With this week’s 100-plus days in Sacramento, we thought we’d share some insights on energy efficient windows and the benefits of installing Low-E dual pane windows in your home.
– Safety Glasses
– Soft cloth
– Glass cleaner
Condensation is a normal part of owning high quality energy efficient windows. Condensation is basically when humid air turns to water droplets on a cold surface. Windows are a natural place for these droplets to form since they are a barrier from inside and outside temperature differences. There is natural condensation that all windows will get from time to time, and there is a condensation that is formed from a faulty glass unit. To check which condensation you have, use a soft cloth and gently wipe the interior. If water droplets don’t come off then use a cloth on the exterior and gently wipe. Natural condensation should wipe off easily from either the interior or exterior. If the condensation doesn’t wipe off then the condensation is most likely due to a glass unit failure. If this is the case please contact the Milgard service department to discuss the faulty glass unit and for replacing.
Safety Precautions: Activities in this video are appropriate for individuals with an understanding of how to use simple hand tool. Make sure that pets and small children are not present when performing these activities. Questions? Call 1-800-Milgard or visit www.milgard.com
For this project you’ll need a #2 phillips head screwdriver, a new positive action lock, a self-tapping screw, and a putty knife.
Locate the take out clips on the sides of the window frame. Use your finger to gently pop out the clips at a 45 degree angle. Now locate the sash stops at the top, they prevent the window from disengaging. Remove the sash stops. Excessive force is not needed. Slide the sash stop until you feel it disengage, make sure both sides catch on the take out clips. Slide the sash to one side to remove. Use a putty knife to remove the Milgard logo on the screw port cover. Use a #2 phillips screwdriver to remove the lock screw in the screw port cavity. Once you have removed the screw from the positive action lock, the old lock will come loose from the vinyl frame. To install the new positive action lock, align the new lock tabs with the pre-punched holes in the window sash. Note, if the screw holes are stripped, you’ll need to slide the stiffener bar over using a #2 phillips head screwdriver. The stiffener bar is located inside the top rail of the sash. Using the new self-tapping screw, fasten the new positive action lock to the vinyl sash. Replace the Milgard logo screw cover. Re-insert the sash into the window. Place sash above the bottom of the balancer, lineup and push in. Balance it back and forth until you feel both tops catch. Slide the sash down an inch or two. Make sure you don’t see any metal on either side of the spring. Push in the take out clips and close the sash. Re-install the sash stops.
These instructions will guide you through how to replace the Smart Touch lock on your Milgard window.
Safety Precautions: Activities in this video are appropriate for individuals with an understanding of how to use simple hand tool. Remember to wear eye protection and make sure that pets and small children are not present when performing these activities. Questions? Call 1-800-Milgard or visit www.milgard.com
You’ll need a #2 phillips head screwdriver and a new Smart Touch lock. The SmartTouch lock is located on the operable portion of the window. Begin by opening the window all the way. Remove the window sash by lifting the sash up and tipping the bottom out. Locate the mortise screws on exterior side of sash. Using a #2 phillips head screwdriver, remove both screws while holding the lock handle in place. Remove the lock handle by pulling the handle down towards the inside of the sash. Remove the mortise lock body. Make sure the mortise latch is extended by depressing the release button on the side. Insert mortise lock body back into the vinyl sash depress the mortise latch back. Now install the new SmartTouch lock into the vinyl sash and mortise lock body. Use a number 2 phillips head screwdriver to re-insert the screws. Replace sash into the window frame by inserting it top first.
In this video you’re shown how to adjust and clean the rollers on your Milgard windows to keep them operating smoothly. You should have a basic understanding of simple hand tools to undertake this project. Remember to wear eye protection and keep pets and small children out of the area when performing this process.
The tools required for this project include:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Silicone spray
- Paper towel
- Safety glasses