Blinds are no unusual sight in our houses. These keep the sun’s heat out and also reduces the glare by filtering out the light entering the house. Blinds help keep the interiors of the house comfortable at all times. These are some of the practical advantages of having blinds and other such window coverings installed in the house apart from the aesthetic boost such treatments provide to the home décor. However, it is not always hunky and dory as there are times when your blinds or shades may get damaged or develop some issue that hampers their normal functioning.
Whether you have wooden blinds or aluminum, blinds that won’t go down or don’t go up, blinds with damaged slats, broken pull cords and damaged blind strings are all common issues we face over the course of using blinds in our homes. These issues can be frustrating at times due to the hassle of contacting the customer service team of the respective brand and the waiting time before the technician arrives to fix the issue. If the blinds are not covered under warranty, the repair work may also cost you significantly. But you don’t always need to be dependent on external help for all issues related to the blinds. If the damage is not too extensive, probably, you can fix the problem yourself.
How to Fix Blinds That are Stuck at the Top
Blinds stuck all the way up is a common issue faced by people who have blinds installed in their homes. Over the course of using the blinds, such issues can creep up. The reason can be as trivial as dirt accumulation or mechanical failure. So, before going ahead with the repair work it is always advisable to find out what the actual cause is. To do so, you should first check for minor issues such as misalignment of the blinds, dirt accumulation on the blind slats, or the lock on the pull cord getting jammed. If the issue still does not get resolved, then the problem may be with the blinds’ mechanism at the top.
There are simple steps that you can follow to not only diagnose the cause of the issue but can also fix it by yourself. Let us look at the steps you need to follow in greater detail:
• Step 1: Try removing any dirt accumulation on the blind slats and the pull cord using a brush or the vacuum cleaner.
• Step 2: After cleaning, try pulling the cord to check if the blinds are still stuck at the top.
• Step 3: If the blinds are still stuck, check if the strings in the pull cord are tangled. If that is the case, untangle the strings and try pulling the cord.
• Step 4: If the problem persists, try releasing the lock on the pull cord. Sometimes, a faulty pull cord can also be the cause of the issue. You can consider replacing the pull cord, something which you can do on your own quite easily.
• Step 5: Before deciding to replace the pull cord, it is advisable to check if there is an issue with blinds’ mechanical parts at the top. You can try lowering the blinds by releasing the pawl which you will find at the top. To do that, you need to take the blinds down, in order to access the blinds’ mechanism properly.
• Step 6: Take the headrails out of the mounting bracket and lay the blinds on a flat surface.
• Step 7: Keep a flathead screwdriver handy and check if the pawl section is stuck. Usually, the indication of the pawls being stuck will be their unnatural angle. This misalignment causes the pawls to get stuck. Check both ends of the pawl section to find out which pawl is stuck or misaligned.
• Step 8: Using the flathead screwdriver press on the stuck pawl. This will release the lock. Try cleaning the area around the pawls and align them properly.
• Step 9: Now put the blinds back on the mounting brackets and tug at the lift cord near the center. This should lower the blinds.
• Step 10: Try raising and lowering the blinds a couple of times. If everything functions properly, then you are good to go.
• Step 11: If the problem persists, the issue may be due to the faulty blind mechanism or a faulty pull cord. You can try replacing them. Luckily, the replacement parts won’t cost you too much and hence you should consider replacing the faulty parts instead of replacing the blinds themselves.
So, you can clearly see that fixing common problems with your blinds is easy and very much doable without external help. It is not only a more affordable option but will also save you some time. However, if you have the option of availing the brand warranty, it is better to contact their customer support and let them fix the blinds for you. If you try to fix the blinds on your own, it may void the brand warranty and you surely won’t want that.
How Can You Avoid Common Issues Related to Blinds?
Blinds and other such window treatments make our lives easier and more comfortable. Maintaining them is also important so that these keep functioning properly and also last long. It is also very easy to keep them in good shape. You just have to adhere to some good practices such as cleaning the blinds regularly, not pulling or tugging on the cord too hard, keeping the blinds and the pull cord out of reach of the children and the pets in the house, etc. Motorizing the blinds can also help as it will not only automate the working of the blinds but will also rule out issues related to damaged pull cords. Such small changes can reduce the probability of blinds getting damaged to a large extent.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by 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.