Why Are My Windows Hard to Open and Close?

Posted on: November 27, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the smooth opening and closing of a new window. But, over time, windows can be increasingly more difficult to open and close, especially without the proper maintenance and upkeep.

Your windows are one of those things that you tend to think of only when something goes wrong. And, even WITH maintenance, there are a few problems you can encounter that can render your windows difficult to open and close.

These problems can vary depending on the type of window, so we’ll break down the common problems and solutions for each different window type.

Trouble Opening and Closing Single or Double Hung Windows

The primary thing that makes single and double hung windows difficult to open and close tends to be an accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris over time. The debris and dirt cause friction which makes it difficult to close and open the windows. This friction will only increase over time.

So, if you’re experiencing trouble opening and closing your single or double hung windows it is likely because of a buildup of dirt, dust, and other debris. To alleviate this, begin by cleaning the window frames, spraying with a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant. You’ll want to open and close the window multiple times to allow the lubricant to work its way in.

The window should be much easier to open and closer after cleaning it that way. However, if it is still difficult to open and close, your problem may be caused by a spring that is too tight. Adjusting (or, if necessary, replacing) the spring should alleviate the problem, returning the window sash to its normal operation. If you’re not personally comfortable adjusting the spring, just give us a call (if you’re in the La Plata area of southern Maryland), and we’ll make sure your windows are functioning normally!

Difficulty Opening and Closing Awning and Casement Windows

Awning and casement windows are a bit more complex than single and double hung windows—which means they have more points of failure than single and double hung windows. With this in mind, there could be a variety of things that make it hard to open or close these windows.

The best place to start is the sash. Consult the instruction manual for your particular windows and remove the sash from your awning or casement window using the method detailed in the manual. After that, check for stripped or loose screws. If you find any, it’s likely that they were the cause of your problem.

If you don’t have any replacement screws or if the problem persists even after replacing stripped screws, it’s best to lubricate the hinges with a silicone or dry Teflon spray tube. You’ll want to open and close the window several times to allow the lubricant to work its way into the hinges.

After all that, if you still find you are having issues, the likely culprit is a malfunctioning operator. Contact your window manufacturer for replacement parts or a local window repair company for repair services. If you’re in southern Maryland, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling 301.934.0043 .

Typical Problems with Opening and Closing Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are relatively simple; they rely on rollers and a sliding track. Since they usually only just require the push of a finger, they are the easiest type of windows to open. If your sliding windows are difficult to open, it’s most likely because of the roller system.

To alleviate any problems with the roller system, clean the roller system and track with a simple soap and water solution. Oftentimes, this alone will take care of your problem—if it does not, lubricating the rolling system should.

If your problem remains after doing those two things you probably have bad rollers. Contact your window manufacturer or local window repair company to purchase replacement rollers. If you’re in southern Maryland, contact us.

Window Replacement in the La Plata Area of Southern Maryland

If you know you have windows that are not working probably and need replacement, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We also replace old windows. We are committed to helping you choose the best windows for your home. Call Southernwood Roofing & Siding for window replacement in southern Maryland.

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