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How to Tell if Your Window Seal Has Failed

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Window seals help keep your home insulated and prevent heat from escaping. If you frequently notice cold drafts or condensation on the windows of your Birmingham home, then you might need new windows. Read on to learn the warning signs for broken window seals and what to do if you find one. 

What Is A Broken Window Seal? 

Window seals help your windows close tightly and control the air that comes into and out of your home. A broken window seal means that the insulating capabilities are diminished. Although windows experience a lot of wear and tear, broken window seals are not common.

What Are The Signs of a Broken Window Seal? 

Over time, those hot Birmingham summers can deteriorate your window seals and cause them to disintegrate. Here are three signs that your window seals have failed and you need to replace them:

1. You Notice A Draft by Your Window

Do you feel like one room in your house is colder than the rest of the house? Think you need a jacket while sitting next to a window? If you experience any of these signs, you probably need a new window seal. Broken window seals can cause your home to lose heat more quickly, which can increase your utility bills.

2. You See Cracks and Crumbles in Your Window Base

If your windows have any cracks or crumbles in the base, your window caulking is probably deteriorating. These signs mean that your HVAC system is picking up the extra burden, which causes your utility bill to increase. By fixing your window seal, you could potentially lower your utility bill and help keep your windows airtight. 

3. You Notice Condensation on Your Windows

Are your windows foggy during the middle of the day or other times when they should be clear? Condensation between the two window panes is a distinct sign of broken window seals. However, condensation on the outside or inside of window panes is normal. You should check that the condensation is inside the window panes before you start to fix the seal. 

To test this, clean both the inside and the outside windowpane with a cloth and a cleaning solution. If you still notice condensation on your windows after you thoroughly clean them, chances are that your window seal is failing. 

condensation on window

What To Do If Your Window Seal Breaks

If your window seal breaks, check your warranty and see if your windows are still covered. Depending on your warranty, you might be able to file a claim if you still have any time left in your warranty. 

If you purchased your windows from Window World, our limited lifetime warranty covers your broken window seals. Just file a claim for one of our team members to provide you with a new window seal at no additional cost. 

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