The technology surrounding blinds evolves every day. We first started with blinds that were controlled by cords but we soon realized that blinds with cords were not the most ideal if we took the safety of our pets and our children into account, and so we came up with cordless blinds as well as child proof blinds. Now we no longer had to worry about those annoying cord tangles and jams, and neither did we have to worry about our most loved little ones getting hurt. But even blinds without cords are NOT perfect, they do sometimes malfunction and leave us with a stuck set of blinds. The thing is, you may not need to call someone for repairs just yet as this problem may just be the result of the internal ribbons getting tangled. We’re going to tell you how to fix cordless blinds or at least tell you at what point you may need to call for replacement parts.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
Start by lowering your cordless blinds or shades down fully (or as far as possible) as this will straighten the internal mechanism. It is advisable to avoid straightening your blinds by pulling on the sides as this may only serve to complicate the existing problem. We suggest pulling the blinds by the lower middle section instead to ensure as little complication as possible.
Then use the bottom rail (focus on the middle!) by pulling it and activating your blinds so they will recoil, repeat steps one and two a couple more times. The key here is to straighten out all the internal ribbons by applying force away from them in an effort to avoid more tangling. Applying excessive force at this stage is unnecessary and could result in your blinds breaking. So be gentle and do not pull too hard if the blinds won’t budge beyond a certain point. Repeating the process will tell you whether the blinds will realign as you keep going or if you need to progress to step 3.
At this point, it’s become clear that you aren’t dealing with your average misalignment anymore and it is time for some unhooking action. Remove your blinds by unhooking the mounting clips and ensure that you use minimal force while doing so to avoid any damage or further issues. This step should be done when the blinds do not recoil back in step 2 or are still sagging like nobody’s business.
Examine the top rail (more commonly known as the headrail) and check the internal mechanism. You will find a spring motor that helps you raise and lower the blinds. You also find that there are various clips (these are called friction clips) present which help the blind recoil upon use. Examine the clips and see if they are all undamaged as a damaged friction clip can greatly hamper a blind’s operation. To solve this issue, you will need to call for a replacement clip. You can usually get a replacement friction clip from the manufacturer.
If you’ve removed your blinds and checked your headrail only to find that your friction clips are fine, then there is a chance that perhaps your friction clips are working too well and causing more friction than they were designed to apply. The possible solution here would be to gently remove the friction clips one by one and testing the blinds to see if the issue has been resolved. The chances are this will fix your jammed blinds problem, and you can go back to having a nice day that is only as bright as you want it to be.
If none of the above steps fix the issue you’ve had with your blinds, then we suggest you throw in the towel. You’ve tried and you’ve done all you can but it looks like you will need some outside help with this. The above five steps will ensure that you will have to rely on outside help as little as possible to maintain your blinds, but sometimes it may just be too much for you to fix.