Dual Pane Window Condensation

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    LESLIE: Mel in New Jersey is dealing with some solar issues. What can we do for you?

     
    MEL: Hi. I have a 22-year-old deck house that has a delightful solar conservatory in the front of the house – sunroom.

    TOM: OK.

    MEL: And it has six approximately 4×8 dual pane windows, about eight feet up and 30 degrees off the vertical.

    TOM: Are they curved or are they flat?

    MEL: They are flat.

    TOM: OK.

    MEL: One of them has moisture in it.

    TOM: Right, the panes have failed.

    MEL: I can’t find anyone locally, or even non-locally, that can deal with this. I had one fellow out, based on an ad. There’s an outfit called Window Matrix that claims to be able to repair the dual pane windows.

    TOM: No, you can’t repair them. You have to replace them. You need to find a source to have those glass panels remade.

    MEL: Yep.

    TOM: The reason they’re leaking is because there’s two panes of glass that are assembled under a vacuum and that material that surrounds them, sort of that gasket in between, is called swiggle.

    LESLIE: Which is my favorite word.

    TOM: Yeah, it’s a great home improvement word.

    MEL: Swiggle?

    TOM: Swiggle, right. And over the years, the swiggle will fail and then you’ll get a little moisture in there and that will form condensation. Now, the good news is …

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm, and create the fog that you can’t clean.

    MEL: (overlapping voices) Right.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah, it’s dirty but it’s not leaky in terms of water getting into your house and it does maybe affect the energy efficiency. But other than that, it’s a pretty cosmetic issue. But what you’re going to need to find is a glazer that can actually remanufacture these glass panels for you.

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