How to Adjust a Pneumatic Door Closer on a Storm Door

Door closer on a solid wood door, seen close up
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We recently installed a storm door and are having problems closing it. When we open the door and let go, it flies shut but then doesn’t close all of the way?

Hi Wanda,

There are two ways to control a pneumatic door closer:

  • Adjusting the bracket that attaches the closer to the door.
  • Turning the screw on the end of the closer that regulates the rate at which the air is released from the cylinder.

If the door doesn’t close all the way, adjust the bracket:

  • Open the door and slide the stop out to hold the cylinder open.
  • Loosen the screws that attach the bracket to the door and move the bracket further out (toward the door handle).
  • Or remove the pin that secures the cylinder to the bracket and move it out to a hole further away.

If the door slams shut or closes too slowly, adjust the pneumatic cylinder:

  • To slow the closing, turn the screw on the end of the pneumatic cylinder clockwise.
  • To speed up the closing, turn the screw counterclockwise.

If adjusting doesn’t help, the closer may need to be replaced. Take your old door closer with you to the home improvement center to be sure the replacement will fit the hardware on your door. Some pneumatic door closers work better than others, so buy a quality one.

Good luck with your project,


Further Information


  1. Hello Danny, I have a door with a concealed door closer “Regent Hardware”. The problem I’m having is that I started hearing a crick noise when the door is pushed open near the top. Presently the door refuses to stay shut if not without the assistance of the magnetic catch for the alarm i.e. in the middle of the frame. The door is 10 degrees off, meaning it swings close, then swings open again about 10 degrees. Can please you assist me? Thanks.

  2. Hi,

    I am looking for a pneumatic device that keeps a cabinet door opening upwards open. This wpuld be for a kitchen door and I would need two of those.

    Thank you for your help in this matter.
    Kind regards
    Ricarda Thier

  3. Two questions:

    1. How do you determine whether a light , medium, or heavy duty pneumatic screen door closer is needed.

    2. What brand and model or part number is considered the best on the market today for an aluminum 36″ screen door? A closer that closes smoothly without slamming shut!

  4. Danny,
    Thank You, for the easy to follow instructions for adjusting pneumatic door closer. This has been on my husbands to do list for a year now. He has been working a lot, so their never seems to be enough time for him to get all his house chores done. So with your help I was able to do this for him.
    So let me see what is next? I`m sure I will be emailing you again,

    Thank You Again,

  5. I have a larson storm Door and am looking for the new closers, kick and go in the blue color.No one around here have it in color only black or white Where can I find these?

  6. Is there a storm door closer that will not allow the door to initially close so quick and with such force that it tries to hit your foot before you can get in the door? 92 year mother with a cane can’t safely get it the storm door with out the door hitting her in the back if her foot. Caused her to fall just the other day. Any suggestions short of removing the storm door? Thanks.

  7. Hi,

    I just installed a new hydraulic cylinder. Everything seems fine, it closes at the right speed. The problem is the door doesn’t seem to open as widely as it used to. We have to force it open further. The cylinder mechanism does pull out that far but it seems forced. Is it a bad cylinder? The screw to have the door close faster or slower doesn’t have any affect on this issue. Thanks for your help

  8. What terrific advise. I was ready to buy a new door closure. Slammed shut so bad, I was waiting for the glass to break. Did not know about the end screw. Guess it was a female thing. Door works PERFECTLY now and no money spent !!! Thanks

  9. Installed new storm door, the door closes when the house door is open, but stops and does not close all the way when the house door is closed????? does not hit anything on the house door…..Help

  10. Just installed a new Andersen storm door. The door opens but not wide enough. We’ve adjusted the brackets but still the door doesn’t open far enough. What now? Do we need a different closure than the one that came with it? Does the cylinder of the closure twist to lengthen the closure rod? Do we need to make new holes in the door frame to move the adjustment bracket? Thanks.

  11. I have a question. I have a main entrance door that has a commercial door closer mounted on it. The problem I am having is that the door swings back very fast and forceful when it is open and when it reaches about 10 degree before it close it closes slowly. It is a public door and many persons complained about the force at which the door swings back. There are two screws that are mounted on the cylinder that allowed for adjustment, one above that has number 1 printed next to it and the second one below with number 2 printed next to it. what adjustment these two screws are used for. I am not sure which adjust what.Can someone please tell me

  12. Our Larson storm door closes completely when the house door remains open. When the house door is closed, this storm door does not close well enough to latch. What can I do to remedy this problem?

  13. We have just recently put an Andersen Storm door on our back door and you cannot get in and out of the door without it trying to SLAM SHUT on you!!!! This is too annoying for me!! We have tried EVERYTHING there is to try to adjust the closer speed and NOTHING has worked. Is our Closer just bad?? Should we replace it?

    Please help!! I can’t take this door much longer!! Getting slammed on everyday will wear you out!! and make me want to SMASH the door!

  14. Here is a prior posting from 11/7/12…I have the exact same q’s – how/where do I find the response answer?

    Dave Says:
    November 7th, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    Just installed a new Andersen storm door. The door opens but not wide enough. We’ve adjusted the brackets but still the door doesn’t open far enough. What now? Do we need a different closure than the one that came with it? Does the cylinder of the closure twist to lengthen the closure rod? Do we need to make new holes in the door frame to move the adjustment bracket? Thanks.

    • Hi Carole,
      The comments section under each post is for visitors to leave comments about the post. While it’s not meant to be a question and answer forum, visitors are free to answer each other’s questions if they like.

  15. Similar to another question. About midway when closing I hear a ‘clunk’ and it almost look like the whole cylinder has moved and is temporarily in a bind. Then goes ahead and closes properly. Any ideas?

  16. My parents installed a new storm door and the closer opens very stiff. It also shuts fast so I tried to adjust the screw at the end of the closer. I can’t get it just right but hopefully I can figure that out. Is there a way to adjust the pressure when it opens? Does the screw at the end have anything to do with that? I’m wondering if I have to adjust the screws where it is hooked to the door? Thank you!

  17. how do you adjust TWIN cylinders on a screen door ??? I notice one has adjustment and one is wide open. Is that normal?? the one wide open I tried to adjust it but the screw on the end has NO affect.

  18. Hi Danny, I was cleaning a ladies home today and open her storm door a little further than usual and it locked and now it will not shut. It is a wright storm door and has a white button on the door closing cylinder that popped out as I extended the storm door open wide. I tried to bush the button bak inward but it will not go and I’ve googled it every way I can think of. If you can please tell me how to close this storm door I will be forever thankful!! Holly Evans from East Tennessee

  19. As I was about to install the closure piston to my door, I pulled the rod out about 6 inches just to see that it worked well. Now I can’t get the rod back into place to complete my installation. It comes out more but the top release button doesn’t move to get it back in place. Is this defected or am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks, S. H.

  20. Danny,
    My dad installed a glass storm door about a month ago. Unfortunately, since he installed it there has been a major draft. I can’t find online how to adjust it so I was hoping that you could shed some light on the situation so I can fix it and be warm again haha? thank you in advance for your help.


  21. I want to repair a pneumatic device that keeps a cabinet door opening upwards. There 2 installed a kitchen cabinet door and after some time they keep the door not strong enough

  22. We had 2 exterior doors and glass storm doors installed on opposite sides of the house. When the exterior doors are open and you adjust the glass storm doors they close fine. But when you close the exterior doors the storm doors will not close all the way and latch. The pneumatic openers are not rubbing on the exterior doors. I can not get them to adjust to close and latch when the exterior doors are closed. This happens on both doors as the exterior doors and storm doors are the same.

  23. Hello, My Larson Full View storm door closes fine. It is hard to open however and closes against you while entering the house. This has caused the screen to stretch. I need to correct this before replacing the screen. Appreciate your help.

  24. My new screen door closure seems to function reverse of how its supposed to. It closes so fast that you can barely get out of the way and in the last few inches it almost stops and does not have the force to latch shut. Adjusting the screw makes it slow through its full swing and the last few inches the door creeps for 10 minutes before attempting to close (and does not latch). I noticed the adjusting screw goes into a threaded seat with two diametrically opposed slots. I am wondering if this seat was not installed reverse of what it should have been. I expected the air to bleed slowly through its closing until at the last few inches when it should release quickly to effect latching. Please advise.

  25. We recently installed a pneumatic door closer–working fine except that when it closes, it almost stops at about 3-4 inches out, then closes with a loud beep/squeak that sounds exactly like a smoke detector. Help

  26. my aunt has a very heavy storm and it hits her everytime , can you buy a closer with two screws for adjustment, I think this would fix problem

  27. Is there a way to make door open easier aka take less force to open? Closing is ok Have top & bottom closers

  28. The screen door was opened too far. As a result, the pneumatic closer was stripped away from the door. The holes are not too large to place new screws in the door. Any recommendations on how to apply the closer? As an FYI, the door has a large glass, so there are not too many options to remount.

  29. I was able to make the adjustments as suggested in your instructions and if I open the door completely it works as expected. But that is not the normal action of opening and closing the screen door. I am an averaged sized adult male and when I either exit or enter the door there is no need to fully swing the door 90 degrees open for me to pass through. But if I do not the door abruptly slams shut with a loud “BANG!” no matter where I set the adjustment on the screws. Any suggestions?

  30. What is the answer to thee question above: how to adjust strength needed to open the door. My doors have two, one on top and one on the bottom…It takes super strength to open the door.

  31. Thanks Danny for info! My neighbors thank you too… no more slaming door. You made this girl look like a pro!!!

    The door manufacturer should have a customer service number you can call if you know the door brand or call one of the big box stores. They have always been very helpful.

    To everyone asking questions here… as mentioned above this is for comments about the answer to a question someone submitted. See below “Submit Comment”, doesnt say “Submit Question”. You can ask questions here and maybe get an answer from another visitor.

    I’m not sure this is the right way, but to ask the expert a question, go to the very bottom of this page and click on the “Sitemap” blue link, then find “Todays Homeowner Contact Directory” and click the link below it “Send us your comments and questions”. Then ask away. Hope this helps!

    • Hi Anne,
      Thanks for your feedback, and glad to hear that our post was of help!

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  32. My husband constantly slams our back door. I told him it would do damage eventually. Now the latch sticks and the door doesn’t stay closed so we always lock it with the deadbolt. He says the slamming had nothing to do with the damage. Please address this issue. Thank you. Kristi

  33. Searched several sites to no avail before trying yours. Should have known to start here! My question was answered quickly and well. Thanks!

  34. We purchased a new Anderson storm door but when we go out and let it close it slams. I have tried adjusting it on the bottom. It works then it does not work. Is there something to do to fix this issue.

  35. I bought a storm door from home deport which I dearly love we have had it a few months at first it closed great now it closes real slow I have screwed the adjust screw both ways it still won’t close faster but when I open the door it has a gurgle sound it just started when it quite closing right ,help me please

  36. replaced storm door closers with two touch closers worked fine for 10 days then sudden lywould not allow door to close adjusted both closers but never achieved the initial function 10 day use only

  37. My new screen door closure seems to function in the reverse of how it should. It closes so fast that you can barely get out of the way without injury and in the end of travel is when it slows. I have adjusted both screws on each closure unit and this only is effective for the end of travel. The initial swing remains violent! The door is of Anderson manufacture.
    Please help.

  38. We have a Larson storm door. Closes very fast. We adjusted the pneumatic screw the whole way counter clockwise and it didn’t slow it down at all. Now what?

  39. i have three nice larson solid glass storm doors all have top and bottom shocks i learned the hard way how i thought i should addjust them discconecct one addjust the otherthen do the other i like it betterwith only one shock easy to open closses just fine with bothshocks hard to open and knock you down just passing on i havent give up thanks

  40. It works right when not attached to the door. I have tried screwing the screw in and out but nothing works. Do I need to hold the door while trying to screwing the screw counter clockwise?

  41. Good Morning, my screen door was being held open with the locking pneumatic screen door opener and someone pushed it all the way open, now the pneumatic opener is stuck open and I can’t unstuck it. I had to take it off the screen door just to be able to close the door. How do I fix it/ unstuck it? I have tried everything short of taking it completely apart. Thank you for your assistance, Shana Burda

  42. I’m seeing a lot of questions about storm doors closing on people and slamming shut. I see no real answers.
    My front door closes perfectly. My side door slams on my ankles coming into the house, knocked me down once.
    I’ve replaced the pneumatic closer three times, I’ve switched closers and nothing works. I have adjusted them both ways and nothing works. I’m about ready to go buy a spring like in the old days.
    I’ve had it!!

  43. Cindy is right. Forget all the crap talk. Too obviously, my concept of change is NOT good is well exhibited here. Or as me dear departed father used to say : “we tried it & it doesn’t work”. Just use the springs on the outside door like we used to. As Hannibal would say : “Tried & true B A”.

  44. Had to replace cylinders on Anderson screen door. I’ve adjusted the closers separately. It doesn’t matter how slow the closer works, it slams shut the last few inches. It’s better when the interior door is closed. What can I do?

    • Hi, Lisa,
      Danny says, “The adjustment screw should allow you to slow down the door closing. If not, the mount may need to be moved away from the hinges just slightly.
      Try this tip, and tell us how it goes!”

  45. Thank you for posting the instruction to control a pneumatic door closer. I had no idea that it was so simple.! Now the door closes exactly how it should . Thanks again!

  46. Gene Fowler, Echo.. of Paul Brody from December 7th, 2018 at 12:29 pm. My storm door was blown out of adjustment by a high and unexpected wind gust. Was able to rescue my door by adjusting the door mounts, quite easy.
    Thank You!

  47. I have two screen doors on my pool enclosure and one of them now slams shut no matter the adjustments. It is time to replace it! I purchased a Wright Standard closer, p/n US920BL which is roughly 1 inch too long. The one I am replacing has no name or writing on it anywhere. Recommendation for quality replacement is needed and places to purchase. I have ACE, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, Walmart all accessible to me. Thanks! Paul

    • Hi, Paul,
      We can’t provide individual product recommendations due to the high volume of mail we receive, but we encourage checking your local home center, asking thorough questions and ensuring the product matches your needs.
      Good luck!

  48. Thank you so much for the tip on the door cylinder. I was able to adjust the closing and now my wife thinks I’m the greatest…

  49. Someone asked this, but I did not see an answer… we have the same issue here… what recommendation do you offer… many thanks…

    Is there a storm door closer that will not allow the door to initially close so quick and with such force that it tries to hit your foot before you can get in the door? 92 year mother with a cane can’t safely get it the storm door with out the door hitting her in the back if her foot. Caused her to fall just the other day. Any suggestions short of removing the storm door? Thanks.

    • Hi, Gerald,
      This problem may be solved with a simple fix. To slow the door, turn the screw on the end of the pneumatic cylinder clockwise.
      If that doesn’t help, the closer may need to be replaced. Your local home center can provide the right part.
      Every homeowner has unique needs; unfortunately, there’s not a one-product-fits-all approach. :/
      Your best bet is to check the home center (and online) for products that match your specs.
      Good luck!

  50. THanks!!!! Clear answer. Ez Fix.
    My Senior Citizen Mother has had to put up with bad closer for years until I got here … and then found your site.
    5 minutes later… good to go!!
    You made someone’s life a little better today!!

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