Double-pane windows offer great insulation from the elements without compromising the view from your home. However, that view can be ruined by condensation if your double-pane window fails. Learn how to repair double-pane windows, and make frustrating foggy windows a thing of the past.
How to Repair Double-Pane Windows
These days, you would be hard-pressed to find a single-pane window on a new house or building. Modern window experts know that double-pane windows, also known as insulated glass units (IGU), offer the best insulation without compromising on the view. If a double-pane window is doing its job, you can stand next to it and enjoy watching the world around you come rain, shine, or snow.
However, that view can be spoiled if your double-pane window fails. Cracks, warps, and condensation trapped between the panes are all signs that it’s time to get your double-pane window repaired. So, what should you do?
Determine the Issue
Your first step should be to try and determine what caused the issue with the window in the first place. For example, if hail damages the outer pane of the window, you’ll see cracks and indentations and have a good idea of what needs to be replaced. However, if you’re just seeing condensation, you may not realize that it’s a sign that your window seal has failed. When the seal on a double-pane window fails, the insulating air or gas between the panes can be released, causing temperature changes that lead to condensation. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is an indication that your window is beginning to fail and a repair is needed. Hairline cracks and warps in one or both panes are also signs that a window seal has failed.
Choose a Repair
Because double-pane windows are slightly more complex than single-pane windows, this is probably not a job you want to do on your own unless you already have extensive window repair experience. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, find a qualified window contractor who can advise you. Your choices will largely depend on the way the window is damaged, as well as your overall budget.
Replace the IGU
One of the simplest repairs for a double-pane window is to replace it. In this situation, the window sash and IGU would be removed from the window so that the IGU could be replaced by an undamaged one. The new IGU would ideally be a replacement from the original manufacturer, but a glass fabricator could also create one if needed. Once the IGU is replaced, the window can be put back together and re-installed by a window contractor. This is one of the most expensive options, but it might be your best option if the window panes are out of warranty or damaged beyond repair.
Fix the Seal
If your double-pane window is still covered by a warranty and condensation is the only issue, it may be possible to have a window technician fix the seal. Contact the manufacturer and ask them to send someone to inspect the window. If they determine the seal was faulty due to manufacturer error, they may replace the IGU completely, or repair and replace the seal between the panes.
No matter how you decide to fix your double-pane windows, don’t do it alone. The experts at American Window Company have been helping home and business owners address their window needs since 1999. Give us a call, and see what we can do for you.
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