Replacing a side channel balance is a relatively simple process that can be done by most homeowners. The side channel balance is a part of the window that helps keep the window in place and ensures that it opens and closes smoothly. Replacing this part is important when it becomes worn out or damaged, as it can affect the window’s performance.
Before you begin replacing the side channel balance, it is important to know what type of window you have and what type of side channel balance you need. Most side channel balances are either a block and tackle or a spiral balance. Block and tackle balances are usually found on older single-hung windows, while spiral balances are more common in newer double-hung windows.
Once you have identified the type of balance you need, you can begin the replacement process. The first step is to remove the window sash, which is the part of the window that slides up and down. Depending on the type of window, you may need to remove the screws that hold the sash in place or you may need to use a putty knife to gently pry it loose.
Once the sash is removed, you can access the side channel balance. To remove the balance, you will need to unscrew the screws or bolts that hold it in place. Once the screws are removed, the balance should come out easily.
Next, you will need to install the new balance. First, slide the new balance into the side channel. Make sure that the balance is properly aligned and then secure it in place with the screws or bolts that you removed earlier.
Once the balance is in place, you can reinstall the window sash. Make sure that it is properly aligned and then secure it in place with the screws or bolts.
Finally, you can test the window to make sure that the balance is properly installed. Open and close the window several times to make sure that it operates smoothly. If the window does not operate smoothly, you may need to adjust the balance or check to make sure that the sash is properly aligned.
Replacing a side channel balance is a relatively simple process that can be done by most homeowners. Knowing the type of window you have and the type of balance you need is the first step in the process. Once you have identified the type of balance, you can then remove the window sash and replace the balance. After reinstalling the sash and testing the window, you should have a properly functioning window.