How to Repair Awning Windows
October 11, 2010
Awning windows are ideal for areas that get a lot of rain since you can leave them open when it's pouring. But there are a lot of moving parts in awning windows that can need repair after several years. Awning windows have cranks, hinges and levers. Any one of these mechanisms may be broken if your window is not operating properly.
The most common problem with awning windows is when they are difficult to open (or close) or don't open or close at all.
How to Repair Awning Windows: First Check the Moving Parts
A broken crank will either be stuck (or stripped). If the problem is with the levers or hinges, then the crank moves, but the window is hard to move or has become unhinged. If you can't find the source of the problem either from the inside or outside of the house, you may have to remove the parts for a closer inspection. Most awning window parts can be disassembled by simply using a screwdriver; however, in some cases you may have to remove the entire window to get to the malfunctioning part.
Getting Replacement Parts for Awning Windows
Once you isolate the problem, you can purchase replacement parts from the window manufacturer or from a window parts supplier. Be specific about the parts that you need; sometimes it's more than one part that needs replacement. Talk to the customer service representative if you are having trouble describing the part or finding it online. If you have a local window parts supplier, bring in the malfunctioning parts to make sure that you get the proper replacements.
Installing Awning Window Parts
You may have to remove the window entirely to replace the malfunctioning part of the awning window. Follow the instructions from the parts' packaging materials carefully. When you reinstall the window, test it several times to make sure it is working properly.