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How to Fix A Window Shade Spring

How to Fix a Window Shade Spring

Operational Issues with Shades

Finding the right window treatment solution for your windows is not the only challenging task. If you thought that zeroing down on a window covering and getting it installed was all that there is to know about the world of window treatment then you are, well, quite wrong. Selecting and installing a blind or shade is only part of the work. Window blinds and shades are operated on a daily basis and sometimes even several times in a day, depending upon your need for privacy, light control, etc. In the course of operation, there are possibilities that the shades develop issues. Either they are so tightly wound that they snap all the way up or so loose that they refuse to go up at all. The blinds tilt on one side when pulled, the cords refuse to work, or they fall out of brackets. Any of you who have blinds at home for many years are aware of the kind of problems that can arise. While we may be exaggerating to an extent, it is always a good idea to know how to fix your blinds in case the worst happens.

Problem with Shade Springs

A common component among shades is the operational spring. Sometimes misuse can cause the spring to make operation more difficult, or ruin the operation of the blind altogether. Luckily the spring can be easily fixed if you know what you were doing. A little adjustment here and there is all that is needed to get the blinds working again. There may be problems with the mounting brackets or with the spring of the shades. Today we will see what kind of problems may be faced due to issues with the shades’ springs and how you can fix them yourself at home without the help of a professional expert. Let us take the example of roller shades.

Where is the Spring Located?

The cordless or corded roller shades that are available in the market today operated by a hollow tube with a coiled spring fitted inside one end of the roller. This is the reason roller shades are also often referred to as ‘spring roller shades.’ Though the different materials can be used for the tube, mostly they are made of aluminum. There is a free turning pin on one end of the tube which is mounted into the bracket. When the shade is released, they help to stop the movement of the spring. A ratchet and a pawl on the other end of the tube help to hold the tension on the spring. When the shade is pulled down, the tension on the spring increases which helps the shade to stay in place.

The Problem

Sometimes you find that the shade is either too loose or too tight, or they refuse to stay in place when they are released. This is an indicator that there is a problem with the spring. If the spring is not broken then it can be fixed with ease.

Problem 1
What to do if the roller is too loose?
If the rollers are too loose, you need to tighten the spring’s tension:
1. The window treatment needs to be pulled down halfway.
2. Remove the roller shade from the brackets. The flat-pin end of the roller needs to be lifted out of the bracket.
3. Roll the shades up two or three times by hand. Be careful to keep it rolled tightly.
4. Make sure you roll the fabric evenly onto the tube.
5. Place the roller back into the brackets.
6. Check if the shades work well.
7. Repeat the procedure till you get the right amount of tension on the spring.

Problem 2
What to do if the roller is too tight?

If the roller is too tight then you will have to loosen the spring tension:
1. Roll the shades up.
2. Remove the roller shade from the brackets. The flat-pin end of the roller needs to be lifted out of the bracket.
3. The shades need to be unrolled halfway by hand two or three times.
4. Replace the roller back into the brackets.
5. Check if the spring needs to be loosed any further.
6. Repeat the procedure till the spring tension is just correct.

Problem 3
Sometimes, shades don’t work if the spring is locked inside the coil.

To help release the spring:
1. The roller needs to be removed from the brackets.
2. Grip the pin with pliers and then clockwise twist it to free the pawl. To unwind the coil, release it quickly.
3. Go ahead and then loosen and tighten the spring as needed by following the procedure discussed above.
Most of the time the above measures and procedure work well and the spring get fixed easily. Repeat the steps and make adjustments until you get the springs working fine. However if despite repeated attempts the shades refuse to bulge and you are unable to achieve the right amount of tension, then it is an indicator that the springs have reached their lifespan and need to be replaced. It is time to shop for new ones.

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