My window cranks are 25 years old. The most used ones are starting to fail.
Unfortunately I don't see anyway to get them out without taking the whole
window apart. They must have designed it better than that, so I think I am
just missing the trick. Anyone know?
I've got the exact same windows in the loft above my garage, just
order the whole actuator from Andersen. you will need to R&R at least
the wood trim above the actuator, and more if required to do so.
Fortunately they are inexpensive, about $20-30 apiece IIRC. I'd lube
up the tracks well with a non-greasy lube (silicone or teflon) to keep
this from happening in the future; there's a lot of leverage on the
mechanism when the windows are opened more than 2/3 of the way.
The cogs on the shaft look fine. Have you oiled the mechanism? 25
years is a long time without oil. :)
You may also need new crank handles if the handle cogs are worn. You
can test this by borrowing handles from windows that rarely get
Crank handles are not hard to get.
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