Imagine that one day in the morning you go to raise the shutter to let daylight into your home, but it doesn’t go up home but it doesn’t go up. This failure is very common, and is usually caused by continued use and the passage of time.
Fortunately, however, this is not something that cannot be remedied. In fact, you can fix the blinds yourself or single-handedly with the best tools. Although this is a laborious task, it is not too complicated and the room looks much nicer. Check it out below!
How to fix blinds
The most common faults are usually found in the belt and belt catcher, either because it does not go up and down properly or because it breaks. In this section, we will show you how to solve these problems in the most practical way possible.
Tape is released from the winding mechanism
If the shutter belt does not retract correctly in its mechanism, it does not go down and up as it should. In many cases, this is due to the belt coming loose from the mechanism. If this is the case, there is no need to change the mechanism or the belt, as it is sufficient to return the belt to its normal position.
To do this, the first thing to do is to remove, with the help of a drill, the cover plate that hides the mechanism. If you see that the ribbon has slipped out of its track, release its eyelet from its attachment point and unthread it to rethread it so that the eyelet is securely attached to its corresponding point. Then, insert the device into place and secure it with a lag screw. Before replacing the trim plate, take the opportunity to clean the guides and grease the blinds, so that they can be lowered and raised more easily.
The shutter lowers by itself and does not stay in one position.
If this happens, it is because the mechanism to fix the blind where we place it is in bad condition, so it must be changed. To fix this particular element, we have to open the wall catcher. Inside it, there is a tab or spade, which retains the strap. See if it is in good condition or not, because that is key to determine the source of the problem.
It is usually located in a small slit through which the tape passes, which has a small tab on the lock. What you should do is try to close that tab, so that it is almost glued where the tape passes through. Once this step is completed, close the dustpan again and the problem is solved. Anyway, check it out to see if it is true.
The shutter can neither go up nor down
When the belt is completely jammed and does not allow us to lower or raise the blinds, it is necessary to change it, because that means that it is broken, damaged or worn out. To do this, remove the drum cover and fix the belt with a nail on the top of the take-up mechanism so that the blind can be released. Then release the tape at the bottom and pull the blind towards you.
In this way, you will remove the old tape in a safe way, since the blind will be securely fastened at all times. Finally, attach the new tape by inserting the metal tabs into the grooves of the shaft. Do this when you have the drum lid closed properly. Check whether it works or not. If none of the methods for repairing the shutter belt that we have explained so far works for you, put yourself in the hands of a professional.
The slats are defective
The slats are the slats that make up the blinds, and can be damaged by heavy rain, hail… When they are worn or broken, it is obviously necessary to replace them with new ones. There are different types of slats, so be sure to purchase the same or very similar slats to those of your blind.
To replace the broken slats, if there are more than one, you must loosen the blind and remove them one by one to place the new ones. If you have only one defective slat, simply pull it out and put the new one in its place. We hope we have helped you to solve the most common faults you may encounter in your window. Lots of encouragement!