How to fix broken window handles

Window handles are delicate components with intricate mechanisms — no matter how durable their design or well-fitted they are, they can deteriorate and break over time.

With breaks being commonplace among homeowners, Core Sash Windows has taken the time to put together on how to identify a broken handle and how to fix the problem.

Signs you have a broken window handle

You can’t always spot a broken handle just by looking at it — the problem can be with the internal locking mechanisms, the latch or the handle itself — so it may require you to test the handle to identify what the problem is.

Luckily, there are some telltale signs that a handle is broken and needs replacing. Some of these common signs include:

  •       Feeling resistance when opening or closing the window
  •       Difficulty opening or closing the windows all together
  •       Overly loose or tight handle
  •       Visible wear-and-tear on or around the handle
  •       Difficulty locking or securing the window

If you’ve identified that your handle is broken, we’ve created a guide which will hopefully walk you through the replacement process below.

How to fix a broken window handle

The best way to fix a broken handle is to fit an entirely new handle rather than attempt to repair the intricate components or dismantle the window frame.

Modern window handles aren’t too complicated to fit — it’s as simple as following these quick and easy steps.

You will need:

  •       A normal or electric screwdriver that fits the handle’s screws
  •       A flathead screwdriver
  •       A replacement handle

Step 1

Make sure that the window is open so you can access the screws and mechanisms of the old handle and make sure the damaged handle is in the open position.

Step 2

Some window handles have screw covers to give the handle a professional finish — simply pop these off with the flathead screwdriver. This will let you access the screws beneath so you can begin the removal.

Step 3

Loosen the handle by unscrewing the top and bottom screws. It’s best to press your thumb up against the base of the handle while you’re unscrewing so you don’t drop the handle or lose any screws.

Step 4

Align your new handle in the same position as your old handle. You’ll know this is correct when you can see the screw holes in your new handle align perfectly with frames existing holes and the handle spindle sits in the slot.

Step 5

Place the new or existing screws into the holes and tighten to secure the new handle in place. Make sure these are secured tightly — you don’t want any play or wiggle room in the fitting as this can misalign the mechanism, making the window difficult to open.

If you want to conceal your screw holes, pop the new or existing screw covers over the exposed screws to keep them out of view.

Step 6

Give the handle a test. Try opening the window and then closing it, making sure to test the mechanisms along the way. A quick test gives you the peace of mind that the new handle is working properly.

Step 7

Admire a job well done!

Types of window handles

There many types of window handles available on the market — each with their own styling, internal mechanisms and benefits.

The most common types of window handles used on modern homes include:

  • Venetian window handles 
  • Espag window handles 
  • Cockspur window handles 
  • Tilt and turn handle 
  • Monkey tail window handle 
  • Spade handles 


Is it possible to fix a broken window handle?

When a window handle is broken or not working properly, it’s usually down to wear-and-tear or damage to the delicate components inside the handle casing. Unfortunately, the cost and effort of repairing a handle far outweighs the cost of replacing it – so it’s almost always better to get a new handle in every circumstance.

How long does it take to replace a broken window handle?

Replacing a broken handle is quick and easy to do and can be done in as little as 5 minutes.

Because the handles are only secured by one or two bolts, they can be replaced quickly. However, it’s important to take some time testing the handle in the locked and unlocked positions to make sure the mechanisms are working correctly.

What are the risks of putting off window handle repairs?

If you have a faulty window handle, it’s important to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

A broken or faulty handle not only means the window isn’t locking properly — potentially increasing your energy bills by letting in a draft — but it can weaken your home’s security by being a weak point that opportunistic thieves can exploit.

What is the best type of window handle?

Typically, the most secure type of window is the Espag window handle. Because of it’s secondary key-lock mechanism adding an additional layer of security over, it’s by far the most durable and secure lock available on the market.

It’s important to have the best handles for your windows to guarantee security while also improving the look of your them from the inside. That’s why Core Sash Windows only use the finest quality handles and locking mechanisms on all of their casements and sash windows.

If you’re interested in upgrading your windows, enquire now and book a free no-obligation measuring and quote today and see how we can improve your home with our extensive range of timber casements, windows and doors.




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