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Posted on Oct 27, 2019 by Sam Heer

The Worst Window Maintenance Habits

Improper window maintenance is just as bad as not maintaining your windows at all, if not worse. Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, your go-to company in the state for replacement windows, lists the worst window maintenance habits below. 

Not Closing and Locking Your Windows 

Something as simple as forgetting to close your windows can damage them. Windows are designed to be locked. When they’re left open, moisture can enter the interior through your windows, causing condensation to form on your windows and increasing the risk of rot and mold. Remember, damp conditions are conducive to the formation and propagation of fungi. 

Neglecting to Clean Sliding Windows’ Tracks and Lubricate Their Rollers

A lot of homeowners forget to clean their sliding windows’ tracks. Left unattended, dirt and grime can accumulate in the tracks and stick to the rollers, making it harder to slide the windows open. It’d also be a good idea to check your manufacturer’s guide on the proper way to clean the tracks and rollers. 

Sloppy Cleaning 

You’ll also find general cleaning instructions in the manufacturer’s guide. In particular, you should look for the chemicals that can damage your window frame as well as whether or not you can use a pressure washer to clean your windows. We’ve noticed a lot of homeowners unintentionally damaged their windows while they were cleaning their brick exterior—most masonry cleaning solutions contain muriatic acid, which in their case, dripped onto their windows and damaged the weather sealing. 

The sealing keeps argon gas, which prevents heat from entering your home, from leaking out. You’ll know there’s a window leak when the insides of the glass start to fog up or when it begins to warp. The leaks can be plugged, but there’s no way to refill the windows with gas or restore the window’s energy-efficiency. As such, it’d be better to install new replacement windows

Just make sure to hire a qualified contractor—installation errors can also damage the sealing. 

Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois offers a wide variety of premium windows and doors. We customize each window according to our customers’ needs and preferences. To schedule a consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (866) 693-6707 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Springfield and Decatur, IL. 



"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

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