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Window Repair Costs: The Most Common Issues and Their Average Price

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Devon Taylor

By Devon Taylor

The average window repair cost depends on the type of window and the exact problem that needs to be fixed. The most common issue is merely broken or cracked glass. However, there are also issues with hardware, frames, or seals. An online search for window repair experts is a great place to start.

This guide will cover the most common window problems homeowners need to fix. We’ll also give you an idea of their average price. You may need to decide between repairing your old windows and totally replacing them with new ones. Searching online for repair and replacement quotes should be your first step.

Drafty Windows

The average cost to fix drafty windows is around $200. However, sometimes your drafty windows may need to be replaced. That process could set you back upwards of $1,000 depending on what type of window you’re using. To prevent drafts, we recommend applying weather stripping in order to form a tight seal.

Another solution for drafty windows is installing energy-efficient ones. Newer models can block out cold air during winter months, while still allowing heat from indoor heating units to escape through glass panes. In warmer months, these same models can help reduce cooling costs by reflecting light and heat away from buildings.

Cracked Glass

A cracked window will cost you an average of $70 to replace. However, double or triple pane windows could increase your price. Even if it’s just a small crack, letting in cold (or hot air) can mean your heating/cooling bill goes up. That’s not cool. This is why homeowners should do repairs quickly after a window breaks. While it’s being fixed, fill any holes with plastic or cardboard to keep out drafts.

If it’s just a small crack or a single pane that is damaged, it’s a relatively easy and cheap fix. You might even be able to do it yourself, with a little online research and a trip or two to the local hardware store.

Sticky Windows

If your windows have recently started sticking, it’s probably the result of condensation on the windows themselves. Clean your windows and check to see if there are any moldy spots on them. If you find a spot, wipe it down with water and mild soap; vinegar is also an effective window cleaner. Depending on the severity of the condensation, you may be able to use towels or even leave your windows open to dry overnight.

If the window frame is starting to swell from the moisture, you can sand it down a bit to prevent future sticking. Just be sure to apply a fresh touch-up of paint, to protect the now-exposed wood. Sticky windows can usually be fixed with a bit of elbow grease, without much extra cost. If your frames are seriously warped, though, it could be a more expensive fix. Which leads us directly to…

Weak Framing Structure

If your window frames are damaged or rusted, you’ll probably need to have them replaced. While some companies will allow for patchwork repairs and temporary fixes, a total replacement is often necessary to ensure that your window’s security isn’t compromised.

Generally, though, most frames can be repaired for between $100 and $450 depending on what damage is present and how much of it needs to be replaced.

Rotting Wood Frames

Rotting frames can actually be quite expensive to repair, as it requires replacing all four sides of a window in order to ensure proper insulation and safety. If you have rotting wood around your windows, it’s a good idea to replace or repair them sooner rather than later.

As frames rot, they warp (which is why you may have trouble opening/closing your windows) and lose their thermal-insulation properties. This can cause drafts in your home and higher energy bills over time.

If a window frame is rotting, it’s best to replace it as soon as possible. The average cost to replace all the windows in a typical three-bedroom house is between $3,000 and $10,000. If you don’t to replace your windows, you should at least clean up and reinforce your rotting frames to that it doesn’t spread further.

Seized or Cracked Window Hinges

If your window hinges are seized or cracked, there’s a chance your window could fall out of its frame. That’s not only dangerous but also costly to repair. Typically, it costs between $100 to $500 to replace old or broken windows hinges. But don’t worry—this is one of the most common repairs!

You may be able to buy the new hardware from your local stores (or online), and swap it out yourself. If you’re not that handy, you can’t go wrong calling a professional to do the job. You’ll pay between $50 and $125 per hour for labor, but at least you’ll know the job was done properly. 

Warped Sashes/Jamb Extension

If your windows stick or become warped, it’s likely due to a sash that needs replacing. Jamb extensions can be added to repair broken or warped sashes. This issue is most common in older homes (even ones built within the last 20 years), but can occur as a result of improper installation too. The average cost for warping/broken jamb extension fixes is $500 and $2,000 — it truly depends on what kind of window you have.

If you need more than one replacement—or if your home was built before 1990—the costs could rise quickly. The good news? These types of repairs are sometimes covered by insurance. For example, many homeowners insurance policies cover up to $1,500 worth of damage from wind-related incidents each year. When it comes to window repairs, check in with your home insurance company first. It could save you some cash.

The Bottom Line

There are a lot of factors that go into determining the cost of window repair. It’s an intricate system with lots of moving parts, so the main thing you can do to keep costs down is to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If your windows are in bad shape, it may be time for replacement. But if they just need some minor work done, there’s no reason to spend money on expensive replacements when you could have them repaired instead.

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Devon Taylor

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Devon is an experienced writer and a father of three young children. He's simultaneously trying to build college funds and plan for an eventual retirement. He's been in online publishing since 2013 and has a degree from the University of Guelph. In his free time, he loves fanatically following the Blue Jays and Toronto FC, camping with his family, and playing video games.

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