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4 Easy Ways to Fix Sliding Door Locks

Is it becoming difficult to insert your key into the sliding door lock? Or it has become a hustle to turn the cylinders? Perhaps you are applying much force to remove the key!

It could be that there are objects lodged within the rollers that make the door hard to open. Whatsoever the case may be, there are effective ways to fix your sliding door locks and experts at Top Atlanta Locksmith are ready to share them in this article. Relax with a cup of coffee and read through to learn more.

Things you need for this DIY approach:

  • Pliers
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Graphite powder tube
  • Door latch
  • Replacement door cylinder lock
  • Tape measure

Application of the Lubricant (Graphite powder)

Applying a little lubricant can be the solution to your sliding door lock worries. This method is effective when the sliding glass door lock won't latch. We recommend using the powdered graphite tube.

Though some people suggest that the standard WD-40 is effective, from experience, we noticed that the liquid residue attracts dust and other debris.


Get the graphite powder tube and place the end of the tube against the exterior lock at the key opening. If you cannot access the internal components of the lock, then apply the lubricant at the crevices. This way, it will penetrate the lock.

Remember that the application of lubricants is only a temporary solution to get the locks working. If the problem persists, you should consider consulting a professional for repairs and replacement.

Lock Repairs

The next step after lubrication is lock repairs. Instead of changing the entire lock, you reduce expenses by mending or replacing parts of the lock. If you are technically savvy and have the tools, opt for the DIY option. However, it is better to contact a dependable locksmith for the lock repairs.

Only a trained locksmith can disassemble and reassemble a lock to work efficiently.

Before deciding on lock repair, you should know the sliding locks you have. Mortise locks are serviceable while it is not possible changing the parts of antique locks.

Evaluate and Fix All Issues with the Door

Sometimes sliding door locks becomes defective because of problems associated with the door. If such defects are not identified and resolved at the earliest, fixing the sliding door lock will be difficult.

You need to check the tracks of the sliding door to see if there are objects that could be stopping the lock from opening properly. Debris accumulation could also be the problem. So cleaning the tracks before lubrication will be a quick fix.

Lock Replacement

This will be the final solution to all your sliding lock problems. Sometimes the lock has become old and cannot be repaired or remedied. Other times, you may need to upgrade the sliding door lock to new products. Considering that older sliding door locks and latches are easier to "pick". It is therefore important you upgrade them to fortify your security.

Contact an Expert for Sliding Door Lock Replacement

No matter the issues with your door, you can contact experts at Top Atlanta Locksmith for sliding door lock repair and replacement. You will love our fast, friendly services.