how to replace the rollers on your patio door
Maybe it\'s time to change the roller on the door.
They usually go from ten to fifteen years, but they are really exhausted, it\'s a jobit-
You can do the job yourself with a little advice and some strong arms.
Sliding patio doors are usually aluminum, but there are many models of wood and vinyl on the market.
They all use ball bearing rollers to slide back and forth easily.
The bottom of the door of the aluminum door and some vinyl doors is secured in place by two screws on both sides of the door close to the bottom.
The lower part of the screw is usually an opening in which there is a adjusting screw to lift the roller up and down.
Wooden doors usually have a pair of rollers due to their extra weight.
The adjustment screw can be connected by a plastic cover covering the front hole at the bottom of the door.
I mentioned the adjustment screws because you need to check the doors before deciding to pull them out and replace the rollers.
Slide a large flat screwdriver under the door on one side and lift it up slightly to reduce the weight of the roller.
Turn the adjusting screw with another screwdriver.
See if this can make the door slide better.
Sometimes this is all necessary, but if the adjustment screw does not turn or is completely lost, you must lift the door out of the track, remove the large screw that keeps the bottom of the door open, and pull the bottom of the door open.
Help carry the door out.
Even the smaller patio door requires two people to handle it safely.
Especially if the door is old, the bottom of the door may not fall off easily.
Check if there is any metal label that might keep it and close the bottom gently.
Some of the old aluminum and vinyl patio doors have rollers, and one screw is used for Roller installation and adjustment.
These types of rollers can usually be replaced without removing the bottom of the door.
Look carefully at the bottom of the door in case there is room to pull out the roller assembly.
Although the door itself is heavier, the wooden patio door roller is easier to replace.
The roller is often screwed to the bottom of the wooden door.
Remove the screw and the roller comes out.
Some vinyl patio doors stick together.
They never intended to separate.
If you do not see the visible screws that hold the frame together, you may not be able to remove the rollers.
Also, vinyl doors often become brittle as they grow older, and it\'s easy to break when you try to pry open the bottom of the door.
Be extra careful if you have a vinyl patio door.
Once you get the bottom of the patio door down, it\'s easy to see how the rollers are kept.
Usually, just remove a screw or bend a metal label.
Remove the rollers and take them to the local glass shop for the right replacement.
Reassemble everything first to adjust the new rollers so they can be as high as possible.
When you reinstall the doors on the track, you don\'t want them to get in your way.
If the roller fixing screws are close to the bare glass at the bottom of the door, make sure to cover them with cork or rubber.
If the metal screw hits the glass, it will crack.
Replace the bottom of the door, reinstall the screws that fix it, and lift the door back into place.
Follow the instructions given earlier to adjust the roller.
When you turn the adjustment screw, you should now be able to see the door moving up and down.
You can also use screws to align the door with the frame.
Your patio door lock may need to be adjusted to compensate for the new door height.
Try the door and you should be surprised how easy it is to close.
It takes only a few pounds of power to open and close.
Don\'t fight with a heavy door anymore, you do it yourself!