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Opening your windows for fresh air only to discover that they’re hard, or impossible, to open is frustrating. Not to mention, it’s dangerous in the case of emergency.
Luckily, most problems that make windows difficult to open are easy to fix on your own! It’s just a matter of understanding what’s causing your windows to be hard to open and close.
Depending on your window style, there are varying reasons for why your windows may be increasingly hard to open.
With sliding window styles, debris is most commonly the culprit. Over time, dirt and debris build up along your window frame. This build-up can lead to friction along the points of motion for your window, making it difficult to slide open and closed.
With windows that push open, the issue is likely the hinges. Without proper lubrication, they can become stiff, reducing the swinging motion of the window.
To prevent this issue in the future, be sure to regularly clean your windows.
If cleaning the tracks didn’t solve your problem, the spring in the window may be the issue. Replacing or repairing the spring requires a few specialized tools and some window repair know-how, so we recommend having a professional fix this.
Casement and awning windows are the two most common types of windows that push open, but our garden windows also have panels that open outward. When a window is hard to push open, it’s important to check the hinges first. Stiff hinges are a common issue, and they’re easily fixed with a little lubricant.
When lubricating the hinges doesn’t fix the problem, it may be a bigger issue with loose or stripped screws. If you are capable, remove the sash and examine the screws to see if any of them need to be replaced. Replacing stripped screws with new screws should fix the problem.
If you have lubricated your hinges and replaced stripped screws, but the problem persists, the issue is likely the operator, the part that connects to the crank and pushes the window open. If this is the case, you will need to replace the operator. Unless you’re comfortable with window repair, we recommend consulting a professional for this repair.
If these DIY fixes didn’t work for you, your windows may need to be replaced. If you’re ready to upgrade your windows, contact us to schedule your free consultation! All of our windows are covered by our industry-leading warranty, so you’ll never have to worry about repairing your windows yourself.