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Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close?

Aug 15

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8/15/2014 3:19 PM  RssIcon

Are your windows hard to open? The cause and solution to this problem could vary depending on the type of window you are having the problem with.


In the sections below we will address possible issues that make the most common types of windows hard to open.


Hard to Open Single & Double Hung Windows

The most common cause of single and double hung windows being difficult to open and close is dirt and dust build up. Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can build up in the window frame causing more friction—making it more difficult to open. Clean the window frames and spray with lubricant. Open and close the windows several times to work the lubricant in and see if this has corrected the problem.


If not, the root of your problem may be the spring in the window. The spring located inside the window jamb can become too tight, making it difficult to raise and lower the sash. Adjusting the spring on the window should return the sash to its normal working order.


Hard to Open Awning & Casement Windows

If you have hard to open casement windows, you must first find the root cause. To do this, you must first remove the window sash. This can vary depending on your window manufacturer, so consult the instruction manual for your windows for more information on how to do this.


Once the sash is removed, check for loose or stripped screws. If any are present tighten or replace these screws. And see if this solves the problem.


If the problem persists, lubricate the hinges. Use a silicone or dry Teflon spray lube. Open and close the windows several times to work the lubricant into the hinges.


If this does not correct the problem, your problem likely lies with the operator.


Hard to Open Sliding Windows

If your sliding windows are hard to open, first remove the sash from the window frame. This will give you full access to the sliding track. Clean the track area with a simple soap and water solution. You can also lubricate the track area and the rollers on the window using a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant.


If this does not fix the problem, it is very likely that your rollers are simply bad. New rollers can generally be ordered from your window manufacturer.


Find a Local Weather Shield Dealer in Your Area

If you’re having difficulties opening and closing your windows and you need window repair, or you’d simply like to replace old, hard to operate windows, with new windows, Weather Shield dealers in your area may be able to help.  Use our dealer locator to find a dealer in your area or contact us directly and we’ll help you find a Weather Shield partner. 

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