Spotting the Signs of Bad Window Installation

Shopping around for new replacement windows is an exciting experience. Many Fort Wayne homeowners get caught up in the bells and whistles of their new windows along with aesthetic features, but they don't think much about installation. While it's entirely normal to not think twice about the installation process, we're here to emphasize the importance of quality installation and explain the consequences of sloppy craftsmanship.
The average homeowner might have a difficult time telling if their windows are properly installed. Here are some of the obvious (and not so obvious) signs that you might be dealing with a case of bad window installation in your home:
Sign #1: Drafty Windows
This is one of her biggest signs of poor quality window installation. If you're sitting in your living room and you feel a soft draft of air, this means that energy is being lost through the window. The source of energy loss can occur at several points, including the sash and the frame.
When windows are incorrectly installed, they aren't sealed properly enough to block out airflow. This means that you'll potentially find air making its way into your home, which causes your HVAC system to work a lot harder than necessary.

Sign #2: The Sash Doesn't Fit the Window Frame
Sometimes a window installer may use a sash that doesn't fit the frame of the window. If this is the case, you'll yet again find that drafts are making their way through your windows. You may also discover that moisture is making its way through the sash as well, which leads to potential mold and mildew issues.
Sign #3: Condensation Between the Panes
While window condensation can be a natural process, other times the issue is within the installation. Condensation between the panes signifies that moisture is making its way inside of the unit. This can also mean that the window seal is broken.
Although the seal can be repaired, a lot of times you're a lot further ahead to just replace the window. This is especially the case if you're out of your window warranty timeframe. 

Sign #4: Rising Energy Bills
Even if you don't feel or see signs of inadequate window installation, this doesn't mean that you're in the clear. Another clue lies within your monthly utility bills. 
While seasonal fluctuations are expected, there's a bigger underlying issue if your energy bills rise without explanation. Increasing energy bills may indicate that energy is escaping, and their direct exit point may be right through your window frames or sash.
Window installation is a critically important component for your window's overall performance. If you suspect that your current windows were improperly installed, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

Chris Jarvis