Over time many sliding windows develop minor problems that prevent normal sliding. Sometimes track systems can be worn, which prevent wheels from working properly, however in most circumstances faulty wheels are the main problem. Here we will give you a brief overview of how to replace your wheels.
Tools and materials needed
- Phillips Head & Flat Head Screw Driver
- Replacement Wheels
Step 1 – Remove your window
Simply push the window up and pull the bottom out from the inside of your home.
Step 2 – Inspect the wheels
Determine if the wheels need to be repaired. Look for cracked or broken parts.
Step 3 – Remove the wheels
In most cases the wheels are just slid into position therefore they can be leveraged out by using a flat head screwdriver. Other wheels are screwed into position, which can be removed by removing the screws that hold them in position.
Step 4 – Source new wheels
After removing the wheels take them to your local hardware to purchase a suitable replacement.
Step 5 – Install new wheels
Reverse the removal process to install your new wheels.
Step 6 – Lubricate the tracks
Clean the area to make it easier for the window to slide. Spray with a lubricant such as WD40 to assist in easy sliding.
- In many situations domestic windows consist of ordinary annealed glass, which can be dangerous if broken. Take care in handling your windows.
- Windows should always be stored in a vertical position and never laid flat.
- This is only a guide to DIY repairs, however we suggest hiring a professional to carry out this work if you have limited experience with this type of activity.