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5 Common Problems with Window Shades and How To Fix Them

June 23rd, 2023 | 4 min. read

5 Common Problems with Window Shades and How To Fix Them

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Window shades completely transform the look of your home while offering privacy and comfort. However, it can be frustrating when the shades don't function properly or develop problems.

Don't worry; we've got you covered.

Blinded by Delight has been a San Antonio window covering company since 2004. While we offer high-quality, full window treatment installations, we want to educate you on the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

So, whether you're considering investing in new shades for your windows or are experiencing problems you need help fixing, we're here to provide you with all you need. 


5 Problems With Window Shades 


Window shades can play an important role in any home's aesthetic look and function. Not only do they look great and enhance your home's interior, but they can also improve energy efficiency and reduce noise levels.

Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for window shades to malfunction or develop problems over time that require maintenance and upkeep.


Problem 1: The Shade won't roll up or down.

Because this problem is so common, it can be frustrating when you have to manually adjust the shades every time you need to use them. The cause of this problem is often a broken or damaged spring in the roller mechanism.

To fix this problem, remove the shade from the window and locate the roller mechanism. Check if the spring is in good condition or if it needs replacing. 

If you find a part that needs replacing in your roller shades, contact the company that installed them to check if it is covered under warranty.


Problem 2: The Shade is Crooked

A crooked shade can be an eyesore, and it can also affect the functionality of the shade. This problem is common in shades that are installed on old or uneven window frames.

If your window frame is the culprit, you might need to address that first. An improperly installed window will cause you more problems than just a crooked shade. 

However, if the problem is from the shade, simply realign it on the frame or reroll it to ensure it's even.


Problem 3: The Shade is Difficult to Pull

If you have a shade that is difficult to pull or won't pull down at all, the most likely cause is a tangled cord. Examine the shade and the cord to see where the tangled cord is and unravel it slowly to avoid further entanglement.

If the cord is frayed, you may need to replace it with a new one. 

A frayed or tangled cord will cause it to become stuck in the pulling mechanism, which is why you can't pull your shade open or closed easily. If this problem is left unaddressed, it can end up damaging the rolling mechanism and cost you more to fix in the future. 


Problem 4: The Shade is Jammed

A shade that is jammed can be a challenging issue. Often, the culprit is debris in the roller mechanism or a bent roller tube.

If debris is the problem, use a vacuum cleaner or a soft cleaning brush to clean the roller mechanism. For a bent roller tube, you might need to replace it completely.

If you can't diagnose why your shade is jammed, contact your window covering company to repair your shade. 


Problem 5: The Shade won't Stay in Place

Sometimes, a shade may keep rolling up even when you set it to stay down. The cause of this problem is usually a worn-out clutch mechanism or a broken end cap.

To fix this issue, first, remove the shade from the window and locate the clutch mechanism. If the clutch is worn-out, replace it with a new one.



Maintaining Your Window Shades To Help Them Last Longer


Now you know five common problems with window shades, what causes them, and how to fix them. 

Remember to inspect your shades regularly and keep an eye out for these issues: 

  1. Problems rolling up or down
  2. The shade is crooked
  3. It is difficult to pull down
  4. The shade is jammed
  5. The shade won't stay in place

Knowing how to identify common problems with window shades and how to fix them can help ensure your shades function correctly and last longer. However, if the problem is severe or too hard for you to fix, it's always best to consult a professional. 

Are your shades in need of an upgrade? Schedule your commitment-free consultation with Blinded by Delight today to get the look you love coming home to!