Common Window Issues and How To Solve Them

Window issues are surprisingly common and are not just an inconvenience. They can compromise your home’s safety and energy efficiency. Homeowners may not recognise faulty windows until the issues become more pronounced and visually noticeable. However, it is important to look for window problems in your home before they cause a spike in your electricity bill or threaten your family’s safety.

So, let’s look at some general window problems and explore whether it is best to repair or replace that faulty window in your home.


The Seven Most Common Problems with Windows


  1. Difficulty Opening Your Windows

 A window that is difficult to open is one of the most common window issues experienced by homeowners. Dirt and dust can build up, increasing the friction when you try to open them. Alternatively, damage to the springs or the sash of the window can also interfere with the window opening smoothly. Window ventilation and functionality are essential, but a window that will not open is also a safety hazard. 

  1.   Fogging Windows

 Window fogging can be caused by condensation or a seal failure. Condensation is less of an issue than a seal failure. If moisture is building up between the glass, it indicates that the seal between the two panes of glass is broken. If the window’s seal is broken, the window no longer prevents heat transfer, and your home’s energy efficiency will decrease.

  1.   Drafty Windows

 If you have detected a wind draft on a window, your air conditioner or heater will be working overtime to try and maintain a comfortable inside temperature. Drafty windows can be caused by a seal failure or damage to the frame or surrounding wall. Whatever the cause, your windows are no longer energy efficient, and you will likely see the results in your next electricity bill. If you are unsure whether you have an air leak in your window, check out our article on detecting a window leak.

  1.   Windows That Are Warping and Rotting

 Warping and rotting are common problems with wooden window frames. When wood absorbs moisture, the material expands and contracts, resulting in a permanent change in shape. In addition, wood that has absorbed water is at risk of developing mould and eventually rotting. This can pose a threat to the structure of the house and the health of your family. If your frames are warping, you may notice a rattling sound as the wind impacts the glass pane.

  1.   Broken Windowpane

 Single pane windows do not offer the strength of more modern double-glazed options. If you notice a crack in your windowpane, you should go ahead with a new window installation urgently, as the crack may progress and result in glass shattering.

  1.   Water Leaking in Through Your Windows

 A window leak can be caused by a seal failure or a gap between the frame and the sash. When a window frame warps, it can separate from the sash resulting in a gap where water can enter the property. Water leaking in from a window can cause mould and damage to your floors and, if left untreated, can impact the structural integrity of the drywall surrounding the window.

  1.   House Window Failing to Stay Up

We are often asked what causes a house window to not stay up. The answer is that it is likely caused by one or both balances detaching from the sash. A window failing to stay up is a serious safety concern, and you should seek professional advice as soon as possible.


Why Might Your Windows Be Failing?

So, we know the most common issues homeowners experience with windows, but what causes a window to fail in the first place?


As windows deteriorate, they are more prone to developing issues. In addition, older homes frequently have single pane windows and often feature wooden frames. Unfortunately, single-pane windows are not as strong as modern double-glazed options, and wooden frames are notorious for developing issues surrounding moisture absorption. 

Broken Mechanisms

The inner workings of the windows, such as the springs, cords, and balances, can become faulty with repeated use. When these mechanisms break, the sash of a window will not stay open.

Improper Installation

Unfortunately, some contractors are known for cutting corners during installation. Quality materials must be used to ensure the job is completed to the highest standards.

Damaged Frames

Wooden frames that are susceptible to rot, warping, and infestation with termites can cause numerous window issues. Installing thermally broken aluminium frames prevents this deterioration, and they are available in many wood-like finishes to align with a property’s design and style.

How Can You Fix Window Issues?

Depending on the window issue you are experiencing, there are some options for fixing windows.

Resealing Windows:

Replacing a window seal and applying new caulk may solve issues with air and water leaks.

Window Draft Stopper:

A draft stopping strip can be placed along the window frame to aid insulation.

However, most window fix options only offer a temporary solution, and many homeowners choose to replace failing windows with modern energy-efficient double-glazed options.

Is It Time To Replace Your Windows?

Windows are a crucial part of a home’s safety and are designed to protect us from the elements. If your windows fail, your home’s security is compromised, and you are likely losing money through costly electricity bills as your air conditioner or heater struggles to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Choosing to replace your windows with a double-glazed option is definitely worth exploring. Double glazing glass provides superior strength and durability and is extremely hard to break, providing excellent security from intruders and peace of mind for young families. In addition, double-glazed windows installed with thermally broken aluminium frames offer an unbeatable lifespan and prevent many common issues experienced in older window options due to their modern features.

Some of the many benefits of double-glazed windows include:

  • Reduced Energy Bills (up to 60%)
  • Increased Security
  • Better Insulation and Temperature Control
  • Decreased Condensation Levels
  • Reduced Interior Damage
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Increased Property Value

Double glazing can be easily retrofitted to an older home, generally taking only one day to complete, and can be done with minimal disruption.

If you would like to explore installing double-glazed windows, contact the team at Eco Smart Designs to discuss the best choice for you. We are a family-owned and operated business specialising in Thermally Broken Aluminium double-glazed windows. We are the leaders in this field and take great pride in serving the Perth community with exceptional workmanship and superior customer service. So whether you are looking at retrofitting an existing property or planning a new build, we will work with you and your builders to deliver a quality product.