Skip to content

Looking for help?

Find answers to your questions

How to Replace a Patio Door Handle: A Step-by-Step Guide

So, you're planning to replace your patio door handle? Don't worry, it's not as difficult as it may seem. With the right tools and a little patience, you can get it done in no time.


The patio door handle usually consists of two parts, the interior handle, and the exterior handle, connected by a spindle, which is a metal rod that runs through the door and links the two handles. To replace your patio door handle, you will need to remove the old handle and spindle to install the new ones. To begin, you will need a few tools including a screwdriver, drill, drill bit, and a hammer or mallet (in case the spindle is stuck). 

Patio Door Spindle


Step 1:

Step one is to remove the old handle. You can start by opening the door and locating the screws that hold the interior handle in place, which are usually located on the inside of the door, near the handle. Carefully remove the screws and take off the interior handle.


Step 2:

Step two, the exterior handle must also be removed, which can be more challenging since the screws are usually on the outside of the door. If the exterior screws are hard to reach, you might need to lift the door up and out of the track and set it aside (this step is optional if you have access to the exterior handle screws without removing the door from the track). Once the door is out of the way, remove the screws that secure the exterior handle in place.


With the handles removed, you can now remove the spindle. It may be necessary to tap the spindle with a mallet or hammer to loosen it from its position. Once it's loose, you can remove it from the door.


Step 3:

Now it's time to install the new spindle. Begin by placing one end of the spindle into the hole of the exterior handle. Slide the spindle through the door, ensuring that it's centered and straight. Then, slide the other end into the hole on the interior handle.


With the spindle in place, you can install the new handles. Start by aligning the screw holes on the interior handle with the holes on the door, and screw the handle into place. Repeat the process for the exterior handle, making sure that the screws are tight and the handle is securely attached.



Step 4:

Once the new handle is installed, it's essential to test it to ensure it's functioning correctly. Open and close the door multiple times to confirm that the handle operates smoothly and the door locks and unlocks correctly.


Finally, you can reinstall the door (if it had to be removed). Lift the door back onto the track, making sure it's appropriately aligned and level. Slide the door back into place and test it again to ensure that it slides smoothly and locks securely.


In conclusion, replacing a patio door handle is a relatively easy process that requires a few tools and some basic knowledge. Just take your time, be patient, and follow the above steps, and you'll have your new patio door handle installed in no time. If you're uncertain about any part of the process, don't hesitate to seek professional help or chat with one of our associates! We're always happy to help.

Updated on 04 Oct 2023