Sliding door repair is a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. That means people can handle most issues with glass doors by themselves. If the door gets sticky due to accumulation of dirt on the rollers, you can easily remove the wheels and cleanse the glass door track.
Sliding doors are flimsy. It is necessary to handle them with care to prevent injuries. Here are the necessary tools and materials needed for safe maintenance and repairs of glass doors.
Sliding door repair projects involve different parts of the door like the rollers, screen, and lock. Follow these simple guidelines and become an expert:
Lift the Door Using a Screwdriver or Allen wrench
Use an Allen wrench or screwdriver to lower or lift the door off the track. This will help you to tune up a balky door before repairing it. Ensure to lift the door up in a way it can roll smoothly as you cleanse the track of debris.
At the base of the door, there are two adjustable screws. These screwdrivers are located at the edge and front of the door. They are covered by trim caps that can be forced open. This may not be successful if you do not balance the door on the track. Continue raising the door until both sides are levelled.
Check to see if the door is sticking and drive the screws a quarter turn. Be assured space is even as you slide the door before the jamb. With this exercise, the rollers can be adjusted while the door is lifted completely off the track.
Eliminate Stop Molding
Take off the screws holding the stop moulding. To pull off the moulding clearly, cut the varnish line or paint on the room part of the stop moulding. Check to see if the door can slide easily. If it does not slide, detach the door and assess the rollers.
Ask for assistance in lifting the door because it is bulky and heavy. Inside the jamb, remove the stop moulding. Hold the door firmly after removing the stop to prevent the door from falling back into the track. This could cause more damage to the sliding door.
Raise the Door Out of Track and Check the Rollers
Hold the sliding door by the edges and raise it out of the track. Lift one edge at a time until it is completely out of the track. Lower it on the sawhorses before checking the rollers.
Change the Faulty Rollers
Pry out and remove the screws holding the rollers using a screwdriver. Worn out rollers that are bent or cracked should be changed with new ones. After assessing the rollers, it could be noticed that the door wheels are clogged with dust and dirt.
Use some drops of lubricating oil to cleanse the rollers properly. This will make the wheels to roll and slide freely.
Handle Sticking Sliding Doors
When a sliding door becomes sticking door, hard and forceful use could be the cause. Harsh weather conditions, grime, and grunge in the wheels can pull the door out of track. Apply soapy water and a stiff brush to cleanse the wheels.
After all these measures, the rollers may remain stiff. That means the wheels are shot and need adjusting. Get new rollers from manufacturers or local dealers in your area and replace them. With this approach, you can repair a sticking sliding door.