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18 May

Common Window Problems and How To Fix Them

Windows don’t just add to the look of your home but they also provide ventilation and fresh air for the people living inside. They are, however, quite prone to wear and tear. If you notice that your windows aren’t functioning properly, don’t yet plan to replace them. Instead, you may be able to fix them completely by targeting the root of the problem. Here are some common window problems and their quick solutions:

Drafty Windows

If you notice that a room or spot near a window is cooler than the rest of your home, it is probably because a draft is sneaking inside. Especially in these chilly Edmonton winters, windows and doors need to be shut tight. Caulking your window may be a great solution to this problem. This will help to seal visible gaps along the exterior of the windows. You can simply buy a tube of caulk and a caulk gun to seal any visible gaps. Let the caulk dry for at least 24 hours. If the draft continues, it may be that the overall quality of the window is low and you need a plan B. Simply hire the experienced and licensed crew from Northern Windows and Doors and get an energy-efficient window replacement to guarantee that your home has a regulated indoor temperature, irrespective of the outside temperature.


Condensation is a quite common problem. Before your windows are replaced there are cracks and leaks that mix with the humid air which lower your humidity level. By installing new windows, the air circulation will be minimized, which will resolve higher condensation. Even everyday tasks, such as cooking, bathing/showering, and doing laundry, may lead to higher level of humidity. Simply, keep interior doors in your house open for airflow, leave the bathroom fan running for some time after each shower, turn the kitchen fan on when cooking, and lift your blinds up when temperatures are dropping.

Horizontal sliding windows don’t open

One of the most common issues with horizontal slider windows is that the windows stick along the track or slide very slowly. This might be due to a lot of dust and grime accumulating in the track. You can clean the tracks by coating them with a concoction of baking soda and a mixture of white vinegar and water. Let the mix fizzle for a while and then scrub it with a toothbrush. Use a paper towel and a butter knife wrapped with a rag to reach all the corners and crevices for a thorough cleaning.

Issues with crank-operated windows

Just like the horizontal sliding windows, crank-operated windows too need routine cleaning and maintenance. To help with this problem, clean and lubricate your window cranks. Remove the arm of the crank and get rid of the rust inside the gears with a wire brush. Next, use a toothbrush coated with a cleaning liquid and scrub it. Wipe down dry with a rag and then lubricate the gears and crank. However, if the issue persists, you may need to think about getting replacement casement windows or awning windows for your home.

Wooden frame windows

The issue with wooden framed windows is that they can swell up due to moisture and humidity. This means that the frames keep changing diameters. Naturally, it is hard for them to close or open amidst times when high condensation occurs. Unfortunately, there is no remedy except replacing the windows for this particular issue. Opting for an energy-efficient replacement, like a vinyl frame, is a great option as it is equipped to handle sudden weather changes. Northern Windows and Doors can help. Whether it is cleaning, repairing, replacing or installing windows or doors, our experienced crew can help you to get a solution for all kinds of window and door issues.

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