How to Fix a Sliding Door

Sliding doors can change the way we live in our homes. They are able to give us an increase in natural sunlight and give us the ability to embrace the fresh air. Simply put, sliding doors are great when they work, but disappointing when they don't.

In this guide, we will show you how to repair a broken sliding door and give you some useful tips along the way for sliding screen door repair. Just follow this step-by-step guide and your door will be sorted in no time.


 How to repair a sliding door

1) Firstly, you’ll notice two doors, one that’s stationary and one that slides. To begin with, you’ll need to remove the stationary door. To do this, you’ll need to remove the screws holding it in place. You may notice a strip of metal, which also needs to be taken out. Once you’ve done this, simply pull and lift.  

2) Next, you’ll need to turn your attention to the remaining sliding door. Similarly to the stationary door, remove any necessary screws, lift, and pull the door out. Try to rest both doors on a pair of sawhorses or on a supported platform where you can safely leave them.

3) Once both doors are removed, you can now begin fixing or replacing the roller assemblies. Try to clean out any debris or rust surrounding the rollers that may be preventing the doors from sliding. Also, for those with older sliding doors, you may need to remove the frames first to access the assembly rollers.   

4) If your original roller assemblies are beyond economical repair, you’ll need to purchase brand-new rollers and fit them back into the bottom of the frame. But before you do, it’s a good idea to give the bottom of the track a good clean to ensure the doors slide smoothly once they’re fitted. You can even test the new rollers to make sure they slide along seamlessly.

5) Afterwards, it’s a matter of putting everything back in place again. Start by fitting the sliding door onto your new assembly rollers. Make sure to fit any additional screws or frames that you might have removed.

6) Finally, place the stationary door back into its original position with the appropriate screws. Ensure all screws are tightened and securely fastened.