Window World of Portland's windows are made to last, utilizing only the highest-end components and state-of-the-art engineering. Quality is built into every component of our windows, maximizing sustainability and ease of use. We are committed to ensuring our customers are confident in operating, maintaining, and resolving any potential concerns that arise with their windows, so we've provided the information and videos below. Most importantly, keep in mind that we are available to answer any questions that arise!
Operation & Maintenance
Congratulations on your new Window World windows! A few quick tips are all you need to know to get plenty of enjoyment from your purchase for years to come.
Once your new windows are installed, you'll want to care for them so that they'll continue to look great for years to come. Help them stay good as new by following the tips below.
A minimum semi-annual cleaning is recommended
For the frame and sash, start with just water and a soft cloth. If necessary, you can use a mild cleaner
If lubrication is needed, use a silicone spray
Tracks can be washed with a small, stiff nylon brush, then wiped down with a soft cloth. It is important to ensure that the tracks are free of dirt, leaves, sand, grease, and other outdoor elements as they can be ground into the vinyl tracks when the sash are operated
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions
Power washers or high-pressure sprays; the force of the liquid could damage the caulking around the window, which ensures water-tightness
Liquid grease remover, strong soaps and detergents containing organic solvents, nail polish, paint remover, furniture polish, or cleaners containing chlorine bleach, as these substances are potentially damaging to the surface of the vinyl
Even mildly abrasive cleaners like Soft Scrub can scratch the surface of the glass or Window frame: avoid the use of any abrasive agent
Sharp objects during the cleaning process
Oil-based spray lubricants such as WD-40, as they attract dirt
Painting or varnishing vinyl windows
Many of the most common concerns that come up with replacement windows are easily dealt with using simple, at-home techniques. These methods are explained in the text and videos below.
You may notice moisture on the inside surface of your windows, especially during colder months. This is not an indication of faulty windows; rather, it’s a sign that your windows are doing their job. During the winter, we usually close our windows, sealing the home against cold air. Humidity is trapped inside, and unlike old, drafty windows, your new windows do not allow the moist air to leak out. Condensation occurs when the water vapor in the air meets the cold surface of the window and cannot escape. This is why many times, condensation begins to appear after window replacement. Controlling indoor humidity can help reduce condensation.
Tips for Controlling Indoor Humidity:
Make sure all sources of ventilation to the outside are functional, such as kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room exhaust fans
Air out your home periodically by opening your windows, if only for just a few minutes in the winter
If you have a humidifier, make sure its comfort settings are correct
>Make sure all louvers to the attic and basement are open
If you have lots of house plants, try to concentrate them in one area
Consult a qualified HVAC contractor if the problem persists
Sometimes, especially after being moved during cleaning, a window sash can become disengaged from its balancer in the frame track, often referred to as the "shoe." When the window is open, this detachment will cause the sash to drop from its heightened position in the frame. Each sash has a pin on both ends that connects it to the frame; fixing the issue is as simple at guiding the pins back into their shoes.
Fixing Dropping Windows
Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the indent of the exposed metal shoe and give it a quarter turn (the indent should now be perpendicular to the window frame)
Keeping the screwdriver in the shoe, allow the shoe to guide you up the frame to a few inches under the sash
Using the screwdriver, reset the shoe to the vertical position (the indent will be parallel with the window frame)
Move the sash down to the shoe and tilt it in
Balance the sash with one hand in the middle and push down the sides (where the sash connects to the frame) to lock the pin into the shoe
Tilt the sash back and move it up a few inches to ensure the shoe is now engaged (the track should be empty)
Windows that appear foggy could be suffering from seal failure, where outside air has penetrated the space between the two panes of glass and condensation develops. Unfortunately, once seal failure occurs, there is very little that can be done to repair the sash. Similarly, if the glass in a sash has been compromised, the best solution to maintain the integrity of the window is to replace the sash.
Window World customers have the peace of mind of knowing that they have an industry-leading warranty. If seal failure or glass breakage occurs, we can have a replacement sash specially manufactured to fit your window. Simply give us a call!
Your Window World windows were made just for you, that’s why the serial number label on every one of your new windows is so important. If you need service, please locate the serial number on your window before you call your local Window World. This information will allow us to identify your window and quickly take care of the issue. To help locate your serial number, choose your product from the list below to view the instructional video: