Have you been experiencing trouble opening your sliding patio doors lately? Don't worry; in this post, we share instructions on adjusting a patio sliding door. But first, when is the right time to adjust the sliding doors on your patios?
Sometimes it may be hard to know whether your sliding patio door is functioning at its best. Below are some signs your sliding door needs adjustment:
The door is not opening or closing properly
Sliding patio doors in good working order should slide smoothly along the rails.
The sliding door is making a strange sound
Friction between the bottom surface of your door and the track could lead to an unfamiliar sound, which may signal a misaligned door.
The door is going off the track
The door needs to move uniformly from one end to another. If the door gets off the track, you will experience problems opening and closing it. You'll need to adjust the track or rollers to resolve the issue.
Now you know some signs of when your sliding patio door needs an adjustment. But why is an adjustment required for your door; what caused the problem?
When your sliding door is misaligned, it tends to stick.
The biggest cause of misalignment is simple wear and tear. The more the door is used, the more likely it is to become misaligned. That doesn't mean you shouldn't use the door; that's what the door is there for, right? Use the door. Just be careful; avoid using too much force when opening or closing the door.
Again, misalignments can cause doors to become sticky; in other words, the door becomes difficult to open. The more we use the door in this condition, the worse it can get.
Sliding doors are equipped with rollers that help the door slide along the track. The rollers and tracks are usually the pain points with misalignment issues. Excessive force or misuse of the door can cause damage to both the rollers and the track. A quick takeaway is to regularly service your sliding patio doors to check for minor issues and adjust your patio door early. In this next section, let's look at the different door adjustments.
If your door starts becoming sticky, it will require the correct adjustment to address the issue. Some significant adjustments for a sliding patio door include the roller adjustment, latch adjustments, and strike adjustments. In this next section, talk about how it's done.
Rollers will be at the bottom of your door and in direct contact with the track of your sliding door. In this case, adjusting the rollers refers to cleaning or replacing the rollers. Adjusting the height of the rollers is addressed in the next section, How to adjust patio door alignment.
How to clean patio door rollers
If the door is still sticking and the track is clean, you may need to adjust the door alignment. This process involves changes to the door placement with the adjustment screws, the same ones you used to remove the rollers from the door.
Patio doors occasionally need to be realigned. That's especially true if you live in an area like North Texas, where our foundations shift and cause our windows and doors to go out of square. When the door is misaligned, you'll see that the gap between the panel and the door is different at the top and bottom of the door panel. You'll need to raise or lower the panel using the built-in adjustment screws to fix it. To do this, follow the instructions below.
Sometimes adjustments to the door alignment cause misalignment with the door latch. Instructions on adjusting the door latch are listed below.
The frequent opening and closing of your patio door latch may result in a slight change in the position of the latch, which may be high or lower than its original position. In order to lock correctly, the door latch must align with the door strike. For clarity, the latch is on the door panel, and the strike is on the jamb.
To adjust a patio door latch↗, here's what to do.
If the latch has no problem, but the door won't lock, then the strike is the culprit.
A door strike requires a similar approach as the latch does when adjusting. The strike is the opening into which the latch locks. To modify a patio door strike↗, follow the instructions below.
That's it. The sliding door should close smoothly.
Sliding patio doors are easy to adjust. You may sometimes need a partner to assist you, but the process is easy to follow. Begin by adjusting the rollers and door panel heights, then move on to latch and strike adjustments if needed. Remember, the most significant cause of sliding door problems is wear and tear; the kinder you are to your door, the longer it will last.
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