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If your sliding glass door is not functioning as smoothly as it used to, you may be able to quickly repair the issue on your own in only a few minutes. The following are five of the most common ways to repair a glass door that is not sliding properly for a variety of different possible reasons:
Clean Out the Tracks
One of the most common reasons why a sliding glass door becomes obstructed is because debris is hampering movement. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix.
You can remove debris by simply inspecting for objects that are blocking movement and removing them. It's possible that dust, dirt, or other small debris particles are hampering movement. If this is this case, you can take a rag and soak it in warm, soapy water. Then, wipe down your rollers until they are clear and movement is no longer obstructed. It's important to remember to dry off your rollers afterwards because leaving moisture can allow rust to develop that can cause long term damage to your glass door assembly.
Lubricate the Area
The sliding parts of a glass door usually require metal to scrape against metal. Any time metal parts move against one another, proper lubrication is necessary to ensure free, unhindered movement.
You can easily lubricate a sliding glass door track with a silicone lubricant or with a powdered graphite lubricant. However, you need to take care to wipe off and dry your track carefully before lubricating to avoid further contaminating and detracting from the efficiency of your track.
Adjust Door Rollers
Over time, your rollers can become knocked out of place by regular use of your sliding glass door. Inspect your rollers and look for any alignment issues. It's typically easy to reset rollers with a wrench or screwdriver to put them back in place if they are obstructing movement.
Remove Stop Molding
Molding around your glass door might look nice aesthetically, but it can also detract from the mobility of your glass door. Inspect moulding and consider removing moulding or installing different molding or architectural decor features if your current molding is restricting movement.
Replace the Door
If all else fails, it may be time to have a new door installed. Over time, your glass door is going to wear out so that movement can be restricted. If metal parts have suffered from corrosion or other irreparable damage, the only thing you can do to remedy the issue is call a glass door repair technician for a new installation.
For more information about glass door repair, contact a contractor in your area.