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4 Tests To Determine If Your Window Needs Repaired Or Replaced

by Ryan Wright

Everyone wants to be able to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This is especially true when you are in the comfort of your own home. One of the biggest culprits of inability to keep your home at a comfortable temperature is the windows. Cracked glass, loose panes, and leaky seams just force your HVAC system to run constantly in order to keep your home comfortable. If you are trying to decide whether or not it is time for a new window, there are a few tests you can do to be sure.  

1. Give The Window a Shake

Truthfully, you shouldn't be able to shake your window. The components of your window are supposed to be tight and secure. If you attempt to gently shake your window and any piece of the window starts rattling, it means the window is not sealed properly. Lack of a proper seal is allowing air to get in and out of your windows. Fortunately, you can get the seals fixed without having to replace the entire window. 

2. Lights Out

During the daytime, turn all of the lights off and look around the frame of your window to see if you can see any beams of lights. If light can get in through your window frame, it is safe to assume air can get in and out the same way. Fortunately, weather-stripping or caulking can resolve this issue.

3. Check For Cracks

Next, you want to take a look at the actual window pane. You are looking to see if there are any cracks in the glass. Even the smallest crack is big enough to let air leak in and out of your home. Unfortunately, it is in your best interest to replace your windows if the glass is cracking. Over time, the cracks are only going to get worse if you ignore them.

4. Inspect The Locks

Your window is supposed to close and lock. It shouldn't be hard to open, shut, and/or lock your window. If you find yourself struggling to do any of these actions, your window needs to be replaced. Having a window that is difficult to open, close, or lock is unsafe to you and everyone else in your home.

If you cringe every month when you see your utility bills, consider running these four tests to see if your window is costing you money. Whether the solution is a little caulk or a new window, fixing the problem will make you a lot less tense the next time that utility bill comes in the mail. Contact local professionals, such as those from Smith K L Inc, for further assistance.