With summer temperatures in Arizona reaching brutal highs, retractable awnings can be a great way to keep the heat at bay. However, if your awning was poorly installed or has been out of use for a while during cooler months, you may start to notice some issues that need troubleshooting. Here are three common problems, and what you can do to set things right.
1. Knocking or Cracking Sounds During Extension/Retraction
Unnatural sounds can be the result of brackets that were improperly tightened during awning installation. Look for the square torsion bar, and make sure it is completely seated in the back of the mounting bracket. Tighten the mounting bolt until the locking lip on the inside of the mounting bracket is pulled down over the torsion bar.
2. Loose, Sagging Fabric
The fabric of retractable awnings can occasionally sag if the awning arms are overextended. Simply reverse the cranking direction and retract the awning until the fabric is once again taut. Remember, the fabric should be rolling over the top of the roller tube and not coming out from underneath.
3. Motor Failures During Extension/Retraction
Tubular motors for retractable awnings have built-in thermal overrides to keep them from overheating. Extended periods of usage can send your awning motor into shutdown, so your best course of action is to just leave it alone for a while. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, and then try to operate the awning again.
These are just a few things you can do to keep your retractable awning in top condition. Along with practices like retracting during bad weather and refraining from hanging heavy objects across the front bar, you can keep your awning working for a long time!
At Superior Sun Solutions, we’re experts in the world of shading, shutters, and awning installation. Get in contact with us to see what we can do for you, and we’ll make sure the job is done right!