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Old 29.05.2021, 14:00
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Skylight maintenance?

We have a fancy skylight that has a motor to open/close it, and sensors that will automatically close it when it senses enough rain on the surface (magic!)

However, we've lived here for 5 years and never paid any attention to maintenance. I am sure that something should be done with regard to the motor and maybe even the sensor and seals, but what? By whom? How often?


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Old 29.05.2021, 16:53
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

Electric and mechanical parts of skylights require no special maintenance over their lifespan, unless got damaged mechanically.

I would recommend reading this simple maintenance guide: https://velcdn.azureedge.net/-/media...ce%20guide.pdf
or refer to this webpage:
https://www.veluxsolutions.com/solut...intenance.html
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Old 29.05.2021, 19:54
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

Looks like a Velux.

I never get anyone in to fix anything until it‘s broke.

You‘ll find that it‘s actually cheaper to pay for repair or replacement than regular servicing...
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Looks like a Velux.

I never get anyone in to fix anything until it‘s broke.

You‘ll find that it‘s actually cheaper to pay for repair or replacement than regular servicing...
So you don’t change the oil in your car, or have it lubricated?

Penny wise, pond foolish.
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

Are you renting? If so check if it says anything in the documents you were given. I have special rules for my terasse.
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Old 29.05.2021, 20:49
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

There is no maintenance required - the unit is sealed, the chain is oil-free.

If it's solar, they recommend cleaning the solar panel and rain sensor - but if they're working that isn't mandatory and obviously not needed for mains powered ones.

We brush around the rim of ours once or twice a year to get rid of any blown-in debris, that's it.
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So you don’t change the oil in your car, or have it lubricated?

Penny wise, pond foolish.
Great analogy

Besides, doesn't he have a Tesla?
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

Thanks everyone!


Sounds like we're set for a while longer.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
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Old 29.05.2021, 22:14
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So you don’t change the oil in your car, or have it lubricated?

Penny wise, pond foolish.
Not in a Tesla...
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

The French word for a skylight is un vasistas. I.e. was ist das? (German - what is that?)

Just thought I'd mention it.
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Old 30.05.2021, 11:22
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

I just re-read the fitting instructions for Velux motors, and as part of the fitting it does mention lubricating the hinges, although it doesn't mention that as maintenance.

Although for non-motorised Velux I would strongly recommend against lubrication - pre-motors, ours tended to fall closed until I removed the hinge grease and roughed up the surface of the spring plates a little.
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Old 30.05.2021, 11:31
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So you don’t change the oil in your car, or have it lubricated?
No need to, it's total loss!

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Re: Skylight maintenance?

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The French word for a skylight is un vasistas. I.e. was ist das? (German - what is that?)

Just thought I'd mention it.
Although the brand name has become standard vocabulary, like with a hoover... a lot of people just say "un vélux".
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Re: Skylight maintenance?

The windows in my previous apartment had some explicit advice engraved on the metal frame close to the hinges: "oil yearly". It might be worth have a close look, if present the font will be very small.
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