How to Fix Common Problems with Electric Blinds
Following the roaring success of our ‘how to fix common problems with Roman blinds’ article, the fourth in our fateful series looks at how to recognise, manage and rectify the issues commonly found in electric blinds.
Electric blinds are the futuristic older brother of the roller blinds; while they roll down in a similar fashion, electric blinds use various motorised parts to accomplish the movement without physical input. Removing the need to apply any physical force to your blinds will generally keep them in better condition. However, electric blinds can still accumulate certain problems — and due to the electrical work involved, they can seem a little tricky to fix. Have no fear, this article is going to help you fix any problems you may face with your electric blinds.
“I’m pressing the button on the remote but my blinds aren’t moving!”
When your blinds fail to respond to the remote control, this could be due to a number of issues — but the most likely culprit is the internal electrics. Simply, it could be down to your remote control needing new batteries. These are the simplest things to check and therefore should be done first. Make sure the blinds are plugged in correctly and try replacing the batteries (or testing the batteries out in a different device if you don’t have spare batteries available).
“My blinds are plugged in and the batteries in the remote are new – but my blinds still aren’t moving!”
If this is the case, it’s likely that motor has broken in your blinds. This could have been caused by a variety of issues such as overuse or circuitry malfunctions. There are two routes you can take to replacing a broken motor. The first is DIY. Obtain a service manual from your blinds manufacturer and it should offer detailed information on the process of removing and replacing a motor.
Alternatively, have a professional do the job for you. While this may be a little more costly, the job will most likely be done to a higher quality, reducing the likelihood of the same problem recurring in the future. A professional is also much less likely to cause any harm; the threat of electrical fire or electrocution is greatly reduced.
When purchasing a new motor, ensure you are getting one that will work in your specific blind, as motor types can vary. You may even be able to purchase the exact motor direct from your blinds manufacturer.
“My blinds are moving but the slats are broken!”
If you have Venetian or vertical blinds, you may find that a slat becomes loose or broken over time. This is more uncommon in motor-powered blinds, due to the lack of physical interaction involved, but can sometimes still be a problem — especially if living in a house with children or pets that could be fiddling with the blinds.
Luckily, replacing slats is relatively easy to do — even on electric blinds. Simply unclip the slat or slats that are damaged and buy new, identical slats. Simply clip the new slats into place and voila! Good as new.
If you’re having problems with other types of blinds check out this post for more tips, tricks and fixes for all types of blinds and window furnishings.
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