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bnovc 01-25-2010 05:59 PM

Window & Door Air Leak
 
Several of my windows and doors leak air. On both my garage door and my front door, the door doesn't seem to shut all the way, so air leaks through. I "solved" this by stuffing some kleenex in the area where the door goes into the wall. I'm not sure what the name for that is, so hopefully that's clear (when you turn the handle, the metal part that goes into that area moves in and out). I'm sure there is some better solution to this problem, but I didn't find anything good to buy online. Any suggestions?

Also, in general, are there any good list of suggestions to stop heat loss? It's been around 0 here lately and it has skyrocketed my heating bill (~60/m -> ~$300/m).

Thanks!

(Is this the most appropriate forum for these types of questions? HVAC seemed too far off)

gregzoll 01-25-2010 08:32 PM

Which one are you asking about, the garage door, or front door? Both can be sealed with the proper materials. If you have a decent stocked Ace Hardware, go and talk to those folks. For the garage door, does it have the gasket seals at the bottom, top & sides? As for the front, does it have a bottom threshold gasket, side seals, top seal, and threshhold sweep?

Ron6519 01-26-2010 11:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bnovc (Post 389010)
Several of my windows and doors leak air. On both my garage door and my front door, the door doesn't seem to shut all the way, so air leaks through. I "solved" this by stuffing some kleenex in the area where the door goes into the wall. I'm not sure what the name for that is, so hopefully that's clear (when you turn the handle, the metal part that goes into that area moves in and out). I'm sure there is some better solution to this problem, but I didn't find anything good to buy online. Any suggestions?

Also, in general, are there any good list of suggestions to stop heat loss? It's been around 0 here lately and it has skyrocketed my heating bill (~60/m -> ~$300/m).

Thanks!

(Is this the most appropriate forum for these types of questions? HVAC seemed too far off)

Try posting pictures. The post is too vague to get a handle on exactly what you need and where.
Ron

bnovc 01-28-2010 07:24 PM

Here are the pictures (sorry my camera sucks):
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/

http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0031.jpg - my front door
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0033.jpg - my garage door
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0034.jpg, http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0035.jpg - this is the area where the door connects to the wall that I stuffed paper in to make it shut better

I have similar problems with my windows:
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0040.jpg - the top of this window had a huge amount of air coming into until I stuffed it with paper, too.
Probably because the bottom part of it is down too far: http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0042.jpg

jlhaslip 01-28-2010 07:31 PM

remove the metal striker plate and bend the tab (if there is one) a little bit to force the door to close better.

Ron6519 01-29-2010 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bnovc (Post 390815)
Here are the pictures (sorry my camera sucks):
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/

http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0031.jpg - my front door
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0033.jpg - my garage door
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0034.jpg, http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0035.jpg - this is the area where the door connects to the wall that I stuffed paper in to make it shut better

I have similar problems with my windows:
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0040.jpg - the top of this window had a huge amount of air coming into until I stuffed it with paper, too.
Probably because the bottom part of it is down too far: http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/pict0042.jpg

Usually pictures help.:no:
Ron

bnovc 02-13-2010 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jlhaslip (Post 390820)
remove the metal striker plate and bend the tab (if there is one) a little bit to force the door to close better.

Thanks. I guess that was fairly intuitive, but maybe I was too cold at the time realize it.

On a related note, suggestions on how to improve the leaks on my windows? (better than what I've done)

http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/PICT0047.JPG
http://dev.bnovc.com/tmp/diy/airleaks/PICT0049.JPG
(The white is paper towel :)

The window doesn't seem to slide all the way up to wooden area.

I also assume that most of the heat being lost in my house is through the windows (although maybe that's wrong). Are there any general things I should do to improve heat loss (to mitigate my $250 heating bills in Dec.), like caulk around them or something similar?

Thanks!

gregzoll 02-13-2010 03:41 PM

I would use a 3m kit, and finding out why the windows do not close all the way, may mean contacting the manufacturer to have one of their rep's looking at it.

Ron6519 02-14-2010 08:48 AM

Why doesn't the window go all the way to the top? Is something in the way? Can you latch the window with the locking mechanism?
This should be a fairly easy diagnostic to figure out why it isn't closing properly. The fix might be more involved.
Ron

Scuba_Dave 02-14-2010 09:09 AM

You need to take better pictures that aren't blurry


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