Regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your Cincinnati windows looking new and operating effortlessly. However, sometimes windows get stuck. Forcing them open can damage the frame or the glass, leading to costly repairs.
Here are tips for fixing a window that’s hard to open and close, from your local window replacement company, Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati.
This problem can easily be fixed by blow-drying the space between the window and the frame. Keep the blow-dryer running for five to ten minutes before trying to operate the window. Use the blow-dryer for another five minutes if the window gets stuck again or repeat until you can fully open it.
Painted Shut Windows
We don’t recommend allowing the painted surfaces of replacement windows to come into contact with other surfaces until they are fully dry because this can affect proper window operation. To open windows that have been painted shut, gently run a putty knife between the window and the frame. Begin at the corners, working your way around. Repeat on the exterior before trying to open the window.
You may need to gently tap the corners of the frame with a hammer to loosen your windows or doors. Prevent stains or marks by wrapping the head of the hammer in cloth.
Stuck Window Gasket
The rubber weather gasket that keeps drafts out can sometimes melt in old windows. This causes the sash and frame to stick together when the window is left closed for a long time in hot temperatures. Slide a flat blunt knife or credit card between the frame and the sash to separate them. Forcing the window open can damage the gasket.
Dirty window hinges are a common problem. You can spray oil or grease onto the hinges. In some cases, the hinges are broken and need to be replaced. Keep your sliding patio doors and windows opening and closing seamlessly by vacuuming or dusting debris buildup on the sills and in the track.
Broken Handle Spindle
You can confirm whether the spindle in your window’s handle is worn down by taking a handle off another window and trying it on the faulty window. Replacing a handle should be easy and affordable. However, you have to make sure that the new handle is placed in the exact position as the old one.
It’s likely that your window’s lock is broken if the window can’t be opened even after trying a different handle. This issue is best left to a window contractor as it requires proper training and the use of the right tools. Professionals know how to repair locks while minimizing the risk of damage to your window.
Stuck Window Cases
Wrap a block of wood with a cloth and position it against the window frame and at the bottom of one side, and gently tap it with a hammer. Repeat at the bottom of the other side of the window frame. Move back and forth between the sides of the sash, going up to the top of the window frame. You can try using a hammer and a putty knife for more force if the window seal remains intact.
When your old windows are beyond repair, you can count on Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati for quality window replacement. Our windows come in a wide selection of colors, sizes, shapes, and styles to complement your home. We also offer and install sliding and French patio doors. Call us at (513) 283-8981 or complete our online form for a free consultation. We work with homeowners in Cincinnati, OH, and nearby areas.