Casement & Awning Windows Maintenance and Care

Casement & Awning Windows Maintenance and Care


Most Hurd casement and awning units can be washed from the interior by fully opening the units. The exterior glass can then be accessed from inside the room.

The operating hardware of your Hurd windows has been designed for years of trouble-free operation if a few simple maintenance precautions are taken. Be sure that the area of the operating mechanism is kept clean and free of dirt and debris. Clean and lubricate the hinge slide with petroleum jelly or silicone spray at least once a year.

Casement Sash Removal

Please note: If you are not experienced in the following procedure, or if you are removing a sash that may be too heavy to handle alone, have someone assist you. Failure to do so may result in damage to the sash, window or surrounding area. Once the sash is removed, it can be surprisingly heavy and wind can also provide an adverse factor in ease of handling the sash.

  1. Disconnect the slide clips from the sash bracket and from the top and bottom hinges.
  2. Turn the operator handle until the operator arm is out of the way.
  3. Slide the sash to the center of the window until it disengages from the top and bottom track.
  4. Carefully lift out the sash and bring it into the room. Take the precaution to have a surface ready to lay it on. Extreme caution is urged!

Casement Sash Maintenance

If the sash is not operating properly, please check the following items:

  1. Paint on weatherstrip causing the unit to stick.
  2. Clean any dirt or debris in the area of the operating mechanism or on the sill track.
  3. Operator arm or hinges disengaged. The crank handle must be firmly fastened to the stud and the set screw at the base of the operator handle should be completely seated to avoid damaging or stripping the locator teeth of the mechanism. Lubricate with a light oil. The sash will lock even if the window is not completely closed. Simply shut the sash into a snug position and engage the locks. The sash locks will pull the sash tighter against the weatherstripping.

Casement Screen Installation

Screens are installed from the interior by placing the screen in the screen groove on the bottom of the unit and then tilting the screen into the groove at the top of the window. Once both grooves accept the screen, engage the plungers.

Please note that on a casement unit the screen must be positioned with the plungers to the top of the unit: otherwise the screen will not fit.

Awning screen units have plungers both on the top and the bottom of the screen and are therefore reversible. Screens do not interfere with the operation of the units and can be kept on year-round if desired.