Our entry door opens and closes fine but it won't engage the latch when it's closed. It almost seems like it's too small for the frame. The wind just howls through the opening and the strike plate on the frame will develop a frost layer on it. I have to use the deadbolt to keep it closed all the time.

  • Do you have a picture? I would add some weatherstripping to the door short term.
    – DMoore
    Feb 13 '15 at 17:14

I had a door with many of the same issues. It turned out that the previous owner had done a shoddy job of door installation.

The first step I would recommend is to check the door to ensure that it is square. IF the door was not hung correctly, it could cause many of the issues you described.

It may not be the door itself but the door frame. If the door frame is out of square, you can try to adjust the reveal to remedy the situation.

I ended up just replacing my door, as I wasn't very fond of the previous door anyways. It was an afternoon well spent. My house is much better insulated, as the new door actually has a decent R factor.


Sometimes the problem is a misaligned strike, especially if thick weatherstripping was added since the door was installed but it can happen for other reasons. I've patched that on multiple doorframes...

  • "too small for the frame" sounds like a gap, not a misalignment. Although, this is the most likely other reason doors don't stay closed.
    – Mazura
    Jul 25 '15 at 1:47
  • Granted, if the description is accurate rather than a guess.
    – keshlam
    Jul 25 '15 at 1:50

Shim out the hinges and then add weatherstripping to the hinge side.

  • How do you go about shimming out hinges? A bit of explanation or a link to details. Dec 11 '19 at 16:11

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