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How To Replace A Malfunctioning Crank Operator On A Casement Window

Casement windows are great because you can open them up to the outside, allowing a nice breeze into your home. Casement windows are designed to last for decades; however, sometimes the hardware that accompanies a casement window doesn't last nearly as long. If you have a crank operator that is malfunctioning, you can easily replace it. 

Signs Its Time to Replace the Crank Operator

Your crank operator needs to be replaced if the gears don't turn easily when you open and close your window with the crank. You need to replace your crank operator if the shaft on the crank that you need to grasp in order to open and closed your window is cracked, broken off, or damaged in any way.  

How to Find the Right Replacement Part

If you know the make and model of your window and hardware, it will be super easy to find a replacement part. Even if you don't have that information anymore, you can just snap a picture of the hardware you need to replace and take it with you to a window replacement business or hardware store and they should be able to easily help you find a replacement part.  

Removing the Damage Parts

To remove the crank operator, you need to remove the crank arm. How you remove the crank arm can vary from one crank to the next. You may be able to slip off the crack arm along a guided track, or you may need to use a flathead screwdriver to pry off the crank arm from the frame.  

Once you remove the crank arm, you will need to remove the operator cover. This is generally screwed in place, so have your screwdriver ready.  

Attaching the New Crank Operator

Now that it is time to attach the new crank operator, you want to line it up with the existing holes on the window frame. You will be attaching the crank operator directly onto the jamb, or the bottom part of the window. You will need a screwdriver to attach the crank operator and then you will need to put the operator cover back in place as well.  

If the crank operator is not working on your casement window, you don't need to replace your entire window. You just need to purchase the hardware to fix your window for yourself. Fixing your window can allow you to get some more life out of your old window. For more information, reach out to a business that works with Andersen replacement windows.