How to Adjust Door Closer

Getting a door closer for your door can be an excellent convenience for you if you are already tired of having the door shut aloud whenever you close it abruptly.

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There may be times that your door closer doesn’t do its function well; thus it needs adjustments to function well. This article will help you adjust your door closer so that you’d get more comfortable in closing or opening your door whenever you enter a room.

But before that, you must first understand what a door closer is and how it works. Here is some basic information about door closers.

A door closer is a mechanical device positioned and mounted on the rail of a door to enable it to catch the force you exert when closing the door so that it wouldn’t create much impact that can make a loud sound. It allows you to enter and exit a room smoothly. A door closer is a type of device that is created to close the door efficiently but can still firmly latch into it.

The door closer can perform such a task because it uses a spring tension is hydraulic-powered. It is a medium where power is transformed in hydraulic machinery and is based in mineral and water.

The hydraulic passes the fluid from this storage to another whenever there is someone that opens the said door. The spring will pull to close the door, passing the hydraulic fluid back to where it was stored. The valves control the transfer of the hydraulic fluid and speed.

The speed the door when it closes is controlled by the latching speed and the swing speed. Today, there are door closers that include a backcheck valve. This valve is the one liable for the last inches of the door’s opening so that it wouldn’t slam into the wall adjacent to it. This back check control can be found away from swing speed and latch speed control.

Here is how to adjust your door closer:

  • Use a ladder or platform to reach the door closer
  • Examine the door closer, if it doesn’t have. If there are no visible adjustment screws, then your closer might be covered. Usually, it is made of metal, but some varieties are made of plastic. Check whether tension or fasteners hold the closer. If it is a tension-hold, pull it off and loosen it if you see fasteners. Important note: Don’t remove the fasteners, loosen it.
  • Check whether there is oil leakage in your door closer. If there is none, then you can start adjusting it.
  • When you have finally uncovered the mechanism, you see some screws. Usually, these are the ones that you need to adjust, and it is also stated in the product’s manual. However, if there are no adjustment screws or the product details doesn’t say so, then you can do further research about it.
  • To loosen the screw, adjust it slowly in a clockwise direction and tighten it up to the opposite direction.
  • The last step is to observe the door when closing it. If the perfectly closes the first time, don’t get too excited, do it doe at least ten times if its all good, then mission completed. However, if issues persist, then continue with the adjustments.

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