A slight push is all it takes to open a sliding window, but this ease of use is also the biggest disadvantage of this window style. Without proper maintenance, the window’s rollers are prone to getting stuck. Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma, your go-to contractor in the state for all types of windows, lists below the most common sliding window problems and their corresponding solutions.
Sliding windows’ nylon rollers glide on metal tracks. Dust and grime that build-up along the tracks can impede the rollers, making it hard to open the windows. If the tracks haven’t been cleaned for some time, remove the window’s sliding sash and clean the tracks thoroughly.
Take care not to damage the window frame, as this may void your warranty. To ensure the window is removed properly, look up the manufacturer’s instructions online. Afterward, use a vacuum cleaner and a rag to clean the rails. For stubborn stains, use solvents or a mild soapy solution. Always consult the manufacturer’s care instructions, as harsh chemicals can stain the window frame.
Bent or misaligned tracks can also prevent your sliding windows from opening. You can straighten the tracks by carefully hammering them into the correct angle. However, bent tracks are often caused by natural wear and tear, which means you’ll soon need a replacement for your sliding windows.
Loose Latch Screws
Other times, you’ll encounter problems with closing your sliding windows. In most cases, a faulty or loose latch is to blame. If this is the case, check the screws and tighten them.
Recurring issues with your sliding windows may be a sign of shoddy installation work. If improper window installations are to blame, we recommend replacing them. But this time, make sure to hire an experienced, reputable contractor to install your new sliding windows.
Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma, the winner of the Energy Star® Award of 2012, offers a wide variety of premium windows, including sliding and double hung windows. To get a free estimate, call us at (405) 212-5936 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Tulsa and Oklahoma City (OKC).