it slams shut, you may need to adjust the tension. This simple fix involves turning the adjustment screw at the end of the cylinder until the desired tension is achieved.
Tighten Piano-Type Hinge
If the door's long piano-type hinge comes loose, try driving in longer screws. You may need to drill pilot holes and drive them at an angle so they catch solid wood.
Install Wind Chain
A wind chain keeps the door from blowing wide open, which can damage the hinge. It installs easily with a few screws. Follow manufacturer's instructions for exact directions.
Replace a Corner Joint
Step 1: Work Open the Joint
Metal storm or screen sashes often loosen at the corners. Many joints simply pry apart; if needed use a putty knife to work the joint open. With some joints the fasteners may be held with a screw. Others are held with a crimp or two in the frame that you will have to drill out.
Step 2: Pry the Joint Open
Pry the joint completely open by twisting with a screwdriver. You may have to tap outward on the joint with a hammer to pull the corner apart.
Step 3: Find a Match
Push the old corner fasteners out of the frame with a screwdriver. Take parts to a home center or hardware store to find matching components. Failing that, try looking online.
Step 4: Add the Replacement
Push or tap the replacement fitting in. Replace any screws. Re-create a crimp with a hammer and a nail set.
Step 5: Push Frame onto Glass
Slip the gasket over the edges of the glass and gently push the frame onto the glass and gasket.
Step 6: Push Frame Together
Push the frame pieces together. Tap lightly with a hammer if necessary. Drive in any retaining screws.