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by Jeff Patterson in Interior DIY Projects

Window sash replacement: how do you do it?

This question came up recently because the glass in the lower sash of our double hung window broke.

What I discovered is that home window replacement should begin by finding the manufacture’s sticker. Why? Because you could get a new sash or entire window for FREE!!

Plus, you’ll want to learn how to remove your window’s sash so that you can clean them without going outside.

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this SUPER quick project

  • Duck tape ($5.00)
  • Screwdriver ($3.00)
  • Camera or Smartphone (Free)
  • Window sash (Free depending on warranty)

The total cost for everything is $8.00 but this will also depend on whether your broken window sash is still under warranty. Window sash replacement takes all of 20 minutes depending on what you need to do. And I’ll give you a ton of helpful tips to make this easy as pie.

So let’s get to it 🙂

How to Get a Window Sash Replacement for FREE

Broken window panes stink. Paying for a new double hung window stinks even more (think wet dog smell, yuck).

You could possibly avoid a huge bill by finding the manufacturer’s sticker on your window. It’s either on the side of the sash or somewhere on the window frame. In my case it was on the sash and looked like this.

Window Replacement Sash Sticker

If you look closely you’ll see the date on the window (5/6/2013), manufacturer (Trinity Wholesale), and dimensions of the sash (32.375 inches wide by 18.25 inches high). Take a picture of the sticker then call the manufacturer to see if the sash is still under warranty. You might be saying, “Well, I didn’t install the window and have no clue who the manufacturer is?”.

Same here. Google the manufacturer’s name, find their phone number, call them, explain your window sash broke, and you’d like to know if it’s still under warranty. They’ll need some of the numbers from the sticker and should be able to help you.

To my surprise, our sash was still under warranty after 4 years (in case you’re wondering the sticker from the above photo is from the new window).

BINGO!!!

I just saved at least $200-$250 by making a phone call.

It took about 3 weeks to get the new sash but who cares when it cost nothing, right.  Here’s another tip: take a picture of the sticker with your camera. You may have to physically give the sticker to the manufacturer and this way you’ll have a copy of it.

 

Home Window Sash Replacement: How to do It Safely and Easily

Home window sash replacement (bottom sash only in this case) is SUPER DOOPER EASY. If you scroll down a bit further I also include a step-by-step video with detailed instructions. I’m pretty confident I could walk my Mom through this with no problems.

If you have a broken window pane use duck tape on both sides to hold the glass in place.

Duck Tape Broken Glass

Unlock your window.

Unlock Your Window

Push your window up about 1 to 2 inches.

Push Window Sash Up

Find the tabs on the top of your sash.

Tabs on Top of Sash

Push the tabs toward the center of your window sash.

Push Tabs Toward Center of Sash

Gently pull down down  your window sash until it’s parallel with the floor. It’s this part that would totally freak out my Mom but there’s nothing to worry about. You won’t break your window 😀

Gently Pull Down Sash

If there’s one tricky part this is it. Your sash has two metal tabs that hold it in the window frame. In order to dislodge these tabs from the window frame you’ll have to push up on the right side (or left, it doesn’t matter much) of the sash. Then push the sash in toward the side that you pushed up. This will allow you to remove the sash from the frame.

Push Up the Sash's Right Side

Before you put the new window sash in place PLEASE compare it’s metal tabs with the old sash. As you can see in the picture below the metal tabs are different in my new window but this isn’t a big deal.

Compare Metal Tabs

This is super important because if the metal tabs are a different shape they won’t fit into the window frame slots correctly.

Window Frame Slots

The metal tabs are only held in place with two screws that can be removed with a screwdriver.

Loosen Metal Tab Screws

Once the screws are removed you can simply pull the metal tab from the sash.

Pull Metal Tab from Sash

I placed the old sash’s metal tabs in the new sash.

Installing the new sash is just as easy as removing the old one. Insert the metal tab on the left side of the new sash into the slot while tilting the right side of your window upward. Then lower the metal tab on the right side of the sash into its respective slot. If you like how-to videos this might be a good time to watch the one I made that shows you how to do this project step-by-step.

Many apologies ahead of time though, my hair is a mess and my shirt has gobs of joint compound on it from a project I was doing earlier in the day. DIY can be messier than a kindergarten art class.

 

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments
  1. Great tips Jeff. It does look easy. Alas, I don’t think our 1979 single-pane, builder-grade specials are going to quality for free replacement parts. I do know some of the replacement windows we are looking at come with huge warranties, like lifetime x2 from Home Depot. Of course, total replacements come with extra fun price tags as well…

    1. Ah yes, single-pane windows and fun price tags. My wallet just let out a moan for you my friend. Make sure to let us know what kind of windows you choose and how the installation goes. Being in AZ you probably want a super efficient window to keep all heat out.

  2. Greg says:

    I really like the pictures and explanations in the picture itself. Real easy to follow and you show where things connect – this helps.

    1. Hey Greg,

      Thanks man. I’ll try to make the next batch of photos just as informative. Glad it helped you 🙂

      Jeff

  3. Jen says:

    Thanks for this info. I was online looking for a lower sash or a cheap new window and I cane across this website. I’m going to find my sticker now and see if I can get a freebie. Thanks.

    1. Hope it works for your Jen. Let me know if you’ve got any questions.

      The tips in my video saved me some money for sure. Glad this helped you 🙂

  4. Barb says:

    what if I only want to replace the glass in the sash? how can I do that?

  5. David says:

    I have a bunch of replacement windows from the previous home owner but they are without the sash. Can I somehow replace the glass of the window with the sash?

  6. Jared White says:

    I am looking at replacing the lower sash of two single-hung windows but am having difficulty locating just the lower section – HomeDepot and Lowes only seem to have the entire replacement kit available. Would you have any advice for me in locating the lower portion replacement please?

  7. Debbie says:

    My windows are new, but don’t have the latches that allow for taking the windows out. How can I take the sashes out so I can put new sashes in? I wouldn’t be replacing them, but some young adults that still live with their mommies have no respect for others but to shoot their windows out. So because I have no proof, I have to pay to replace my windows with no help, even my insurance won’t pay. Hope you can help. Thank you for your website!

    1. Hmmm, wondering if the latches for your windows are somewhere else Debbie. Send me some pictures [email protected]

    2. Rebecca says:

      I had windows in a house built in 1986 which didn’t have any latches. To tilt the window out you just pushed the side tracks in a little (one side at a time) and pulled the window edge past the track. Of course, even older windows might not tilt out at all.

  8. Larry says:

    I have casement pine windows which are pella proline
    Dated 1996 I have the new sashes but no instructions
    Bottom sash was not caulked out side the exterior
    Is aluminum clad how to remove the fixed sash ???

  9. Natalia Barona says:

    i need the lower window sash. all the windows from a house i just purchased were stolen. can you please contact me for more information.

  10. Brianna says:

    I just need to replace the glass how an where can i find one??

  11. Robert Gringley says:

    My sashes have NO stickers or labels but I can easily measure them. Is there a company where I can buy sash replacements without knowing the original manufacturer? The panels are vinyl, double glazed , 1-5/8″ thick overall.

    1. Shirley says:

      Don’t know how long your post has been up, but if you are still interested in finding help with locating sashes for your windows, go on line to S&L Window Service and Repair or Fenster.com. You really need to know the Manufacturer which is sometimes
      difficult to identify, but I was able to get help with that also from Steve at S&L. You may also send me an email and I may be able to give you a little bit of info on this.

  12. B. Dyson says:

    Thank you…BIG HELP!!!

  13. Lisa Beaudet says:

    Hi, Jeff –
    Love your super instructions for double-hung windows. However, I have a big custom window with three lower stationary picture window sashes and three upper casement-type windows; These are vinyl windows with double-pane argon-insulated glass. One of the stationary picture windows PLUS two of the casement windows had rocks thrown through them only months after I installed these new windows. Oh, and did I mention they are vinyl windows? Anyway, I ordered replacement sashes, but I would love an instructional video or other how-to to guide my repair. Thanks in advance!

  14. Paige says:

    Soo….what happens if you can’t find the manufacturer anywhere on the window?! I found two different stickers but none of them give a name! Grr!

    1. Good question Paige. I’m not sure, one solution is to look up local window manufacturer’s online and compare what your window looks like to their style. But that’s not perfect either. Head scratcher for sure!

  15. Russ Bryan says:

    I have Marvin metal clad double hung windows from 1994. Wood inside. Lost seal on a couple of windows. Rotted lower wood rail. Where would I find old parts like that.

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