Picture window lost seal

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Picture window lost seal

Got ice inside, then when ice melted it left a brown stain on the glass between the two panes. Since this is a picture window, it does not open. Someone said they can remove the window, take out the glass, clean it, change the gasket and then put the glass back and reinstall the window. All I have to do is give them my first born as a down payment.

I thought these windows had some special gas inside. Doesn't seem like the above process will put the gas back in and it will be just air. Pretty sure if that is the case I will get moisture again ?.

Am I missing something?.
 
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Old 02-08-16, 06:00 PM
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Call any city glass company. They need to make a new insulated glass unit (IGU) before they remove the old one and replace it.

Don't pay ANYONE who says they will clean between the glass. You need a new IGU.
 
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Is this an old wood framed unit, vinyl?
 
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X is right - replace the IGU. We do this about a dozen times a year throughout our units.
 
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Wether the old sash is vinyl, wood or aluminum a new IGU can be made for it. If it is wood or aluminum you may consider a quote on an all vinyl picture window. Either way the new glass unit can be made with a low-e coating and filled with argon gas for a better R rating.
 
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Definitely not wood. I called someone else and immediately they explained what they would do: come take measurements, and then make a replacement IGU, so I guess those guys win. The only question was "what type of glass do I have" (tempered, regular etc.). I will wait until the weather warms up a little before calling them in. I believe my glass is low-e...this purely based on some article I found that showed photos of the 'stains' very similar to what I have (hundreds and hundreds of brown/gold spots). The article indicated that the coating had been damaged by ice.

Here is a picture.

 
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Yeah, that's vinyl. They will need to remove the glazing strips (inside perimeter) and cut the seal on the outside of the frame, then pull the old glass out / put the new glass in.

Hopefully the guys that do it will be able to match your grilles closely. Personally, I think that window would look better with either 6 lite or 9 lite grilles, rather than 8. But I guess I don't know what the rest of them look like. If you wanted to change the grille configuration on that window, now's the time to do it.

Glass can be replaced in winter, so there's no real reason to wait.
 
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How close is the window to the floor. How close is it to a bathtub or exterior doorway? Is it in a bathroom? It could be tempered if certain criteria exist.
 
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The window is in the family room which has an 18 foot ceiling and this one is all the way up. There are 2 sets of windows so changing the grille would mean matching the other side.
 
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Here is another pic. The failed window is on left, and that is an 18 foot ceiling. Since this is a condo, the windows need to match.

 
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