Sliding screen doors are a great way to let fresh air and light into your home without leaving it completely open. Screen doors fall out of alignment or even break down over time, but fortunately they are not difficult to adjust. Most problems are from dirty tracks or wheels. Screen doors also have tension screws you can use to change the door's position. If that doesn't work, check for damaged wheels that need to be replaced. After a successful adjustment, your door will glide along its tracks almost as well as it did when it was first installed.
Adjust a Sliding Screen Door
Method 1. Clearing the Dirty Track.
1. Inspect the track for debris causing the door to stick. Slide the door back as far as you can. Over time, debris fills the track, preventing the door from moving smoothly or even at all. It can also cause the wheels to come off the track. Fortunately, the debris is easy to spot by looking at the track and seeing if anything is inside of it.
· To keep a screen door working, set aside time to clean the track at least once every 6 months.
2.Clean gunk out of the track with a stiff brush. Use a wire brush to pull the debris out of the frame. Remove as much of it as you can before testing the door again. You don't need to use any water to clear out the track, but dipping the brush in a little bit of clean or soapy water sometimes helps loosen stubborn debris.
· Most home improvement centers sell wire brushes. If you’re unable to find one, try using an old toothbrush instead.
3.Sweep or vacuum up the remaining debris in the track. Clear out the remaining gunk with a small, handheld vacuum. If you can, use a crevice attachment to get more suction in the tight track space. Otherwise, sweep as much of the debris away from the door as possible, then scoop it up and throw it away.
· You may need to brush and vacuum out the door frame a few times before the screen door works the way you want it to. Test it on occasion to ensure it works properly.
4.Try to slide the door on the track to see if you fixed the issue. If the screen door still doesn’t work after cleaning the track, you should check out the rollers/wheels and the door frame next. The problem may originate in one of those locations.
· Debris in the tracks is often a sign that the wheels need to be cleaned as well.