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Mastering Home Window Repair: A Guide to Balance Take Out Clips

Home windows are essential elements of our living spaces, providing natural light, ventilation, and a connection to the outside world. However, like any other part of a house, windows may encounter wear and tear over time. One common issue homeowners face is the need for window repairs, and among the various components that may require attention, balance take out clips play a crucial role. In this article, we will explore the importance of take out clips in window functionality and guide you through the process of repairing them.

Understanding Balance Take Out Clips

Balance take out clips are small but vital components of double-hung windows. These clips help secure the window balances, which are responsible for ensuring that the window sash (the moving part of the window) operates smoothly. The balances, including take out clips, play a critical role in maintaining the window's stability and ease of use.


Signs of Balance Take Out Clip Issues

Before diving into the repair process, it's essential to recognize signs that your window's balance take out clips may be faulty or damaged. Common indicators include:

 Difficulty Opening or Closing Windows:

If you notice increased resistance or difficulty when opening or closing your windows, it may be a sign that the balance take out clips are not functioning correctly.

Uneven Window Operation:

An imbalanced window, where one side operates differently from the other, is a clear sign of potential issues with the window balances, including the take out clips.

 Visible Damage:

Inspect your window frames for any visible signs of damage or wear on the take out clips. Cracks, breaks, or missing pieces are clear indicators that repairs are needed.


Repairing Balance Take Out Clips

Now that you've identified issues with your balance take out clips, here's a step-by-step guide to repairing them:


Gather Necessary Tools:

   - Screwdriver

   - Replacement balance take out clips 

Remove the Window Sash:

   - Open the window and carefully remove the sash by disengaging it from the balance system.


Locate the Balance Take Out Clips:

   - Inspect the sides of the window frame to locate the balance take out clips. They are typically positioned near the bottom of the window.


Remove Damaged Clips:

 - Use a screwdriver to carefully remove the damaged or faulty take out clips. Be gentle to avoid causing additional damage to the window frame.


Install Replacement Clips:

   - Replace the removed clips with new ones. Ensure that the replacement clips are of the same size and type as the original ones. For help getting the correct replacements, click here!


Reattach the Window Sash:

   - Once the new clips are in place, reattach the window sash to the balance system. Make sure it engages securely. Be sure to lubricate the balances if it hasn’t been done recently for longevity and maintenance.

Test the Window Operation:

   - Open and close the window several times to ensure that the balance take out clips are functioning correctly. The window should operate smoothly and evenly.



Maintaining functional windows is essential for a comfortable and secure home. By understanding the importance of take out clips and following the steps outlined in this guide, you can address window issues promptly and keep your living space in top condition.

Regular inspections and timely repairs will contribute to the longevity of your windows and the overall well-being of your home. For more information about window balance take out clips or to order replacement parts, Contact the WHD Team! Our experts are ready to help.

Updated on 05 Jan 2024