If your windows are stuck, facing moisture damage, or started letting the outside air in, then pay attention. Your windows are trying to tell you something. As a homeowner, you must listen to it.
Do not fret if your windows are going through these, because we’ve come up with some most relevant situations when you need to replace a windowpane. Sounds promising?
Well, these are the common signs when you should replace Window Pane without any delay.
1. Condensation Appears on Your Window Pane
It is high time to replace your windowpane if condensation appears. Why is it that bad? Well, this is not bad, even it’s the worst-case scenario.
The frame of your windows works to hold the panes in the right place. Besides, it leaves space between every Pane. An insulating gas (e.g., argon) fills that space and seals it air-tight.
Now, if there’s condensation between the panes, it’s indicating that your Window isn’t working correctly. Because that air-tight seal (which holds insulating gas) has failed to get the insulating gas out.
If it happens and in case the glass’s temperatures drop even below the surrounding air’s dew point, then water vapor will get between those two panes.
If the windowpane continues collecting moisture, it will lead to worse damage to your Window. Also, a considerable amount of energy will be wasted to both heat and cool the home.
If there’s no insulating gas, the windows will let the heat in when it is summer and out when it is winter.
So, if this is the situation, you must close the windows without any delay.
2. Distressing Outside Noise
Distressing outside noise is clearly indicating that you need to replace your windowpane right now. Even if you’re getting a little shielding from the outdoor noise, you should get a new window pane.
Before you purchase new window panes, let’s grow some ideas about the popular choice, double-pane Window:
3. Single-Pane Window
If you’re still using single-pane windows, then it’s time to switch to the double-pane windows. Because the two glass pieces with insulating gas in the spaces of panes like krypton or argon works excellent to reduce outdoor noise.
- A better option is to choose a dual-pane window made of even thicker glass.
- Another option is there to choose a dual-pane window made of two different thicknesses of glass. For example, one may be ⅛ of an inch, whereas the other glass is ¼ of an inch. This is because different glass panes will block different sound frequencies that give you more protection from outdoor noise.
- And another ‘go-to’ option is to use laminated glass between the two glass panes. It has a plastic sandwich layer that can limit the energy of sound.
4. Poor Functionality of Windows
If you find poor functionality of your windows (e.g., it’s not smoothly and easily opening/closing), then yes, you should replace it ASAP.
Your windows should not seem difficult to operate. If it looks, then there’s malfunctioning something.
Similar cases that indicate replacement of windows are when you need to use a prop for opening it, the frame feels so swollen that you can’t operate, etc.
5. Drafty Windows
Drafty windows can make your bad days even worse. Things will be worse if there’s any leak, and in such a case, you must replace the windowpane.
To check if there’s a leak, get a tissue and hold it near your window frame (on a windy day). In case it flutters, there is a leak.
Moreover, check if they have loose joints, cracked glass, any faulty hardware, the weather-stripping worn, and then these lead to a drafty window.
6. Warped Window Frames
One of the most significant causes of damaging your window frames is warping. So, why does this ‘warp’ thing occur? Well, while the exposed wood both absorbs and swollen by the water, the warp can happen.
Nothing but replacing the Window can solve the problem.
7. Window Fogging
In case your windows keep fogging up, it indicates that your Window has a broken or damaged seal. If you do not replace this Window as soon as possible, this problem will result in mold growth, water damage, or floor stains.
Now, if you want to know exactly why your windows are fogging up, the answer is the extreme temperatures in between the outdoors and indoors.
Generally, in double-pane windows, there are broken window seals that lead to fog up your Window.
Because moisture starts forming between the panes if the window seal is broken. It will give the windows a foggy, milky look.
8. Water Marks on the Interior wall
If you find any watermarks on the interior wall (especially above the Window), it’s mainly happening because of the leaks in your windows. So, what causes window leaking?
If the leaking is at the place where the glass touches the still of the bottom edge of the frame, then it means the caulk or glazing got cracked.
Simply, there’s broken sealant. In such cases, you must replace the windowpane as soon as possible.