Old windows in Huntington Beach, CA often have problems, more than you might think. Most homeowners rarely notice the issues until they are bad enough to impact daily life or extreme weather makes the flaws more obvious. But problems with old windows can be costing you money in more ways than one. Here are just a few of the most common issues you should watch for:
One of the most common complaints we get from homeowners is drafty windows. Not only do air leaks make your home less comfortable, but can cost you. Your HVAC system has to work over time to keep your home at a certain temperature, driving up your energy costs and wearing out your system.
First air leaks, and then moisture leaks. You don’t want water leaking in through your old windows. It can cause severe damage to your home. Signs of water damage include discoloration, peeling paint, musty smell, and mold growth. If you notice any of these signs around your windows you will want to get them fixed as soon as possible.
Warped or Damaged Frames
Temperature fluctuations cause windows to expand and contract. Extreme changes or exposure over an extended period of time can crack and warp window frames creating all kinds of problems.
Condensation between the panes can come and go, which means homeowners tend to ignore this common problem. They don’t realize what it means for their windows. Insulated glass units are sealed. There should not be any moisture between the frames. But overtime the seals wear out and the gas within gets replaced with ordinary air. The window no longer insulates as it should.
This is one common window problem that is hard to ignore. Usually, this is caused by accidental damage, but once the glass is broken your window is useless. You will need to get a replacement window as soon as possible.
Windows should open and close smoothly with little effort. Windows that stick are a common problem, but also a safety risk. Sometimes window tracks get gummed up with grime and dirt and just need a good cleaning. Other times the frame itself is warped or swollen.
Broken Locks and Latches
Sometimes the mechanical parts on windows break down. Locks and latches get old, springs wear out, or the weights and balance system are compromised. On newer windows, these repairs may be covered by warranty. On old windows, you may be hard pressed to find the parts you need for repairs.
Do windows buzz and rattle with passing traffic or a stiff wind? This isn’t normal. It means the panes have loosened from the frame. Sometimes you can reattach with caulk.
If you notice some of these problems with your windows in Huntington Beach, CA it might be time for replacements. Contact the experts at Seaport Windows and Doors by contacting us at (714) 220-3939. Or you can stop by our showroom at 4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.