Stuck windows are a nuisance any time of year, but particularly inconvenient in the summer when you want to be able to invite a refreshing breeze into your home by opening the windows. While stuck windows sometimes require professional repair, you may be able to fix the problem yourself by trying a few simple tricks.
Here are some things you can try on your own to fix the problem of stuck window:
Stuck Gasket – If your window gasket is stuck to the frame, slide a blunt knife between the frame and the sash. Never force your window to move if it’s still stuck because this can damage the gasket. You can also use the same technique for windows that have been painted shut.
Dirty Hinges – This is one of the most common causes of stuck windows, but fortunately it’s easy to fix. If in an urban area near traffic or that’s exposed to a lot of dust, your windows will likely accumulate dirt and grime on the hinges, which can cause the unit to become jammed. Before you decide to get replacement windows, try cleaning your windows first. Spray some grease or oil to loosen them up and then wipe or dust off the dirt buildup.
Word Down Spindle – If your spindle is worn down, you can replace your old handle. Ensure that you place the new handle in the appropriate position. If you are not sure how to do this, consult with a professional window contractor for guidance.
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