Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

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In fact, you can clear these windows up. If its regular glass, two small holes are drilled and a cleaning solution (which need not be toxic) injected.

If it is tempered glass, the same procedure is possible if the glass seal can be reached for drilling (this is possible for most windows that can open and close: they'd get drilled from an edge). Check the glass for a frosted or white color marking showing if it is tempered.

Since this is a DIY advice site I can direct you to http://foggywindowrepairkits.com/ . The DIY kits mentioned above are over $200, and can't be rented and returned. But really you're probably better off finding a local service company that can do this, possibly with even better...

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Question: “how can I clean inside a double paned window? Our home is 12 years old with the original tilt-in windows. their is grime, spider web looking material and a film built up on the inside of the double panes. help!”

Double-pane windows utilize two pieces of glass that are constructed with an airtight seal between them. This seal is designed to lock the air in so it can act as an insulator. If water or dirt starts to build up between the two panes, it is an indication that this seal has been broken. This break can be as small as a pinhole.

In order to clean between the two pieces of glass, the windows would have to be completely taken apart, which would really break the seal. It is not possible to reseal the window without hiring a professional. Unfortunately, this means it’s not possible to clean between the two glass panes without ruining the window. If the seal is broken and dirt/moisture is starting to show, it is best to have the window...

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Most experts agree that condensation or fogging inside of a double-pane window technically is not a fixable problem—at least not in the sense that your window can be restored to its original level of performance. Presently, there are two different ways to deal with condensation: either replace the window (you can usually replace only the glass unit and not the whole window) or hire a local company to drill holes in the outer pane, clean the windows from the inside and install one-way air vents to help prevent future condensation.

If your condensation problems are in a sliding glass door or a window that is likely to have tempered glass (for example, if the window has more than 9 sq. ft. of glass area and is less than 18 inches above the floor), your only option is replacement. This is because it’s essentially impossible to drill tempered glass without breaking it. You should assume that all doors with double-pane glass areas large enough to fit a 3-inch sphere through them...

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The process of conversion of a substance from its gaseous state to its liquid state due to cooling, is termed as condensation. When water vapor or moisture present in the air, comes in contact with a cool surface, it gets converted into droplets of water. Condensation takes place when the temperature of the surface is equal to, or less than, the critical temperature for condensation of water, which is known as the dew point. Now, let us see what is the reason behind this phenomenon. During winter, the temperature inside the house is higher than the temperature outside. In such a scenario, the air inside the house is warm and we know that warm air has the capacity to hold more moisture as compared to cool air. There are several factors that contribute to the moisture content or humidity indoors, which include use of showers, steam released during cooking, and respiration by humans, indoor plants and pets, among others. All this accumulating moisture is unable to escape and causes...

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Windows with a cold sweat

Close-up of a hydrometer

A hygrometer monitors indoor relative humidity so you can track moisture changes.

Some homes have a problem with windows sweating on the inside during the winter, whenever the temperature drops to about 40 degrees F. Even the frames and the sills become wet. This even happens on newer homes that are well insulated. If you have this problem, the humidity level in your home is probably a bit too high. With double-pane windows, you should be able to sustain somewhere around 50 to 55 percent relative humidity indoors on a 40-degree night and not get condensation on your windows. That means that if the relative humidity in your home is higher, say 60 or 70 percent, your windows will become dehumidifiers and condense water from the air until the relative humidity level inside drops to the 55 percent range.

Newer homes are typically built much more tightly than older ones. This is good for many reasons, but...

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When condensation shows up inside a thermal pane double window (between the two pieces of glass), you know that the seals around the edge have been compromised, allowing moisture to get inside. These cannot really be re-sealed so the standard response to this problem is to replace the glass unit. That is expensive.

So, if it looks like the only way you're going to be able to see out your window is to buy a new window pane, you may want to try drastic surgery first. It doesn't always work and you do run a fairly high risk of cracking the glass -- but it often does work and will give you years more service out of the same window.

Before I tell you how to attempt it yourself, as we did on the TV show, you should know that there is now a commercial process for doing this professionally and far better than a DIY job. Check out Professional Services.

What we want to do is to drill two small holes on the bottom of the outside piece of glass. When the sun shines on the...

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i've got what i think to be either anderson or anderson-knock-off windows in my whole house (windows were here when i bought the place 5 years ago). a few weeks ago, the center window in the family room bay window (of course, the most highly visible one from inside and out) started to show condensation between the panes.

what are some good sources to find replacements? i'll try home depot first but i have a feeling these might not be 'name brand' windows...

is there a way to 'fix' this problem? i'm doubtful myself but i wanted to see if anyone has a fixit solution before i spend money replacing parts...

if i can find a replacement source, is this a difficult job to just replace the pane/panel that is affected? these are the kind with 2 latches at the top that slide inward and then the window tilts inside for easy cleaning of the outside surface

if i need to be more specific, let me know what details are needed to answer any of my...

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Charlie:
Larry, in Bel Aire, says he has condensation, Tom, inside his double pane windows. He wants to know if you know of anyone that can fix that, or replace them. I know you know somebody who can replace them.

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Tom:
If he wants to replace all his windows, instead of replacing all the glass because it’s all the windows, I think it would be a better choice. Then, of course, Gulf Coast Windows, and take a look at the new compozit window.
As far as that goes, if you just have a couple of windows that the glass has gone bad, call a glass company, and they can go ahead and replace those panes of glass. They’ll make a whole double pane unit, and put them back in, just as if your kid threw a baseball through the window, and you had to fix the glass. It’s as easy as that.

Charlie
What’s the dividing line? If I’ve got two, or three, or four windows that this is happening,...

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Double-paned windows, or dual-pane windows, offer greater insulation for your home. They include two panels of glass, with a layer of gas between the panels to keep hot air out in the summer and cool air out in the winter. When condensation appears between these two panes of glass, it is because the seal on one of the panes has failed and air is being allowed to seep into the space between the panes. Fixing this is not easy, and some experts would say it is impossible.

Call a window repair professional to defog the glass. The procedure typically involves drilling a hole into the frame and pumping a cleaning solution inside. The moisture is sucked out, and a defogger device is attached to the window. However, since fogging is caused by a failure in the seal and this method does not repair the seal, this is not a permanent solution.

Insert silica dessicant between the window panes. These pellets can be placed inside the window through the crack in the seal, and they...

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Replacing fogged glass on double paned windows.

My house is 35 years old and the double pane windows are original. A few of them have begun to lose their seal and are taking on an almost opaque look. I’ve heard that I can have a professional put air in and reseal these windows? Any credence to that? -Kristen

Hi Kristen,

As double pane windows age, moisture can breach the seal and condense between the layers of glass. When this happens the seal can’t be repaired, and your best bet is to remove and replace the glass.

To find out more, check out our article on How to Replace Double Pane Insulated Glass and watch our video on How to Replace Insulated Double-Pane Glass Windows.

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Unfortunately, condensation is pretty much inevitable when you live in the UK. Due to our humidity levels and wet winters, as soon as we hit Autumn and the temperature starts to drop we start to see water and moisture forming in the corners of windows or across entire glazed units.

Despite the inconvenience of having to wipe windows down and unattractiveness this brings, it can also cause other issues, mainly in the form of black mould growth. This not only adds to the unattractive nature of this problem through the growth of mould spores all over the place, but can also contribute to and cause numerous health and breathing issues.

The issue of condensation forming on the inside of a window is more normally associated with older single pane glazing where there is only one pane of glass between the inside and outside. The colder outside air cools the glass and when the warm air on the inside hits it, it condenses and condensation forms.

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Sharolyn asked: How do I clean a double pane patio door? We recently placed an old camper on the back of our property, in the woods, to enjoy on weekends. The patio door has become so foggy on one section that we cannot see through it. We do not care if it is sealed or now, but would like to be able to sit inside and see out. How can we get to the inside of the door to clean it?

Double pane doors and windows consist of two panes of glass with a space between them. This bit of insulating air space increases the R value of the window, but it’s also prone to fogging, especially in older units or ones that withstand a lot of abuse from the elements. Fogging results when the seal fails or is compromised in any way, allowing moisture to seep through the barrier and into the space between the glass. Seal failure can occur with too much heat (when the seal softens and expands) or in cold temperatures (when it hardens and becomes brittle).

Permanent Solutions

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Measure the inside of your window opening and subtract 1/8". That's the size of your acrylic pane. If you're good at getting perfect cuts, maybe 1/8" is overkill.

Don't remove the plastic/paper protective backing on your acrylic yet. Acrylic is fairly easy to trim to size with a sharp knife, some clamps, and a straight edge. If you decide to use a power saw of some kind, go slow and wear safety glasses. Mark out your cut lines, lay out the straight edge (I like to clamp it in place), and score the acrylic with the knife. The thicker the acrylic, the harder it will be to break. 0.08" thick is pretty easy, 0.22" is a bit of a beast. Make a deeper score on both sides for thicker acrylic.

Using a table or stair edge, snap the acrylic along your score mark. It might help to have someone put their weight on the sheet to keep it in place. The edge of the acrylic may be sharp if you didn't get a clean break. Wear gloves.

I used two types of acrylic on this project. On...

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Repairing your double pane windows because they’re foggy is often a better solution than replacing them. If fog is not your problem, and the double pane window is broken, don’t worry – you can still fix it.

The great thing about double or triple glass windows is their insulating properties. They help tremendously to keep extreme hot and cold temperatures from passing through. A trapped layer of pressurized air or gas is key to their function. But what happens when these glass chambers are compromised, such as a broken seal somewhere, hole or crack?

Well, two things: The obvious is that the window loses it’s ability to insulate dramatically. Even the tiniest penetration means hot and cold air can move more easily through the window. The second is actually something you’ll notice, if not right away, for sure over time. Moisture, dirt and other contaminants enter and take residence in between the panes of glass. From there, the rest is history. You start seeing fog in...

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