Windows Difficult to Open and Close

Why Are My Windows Difficult to Open and Close?

There are a number of issues that can make it difficult to open and close your windows and doors. While some are simple to fix, others can be more complicated. Whatever the reason, it’s best to address the issue as soon as possible to ensure your Ottawa home or business is safe and secure. Here are some common reasons why doors and windows get stuck.

 

Single and Double-hung Windows

The most common reason single-hung and double-hung windows become hard to open is that dirt and debris is building up in the frame. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, an accumulation of dust and grime will create friction and cause your windows to stick.


Fortunately, just cleaning the frame should do the trick. Wipe down the frame with a damp cloth, and then spray it with a non-silicone solvent-free lubricant. Open and close the windows a few times to allow the product to work its way into the frame. If that doesn’t work, check the springs, as they might be too tight. Adjusting the springs, which are located inside the window jamb, or replacing them could be the answer.

 

Casement and Awning Windows

The mechanisms of casement windows or awning windows are a bit more complicated. If they’re hard to open, begin by removing the sash. Check the manufacturer’s instruction in your owner’s manual for the best way to do it.

 

After removing the sash, look for loose or stripped screws. Tightening loose screws and replacing any that are stripped or broken could resolve the issue. If not, try lubricating the hinges with a dry Teflon or silicone spray. If your windows are still difficult to open, it’s likely time to call a professional to check your windows and advise about replacing them.

 

Sliding Windows and Doors

Sliding windows and doors operate on simple rollers and/or tracks. Cleaning them with soap and water should help them slide more easily. You can also apply a solvent-free lubricant to the tracks and rollers.

 

Cleaning your sliding doors takes a bit more effort. It’s best to vacuum out the tracks and clean them with a wire brush. If your sliding doors and windows still stick, it could mean you need to replace the rollers.

 

Replacement Windows and Doors in Ottawa

Even with regular maintenance, windows and doors have a limited lifespan. If it’s time to replace the windows in your Ottawa home, Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors can help. We offer the latest in energy-efficient doors and windows that look great and are easy to clean and maintain.

 

Contact us today for a free estimate on our products and installation services.