DIY Sliding Glass Door Repairs and Maintenance

During spring cleaning, there are a lot of chores that we might not want to do. However, you will certainly end up spending a lot of money in the future if you do not keep up with maintenance. Sliding glass doors are the best examples of this. These kinds of doors do need maintenance and care that almost every homeowner finds nasty or irritating. However, it is better than spending a lot of money on fixing rather than maintenance.  

For those who don’t know, sliding glass doors Phoenix repairs typically cost thousands of dollars. A sliding glass door only has several parts. There are the rollers, the track, the weather stripping, the lock, the handle, and glass in the middle of the panels, and the frame.  

Problems with the Lock 

The lock is one of the most common issues. The lock could have issues latching properly since it’s a sliding glass door. This is particularly true if you’ve been using it for many years.  

Before you replace your sliding door, you can try to do a deep cleaning with the locks. This will help lubricate the lock. You can utilize baking soda and dish soap if part of the issue is rust.  


One of the minor maintenance aspects that could cost you a lot in the future is the weather-stripping. You can be paying way too much for cooling or heating if you do not have a decent sealant or weather-stripping. This greatly varies on where you are located.  

Fix Broken Glass 

Whenever the glass breaks or cracks, most homeowners are willing to purchase a new door instead of having it fixed. There are a lot of companies out there that can fix minor chips or cracks in the glass without having to replace the glass at all.  

For comparison, the cost of buying a new sliding glass door runs around $300 up to $1000. On the other hand, the cost of fixing your sliding glass door can cost around $100 up to $150. However, if you think that your glass door is always giving you issues, it might be best to have it replaced.  

Roller Cleaning 

While cleaning the track and frame, you should also make sure you repair and clean the rollers. Typically, if you use a wire brush to clean them and wipe them down, it’s enough to get rid of debris that is stuck in the roller. You might have to replace them more frequently. This depends on the wear and tear. In addition to that, you have to utilize the same lubricated that you utilized on the rollers and on the track.  

Cleaning the Track 

Though you can utilize WD-40 or aerosol-based wax spray, you might want to utilize a non-stick silicon-based lube. The reason for this is that it will not warp in the summer or freeze in the winter. If your rollers or tracks are damaged, it is best to have them replaced. Typically, it will cost you around $6 up to $35.