Has your double hung window been a pain to slide open and does it often get stuck in its tracks? Budget Windows and Doors is all too familiar with the problems you face with maintaining your windows and would like to offer you some tips when caring for them. Let's look at some of the best methods for cleaning and repairing your windows.
A double hung window has 2 operating sashes which slide up and down.
At the first sign of problems, you may think you need to replace or repair your window. Before going down that costly path, try these cleaning tricks:
Cleaning & Maintaining a Double Hung Window
1. Keep Windows Clean
In an article by thespruce.com, we learn that "simple dirt and grime can increase the friction and cause windows to bind in their tracks". The first step in maintaining the operation of your double hung windows is vacuuming the tracks and wiping them with a damp cloth. If your windows have been painted, it is possible that dried paint has gotten in the tracks and is causing friction. You can gently scrape any paint off of the tracks to see if this clears up the problem.
2. Lubricate Window Tracks
Once you've cleaned your windows, you'll want to lubricate your windows at least once a year. If you have wooden windows, you can try lubricating the tracks with wax and if you have vinyl windows, use a silicone lubricant. However, make sure you avoid using oil.
3. Check out this Video for Cleaning Tips:
Repairing a Double Hung Window
While cleaning your windows, you can check to see if there are other problems that cannot be fixed with the simple tips above. Here are some signs that you might need to repair or replace a double hung window:
1. Rotting Wood
If you find rotting wood in your wooden window frames, you can remove or grind away the rotten wood until you get to solid wood and fill the empty space with epoxy putty. Read about how to do this.
2. Your Double Hung Window Won't Stay Open or it Slams Shut
If this is the case, you are experiencing a "dropped window". If you have the patience and tools, you can fix the problem yourself. Depending on the type of window you have, you can try the following repairs:
If you have older, wooden windows, you may be able to remove the window to fix broken sash cords (which are connected to weights used to balance the weight of the window). Read more about this fix. Or, watch the video below.
If you have vinyl windows, the problem may be a broken balance spring. In this case, you can buy a replacement balance spring to insert on your own or with the help of a professional. Read more about this fix.
Replacing a Double Hung Window
If after regular cleaning, maintenance, and small repairs, your double hung window still gives you trouble, you may want to consider replacing it. Windows generally have an average lifespan of 20 years. After 20 years, or if your double hung window shows water damage or the frames have warped, it is probably time to replace it. With 20 years of experience in the window business, Budget Windows and Doors offers window replacement services that you can count on.
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