When your patio screen door becomes difficult to operate, it is most likely due to faulty rollers. Your patio screen door, just like your patio sliding door, uses two rollers in the bottom track to operate. The screen door is light, therefore the rollers are not of the highest quality as you have on the sliding door. Installing new patio screen door rollers is a matter of pushing them into place. Most screen door rollers simply snap in and out or may use a spring to keep them in place.
Things You'll Need
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Pair of replacement roller assemblies
Open the patio screen door so that it is in the middle of the opening. Look for a small adjustment screw on the lower edge of the door on each side. Turn the screw counterclockwise with a flat-head screwdriver, if you have the adjustment screws. Many patio screen doors do not use an adjustment screw.
Look for a couple of notches on the outside of the lower track that are the same distance apart as the rollers on the patio screen door. Slide the screen door over to line up the rollers with the notches in the track. Grasp the screen door on both sides, and lift the door into the upper track. Swing the lower portion of the door past the bottom track, and pull the screen door away from the opening.
Place the screen door on a flat surface. Insert a flat-head screwdriver between the inside top of the roller assembly and the screen door frame. Pry the roller assembly out of the bottom of the door with the screwdriver. Pry the opposite roller assembly out of the door. Take one of the roller assemblies to a home improvement center to purchase a replacement. Purchase a pair of roller assemblies that match the design and size of the existing assembly.
Position the corner of the new roller assembly inside the bottom corner of the patio screen door. The corner has a tab that fits into a notch inside the door frame. Press the other end of the roller assembly into the door frame until it snaps into position. Repeat for the opposite roller.
Pick up the screen door by its side and insert the top of the screen door frame into the upper track. Lift the screen door into the track, and swing the bottom of the door over the lower track. When the rollers are in line with the lower track, release the screen door. Turn the adjustment screws on each end clockwise with a flat-head screwdriver until the door glides smoothly, if your door has the adjustment screws.
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