Patio Door Rollers
Patio Door Rollers are pretty simple to replace if you have some help and the right tools.
Many homeowners today love the idea of having a sliding glass door in their home. These entry doors allow easy access to your patio or veranda. Unlike doors that swing open, sliding doors use patio door rollers - a system of tracks and rollers that allows the door to be open and closed easily. As time goes on you may find that your door may become difficult to open or shut. If you find that your door is giving you and extra workout in the morning it may be time to replace the rollers. Patio door rollers are located at the bottom of the door and may become worn out or rusted over time. If you are going to handle the repair yourself here are a few tips for you to remember.
Before we go to the tips there is something you must know....sliding doors are heavy. If you are doing the repairs yourself it is best to have someone there to assist you with the lifting as you have to actually remove the door out of its frame. Having someone there to help will make this process much easier.
Adjusting your Patio Door Rollers
Sometimes there may not be any actual damage to the roller itself, it may only need to be adjusted. To determine if the door needs adjustment inspect it to see if the bottom plate looks worn from scraping. If the patio door roller housing breaks or the axle looks worn it may cause the door to drop down. To remedy this you need to locate the roller adjustment screws. Tightening these screws can solve many of your roller problems. The adjustment screws can be located through a small access hole at the bottom of the patio door. Never remove the screws. You need something to wedge under the patio door to take the weight from the rollers. Tighten the adjustment screws remove the wedge and test the door to see if rolls properly.
Replacing your Patio Door Rollers
First suggestion is to use the appropriate roller for your door. In other words only use patio rollers from, or recommended by the manufacturer of your door. If you are ordering the part online be sure to take proper measurements and have the right part number.
In order for you to take care of that pesky roller you have to lift the door out of its track. You grab one side and let someone else grab the opposite end and you both lift upward. Now some doors may require you to remove the stationary side of the door before you remove the section that slides. Remove the screws that hold the old rollers to the door and replace them with the new ones. You can also use this time to do a little maintenance. Remove any dirt or grime that has accumulated then apply some lubricant to the track. Replace the patio door and test.
This was just a broad intro to replacing your patio door rollers. You can find more detailed instructions online at many reputable sites or the manufacturer's website. It's not a difficult DIY project, just remember to have the right parts on hand and someone to help with the lifting. It should be smooth sailing with the proper instructions.