How to Fix a Broken Window Crank: Easy Guide for Homeowners

How to Fix a Broken Window Crank: Easy Guide for Homeowners


Windows are one of the items in which homeowners make a huge investment. Quality made windows will last for many years with minimal upkeep. However, things happen and sometimes you may have such issues as a broken crank. Not everyone knows how to fix a broken window, but this issue is the one that is a fairly easy fix.

Continue reading to find out how to repair a window crank at home. If you have such issues as a broken lock, cracked glass, or other major repairs, it could be time for replacement windows. Consult your local window and door company for expert advice.

Awning and casement windows are popular window designs for homeowners due to their ease of operation. Moreover, they are highly energy-efficient and an excellent source of fresh air. However, like any household item, they can break from too much wear and tear. Following are some simple steps on how to fix a broken window crank handle.

  • Window Keeps Sticking

Use These Steps to Repair a Stuck Window:

  • Unscrew the window hinge. Remove the window.
  • Shave a few mm. off the edge that keeps sticking.

*Take care not to shave off excess, as this will leave a gap, which can cause drafting issues.

  • Ensuring that all the window hinges are secure and tightly fastened, replace the window.
  • Window Crank Is Broken

If the window no longer locks due to the fact that the crank is not secure, this could be a stripped gear and will require a new window crank. Use these steps once the new crank is purchased:

  1. Disconnect and remove the handle from the window track.
  2. Remove the screw that held it in place
  3. Crank the window open until the track notch and plastic guide are flush.
  4. Unsecure the mounting screws from the window trim inside the track.
  5. Gently glide a putty knife between the casement cover and window dray and carefully pry it out.
  6. Using the directions on the package of the new handle, install it
  • Window Does Not Fully Open

Follow These Steps If the Window is Not Closing or Opening Properly:

Required Tools

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Replacement crank handle
  • Utility Knife


  1. Remove the arm from the window track (open the window only to the point where you can safely do so).
  2. Using a flathead screwdriver remove the crank cover and handle.
  3. Using a pry bar, remove the trim from the bottom of the window.
  4. Install the new crank via the directions on the packaging.
  5. Replace the window trim.

Should you have any further questions on how to fix a broken window, contact the expert team at Total Home Windows and Doors. We can offer any advice or help you decide if it is time for window replacement. Call us today for a free in-home assessment.

Let's work with us on your Next Window Project!
Meet us at our Showroom at the Improve Centre
Call Now Button
close slider

    Best price guarantee



    Call Now Button click fraud detection