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Troubleshooting Common Sliding Door Issues

Sliding doors are a beautiful addition to any home, like an extension of your home into the outdoors while allowing the most natural light into the room and an obstructed view of outside. Sliding doors are also great for accessibility when leading out into the garden or patio, it’s just a sleek and easy way for family members and guests to walk through with ease. Aside from the front entryway door, the sliding patio door tends to be the second most popular entryway for household members which is why usual wear and tear may become apparent after many years of use. To help homeowners , we’ve put together a list of the top sliding door issues that may arise and possible solutions for minor repairs or fixes to get that patio door sliding and gliding, smooth as a whistle again.

Troubleshooting Common Sliding Door Issues

The rollers are located at the very bottom of the operable sliding door. If your sliding door is feels stiff to open, it could be possible there is dirt and debris stuck between the rollers and the track. This is normal with everyday living and it is not a common place that is vacuumed or cleaned often. If this is the case, vacuum the tracks and clear the area of crumbs, dirt and debris from the tracks. Then, using a damp cloth with warm waters, wipe the tracks and rollers clean.

The track is bent or warped
If the track has become bent or warped overtime, this could certainly effect that ability for the door to slide open and close. A bent track could also be dangerous if the track is bent outwards, the entire door could get lifted off the tracks while attempting to operate the door. In this case, you could use a pair of strong pliers and a careful hand to bend the track back to its appropriate position.

The wheels need to be adjusted

If the roller wheels are no longer sitting between the tracks as they should be, then they need to be adjusted or the entire door could fall off track. To repair this problem, the screws holding the roller wheels in place need to be adjusted. This job may require the help of a door professional as it can be quite tricky. The needs to be raised by turning the screws clockwise. To lower the door turn the screws in the opposite direction, counter clockwise. To ensure the door is adjusted evenly, ensure to adjust both sides of the sliding glass door.

The rollers are bent or rusted

If you check the rollers and they appear bent, rusted, or broken then they will need to be replaced. You can purchase new rollers at your local hardware store however, replacing the rollers with new ones is not an easy task and may require the help of a window and door professional.

The glass is cracked or broken

A broken or cracked sliding door glass is indication that it’s time to replace it for the safety of the household members as well as the overall security of the home. A broken glass exposes your home to the outdoor elements and provides an easy passage way for unwanted visitors.

If you’re not looking to attempt a difficult DYI repair job on your sliding glass door, then get connected with a specialist at Clera Windows and Doors and get the best possible advice regarding your sliding door repair or replacement project. Clera Windows and Doors can offer you a high-quality, energy-efficient vinyl sliding door replacement that is built to last with little to no maintenance for many years. We’re in the business of providing comfort and security for households across Canada, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the homes and families that have already entrusted us with such an important decision to improve their home’s functionality and security.

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