How to Replace the Spring in a Pull-Down Shade

Spring-roller window shades, or pull-down shades, have a metal tube and a piece of fabric that wraps around the tube to roll up or down. A coiled spring and ratchet work inside the tube to adjust the shade; an adjustable pin at one end and a stationary pin at the other allow the tube to turn. Over time, the spring inside a roller shade can wear out. Sometimes the shade spring just needs tension adjusting, but it can also break and need replacing.

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Step 1

Take the roller shade out of the mounting brackets in the window frame.

Step 2

Grip the adjustable pin with pliers and turn clockwise to loosen the latch, or pawl, inside so you can remove the spring.

Step 3

Pull out the pawl and spring.

Step 4

Insert the new spring and replace the pawl.

Step 5

Turn the pin counterclockwise with the pliers.

Step 6

Return the roller shade to the mounting brackets.