How to Replace Wheels on Closet Doors

Written by kenneth crawford
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Sliding closet doors provide privacy for the contents of your closet as well as reduce space from swinging doors. The sliding doors operate with wheels on the top track. If your wheels are faulty and worn, the sliding closet door will be difficult to operate. You can replace the rollers on your doors yourself and have your closet doors working like new. The wheel assembly attaches to the back of the closet door panels. Most hardware stores carry replacement sliding closet door rollers.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • New closet wheel assemblies

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  1. 1

    Remove the two screws that secure the floor guide to the floor with a Phillips-head screwdriver. The floor guide will have a screw on each end. Slide the floor guide out from under the doors after removing the screws.

  2. 2

    Slide the outer door toward the closed position and lift up on the door. Pull the bottom of the door toward you and unhook the top wheels from the upper track. Lift the inner door panel up and pull the bottom toward you. Unhook the top wheels out of the upper track.

  3. 3

    Lay both doors face down on a flat surface with the wheel hardware facing out. Remove the screws that secure the roller brackets to the inside of the door panels with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Take one of the door rollers with you to the hardware store. Closet door wheels have an offset that is the distance from the mounting bracket to the centre of the wheel. Compare the new wheel assemblies to the old assembly to ensure you have the correct offset.

  5. 5

    Place the new wheel assemblies on the door panels. The angle of the assemblies will fit flush over the top corner of the closet doors. Secure the wheel assemblies with the retaining screws.

  6. 6

    Lift the inner door into position and swing the bottom of the door toward the back of the closet. Lift the door panel to angle the wheel inside the upper track and then pull the bottom of the door back toward you until the wheels engage the bottom of the track. Repeat the installation for the outer door panel.

  7. 7

    Place the closet doors in the open position and slide the floor guide between the doors and the floor. Secure the floor guide to its original position with the retaining screws.

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