Proper maintenance guidelines below will ensure years of worry free service for your screens. Phantom’s retractable screens require minimum maintenance, and proper maintenance will ensure years of worry free service for screens. We recommend cleaning the screens once or twice a season to eliminate dust particles in the mesh.
How to Help Extend Your Screen’s Life:
- Screens should be retracted into protective storage housing when not in use – especially during cold and wet months.
- Ensure tracks are kept free of dirt and debris which may cause the screen to perform poorly.
- Cleaning the tracks and lubricating them with Phantom’s greaseless silicone spray can restore smooth operation.
- Mesh fabric, housing tracks and slide bar can be cleaned with water and a soft brush, but not with a pressure washer. A mild detergent like dish soap can be used, but do not use chemicals.
- After cleaning the mesh, allow it to dry before rolling it back up into the housing.
- Spring loaded systems may retract suddenly. Do not push the mesh to release the magnet or latch.
- Insect screens are intended to provide reasonable insect control and are not intended to provide the retention and/or security of objects, animals, or persons inside or outside of your dwelling.
- It is normal for the mesh to “sail” in certain windy conditions. This may cause the mesh to pull out of the track, however when the wind subsides the mesh will return against the track.
- When rolling the screen into the housing, ensure the mesh rolls evenly. Retracting the product with creases in the screen can cause wrinkles.
Specific Maintenance Tips for Executive Motorized Screens:
- A safety feature releases the slide bar if the mesh is lightly bumped. Continual abuse will affect operation.
- Motorized screens should be watched during operation. Objects left under a motorized unit can prevent the unit from lowering.
- If this happens, lift the slide bar up manually, remove the obstacle, and lower the slide bar. If it does not extend to a level position, use the remote up button and roll up the mesh until the slide bar is level. Stop the unit, and then lower it.
- Interruption of power can affect motorized unit operation. Ensure that power is still getting to the unit by checking circuit breakers and ground faults for resetting.
- Remotes (in wall and handheld) have a limited battery life. If the remote light does not come on when the buttons are depressed, the battery is exhausted.
- Motorized units should be retracted in winds in excess of 25MPH. Wind load may affect the ability of the unit to extend or retract. The screens should never be used solely for the purpose of a wind break.