How to Repair a Sliding Glass Door How to Repair a Sliding Glass Door
A sliding glass door is typically a great way for you to get in and out of your home and onto a patio or a deck. You will also find that it can let a lot of light in and give you a great view of your yard. These doors are built on a track with rollers that will move side to side to be opened up.
Step 1 – Get Help
The first thing that you are going to have to do is make sure that you have somebody that is strong and has a good back to come along to help you. These doors are very heavy and can be awkward to maneuver, especially with just one person.
Step 2 – Structure
You are going to need to make sure that you have a good understanding of the structure of your sliding glass door. Knowing exactly how it works will make repair a lot easier. Depending on the structure of your sliding glass door, you may need to go about removing it from its track differently.
Step 3 – Remove Door
The most common way to remove the door from its track is to take a good solid grip on either end of your door and then lift up on it. This will lift your door panel off as well as out of your bottom track. Once you have done this, you will need to swing your panel bottom towards the inside part of your room just slightly. Swinging the panel will disengage your rollers that are along the top of your track and will make it possible for you to get the door completely detached.
Step 4 – Detachable Rails
There are certain doors that may require you to have a side rail that is going to need to be removed so that you can fit your patio door out of the track. These rails are typically found along the inside of your door along both the top and the bottom. You will need a screwdriver to properly remove the rails.
Step 5 – Rollers
Whenever your sliding glass door is giving your problems, it is usually either the tracks or the rollers. It is a good idea for you to figure out exactly which are the problem before you attempt to fix one or the other. Place your door on a pair of sawhorses. From there, take a look at the rollers that are on the top and the bottom of the door. If the rollers look to be damaged or warped, get your screwdriver back out and free the rollers from the door framing. Take the rollers with you to the hardware store to get the proper replacements.
Step 6 – Tracks
You will need to take a good look at your tracks before you put the door back up. Typically, all you will need to do is vacuum out any grit or debris that is in the tracks. Get a mild detergent and warm water to finish cleaning it.