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How To Troubleshoot And Fix Your Roller Shades

How To Fix Roller Shades

Useful Tips On How To Fix Roller Shades


If you are facing operational issues with your roller shades then you have come to the right place since this is the topic we will be exploring in greater depth in the following sections. We will be looking at common issues people face with their roller shades and steps you will have to take to fix those issues.


What to do if your cut to size cordless roller shades are loose and lumpy?

If you are facing this problem, then the best thing to do will be to make adjustments to the cordless mechanism’s tension so that they tighten up and start rolling smoothly.

Nowadays, many of the corded and cordless roller shades and roll-up blinds for porch are operated with the help of a hollow tube that has a coiled spring within it.

You may find the material and size of this hollow tube varying from one shade to another but normally, this tube is constructed using aluminum.

You will find a free turning pin on one of the tube’s ends that mounts into the shade’s bracket. In addition, at another end, there will be a pin and ratchet which will be holding spring’s tension.

When someone pulls down on the roller, it consequently raises spring tension and the shade locks in place, allowing it to spring back upward when moved again. If the spring loses tension or uncoils then it will not be working as required. Let us look at few of the common problems and how to troubleshoot them.


Ways To Troubleshoot Roller Shades


Problem #1: Roller is Too Loose

If you find that there is a very loose roller then you will have to take certain steps for tightening spring tension.

  • Pull down the window treatment about halfway.

  • Take the roller off from its brackets.

  • Manually roll-up your window treatment and make sure it is evenly rolled.

  • In the brackets, replace the roller.

  • Repeat if required till the time right degree of tension is achieved.


Problem #2: Shade Is Too Tight


Roll Up Shades


If rollup shades for porch have become too tight then spring tension is to be loosened. Let us see how to do it.

  • Roll up your window treatment.

  • Take out the roller from its brackets.

  • Unroll roller shades about halfway manually.

  • Replace bracket’s roller.

  • Repeat the process until the time right tension is achieved.


Problem #3: Uncoiled Spring

Following are the steps you will have to follow in case of fully uncoiled spring.

  • Take out the roller from its brackets.

  • Unroll your window treatment up to the half distance.

  • Utilize a plier for turning spring side pin of your roller shade till tension is felt. Then, just let the shade go so that the latch which lets movement take place in a single direction (known as a pawl) becomes properly attached to the ratchet.


Problem #4: Locked Spring

In a situation the spring gets locked within the coil of your outdoor roll-up bamboo shades, you will have to:

  • Take the roller off from its bracket.

  • Take a plier for gripping the pin and then twist the pin in a clockwise direction for freeing the pawl. After that quickly release for unwinding the coil.

  • Lastly, tighten or loosen the tension on spring as required.


Roller Shades And Other Associated Problems


Problem #1: Telescoping Shades

In this problem, the shades drift to a side when it is rolled up and frays the edge of screen or fabric. To solve this issue you will have to:

  • Ensure that the brackets are not coming loose.

  • Check the roller shade has been level mounted.

  • Unroll your shade up to a point you are able to see exposed part of the roller tube. Here, you will have to add a masking tape on telescoping end’s opposite side.


Problem #2: Issues With Chain And Clutch

When the chain is pulled for raising or lowering the shade, sometimes an issue can make it very hard to move the shade, or in extreme cases, not move at all. A few of the reasons for such a problem would be:

  • It could be that the clutch has been broken. In such a situation, you will have to replace the clutch.

  • Another reason could be that a few plastic beads have broken off from the chain. In this situation, there will be no option but to replace the chain. Similarly, a replacement will be necessary if the chain has been damaged.


Problem #3: When Drawn, Shade Does Not Remain Down

This issue is a clear indication of a problem with the ratchet tooth component, known as a pawl (which is responsible for controlling catches in the system).

The solution lies in thorough cleaning of the pawl and application of a lubricant to its rotating part.


Problem #4: When Drawn Shade Falls Down

Most often the reason for this problem is bracket’s positioning. The problem occurs when brackets are way too far from one another, and in such a situation, it will be necessary to re-position them.

Another reason could be related to straightness. So, you will have to make sure that brackets remain at a completely level position.


Problem #5: Shade Does Not Roll Up

After being completely unrolled, it can happen that the shade gets stuck. If such a thing happens then you will have to take the shade down and then take the cap off which covers the pin.

Next, you will have to tighten the pin using a plier and then replace its cap.


In Conclusion

To conclude we will say that roller shades can face various issues but you can easily fix them without much effort.

However, if you find all the technical details too complex to comprehend then give us or your manufacturer a call and we will try to understand the issue you are facing and guide you on how to fix the problem.

In some cases, replacing some parts will be necessary. Our experts will suggest what you will have to do. To get things going, just give us a call on our toll-free customer service number – 1-866-881-8682.

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