How to replace an Andersen Window Balance

How to replace an Andersen Window Balance


Hey, it’s Mike from Swisco.com, and today I’m
going to show you how to replace an Andersen Sash Balance. For this exercise you will need a Philips Head Screwdriver a Flathead Screwdriver drill pliers and safety glasses. First, remove the jambliner screws by lowering the
top sash to full and open position. Remove the two screws located above the sash on the left hand side as viewed from the inside. Then, raise the sash to remove the screws
from the lower half of the jambliner. Slide out the jambliner by bending it and moving
it toward the opening of the window Now, this may be a bit harder for
some, so be careful not to damage the jambliner or scratch the window sill. Next, lower both sashes completely. Rotate the left side of the sash in, and hold in position. Carefully unhook the sash cord and ease back into the balance. Now these cords have tension on them, so be sure to
keep a firm grip when releasing from the sash. Repeat for the opposite side, and repeat for the top sash. Next, remove the head jambliner screws and then we’re going to remove the head jambliner or “head stop.” Now we’re going to remove the Andersen Balance in the window. Either by removing the screws in the balance, or in this case the staple. Where I’m going to be using a flathead screwdriver to kind
of pry it out of the top of the sill. Move over to the opposite side and remove the other sash balance. You can visit swisco.com to find the proper replacement sash balances. Then, grab your new Andersen sash balances and install them with the two screws. You can see there are two screw holes here at the end So go ahead and just fasten this up into the top of the frame. And then grab your drill and secure the two screws. And then move to the opposite side and do the same. Then, reinstall the head jambliner and secure it with the previously removed screws. Next, reinstall both your upper and bottom sash Start with the upper sash. Hold it steady in the sill and use your pliers to grab the cord from the balance, pulling it down and reattaching it back into the sash. You may want to have a partner help you hold the window stil as you install the cord back into the window sash. Repeat this step for the left side of the
sash, as well as the bottom sash. Lastly, raise both of your window sashes to the top of the window and reinstall your jambliner. Be careful not to bend or break your jambliner during this process. This is the most difficult part of the exercise so be patient, and have someone assist you if you’re having trouble. After the jambliner is in place, fasten it back in with your screws and test
your window to ensure it operates smoothly. As always, thank you for watching this tutorial. If you have any questions on replacing Andersen Sash Balances or any other hardware please be sure to visit us online at swisco.com/discussions.