windows just turned 13 and I need help

Old 03-28-08, 01:06 PM
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Smile windows just turned 13 and I need help

Windows are thirteen and giving some problems. Some of the windows have stuff between the glass which looks like water. I thought they needed cleaning but this stuff will not budge. Should I have the entire windows replaced or just the glass? is there more air exchange from the window due to this problem? Do I need to replace the windows or the glass immediately or just wait until it get realllll bad? Thanks, Jenn
Old 03-28-08, 01:28 PM
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The seal between your double panes is incomplete, probably like that before they left the factory and it took this long to know the defect. Double panes are supposed to last many many decades, and they will if built properly. Are there any manufacturer's marks on the glass or window? Google this company, I'm sure thousands of others are sharing your problem.

The presence of condensation and unsightly mildew won't lessen the insulation value much, and I don't believe this is going to spread as rot under the windows. So, no urgency but I would find out if the manufacturer admits responsibility for this bad product.
Old 03-28-08, 01:30 PM
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Ahh MamaJenn Are these related to your earlier post? Prob so I guess.

Welcome to the world of seal failure. Depending on the window brand, you may have a warranty, but I doubt it. Do you know the maker?

As to replacement, sure, you could probably replace the glass, but since you liked the vinyl ones at your old place so much, I think you should start considering replacment vinyl inserts.

If the fogging doesn't bother you too much, you can let it go until you are ready to replace the windows. It will only get worse tho. It does affect the insulation value to some extent, but not a ton, unless you had argon gas filled.
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As suggested above, they may be under warranty. Quality windows have 20+ yrs on the glass, not so good windows have 10 yrs. If you can't find a name, you likely have 10 yrs., or less. Not all glass is replacable, trying to do so may destroy the sash. If that is the case, the sash needs to replaced, in which case it may be better to replace with a quality brand. One that does not leave you stranded in a few years.

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