How to Repair Argon Windows

a window
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Power drill
Metering machine
Replacement parts
Tape measure
White vinegar

While argon windows can be highly beneficial in helping to keep a property energy efficient, they are not so useful if they are defective. It is good to be aware of the types of problems that can arise with the window so that you know how to resolve them. By following a few steps, you can be assured that the window can be repaired so it will be in the best condition.

Step 1 - Inspect

Start by examining the argon windows to get an idea of the full extent of the repair required. Start by checking the border of the window to determine whether there are any gaps between the frame and the wall. The hinges of the argon windows will also need to be examined to ensure that they are secure and have not developed any defects. It will also be necessary to check the glass for any signs of condensation on the inner surface, which will be a sign of a leak.

Step 2 - Rectify

In the event that any of the fasteners that fix the argon windows have come loose, a screwdriver or drill can be used to tighten them back into place. Where they have become defective, they must be replaced with exact replicas. Make sure any replacements you obtain are of the exact same size and style of the fastener being removed. You will find that the seals on windows can sometimes suffer damage due to adverse weather or temperature conditions. Many problems can arise from the seal being affected by condensation, which can be solved by regular cleaning. This can be undertaken with a soft cloth that has been dampened with a mixture of water and white vinegar.

Step 3 - Repair

In the event that the seals have become worn or cracked, it will be necessary to replace them. Start this process by measuring them carefully to ensure that you get replacement seals in the correct dimensions. The existing seals can be affixed in a range of different ways and the new ones must be secured in the same way. After removing the existing seals, thoroughly clean and dry the surface of the glass before affixing the new seals. Over time, the gas can seep from the gap between the panes of glass on argon windows. When this is the case, professional assistance will be required to repair the problem.

Step 4 - Professional Help

The level of argon in the windows can be measured with the help of a metering machine. There have been instances where all of the argon has seeped out within the space of three years. Once the level of argon has been established, the professional will be in a position to determine how much to replace. This is undertaken with a particular instrument that injects the gas into the gap between the panes.