How to Install a Storm Door Closer

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A storm door closer can be a necessity for any home that uses storm doors. These doors offer added insulation against the heat of summer or the cold of winter, but without a closer, they can be very noisy when they close. If slammed, the glass in these doors can break and become a potential health risk to families with children. Installation of a storm door closer is a simple and easy operation, one you should be able to do without trouble. Especially when you have easy-to-follow instructions such as those below.

Remove Your Defective Closer

If you are replacing a defective closer, you will first need to remove it so you can take it with you when you purchase a replacement. Open your storm door and keep it open, either with a prop or by setting the washer on its shaft. Locate the retention pins and the screws that hold the closer in place on the doorjamb. Remove these pins and screws.

Examine the Doorjamb

If you are replacing an existing but defective closer you will need to examine the doorjamb onto which your closer is attached. If you find screw holes in the doorjamb that have been ripped out or have become enlarged, you'll need to purchase larger screws to fit into these holes. Screw holes in your new closer will need to be large enough to accommodate these larger screws. If you find that your doorjamb has been split or damaged by your old closer, you may need to repair or even replace the jamb. If repairable, fill any cracks, splits, or enlarged holes before purchasing your new closer.

Purchase Your New Closer

Unless you wish to drill new screw holes in your doorjamb for closer screws, you should take your old closer with you to select and purchase your new closer. If you are installing a new closer rather than replacing your old one, the screw holes in the closing bracket will not be an important factor in choosing your new closer.

Install Your New Closer

If possible, install your new closer by inserting its screws into the old screw holes in the doorjamb. If these holes are too large or are damaged, drill new ones where your closer can be attached and will fit the storm door properly. Be sure the new screws are tight and secure in the screw holes.

Make a Final Check of the Storm Door Closer Operation

Once your new closer is installed, check its operation. Open the storm door and release it, allowing it to close by itself. If it closes too slowly or too quickly, you'll need to adjust its tension at the tension adjustment screw by turning it either clockwise or counterclockwise.