Clicking Cabinet Hinges
There are several reasons why you may have clicking cabinet hinges. It is possible that the noise you are hearing has more do with the adjustment on the cabinet door ( it’s binding so it clicks) rather than the actual hinge it’s self. In the following paragraphs, I will address a few of the possibilities that may be causing the click noise coming from you cabinet door. Problem hinges can be really annoying. The thing about an adjustment problem or a hinge that is not working properly is they both act the same way. You will generally have difficulty opening the door and getting it to stay open in either case.
- Tip: The brand name of a European hinge is usually inside of the cup or on the back side of the hinge. It may be necessary to remove it from the door to find the name. Blum puts their name inside of the cup on the outside of the hinge..
Broken Hinges Clicking
If there is a cabinet door that has broken hinges that are clicking, it’s quite possible that they are under warranty. There’s a company that manufactures European style concealed hinges called Blum. They mass produced a particular hinge style, which comes with a lifetime guaranty that has had recurring problems.
The concealed hinges begin to cause a cabinet door to click whenever a small internal piece of plastic breaks. The plastic piece is actually responsible for making the hinge self closing. So, when the plastic breaks, oftentimes the doors do not close properly and they are difficult to open.
Blum has fixed the defect by using a nylon piece rather than breakable plastic.
The Blum representatives in your area will gladly exchange the broken hinges for new ones, but you will have to make the exchange on the cabinet door or hire a cabinetry professional to do the work for you. The guarantee does not include the labor to replace kitchen cabinet hinges.
Out of Adjustment Cabinet Door Clicks
The other possibility that may be causing the unpleasant noise to be heard from your cabinet is an out of alignment cabinet door. Clicks of this nature are usually related to the European hinge having a loose screw somewhere and the weight of the door is causing it to rub against the cabinet.
If this is the case, get a Phillips screw driver and open the cabinet door all the way. Discover which screw is responsible for keeping the door on the hinge plate and tighten it while applying pressure on the door as it is fully open.
- Tip: When a cabinet door is clicking because it is out of adjustment, the screw that should be tightened is usually in the far rear of the European hinge or in the middle.
Clicking cabinetry door hinges can be very annoying. Please understand that the possibility of just one hinge going bad is very unlikely. This particular problem eventually effects all of the hinges in the entire kitchen or bathroom.
If you have been having problems for a while, you may have damage in the cup hinge area of the cabinet door. This would be caused by the additional stress placed on the door because of it binding all of the time.
It’s my suggestion th hire a professional to replace all of the broken door parts and even the ones that don’t have clicks happening yet. If they aren’t broken, the warranty won’t cover replacing the part but it will be less expensive to have your cabinet man replace even the ones that are not broken yet in relation to what it will cost to have him return in a year and go through diagnosing the problem hinges all over again.
While your cabinet guy is there, make sure to have him check all of the cabinet doors in your home. He/She will know exactly how to fix out of alignment cabinet doors. They can generally make the adjustments in about a third of the time that it would take you or me.
This will guarantee that that once he leaves the problem is fixed completely. While he’s replacing the old ones, each cabinetry door will need adjustments.