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Broken Balance Springs

A quick learner from Clemmons, NC says:
Trying to find replacement springs, or the complete balance system for both sides of my bathroom window. Double hung vinyl coated tilt-in type, thermo-pane. Weight 12-13 pounds.

Attached photos of current balances. Coil spring has number 9 embossed on it just above attachment screw. The top white plastic piece that holds the coil has a "B" embossed on front. Original balances were replaced by a contractor 5-6 years ago. My parts are probably not OEM. But window worked fine until springs broke again.

The two main plastic pieces are 1 1/4 in. wide. Spring is 1/2 wide. Plastic bushing that holds spring coil is 3/4 in. OD. Thanks for any help.

User submitted photos of a coil window balance.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
The housing, bushing, and shoe look to be in good condition. You may just need to replace the spring. See our S152-9 for a possible match.
A quick learner from Clemmons, NC says:
Thanks for quick response. Have two questions. First, as I said in my original post these pieces are replacements and the contractor said they were not exact matches, just what he had with him. Wouldn't the 9 lb. spring I had, and the 9 lb. you recommend be too strong for my 13 lb. window?

Second, after I pushed the plastic bushing out of the broken spring I could not get it to go back into the spring. Would I have the same problem with a new spring? Does this take a special tool or something. Thanks, Ed.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Oh, I see. Sorry for the confusion! For a 13 pound sash, use one S152-6 on one side and one S152-7 on the other. This would be done for each sash. The center hole for the spring is 3/4", so it should fit your bushing.
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