How can I get my upper window to slide down to install a solar heater? It looks like it should be able to. Answered
With the winter heating months upon us again, I had an idea for a window-mounted active solar air heater to help supplement heat and reduce my killer bills (electric baseboard through the entire house).
I have 39 panel solar array on my roof, but with the cloudy and snowy weather, they do not perform as well as during the spring and summer. During the winter is when I need the electric bill reduced the most and I want to make solar heaters to do so.
The solar idea I had was basically a box mounted over the outside of the window. The heater will make a natural thermosiphon of rising hot air that will come out of an outlet in the top of the box and enter through an inlet in the bottom. I need to have the heater mounted over the window because snow slides off my panels, down the eaves and onto the ground. I'm afraid of building a diagonal heater and putting it on the ground because I'm certain that the roof snow would destroy it.
Now, I can get the bottom of the window to open to allow for the inlet, but I can't get the top of the window to slide down to make room for the top outlet. Looking at the window, I see no reason why it shouldn't be able to slide down when I take the lock off. It's cut like the bottom part, it's on a track like the bottom, everything's the same.
I've tried prying the window, I tried a pizza cutter around the window in case of paint , lubrication on the tracks - all the normal stuck-window stuff. I doubt that's the issue because the frame seems to be loose.
What I think is that the window may be nailed in from the side or top, but I really don't have any way to tell and I'm sort of stuck as to what I can do to get the window to slide.
Has anybody else dealt with this before or do you have any ideas how to get it to work?