How to Replace a Storm Door Closer

Follow our steps for updating your door with SWISCO’s smooth-closing and durable Premium Touch N’Hold Door Closer.

December 18th, 2019
3 minute read

Replacing a broken or damaged door closer can restore function to your storm door. Follow our steps for updating your door with SWISCO’s smooth-closing and durable Premium Touch N’Hold Door Closer. This replacement is quick to install and features an easy-to-use touch release function.

TOOLS: Philips head screwdriver, pliers and a drill. 


Step 1

Using pliers, pinch the closer piston enough that the tension is removed and the pin can be pulled out with an additional pair of needle-nose pliers.


Step 2

Remove the old brackets with a Philips head screwdriver. Our filming location was a bit unique, and used hex bolts all over the place! Yours will most likely have typical Philips head screws.


Step 3

Connect the closer piston and the door bracket using the O-ring pin assembly. This will keep everything in place while you work on fastening the jamb bracket.


Step 4

Now you can fasten the jamb bracket. If the hole spacing doesn’t line up and you need to drill new ones, be sure to make pilot holes first.


Step 5

With the bracket attached to the jamb, slide the piston into it and secure it with its pin.


Step 6

Next, you’ll need to attach the temporary spacer. When the closer is installed, the door needs enough space to allow for a small, open push for the door to close. This spacer makes sure that space is created during installation.


Step 7

With the jamb bracket secured, determine the placement of the door bracket. Use your existing installation holes, or drill new ones.


Step 8

You’ll need to unassemble the O-ring and pin again, then attach the door bracket to the door making sure the arrow on the bracket is pointing toward the closer. Now, reassemble the O-ring and pin on the door bracket and closer to attach the two.


Step 9

For your last step, remove the spacer and use a Philips head screwdriver to adjust the closing tension to the weight of the door. There should be enough resistance that the door smoothly engages with the lock. Too much tension will prevent the door from closing fully, while not enough tension will cause the door to slam shut. Note that you may have to adjust it again if you swap out the glass insert with a screen insert during warmer months; as this will change the weight of the door.

For additional guidance, watch our video tutorial below! And as always contact us with any of your repair concerns.

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