How To Remove A Storefront Door Overhead Concealed Closer
A concealed door closer is a self closing device mounted inside of the door frame so that it is not visible. Since the door closer is hidden, one of the most commonly asked questions is how do I remove it? Concealed door closers are hydraulic, and one of the sure signs that it must be replaced is if you see oil leaking from the top of the door frame. When this happens you need to know how to remove the defective concealed storefront closer in order to be able to install the new one. In this how to guide, we explain how to remove a storefront door concealed closer.
Step 1: Remove The ArmStorefront concealed door closers use center hung arms. There are two basic types of center hung arms, side load or end load.
Side Load ArmA side load arm attaches to the concealed door closer's spindle from the side. The illustration below shows a side load arm concealed closer. A quick way to know if you have a side load arm is by looking at the top of your storefront door. Side load arm doors typically have a sticker or small cover plate that hides the three side load arm bracket screws If you see a small bracket at the top of your storefront door near the concealed closer pivot, you have a side load arm.
End Load ArmAn end load arm attaches to the concealed closer's spindle from the end or hinge stile of the storefront door. A quick way to check if you have an end load storefront door is to swing your door to the full open position and look at the top hinge stile of the door. With end load arms, there is always a cut out at the top hinge stile of the door, which allows the installer to access the two end load arm bracket screws.
Once the arm type is determine, remove the arm bracket screws. The arm bracket will come apart from the arm. Be sure the door is held as the arm is removed, as the door can lean and fall over.
Step 2: Remove The Door From The Bottom PivotStorefront doors vary in bottom pivot types, ranging from floor mounted, threshold mounted, or jamb mounted. However the majority of storefront doors use a spring clip style bottom pivot. The bottom pivot is designed to mate with the bottom door shoe. The pivot clips into the door shoe and is held in by a spring loaded clip. In order to release the bottom pivot the spring clip must be pressed in. To do this use a flat head screw driver. Press on the clip while simultaneously lifting the door. The bottom pivot will become detached from the door shoe. Carefully move the storefront door off of the bottom pivot set and lay the door on it's side in a safe location.
Step 3: Remove Cover Plate and CloserOnce the door has been removed, the next step is to remove the concealed closer cover plate. The cover plate is screwed in from the bottom of the door frame header. Unfasten the screws and remove the cover. The concealed door closer body is attached to mounting brackets. Each bracket has two nuts. Unfasten all nuts and remove the defect concealed closer body. You are now ready to install the new door closer body.
ConclusionRemoving a concealed closer body in a commercial storefront door can seem intimidating or confusing. But with our step by step guide you can remove any concealed door closer from any storefront door. If you have a leaky concealed closer and need a replacement we recommend the Liberty Door Closers storefront door concealed closer. The Liberty storefront concealed closer is designed to replace any storefront door concealed closer body. It is designed around the same mounting foot print and can simply bolt right in. The Liberty concealed closer is a grade 1 heavy duty door closer. It features large higher quality o-ring seals to prevent hydraulic fluid from leaking out of the closer body. Shop today and receive FAST, FREE shipping!
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