Five Common Window Problems and Solutions

December 7, 2012

Got a window problem in need of a quick fix?  Solutions for homeowners may not always be applicable to facility managers and building owners, but for spot fixes and problem solving winter is a great time to examine a few methods.  Identify, act, and resolve. says one of the best ways people can save is by repairing, rather than replacing old, faulty or drafty windows.

Here are five common window problems with corresponding tips on how to get started on repairs.

1) Faulty Windows - If windows won't open or stay open, it may just be a matter of adjusting or replacing existing hardware. For hung windows that open up and down, you should first inspect the sash support system. Most sash support systems are located on the sides of the window and may be hidden by a cover. Inspect your sash support system and see if it's causing your window to fall or stick. For a casement or awning window that cranks open with a handle, it may just be a matter of replacing the window operator.

2) Drafty Windows - Seasonal changes oftentimes expose leaks in your window frames. Replacing worn down window weatherstripping could be an easy solution to sealing these gaps and providing energy cost savings. Weatherstripping is located around the perimeter of your window sash. It comes in many shapes and forms, so be sure to check closely when looking at replacement options.

3) Security - For security and safety reasons alone, broken window locks and latches present a problem. Like most other window hardware, these items can be identified online and replaced. "Out of all the window issues, this is probably one of the easiest DIY projects," adds Pallas. "Just be sure the replacement parts you order match in size to the old ones."

4) Broken or Foggy Glass - If the glass in your window frame is foggy, it means the insulated seal was broken and the insulated glass unit needs to be replaced. If the glass in your window frame is broken, it too can be replaced. Remove your window sash and bring it into your local glass or hardware store to get it repaired.

5) Damaged Window Screen - Window screens, like glass, can also be replaced. If your screen is damaged, you may be able to find help at a local window or door repair shop. Be sure to keep your old screen so you can take it to be measured for a replacement. If your screen frame isn't damaged, it can be reused and fitted with new screen mesh