How To Repair Drawer Slides

Drawer slides can malfunction for a wide variety of reasons. From dirt and debris to actual damage to the roller or slide, finding the issue can sometimes be tricky. Most of the time, however, a good cleaning is all that is necessary to solve this problem. If you find broken parts when pulling the drawer out, you may need to replace the track assembly.

1. Prepare for the repair.

You will want to remove all items from the drawer. This will allow you to fully examine the functioning of the tracks that allow the drawer to slide. The most common cause of track damage for a drawer is having too much weight within the drawer.

2. Look for damage to the tracks.

If you find that the tracks have bent for some reason, attempt to bend them back into place. A screw may have loosened to create the conditions for damage, so make sure the tracks are on tightly. If you do fix the tracks, test the drawer to see if it slides. If it does, you're done. If not, move to the next step.

3. Clean the tracks.

An oven degreaser is the best cleaning agent for drawer slides and tracks. If you do not have this on hand, then any regular spray cleaner will also remove the grime.


4. Check the wheels or sliders.

The wheels or sliders on the drawers need a lubrication every now and then or they'll seize up. A little lithium grease strategically placed with a toothpick can help to solve this problem pretty effectively.

5. Insert the drawer.

You've looked at every issue that can be repaired at this point. Check the drawer to see if it will work. If not, then you will need to replace the entire track assembly. Measure the items and check your local hardware store for parts. If it does work, then place items in the drawer once again and congratulate yourself for a job well done. Repairing a drawer slide often takes just a few minutes. If cleaning the tracks, don't use paper towel. Use a microfiber cloth instead to prevent additional debris from clogging up the mechanism. Take the time to check your drawers today and you will find that maintaining them is a simple chore indeed.

Posted on Mar 02, 2015


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