Solutions for Common Window Problems

Windows are essential components of our homes, offering light, warmth and ventilation. However, they can also be sources of discomfort and high energy bills when problems arise. Here are some common window problems and effective ways to address them, ensuring your home remains comfortable and energy-efficient all year round.

Drafts

Problem: Drafty windows can significantly increase heating bills, especially during Wisconsin’s chilly winters. 

Solution: While there are temporary fixes, such as sealing gaps with weather stripping or caulking, these solutions might not address the root cause of the drafts. Consider replacing your old windows with new, energy-efficient models for a comprehensive solution. Our replacement windows are designed to provide superior insulation and a perfect fit, eliminating drafts and reducing energy costs. 

Condensation Between Panes

Problem: Condensation between the panes of double-glazed windows indicates a broken seal and can impair the window’s insulating properties. 

Solution: Unfortunately, this problem usually requires more than a simple DIY fix. Replacing the glass unit is the most effective solution to restore the window’s thermal performance. Renewal by Andersen offers professional glass replacement services tailored to your specific needs. 

Sticking Windows

Problem: Windows that stick or are difficult to open and close can be frustrating, especially in older homes. 

Solution: Clean the tracks and remove any dirt or debris. Lubricate the tracks with silicone-based lubricant (avoid oil-based products as they can attract more dirt). Adjust or replace any damaged window hardware to ensure smooth operation. 

Broken Locks 

Problem: Broken or ineffective locks can compromise the security of your home. 

Solution: Replace the locks or upgrade to high-security models. This enhances your home’s safety and improves its energy efficiency by ensuring the windows are tightly sealed when closed. 

Fogging on Single-Pane Windows 

Problem: Single-pane windows can easily fog up and offer poor insulation against Wisconsin’s variable climate. 

Solution: Consider upgrading to double-pane windows with insulating glass that reduces fogging and significantly improves thermal efficiency. Renewal by Andersen offers a range of modern window replacements that match any home style. 

Conclusion

Dealing with common window problems promptly can save you from larger headaches down the road. Whether applying a simple caulking strip or opting for a complete window replacement, the proper fix can enhance your home’s comfort and efficiency. If you’re unsure about tackling these issues alone, consult with a professional from Renewal by Andersen to get personalized advice and solutions tailored to your home.

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