uPVC Window Not Closing Properly
How to Check for Problems in Your uPVC Windows
The most common problem with PVC windows is that the sash won't close properly against the seal, which means you will lose money when the heat escapes outside. The problem is caused either with the lock, the hinges, or a dropped sash.
Check hinges: Close your sash and check the hinge side. If there is a gap between the sash and the frame on the hinge side, than it is your hinges. All that is wrong is that your hinges are after wearing down and not pulling the sash in tight against the frame anymore. A new pair of hinges is needed. It only takes a few minutes and is not a big job, most people would be able to do this job themselves, and most window companies will do it for you.
Check lock: Close your sash, and on the inside, slide a credit card between the sash and the frame. The card should fit tight and shouldn't be easy to move around. If not, then you more than likely are getting a draft. All that is needed here is a small adjustment to you lock and it will tighten up the seal. Almost anyone would be able to do this job; all that is need is a set of allen keys.
Check if sash has dropped: This problem affects windows that have a side swing opening, the type that open like a door. Close your sash and look at the top corner above the handle. Move slightly, and if you can see daylight, then that means it has dropped. Also check that the sash is fitting equal with the frame. If it has shifted down at the handle side, then your sash may be dropping. Most sashes will drop a bit without affecting the overall performance of the window, but if it keeps dropping, that is when the problems start.
How to Fix a uPVC Window That's Not Closing Properly
If you want to have a go at fixing any of these problems yourself, below is a guide to help you get it sorted.
- Unscrew the hinges from the frame and lift the sash out.
- Have a look at the sash and the way the old hinges are fixed to it.
- Unscrew the old hinges and put the new ones on it the same place.
- Place the sash back into the frame and screw the hinges back onto the frame.
- Check that it is opening and closing.
Lock: To adjust the lock will only take a minute, and all that is needed is an allen key.
- Open the window and look at the cams—these are the parts that move up and down when you move the handle.
- These can be turned with an allen key. Turn them one way and it tightens the sash against the seal. Turn them the other way and it loosens them.
- Take out the glass, then close your sash and make sure your sash is lined up.
- Now put your glass back in and pack it right around with plastic packers so that there is no movement between the glass and the sash. If you don't have plastic packers, you can get them at any company that makes windows. They are very cheap to buy. The chances are there is not enough of them in your sash from day one and that is why your sash dropped.
- To help prolong the life of your espag locks and hinges, especially if you are living near the sea, rub grease onto them. This will keep the air from harming them, stop corrosion, and slow down wear and tear. As for the dropped sash, there is nothing you can do about this until it happens, as this happens due to glass being fitted badly.
Feel free to ask any questions by posting them in the comment box below.
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Questions & Answers
I recently moved into a new building, and my bedroom window does not seal properly at the top right corner. I’ve tried adjusting the cams, but that doesn’t seem to work. Do you have any suggestions?
Your window needs new hinges.
The interlocking part on the hinge is worn down and not closing the window against the seal.
Be sure to change both hinges and not just the faulty one because if you don't, your sash will not run smoothly and will only cause your hinges to fail again.
One of my top hung windows is not sealing properly against the frame and letting in some draft. If I pull the window hard towards myself when shutting the window, it closes a bit better but not completely. What could this be?
My window doesn't close properly at the top. I've tried fitting new hinges but it's just the same there's a draft blowing through all the time. Is my window just cheap uPVC windows?
If this is a side hung sash and if the draft is coming in on the hinge side at top.
It sounds like the hinges are fitted wrong or they are the wrong size.
If the draft is coming in at the top on the lock side.
Check the locking cam is at most six inches away from top.
If it is more than six inches away than you will need to fit a longer lock.
If the lock is the correct size than check if the sash is after dropping down.
If this is the case you will need to take the glass out and redo the toe and heeling to get the window sash back in place.
If you have a top opening sash and the draft is coming in at the top in the center.
Than it sounds like the inter locker is missing.
A inter locker is just a set of two wedges that keeps the sash closed tight when it is closed.
We have a PVC sliding sash window and the top half that opens out has been damaged in a storm. The hinges have become misshapen. Is it possible to buy a new set of hinges only?
The best thing to do is take a few photos of hinges and window and go to a local window supplier they should be able to tell what gear you need. As there is a lot of different types of hinges. A lot will look the same but they come in different stack heights plus you have side and top hung style.
The standard casement window is straightforward. But some of the sliding sash windows can be quite trickyHelpful 1
I can push my window open when closed but have noticed the handle does not go down fully to a closed position. Could this be the sash?
It sounds like the espage lock is broken. This is the locking mechanism inside the window which the handle goes into. The backset is after breaking, and the handle will not operate the locking system. But there is some good news the fact that your window is open it makes it very easy to replace and can be done in a matter of minutes.
To take out espage lock just take off your handle first, then with the window open look into the side and you will see the espage lock running the length of the sash. Unscrew this, and your lock will then come out.
To fit new one just do the same in reverse.Helpful 1