My #Pella #stormdoor is stuck closed

by Al
(Trenton, Michigan )

Cutting frame to reveal latch release

Cutting frame to reveal latch release

Pelli 8" storm door won't open
The catch won't disengage
Both handles are removed
How do I disengage the catch ?

Hi Al;

I found pictures at DIY Forum that seem to be your exact problem.

In the picture, the handles are removed like yours and the homeowner cuts the frame away to reveal the latch release.

Seems strange why Pella didnt make a hole in the frame for this purpose right from the factory.

Before going too much further might be good to check with Pella to see if they have any kind of guarantee with this door. In the very least, if they give you a new latch at no charge that would be great. Bur check first.

You could also accomplish the same thing as the DIY forum example by drilling a hole with a drill bit the same diameter as the width of the slot.

You need to be really careful when you drill through or cut the opening with a dremel saw not to damage the lock underneath.

Once you have a hole you can use a small flat blade screwdriver to push the latch over and open the door.

You will very likely need a new lock, as the spring inside has probably broken. If you cant get help from Pella let me know and I will see if the lock is available.

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Dec 11, 2021
Unlocked with a very skinny screw driver NEW
by: Anonymous

We were able to get at the slide mechanism for the tappered slide that the handle turns from the inside after removing the plates with a very skinny 3 inch screw driver without sawing out the connecting metal. When looking down from the top on the inside with the handles removed we could see the slide. Not all that hard once found this thread to explain - thanks.

This picture mentioned in other posts showed our situation.

Intending on ordering a new mechanism

Jul 24, 2021
Pella door stuck NEW
by: Anonymous

It might be as simple to fix as running a butter knife between the storm door and the door casing. Doing that saved us 85.00 service fee and replacing the door handle $$$

Apr 04, 2021
Fixed this problem without cutting or removing door frame metal.
by: Anonymous

Had this problem today, you can access the latch release without cutting into the door. I just used a small (but long) flat head screw driver. You will have to fiddle around with it, and get the flat had to push on the latch release and open the door.

You'll have to remove the handles and plates though before you can do this.

Our door wouldn't open (15 yrs old Pella storm door) and we had to replace the locking mechanism ordered from Pella for about $30. The big box stores only carry the handles not the internal mechanism.

See picture for details:

Mar 16, 2021
by: Anonymous


Mar 13, 2021
How do I fix the latch inside the pella Storm door?
by: Kay Walfoort

Hi, we also have a Pella Storm door that will no longer open. They only warrenty the latch for a single year. I see how you cut the door to get at the latch, but how did you get it OUT?
any help appreciated

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