uPVC Window Not Closing Properly
uPVC Window Not Closing Properly
The most common problem with pvc windows is the sash won't close properly against the seal. Which means you will lose money with heat going straight out the unsealed window.
How to identify the problem : The problem is caused ether with the lock the hinges or your sash has dropped.
Check Hinges : First thing you do is close your sash and check your hinge side. If there is a gap between the sash and the frame on the hinge side, than it is your hinges. All that is wrong is that your hinges are after wearing down and not pulling the sash in tight against the frame anymore. A new pair of hinges are needed. Most window companies will do this for you. It only takes a few minutes to change a pair of hinges and is not a big job, most people would be able to do this job.
Check Lock : Close your sash and on the inside slide a credit card between the sash and the frame. The card should be tight and not to easy to move around. If the card is not tight than you more than likely are getting a draft in your window. All that is needed here is a small adjustment to you lock and it will tighten up the seal. Almost anyone would be able to do this job all that is need is a set of allen keys
Check if sash has dropped : This problem is with windows that have a side opening. (This is the type of opening that opens like a door) Close your sash and look at the top corner above the handle. Move slightly and if you can see daylight than that means it has dropped. Plus also check that the sash is running equal with the frame. If it is down more at the handle side than you sash may be after dropping a small piece. Most sashes will drop a small piece and will not affect the overall performance of the window. But if it keeps dropping that when the problems start.
How to fix the problem : If you are want to have a go at fixing any of these problems below is a guide to help you get it sorted
Hinges : Unscrew the hinges from the frame and lift the sash out. Have a look at the sash and the way the old hinges are fixed to it. Than unscrew the old hinges and put the new ones on it the same place. Place the sash back into the frame and screw the hinges back onto the frame. Check that it is opening and closing
Lock : To adjust the lock will only take a minute and all that is needed is an allan key. Open the window and look at the cams these are the parts that move up and down when you move the handle. These can be turned with a allan key. Turn them one way and it tightens the sash against the seal. Turn them the other way and it loosens them.
Dropped Sash : Take out the glass than close your sash and make sure your sash is lined up. Now put your glass back in and pack it right around with plastic packers so that there is no movement between the glass and the sash. If you don't have plastic packers you can get them at any window company that makes windows. They are very cheap to buy. The chances are there is not enough of them in your sash from day one and that is why your sash dropped.
Tip : To help prolong the life of your espage locks and hinges especially if you are living near the sea. Rub grease onto the locks and hinges. this will keep the air from them and stop corrosion and slow down wear and tear. As for the dropped sash there is nothing you can do about this until it happens, as this happens due to glass being fitted badly.
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