Do you know what a window balancer is? This humble window part doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but if it ever breaks, you’ll definitely know about it. Learn how to fix window balancers so you have a solution before it becomes a problem.
How to Fix Window Balancers
Do you ever wonder why it’s so easy to open a window? That may sound like a silly question, but really consider it. Most windows are made of heavy materials, such as glass and metal. And yet, when you open a properly installed window, all you have to do is unlock it and give it a little push. Why is it so easy?
Meet the quiet hero of your windows: the window balancer, sometimes also referred to as a “window balance” or a “spring balance.” A window balancer is a spring found in the side of your window frame. This spring helps raise and lower the window sash with minimal effort on your part. On double-hung windows, it also holds the top window shut. Without a window balancer, opening your window would be a real challenge.
If you’ve ever had a broken window balancer, you may not have known exactly what was broken, but you definitely noticed it when you tried to open your window. A broken window balancer can lead to windows that are extremely hard to open, or even jammed shut. When this happens, some people assume they need to replace the window. Luckily, learning how to fix window balancers is an easy (and far more affordable) option.
How Can I Fix My Window Balancer?
Repairing a window balancer is a fairly simple project for a handy homeowner. If you aren’t confident working with tools, it might be better to call in a window expert. If you are confident in your ability to do simple home repairs, here’s how you can get the job done:
- Check the window for stops before you begin. Window stops are pieces of plastic or metal that sit in the frame and prevent the window from opening too widely. If your window has stops, you should be able to pull them from the frame with a little effort.
- Look above the sash to locate the take-out clips. They should be between six and eight inches above the sash. If the clips are screwed in, use a flathead screwdriver to loosen and remove them. If not, you should also be able to remove them with your hands. Use a screwdriver for leverage if needed.
- Lift the window sash upwards until you are able to see the window balancers in the side of the frame. You should be able to feel the weight of the sash in your hands. Carefully remove the sash from the window.
- The window balancers should be attached to the window with clips. Unclip them and remove them carefully. Remember that larger windows will have larger springs, which will be under more tension when they are removed. Proceed with caution.
- Carefully measure the parts of your window balancers so you can find an adequate replacement. If needed, consult with a window repair expert on appropriate measurements.
- Insert your new window balancer into the window frame, bottom hook first. Push down on the spring to increase tension, then hook the top of the balance to the clip or screw in the frame.
- Replace the sash, and test it by lowering it in the window frame. It should engage with the window balancers, making it easier to move. Once you have verified the repair is successful, replace the window stops (if needed) and close the window. Congratulations, you have repaired your window balancer!
Learning how to fix window balancers is easy, especially if you know a little bit about basic home repairs. If you need a little more help than this tutorial, give us a call.
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