How to Fix a Jam on a Sliding Door Lock

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Replacement lock (if needed)
Electric drill (if needed)
Household Lubricant
Mounting Screws

In order to secure your home or office, it is very important to ensure that each and every sliding door lock is working properly. Almost anyone that has previously owned or currently owns sliding doors can relate to the experience of faulty locks that either jam, or simply do not lock at all. Most break-ins occur through your sliding door. The lock can become loose and damaged over time due to pulling the door when it's locked. Some locks are very weak. Therefore, make sure the sliding door lock you choose will protect you. A broken lock can be easily fixed without buying a completely new door. The latch may simply be stuck or out of alignment with the strike plate. If you still cannot get the door lock to work, then purchase a replacement lock—you can fix it in just a few minutes.

Step 1: Identify the Cause of the Jam

Check the strike plate and door latch to make sure they are aligned. If they are not lined up, this problem can easily be fixed by moving the plate upwards or downwards along the door jamb so that it meets the latch. Apply a household lubricant if the latch gets stuck when locking or unlocking the door. If this doesn't work, you should install a new lock.

Step 2: Remove the Door Lock

Using a screwdriver, remove the screws located on the interior side of your sliding door lock. Remove the screws on your door latch. If you're replacing the old lock with the exact same model, you can leave the strike plate on the door or otherwise remove the strike plate too.

Step 3: Install the New Door Lock

If you are replacing the lock with the exact same model, attach the new latch to the door with the mounting screws. If you are installing a different model, close the door and mark the spot where the latch and the door jamb meet using a pencil. Make holes in the door jamb for the strike plate using an electric drill as per your markings. Attach the strike plate and tighten the screws.

Step 4: Test the Fit of the Replaced Parts

Close the door to test whether the door locks as expected. Check the latch to make sure it does not slip free when the door is locked.

At all times, make sure your lock is modern, sturdy and secure. Investing in a quality sliding door lock is the least you can do to ensure that you are protected. Steel mortise locks are built straight into your door frame, ensuring maximum locking safety. This option is exactly what you need if you're looking to safeguard your home or office.