On a beautiful sunny day, there’s nothing better than throwing the windows open to enjoy the weather. That’s why there’s nothing more frustrating than a stuck sliding window. Luckily, it’s an easy problem to fix. It’s time to grab your toolbox and learn how to fix sliding window rollers.
How to Fix Sliding Window Rollers
It’s a gorgeous day. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time to open the windows and enjoy the great weather. Unfortunately for you, your sliding windows will not budge an inch! You don’t want to miss out on the sunshine, so it’s time to hit the internet and do some research. What’s going on, and how can you fix it?
How Do Sliding Window Rollers Work?
Sliding windows are windows that open by pushing them to the side, instead of up and down. A sliding window can be ideal for smaller window spaces that can’t accommodate the hardware required for traditional single-hung or double-hung windows. Some homeowners prefer them because they are more easily opened and closed than other windows, allowing more fresh air and sunshine into their homes. They’re also a great fit for any room where you don’t want window hardware to obstruct your view of the landscape.
The reason that sliding windows are able to provide the benefits they do is that they rely on sliding window rollers to open and shut. The sliding window rollers sit in the bottom track of the window, allowing the sash to roll back and forth so the window is easily opened. Unfortunately, since the sliding window roller sits in the bottom of the window, it is vulnerable to dirt and debris. Because of this, sometimes it’s necessary to do a quick repair.
Fixing Sliding Window Rollers
Fixing sliding window rollers can seem like an intimidating task, but it’s actually not that difficult. It’s a project that can be accomplished within an hour or so. All you need is a little window knowledge and some basic home repair tools:
- Be sure to study the window carefully before you begin, and refer to the documentation that came with your windows before attempting any repair. Don’t be surprised by a voided warranty from a home repair!
- Remove the sliding window sash so you are able to access the sliding window roller. Most sliding window sashes can be removed by lifting the sash upwards and tilting the bottom out. However, some have connected rollers that need to be moved to the edge of the frame before the window can be removed.
- Once the hardware is removed, carefully clean the sliding window track. Use a hand-held vacuum to remove dirt and debris, and a rag with soap and water to take care of any sticky spots you encounter.
- Once the track is cleaned, attempt to slide the window roller back and forth. If it will now move without problems, you can reassemble the window. If not, you may need to replace your window roller. Remove the sliding window roller and clean it carefully, and then place it back in the track to see if it will move. If it will not, you need to replace it. Again, be sure to refer to your warranty to see if parts are covered.
- Use the documentation that came with your window to select and purchase a new sliding window roller. Slip it into the window track, and tighten the screws that hold it in place. Once the sliding window roller is installed, put the window sash back in place, being sure to guide it into the roller and onto the window track. Your window is now repaired.
Now that you know how to fix sliding window rollers, you can fix them whenever you need to. Just be sure to keep those window tracks clean to minimize the need for repairs. And if you need some more expert window advice, give us a call.
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