Squeaking door hinges occur with almost every door in every house at one point or another. Over time and much use, a normally quiet hinge can begin to make a slight squeaking noise that increases with each opening and closing of the door. Door hinges squeak due to friction: The friction created by opening and closing the door degrades the lubricant. Rather than pivoting on a well-oiled hinge, the door begins to pivot on metal-to-metal surfaces, causing the noise. Also, dirt, dust and debris can settle into the hinge, making the door swing less freely. Rather than squirt the hinge or hinges with a lubricating spray and hoping that will solve the squeak, give the hinges a thorough cleaning and lubrication.
Remove the hinge pins: Place the head of a screwdriver under the hinge pin and lightly tap with a hammer to force the pin up. Grip the pin with your hands or a pair of locking pliers and pull the pin straight up and out. Remove and replace the pins one by one; do not remove more than one pin from the door at a time, or the door will fall off the frame.
Place a thick layer of paper towels or newspaper on a work surface. Spray the hinge pins with a degreasing spray. Wipe the pins thoroughly with a rag to remove old lubricants, dust and dirt. Sand rusty areas with fine-grit sandpaper and clean the pins a second time to remove bits of rust.
Apply the degreaser spray to a cotton swab and clean the inside of the hinge barrel.
Spray the hinge pin with a silicone-based lubricating spray.
Place the pin back into the hinge barrel and press it into place. If the pin does not slide smoothly back in, gently tap the head of the pin with a mallet. Repeat for each door hinge.
Replace severely rusted hinges. Tap pins in place carefully to avoid bending the hinge pins.
Tips and warnings
- Replace severely rusted hinges.
- Tap pins in place carefully to avoid bending the hinge pins.