How to Replace Sliding Window Hardware

  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Replacement hardware
Dry and clean cloth

Replacing a sliding window hardware may not be an ideal task for most of us, but just like other do it yourself things, it may seem to be hard at first but in the long run you will certainly be able to get the hang of it. Here are a few steps to help you out.

Step 1 - Identify the Part that Needs Repair

Determine the part of the sliding widow that needs repair. Often it is the tracks or it simply needs to be cleaned. So be sure to know the problem before you try solving it.

Step 2 - Get the Measurements

If the problem involved your sliding window hardware, like the track or the glass, purchase the needed replacement for it. But before you buy one in your nearest hardware store, you must first determine the dimensions needed.

Step 3 - Take Out the Sliding Window Panel

Take out the sliding window panel by firmly gripping on the sides of the window. Lift the panel off the track and position it on an angle downward towards you. Take out the window and put it aside. Do the same with the second panel.

Now that the area is clear, check what part needs to be replaced. Measure the part that needs to be replaced and bring a small part of it to the hardware store as this will serve as a sample for your purchase. If the tracks need to be replaced then measure the track, but if it’s the glass or the glass frame or the sliding window frame, then measure it as well. Be extra careful and wear protective gear if you are handling glass materials.

Step 4 - Purchase the Needed Materials

Purchase the needed materials from your hardware store and have it precut to the measurements that you have taken earlier.

Step 5 - Install the Replacement

Now that you have what is needed to replace the sliding window hardware, you can install it. With a few screws and a handy screwdriver, screw in the track to its proper place and secure them well. If you’re dealing with glass you must make sure to secure it in a safe place prior to attaching it. Have your hardware store attach the glass to the frame if this is the problem that you are facing.

Step 6 - Lubricate the Tracks

Clean the area with a dry rag and lubricate the tracks to make it easier to fit the window panel back. Hold the panels from both sides and place it on track. When it is properly located, you can now push the top part of the frame and slowly slip in the bottom part till it fits back on track.

Step 7 - Test the Sliding Window

Test the entire sliding window. Make sure that your window does not get jammed in between; this may be a sign of obstruction which you need to look into before it gets worse. See to it that everything is working well before ending the project.