Casement windows function in the same way as doors, so some of their common problems are similar. As casement windows age, these issues may become more apparent depending on how regularly you care for them. In this article, Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix, a trusted expert in window replacement, shares some essential tips to keep your crank casement window in top condition.
1. Regularly Check the Crank Mechanism
When it starts taking more effort for you to operate the crank, it usually means you need to apply lubricant on the mechanism. Let the lubricant seep from the base of the crank handle into the gears. Also, don’t forget to lubricate the track where the control arm slides. Open and close your window a few times so that the lubricant can be distributed.
2. Replace Cracked or Cloudy Glass
Condensation is a common occurrence, especially for double-pane windows. Typically, it’s the result of a humid environment, so you might want to check for moisture or ventilation problems. If you’re dealing with cracks, though, it’s best to hire a professional to replace the glass for you. You can also ask your contractor if a complete window replacement would be a better solution. In some cases, it’s recommended by experts because it tends to be more efficient and safer.
3. Sand the Paint Off if the Window Becomes Sticky
This often happens to old wooden windows that have received several layers of paint through the years. You can remedy this by stripping or sanding the paint off the vertical edges of the window frame. Then, replace it with a single coat of shellac-based primer.
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