During summer when the temperatures rise, all you want to do is open your windows and let the cool breeze into your home. It can be frustrating when a window won’t budge.
Why does this happen? Why do windows sometimes get stuck? There may be more than one reason for this. Before you try to pry it open, check out the list we have here of the probable reasons your windows are stuck and what you can do to get them working again.
Your Windows Are Water-Logged
If this is the problem, it can easily be addressed with just a blow-dryer! Simply aim your blow-dryer towards the gap between the frame and the window itself and allow hot air to work its magic for about 10 minutes.
The Windows Have Been Painted Shut
If you have just moved into a home and discovered that some of the windows have been painted shut, you can try to open it using a putty knife. Run it slowly between the window and the frame, working your way around its entirety. Make sure you do the same on the other side of the window before trying to open it.
Your Windows Have Dirty Hinges
Windows that do not open because of dirty hinges are more common than you think. This often happens in houses that are close to busy streets. When a window is left open for some time, grit can accumulate on the hinges, compromising your window’s ability to open and shut properly. This can be solved by spraying some oil onto the hinges unless the hinge is broken, in which case, you are going to have to replace it.
Your Window Gaskets Are Stuck
This problem is common with aged PVC windows. What happens is that the weather gasket, which is made of rubber, sometimes melts a little and causes the sash and the frame to get stuck together. You can use a flat knife to fix this problem. Simply slide the knife between the sash and the frame slowly until they get unstuck.
Your Window Locks Are Broken
This is probably the toughest problem and one that you can’t solve on your own. If you are sure that the problem is not with the handle, then it’s likely the lock that is broken. Instead of dealing with this yourself and ending up in a worse situation, it’s better to call your trusted window company to help you out.
Are Your Windows Beyond Repair?
While it is perfectly fine to try to fix the problem with your windows, know that there will come a time when you will need new ones and perhaps that time is now.
If you have been experiencing other problems with your windows apart from them getting stuck, or if they are beginning to show signs of age and they’re not efficient anymore, you might want to consider getting replacement windows. This way you will not have to deal with old window problems anymore and you can enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient windows.
Call Renewal by Andersen of Denver at (303) 823-4312 or (719) 419-5496 to get started! We serve Colorado Springs, Denver and nearby areas.