Easy DIY Fixes for Crank Windows for Edmonton Area Homeowners

As the crank windows in our homes see a lot of use, they tend to get stuck or have other issues. Some of these can easily be remedied, while others may require some expert help.

We have provided a list of fixes for crank-style windows that you can try before you call for help from a professional Edmonton windows company. They can advise you if the window can be fixed or if it is indeed time for partial or total window replacement.

Damaged Weather Stripping

If you are noticing more drafts than usual or an increase in your energy costs, it could be due to damaged weather stripping. Typically, this is the first step in how to fix crank-out windows.

  1. Locate the brand name and manufacturer date (most likely this will be etched in the space between the panes or the corner of the glass itself). Also, you will need to measure the width and height of the window sash.
  2. If the stripping is simply loose in a few spots, you just need to apply some polyurethane sealant and press the strip back into place.
  3. If the entire strip needs replacing, remove the window sash, peel away the damaged stripping, and apply new weather stripping. Start at the corners and work your way around, applying and sealing the stripping as you proceed.

Stuck Window

If your window is stuck, shut, or sticks when you open it, use this simple fix.

  1. Unscrew the window hinge and carefully remove the window glass.
  2. Carefully shave off a few millimeters of the surface that is sticking, using a small hand-held plane. Do not remove too much, as this will leave a gap and cause air leakage.
  3. Making sure the hinges are secure and tight, replace the window frame.

A Window Does Not Open or Close All the Way

For a window that is not fully operational, as it does not completely open or shut, you can try the following steps using these tools:

  • Replacement Window Crank
  • Hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Flathead and Phillips Head Screwdrivers
  • Replace and remove the arm track by opening a window to an extent where you can safely remove it.
  • Now remove the window crank cover with the help of a flathead screwdriver.
  • Using a pry bar, remove the window trim.
  • Now install a new window crank by following the directions that are listed on the packaging.

Crank Handle Does Not Turn

Is the crank handle spinning when you attempt to turn it? Or is it not engaging when you attempt to lock the window. The crank mechanism and lock might need replacing (See the above steps to replace the window crank).

  1. From the guide track, take off the crank handle and screw.
  2. Align the crank arm bushing with the guide track notch to open the window.
  3. To remove the casement cover, you will need to unscrew the screws that are located on the inside of the track.
  4. Gently pry using a putty knife between the casement cover and window jamb to remove.
  5. Making sure to adhere to the directions on the package, install the new window crank and locking mechanism.

If you have tried the above fixes to no avail and are still having issues with your crank windows, contact NorthTech Windows and Doors. We will send one of our window techs to assess the situation. We will work with you to choose the best replacement windows for your home. Call us today to get started.

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