Storm Door Latch Repair Tips

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What You'll Need
Spray rust remover
Steel wool
Nail file
Wiping cloth

Repairing your storm door latch is something you will want to get done as quickly as possible. A broken latch can lead to a storm door slamming in the wind or one that won’t open at all. Once you figure out the problem, fixing it will be easy.

Identify the Problem

A quick glance should tell you what the problem is. If your door won’t stay shut, look to see if the latch actually catches on the bar. Also, check to see if the latch bar is still in one piece. If your latch is sticking or the door won’t open, look for signs of rust and corrosion.

Move the Bar

If your latch isn’t catching properly, you need to move the bar that holds it in place. Open and close the door several times, watching where the latch sits compared to the bar. Use a screwdriver to remove the bar and reinstall it in a position where your storm door will latch properly.

Broken Bar

A broken or missing bar is a quick fix. Cut a piece of a clothes hanger to fit in the mountings (the thicker the better). Insert the wire by bending it slightly; use pliers to straighten it back out.

Rust Cleaning

Your storm door latch could be sticking because of rust and corrosion. Use a rust remover spray with a stiff bristle brush or Steel wool to help remove any rust on the latch’s exterior and inside. Use a nail file to clean areas that are hard to get at.


A little lubricant such as a silicone spray will go a long way in getting your latch to operate smoothly. Use a direction straw to get the lubricant inside the latch’s mechanism. Use a paper towel to clean up any excess lubricant before it stains your storm door.