6 Common Problems and Solutions for Windows and Doors

Home ownership can be challenging, especially when it comes to window and door replacement. Sometimes, it seems like the second you fix one problem, another pops up. As window and door experts, we’re no strangers to some of the most common problems. Thankfully, most of them are fairly easy to fix, especially if you purchased your products from Clarity Windows and Doors, where we offer one of the most comprehensive lifetime warranties in the industry. But, if you didn’t and now find yourself on your own with these issues, here are six of the most common window and door home improvement problems and how to fix them.

1. Defective Windows

If you’re having a hard time opening or closing your windows — or if they won’t open or close at all — it may be as simple as replacing or adjusting the existing hardware. There are various types of windows and with this variety comes differences in functionality. For hung windows, the most common variety that open and close vertically, you should inspect the sash support system first. Most sash support systems can be found on the sides of the window and are often hidden by a cover. Inspect this support system to see if it’s the cause of your window falling and/or sticking. For awning and casement windows, which crank open with a handle, it may be a matter of replacing the operator.

2. Doors that Stick

A sticking door is a common problem that many homeowners deal with, and it can be extremely annoying. After all, opening and closing are some of the most basic functions of a door. One of the most common causes of a door sticking is when the hinges get dirty. In fact, the hinges can be responsible for most common door problems, so it almost always makes sense to start by cleaning the hinges. We also recommend lubricating the hinges with WD-40 or even just olive oil. Not only will it keep your door from squeaking, but it will also ensure that it operates smoothly.

If you’ve cleaned and lubed the hinges and your door is still sticking, the problem may be the door jamb. If this is the case, try drawing in the jamb by screwing a long screw into the latch side of the door and the frame. This can free up some space, allowing your door to operate smoothly.

Another common cause of a sticking door is a foundation problem. If you have tried both of the above solutions and your doors are still sticking, it may be time to consider a foundation repair. This is a more serious issue and should be addressed by a professional.

3. Drafty Windows or Doors

One of the most common problems with a home is drafty windows and doors — it also happens to be one of the more costly problems. Allowing conditioned air to escape means that your furnace or air conditioner work harder to keep your home at the temperature you want. This results in higher energy bills.

A number of problems can cause windows and doors to become drafty. One of the most common is worn out weatherstripping. Weatherstripping is the seal that keeps drafts from entering your home. Replacing weatherstripping is a fairly easy project that can make a significant difference in how your home feels.

4. Windows with Broken Locks

Broken window locks and latches present a big problem for homeowners for security and safety reasons alone. The good news is that out of all of the window issues you can encounter, this is one of the easiest to fix, especially if you plan on doing it yourself. Like most other window hardware, locks and latches can easily be identified and ordered online. You just have to make sure the replacement parts you order match the ones you are replacing.

5. Doors that Won’t Stay Latched

One of the main purposes of a door is to stay closed when you want it to, so if you find that one of your doors won’t stay latched, it can be frustrating, to say the least. Luckily, this problem has a fairly simple solution.
If your door won’t stay latched, it’s most likely because the latches are misaligned, and the door isn’t hitting the strike plate. If your door doesn’t have a strike plate for some reason, you may want to consider investing in one. They are very inexpensive and will make your lock safer. If you do and the door simply isn’t hitting the strike plate, you can unscrew the plate and find out exactly where the door meets the jamb, then screw the strike plate into that spot.

If you find the problem is the latch itself, it’s most likely time to replace your door hardware.

6. Broken or Foggy Glass

Broken and foggy windows are big problems that only get worse the longer they are left unattended. Broken or improperly sealed windows allow condensation to form. Not only does this condensation block your view, but it also makes your windows an ideal environment for mold to develop, which can then spread to the frame and cause further damage. Your best bet here is to replace the glass or the window to avoid further damage.

These are just a few of the window and door home improvement problems that homeowners encounter. The good news is when you choose Clarity, you don’t have to worry about any of these problems. All Clarity products are backed by one of the most inclusive lifetime warranties in the industry. So, if you experience any issues with your windows or doors, you can call us at any time, and we will send someone over to make it right. To make things even better, our expert team installs thousands of windows and doors every year, so you can be sure it will be done right the first time, every time.

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