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How To Fix A Stuck Window Blind


Window blinds are a smart choice for any house to add a touch of elegance to the surrounding space. They are simple and easy to maintain while offering a wide array of choices for customization, in terms of colors and textures. But, due to a number of moving parts, they may get stuck or may not tilt or rotate correctly or the slats could get misaligned at times.

Usually, lowering and raising blinds is a simple process. But, blinds can get stuck in their lowered or raised position sometimes, and no amount of finesse or pulling can raise or snap it back into place. Most of us would have encountered this situation. Fortunately, stuck blinds are not a big issue if one is aware of quick troubleshooting tricks that can have your window blinds working back in no time. However, the correct way of fixing stuck window blinds is based on various factors, including the type of blinds, the manner it is stuck in, and the cause of it.

Why Do Blinds Get Stuck?

  • Window blinds may get stuck while you are taking them out for installing on your windows. This can be due to the pawl binding. However, it can be resolved with proper tools and the right knowledge.
  • Sometimes, window blinds get stuck due to the malfunction of lift cords because of various reasons. Dust, grime, and dirt can get the mechanism stuck causing it impossible to raise or lower the blinds. So, ensure to clean your window blinds The mechanism of window blinds may also get locked if the cords have twined together.
  • For lowering the blinds, you can pull the lift cord and bring the blinds to the middle. If this isn’t effective, then with a screwdriver you should release the pawl.


Tug on the Cords

  • Gently tug the cords to loosen the blinds and lower them. The cords should then be pulled to the left towards the middle of the blinds and parallel to the headrail, applying tension on it as you tug lightly. This will let the pawl fall to its lowest position, leaving a space between the pin and the pawl to relieve the cords and lower the blinds.

Remove the Window Blinds

  • After the cords are pulled to the middle of the blinds, if the blinds don’t lower, then the blinds should be detached from the brackets. Based on the bracket configuration, separate the blinds from the window by raising them up and out. The blinds should then be laid on a countertop or tabletop so that the lock mechanism with the open top of the headrail is within reach.
  • Observe how the cords are passing through the lock mechanism on the right side of the blinds in the headrail. Using a flat-blade screwdriver, press the pawl at an angle of 90-degree to the roller to move it to the lowest position in its slotted track. The pawl hangs on two pins running in a slotted track at the back and front of the cord lock mechanism.
  • At times, the pawl is stuck at the top due to additional pressure put on it while pulling the cords towards the right, far from the window for locking the blinds in an open position.

Skewed Pawl

  • A pawl with one end down and the other end up in the slotted track requires realignment to relax it. The side in the downward position should be pushed up gently, and then pressed on the side that is in the upward position for evenly levelling the pawl.
  • The roller may bend like this when you don’t pull the blind cords equally. This leads to one cord not moving the pawl at all and the other cord lifting one end. After the pawl has come back to its bottom position, a little lubricant should be applied to the pins for their smooth movement on the track.

Troubleshooting Stuck Window Blinds

  • If the window blinds don’t lower or raise, sometimes it is most likely due to the defect in the cord lock mechanism. In that case, the cord, made of stiff plastic present at the top of the blinds, should be pulled gently to the level of the headrail.
  • If the above method doesn’t fix the cord lock mechanism, then you have to detach the blinds from the window as well as the nails or screws based on how they are installed.
  • Within the headrail, you can identify the cord lock mechanism because the cords pass through it. You should spot a pin within the cord lock mechanism. Using a flat-head screwdriver, carefully turn the pin perpendicular to the headrail. Do not turn or move the cords while doing this. Next, push in the pin to dissociate the cords. The slats of the blinds should start lowering. The cord lock mechanism should be tested a few times and then rehung the blinds if it is working properly.
  • If troubleshooting the cord is found to be ineffective, malfunctioning of the window blinds can be due to a pawl binding. Pawl is a spring-like piece that is located within the header piece close to the outer edge of the blind-locking mechanism.
  • Detach the blinds from the window to troubleshoot the pawl. After you have removed the blinds, look inside the header. Otherwise, gently push it back into place using a blunt tool. Replace the blinds and test them again.

Bottom Line

At times, blinds might get stuck if they haven’t been properly opened or closed. So, avoid tugging the cord away from the blind as you are raising or lowering it. Place it close to the slats. And, whether you have a heavier or larger wooden blind, it always helps you to gently support the blind’s center with your free hand as you are raising it.

Certain styles of window blinds possess different methods of opening or closing them. So, you can always spend some time going through the manufacturer’s instructions for proper guidance before using the blinds.

Blinds have a critical role to play in retaining privacy as well as conserving energy. Therefore, a defective blind can prove to be both inconvenient and expensive. However, you can have your window blinds working back in no time with these troubleshooting tips.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.

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