If your sliding glass doors are not sliding and gliding as well as they used to, you can repair them so that they function just like new. Problems such as, hard to open doors and jerky movement along its track could be fixed with a few simple steps. Here are three ways that you can fix your sliding glass doors.
The Stuck Door
If your glass door is stuck or just dragging, open it so that you can place a screwdriver at the bottom of the door's edge. The wheel height door adjustment screws are found in the holes at the bottom of your sliding glass doors. Check the space between the door and the door's track. You should have a space that is approximately equal to ¼ inch. Insert the screwdriver into the hole where there isn't this gap. Turn the screwdriver in a clockwise direction so that you create a hole that is at least ¼ of an inch.
The Jerky Door
If your sliding glass doors starts and stops intermittently, you need to remove them from their tracks to fix them. To do this, open your doors halfway and then lift them pulling the bottom so that they are removed from the track. Place your glass doors on a flat surface. Next, check the wheels to see if they have any dirt or cracks. If you notice any debris, clean the wheels very well. Dirty wheels are often the cause of jerky movement in your sliding glass doors. Spray your wheels with lubricant then put your glass doors back on their tracks. (Do the reverse of what you did to slide it off its tracks.)
If you've noticed that your sliding glass doors are not moving along its tracks smoothly, then debris and dirt are the likely culprits. Use a wire brush to remove any debris and dirt from the tracks of your sliding glass doors. First, keep your doors closed then remove debris and dirt from the tracks including the wheel guides. Next, open your glass doors. Remove debris and dirt from the exposed track using a wire brush.
The next time that you notice that your sliding glass doors are behaving less than ideally, use the preceding three tips to see if you could remedy this. Sliding glass doors are a great feature in any home. You want to make sure that yours are operating smoothly. Contact a sliding glass door representative from a site like Gulf Coast Builders Inc to find out additional tips on how you could keep your sliding glass doors functioning in optimum condition.