There are several reasons why a window might stick or become difficult to open. Here are some things to know and try if it takes both hands or excessive force to open your window(s).
Routine maintenance and lubrication. Many windows can be unstuck by cleaning out and lubricating the tracks. To clean the tracks, use a vacuum and/or a can of compressed air. Lubrication should be performed regularly and in accordance with your manufacturer’s recommendations.
Window weight. Some windows used in new construction are heavier than older windows. The heavier windows may need more effort than you expect to operate.
Window size and shape. If you have tall, narrow windows, you may need to change your window-opening technique. We recommend the following approach:
- Place one hand at comfortable shoulder level and place your second hand at a higher level.
- When opening the window, use the second, higher hand to gently apply force and guide the window when the window slides.
If you feel your window still requires excessive force after following the steps above, you will most likely need to get additional help. If you are within the warrantable period (1 year), contact us.