Lowering or raising blinds is a very simple process. However, it’s not uncommon for blinds to get stuck in the lowered or raised position. There are plenty of reasons your blinds could get stuck. And if this happens, pulling it harder won’t fix it. Fortunately, here are a few tips on how to fix blinds that are stuck.
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Troubleshooting Stuck Blinds
If your blinds won’t lower or raise, the first culprit will usually be a malfunctioned cord lock mechanism. As a result, the cords that control whether the blinds go up and down get stuck in the lock mechanism. To fix this, pull the cord gently all the way to the level of the header piece or headrail, which is usually a stiff plastic at the top of your blinds. If this doesn’t work, you’ll need to remove the blinds from the window. Depending on how the blinds are mounted, you may have to remove all the nails and screws used to secure the blinds in place.
Start by identifying the cord locking mechanism (the piece through which the cords run). Within this mechanism, you’ll see a pin. Using something flat, such as a screwdriver or butter knife, carefully turn the pin so that it’s perpendicular to the headrail. Be careful not to move or turn the cords while turning the pin. Next, push the pin in to disengage the cords and the slats in your blinds should lower. Before rehanging the blinds, test the cord lock mechanism a couple of times to confirm that it’s working well.
If troubleshooting the cord proves to be ineffective, you should check the internal mechanism located in the headpiece called a prawl binding.
Troubleshooting the prowl requires you to remove blinds from the window. Once the blinds are off, look inside the header for the prowl, which is a spring-like piece close to the blind-locking mechanism outer edge. The prowl should be situated within a track, and if not, push it back into place gently with a blunt tool. Once you’re done, replace the blinds and test if they’re okay.
Sometimes blinds will get stuck simply because they haven’t been properly lowered or raised. Avoid pulling the cord away from the blind as you’re raising or lowering it. Keep it close to the slats. And if you have a larger or heavier wooden blind, it always helps to gently support the center of the blind with your free hand as you’re raising it.
Some styles of blinds have different methods of lowering or raising. As such, always spare some time to read the manufacturer’s instruction for proper operation before trying to use them.
Blinds have a critical role to play in maintaining privacy as well as conserving energy. A malfunctioning blind therefore can be both inconvenient and costly. If you’re having trouble with your blinds, it helps to know how to fix blinds that are stuck. With these troubleshooting tips, you can have your blinds working in no time.