Replacing windows is an event that many homeowners dread. Dread no longer. It may seem easy to simply avoid replacing your windows, like a hassle that’s not worth it, but trust us: it’s ultimately worth it, and with the right installer, there’s not much hassle. Troubles that come with putting off replacing your windows: include reduced efficiency, increased utility bills, and the potential for window failure. Failing to replace a window when needed will cost you far more than expected. Here are some common warning signs that may indicate it is time to replace your windows.

1) Drafts
Many window experts agree that a sudden emergence of drafts is the most common indicator. A draft reveals a sudden increase of air infiltration that was not previously present. A draft is a common sign that the window is failing to keep the appropriate amount of interior air in the home and the appropriate amount of external air out. A draft also displays that the window seal is no longer functioning properly. As a result, this can generate negative results for your cooling or heating bill, as the system will have to labor to compensate for infiltration.

2) Warping
Warping can occur as a result of exposure to moisture or other elements. Warping is often associated with an increase of condensation or precipitation. When this occurs, the window casing can contract or expand. These sudden structural changes directly affect the performance of the window. In all cases, the windows are no longer functioning properly. Nevertheless, the severity of the warping ranges. The most minimal incidents create drafts from loosened grip. However, in extreme cases the window can be under constant stress from an influx of pressure due to contraction. The long-term effects can be hazardous. Poor window seals can lead to the potential of flooding in rain events, diminished durability, and even window failure. Warping must be addressed by replacing the window as soon as possible.

3) Increased Energy Bill
Another prime indicator that your windows may need to be replaced is an increased energy bill. Windows that are beginning to fail or perform ineffectively often result in a raise in utility bills. An increase in energy bills often accrue due to the window no longer being able to prevent foreign air infiltration or retention of the conditioned interior air. If your energy bill has been increasing each month, it may be a sign that your windows are beginning to lose performance ability.