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My door doesn't close properly

Summary

How-to check parts on your storm door to ensure the product is operating as it should.

Causes and Solutions

How-to adjust the closing speed.

Tools and Materials

You will need:
  1. Flat-blade screwdriver

People, Time and Skill

  • one person
  • about 2-5 minutes per product
  • minimal or no handyman skills

Details

To adjust the closing speed, turn the adjusting screw on the end of the closer 1/4 to 1/2 turn. Turn the screw counter-clockwise to increase speed, clockwise for a slower speed.

Still not closing properly?

If your door has two closers, unhook one closer, adjusting one at a time.

Leaving one closer attached to the door, remove the closer adjusting screw. Hold onto the door and open and close it about a dozen times. (Door will close rapidly). Replace the adjustment screw, turning it one to two times.

Adjust the closer shaft. For optimal performance, only the painted surface should show. Up to a 1/4-inch of unpainted surface is acceptable. Move the jamb bracket if necessary.

Adjust the closer, turning the adjustment screw 1/4 to 1/2 turn at a time, until you've achieved your desired closing speed. Turn the screw counter-clockwise to increase speed, clockwise for a slower speed.

If your door has two closers, unhook this closer and rehook the other. Repeat steps.

How-to allow air to escape.

People, Time and Skill

  • one person
  • less than 30 seconds
  • minimal or no handyman skills

Details

If both the prime entry door and storm door seal tightly, they may not be allowing air to escape, creating a pressurized pocket. To create an escape route for the air, you may raise the storm door expander slightly or leave the storm door window open.

The door's bottom expander may be dragging on the threshold.

Tools and Materials

You will need:
  1. Flat-blade screwdriver

People, Time and Skill

  • one person
  • about 2-5 minutes per product
  • minimal or no handyman skills

Details

Loosen expander screws and raise the expander so that the rubber sweep only touches the top of the threshold. Retighten screws.

The hinge rail screws may be too tight.

Tools and Materials

You will need:
  1. Flat-blade screwdriver

People, Time and Skill

  • one person
  • about 2-5 minutes per product
  • minimal or no handyman skills

Details

Loosen the hinge rail screws a 1/4 turn to relax the tension.

The hinge rail may be bent or a hinge may be broken.

Details

If the hinge rail is bent or a hinge is broken, the hinge rail should be replaced.

You should order a new part.

The closer may be hitting the entry door.

People, Time and Skill

  • one person
  • about 5 minutes per product
  • minimal or no handyman skills

Details

Move the closer jamb bracket closer to the storm door. If they still hit each other, you will need to shim the storm door out from the entry door.


This article applies to:

Product Styles

  • Storm Door

Materials

  • Aluminum storm door

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