If your window won’t stay up when you open it you will probably need a window sash balance repair. What this entails is to buy a new window sash to replace the one currently in your window frame. You will want to make sure that the sash balance is rated to carry the weight of the sash in your window. You can either contact the manufacturer of your window to see if they carry replacements or go to a local window and door repair company to order it from them.
Replacing the sash balance is much less expensive than being talked into replacing the entire window, and just about anyone can do the job. Even a teen in the family can make the replacement.
Once you have the new sash balance you are ready to make the window sash balance repair. First you locate the take out clips on each side of the window frame and pop out the bottom of the clips. You can either slip a thumb nail under the clip to pop it out or you can use a flat head screwdriver.
Once you have popped out the clips on both sides you raise the sash up to engage the take out clips and then push the sash to either the left or right and tilt the sash inward to remove.
You are now ready to remove the old window sash balance. The sash balance is under tension so take hold of it firmly and press down to remove the top portion and then lift up to release the tension and remove the balance from the window frame.
When you look at the new sash balance you will see a hook on the bottom and this is placed into a small slot in the frame, then with a firm grip on the balance press down till you can attach the top to the take out clip. Repeat the process on the other side of the window.
Once you have both sash balances installed you are ready to replace the sash. All you do is press the sash into one side of the frame over the top of the bottom attachment and then press the other side into the frame. Then lower the sash and push the take out clips back in and you are all finished. You have completed the window sash balance repair, and it should work as good or better than it did when it was brand new.
As you can see the window sash balance repair is simply a matter of replacing the old broken sash balance with a new one. There is no need to replace the entire window, so don’t let anyone try to talk you into a complete window replacement when it isn’t necessary. It is often a good idea to buy an extra window sash balance to keep on hand in case the sash balance in another window goes out. It will save you a trip to the store or the wait if you order the balance over the Internet. It is always a good idea to have at least one sash balance on hand in case you need it.