Stubborn Blinds Refusing to Come Down
As much as we love blinds and shades and the drama and dimension that they add to our space, they are not without their own share of woes. It would be foolhardy to expect your blinds to operate flawlessly over years till it is time for an overhaul. Such a utopian scenario does not exist and blinds do suffer from occasional hiccups and operational issues. Some are minor while others may be more serious calling for professional intervention. Most of these problems however can be taken care of at home and if you are a DIY person then it works out just fine. A few tips about how the blinds work and likely problems that may arise from them is always helpful.
One of the most common problems faced by blind owners is the refusal of the blinds to come down. They remain stuck at the top and no amount of effort and struggle seem to persuade them to come down. The stubborn blinds refuse to budge. What a hassle! The good news however is you can follow some troubleshooting tips to get your blinds working again.
Troubleshooting Tips for Blinds
If your blinds are stuck and refusing to come down it could be due to malfunction of cord lock mechanism. So, how to correct this problem?
Do Not Remove Blinds
You don’t need to remove the blinds from the brackets as yet. We will try to see whether the problem can be fixed with the blind up on the windows.
Give a Gentle Tug
Pull the cord all the way up to the header piece or the headrail. This headrail is usually made of hard plastic and located at the topmost part of your blind. Give the cord a gentle tug. Most times this helps to release the lock cord mechanism. If this does not work then you have to detach the blinds from the windows. Screws and nails will have to be removed to accomplish this task.
Release Cord Lock Mechanism
Once you have removed the blind from the headrail it is time to place it flat on a table and locate the cord mechanism inside the headrail. It is easy to identify the cord lock mechanism because it will have cords running through it. Now find a pin inside this mechanism. Take a flat-head screwdriver and with great care turn the pin perpendicular to the headrail. Take care not to move the cords as you turn the pin. Now push this pin in order to disengage the cords. The slats of the blind should be moving down now. Re-test the lock cord mechanism if times and once you are satisfied that the blinds are working place them back to the windows.
If this measure fails to have the desired result, the problem could be due to an internal mechanism called pawl binding. This too is located inside the header piece. Remove the blinds from the windows and lay them down. Identify the pawl. The pawl is a spring-like piece which is located very near to the outer edge of the blind-locking mechanism. The pawl should be situated inside a track. If not take a screwdriver and then use it to pres the pawl down into the track in which it has to move.
Place Blind Back
Now place the blinds back into the brackets on the windows and try lowering the blinds. If the blinds move down smoothly you have successfully resolved the issue.
Troubleshooting Tips for Shades
Blinds and shades are different as the former uses cords to lift the interconnected slats. shades on the other hand are pieces of fabric that snap up and down. With their design and functionality quite different from each other, if the shades refuse to come down you will have to follow different steps.
Shades have a small spring inside which impacts the way the shade lowers and raises itself. The first thing you should check is the spring which you can access from the outside via a pin. This pin is a rectangular or cylindrical metal helps to hook on to the mounting brackets. You need to unhook the shades to check the pin.
You will find dust and debris may have accumulated around the pin and this needs to be cleaned. Dust accumulations can cause the pin to stick and this hampers its ability to allow the shade to operate smoothly. Clean properly and, put the shades back and now see if they work well.
Turn Pin to Adjust Tension
If cleaning does not yield the desired result take the shades off again. Turning it to the right, try to tighten the pin and use needle-nosed pliers for this purpose. Turning the pin helps to adjust the tension of the spring. Now place the blinds back onto the brackets and try to raise and lower the blinds. Repeat this till the tension is just perfect and the shades start moving down smoothly.
To get your blinds and shades to start moving down you need to perform a number of troubleshooting steps. Most times they work effectively to resolve the issues inhibiting the movement of the window coverings. If despite repeated attempts the blinds or shades refuse to budge it is preferable to seek professional assistance.