Sometimes Patio Doors Just Need Adjustments

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Sometimes Patio Doors Just Need Adjustments

sometimes patio doors need adjustmentHomeowners often think the only solution to a patio door that won’t budge is a new patio door. But sometimes patio doors only need adjustments in order to work correctly.

All sliding doors move on rollers, or small wheels at the base of the door. Patio doors endure a lot of traffic, especially during the warmer months, so worn rollers are not unusual.

If your door is fairly new but is increasingly difficult to open or close, your rollers may need adjusting. This is a two-person job.

Find the hole at the inside base of the door that provides access to a roller-adjustment screw. While the other person lifts the patio door slightly – about a quarter of an inch – use a flat blade screwdriver to turn the adjustment screw.

It may take several turns of the screw to get the right adjustment, but eventually your patio door should be sliding smoothly. Keeping the track free of dust and debris minimizes damage to the rollers and also reduces the need to make periodic adjustments.

If your rollers have deteriorated to the point that adjusting them doesn’t improve the door’s movement, you’ll need to replace the rollers. This requires removing the entire patio door.

A-1 On Track recommends that a sliding door contractor handle this project. Door removal can be difficult, even for two people. A hydraulic jack may even be needed to lift the door out of the frame.

If you decide to remove the door yourself, take the roller assembly to a hardware or home improvement store to be sure you purchase assemblies that work in your brand of patio door. It’s important to install the right rollers, so you may need to solicit advice from a professional.

Save yourself time and the stress of making patio door adjustments or repairs by calling 408-866-0267 today to schedule an appointment with an A-1 On Track professional.

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