Does anyone know how to remove the panels from Aljo storm windows? They are two track and do not have finger latches. They are held in by spring tension on one side, but will not release with pressure by hand pushing to the spring side. Only a small section will pop out of the track and applying pressure to twist out results in breaking glass. The windows are old and the manufacturer is out of business. Any ideas? Thanks
It’s hard to get a mental picture without pics, but I think the ones you have MAY be removed by doing this: Slide both windows up. If you look on both vertical sides of the track, does the track seem to ‘float’ in the frame? and about halfway up the frame where both windows meet, does the track seem like it’s moveable? if so, when both storms are up, you gently pull the floating track in towards the center of the frame, and gently pull down at the same time. If the track comes out, lower the windows, and they won’t have a track to slide in as they come down (because you removed it!), thus giving you more space to remove them from the frame. Installation is reverse of removal: Slide one window all the way up in the track thats still in the upper half of the frame, and there should be enough tension to hold it up, then slide the second one up same way, then gently reinsert the piece of track you pulled out. If these are the type of windows you have, a helpful hint is to remove all tracks that can come out and throughly vacuum them, , clean/wash them. and apply a light layer of white lithium grease to help slow down the aging process. If you do this, please remember that when you put the windows back into the frame, the tracks may be a bit slippery and the windows may slide down so be prepared for this. If you can get a couple of pics, that would be very helpful.
You can also remove them by installing new, energy efficient dual-pane vinyl frame windows.