If even after cleaning your windows, they still look dirty or foggy, it could be that the seals have been compromised. Most windows consist of two glass planes, with gas fill in between them, typically argon or krypton. Once the seal breaks, the gas escapes, which makes the glass look hazy.
A trusted window and door installation company helps you determine if you have failed window seals.
Condensation on Your Windows
The most common sign of compromised window seals is condensation in between the panes. You have a broken seal if you can’t wipe the fogginess off the window. However, it can only be smudges on the outside of the glass, so clean your windows thoroughly.
Use the Ice Trick
Just because there’s no visible condensation doesn’t mean that your seals are not broken. The ice trick is another method you can use to check for broken seals. All you need to do is rub a piece of ice on a small part of the window for a few seconds. Take the ice away and wipe the surface. You have a broken seal if after wiping the window, there’s still moisture on the window. If the unit is old, it can indicate that it needs replacement. At Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas, we install some of the most energy-efficient windows and French doors on the market.
Your Window Is Bowing
When argon or krypton gas in your window escapes, they are not replaced. As a result, your window bows in the middle. You can check if your window is experiencing this issue by standing outside far from the window and look at your reflection. Do the same for windows in your home that have no issues and compare what you saw. The window seals are broken if your reflection looks more warped in one window compared to others.
When it’s time to replace your old windows, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City. We also install quality sliding doors. Call us at (913) 385-1300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in Olathe, KS, and the surrounding communities.