Sliding Glass Door Gaskets & Weatherstripping - As it pertains to keeping your home in tip-top shape, nothing can be more annoying than the usual sliding glass door that will not slide. After all, what's the reason of having a beautiful glass door that leads out to some scenic backyard in the event the darn thing takes three NFL linebackers to slide it open?
The number 1 reason your sliding glass door will not side is because too much soil and debris have clogged the wheels and the path of your door panel up. This is not a hard fix, but because sliding glass doors are quite heavy, it's best if you've got another person present to help you.
Once the door is on its side, you'll be able to closely analyze the track along with the wheels. Most commonly, you will find the wheels are full of debris and soot, and also the path is also likely very filthy. Use compressed air and needle tip pliers to clean the wheels. Be careful to pull every last hair out from the wheel bearings. It is best to be diligent in this step, so you do not have to make a habit of this process.
While you are at it, clean up all the "mating-borders" of the door. This can be where the sliding door and some other surface of the door frame meet. A general rule of thumb is to simply wipe down anything that looks dirty. Remember, even if the soil isn't always on the track itself, it can eventually fall to the track causing your door to require another wipe down.