Asked on Sep 01, 2015

One of our double pane glass doors has a broken seal and got foggy

by Lori
One of the double glass pane French doors leading to our patio has a broken seal. Moisture got between the panes. It is dry now but left a light white film between the panes. Can I do anything to clear it up before sealing the door?
  14 answers
  • Z Z on Sep 01, 2015
    By the research I've done, there is no way to clean between the panes. That white film you are now seeing is mineral deposits left behind from the water. You are going to have to replace the insulated glass unit.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Sep 02, 2015
    Daughter had this happen to one of her windows. She got in a company that gets out the moisture/air and reseals. However, you have to do this right away.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 02, 2015
    Actually I just read about this on houzz. Before you panic try the website.
    • Eloise Eloise on Sep 02, 2015
      @Janet Pizaro Would you mind posting the website again? I'm not seeing it. Thank you
  • LD LD on Sep 02, 2015
    You will need to have a trained professional repair/replace the glass unit in the door in order to maintain the r-factor of the door.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 02, 2015
    The website is Houzz
  • Cheryle Fuller Cheryle Fuller on Sep 02, 2015
    and check your warranty. sometimes they will fix it for free.
  • Janie Janie on Sep 02, 2015
    Yes, depending on the manufacturer, some have a lifetime guarantee. Happened to us and they did the replacement at no charge.
  • Theresa Bradshaw Theresa Bradshaw on Sep 03, 2015
    There should be a manufacturers sticker somewhere on either the door edge or on the inside of the trim. Contact them and they should at the very least come out and look at it and give you an idea of what can be done.i have dealt with this kind of problem before and had to track the manufacturer down thru Home Depot whom I worked for at the time. They used to carry that door so that's why the customer came to me. Anyway I contacted the maker and they took it from there.
  • Marie Alesi Caruana Marie Alesi Caruana on Sep 03, 2015
    My Andersen french doors were just under 20 years old; they replaced my 19 yr. old french doors free of charge! Check with other manufacturers as well. (At Andersen wood is guaranteed for 10 yrs., glass for 20 yrs.)
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Sep 09, 2015
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  • Lori Lori on Sep 10, 2015
    Thank you all for the answers! The door is 25 years old, metal and no longer made (this particular one). I do have a local glass company that does some odd-type jobs, such as my new shower door for a slightly off-plumb shower. I'll give them a call. And I will contact the other door manufacturers--never hurts to ask. I'd sure like to avoid replacing the entire double door unit if possible. Thanks again for lots of ideas!
  • Lori Lori on Sep 15, 2015
    One last thing about this door with broken seal on double pane glass that's foggy between panes--It's a Peachtree door. Apparently Peachtree went out of business. I'm first going to ask the local glass guy I know--he helped recently with a bathroom update/wonky shower door replacement. If that won't work I guess we'll look at replacing the whole door. Times two. Thanks for responses and ideas!
  • Lori Lori on Apr 07, 2016
    I have an Update and Resolution on my double pane french/atrium door with a broken seal that allowed moisture in between panes and made the door permanently foggy. The door is 25 years old and made by Peachtree, a company no longer in existence. I called the local custom glass shop and had them come look. Yesterday guys took out the foggy glass panes and I now have brand new sparkling clear double panes installed in my old door! Cost? a bit over $300. My alternative was to have two sets of french/atrium doors completely replaced. The same local glass guy made a beautiful new hinged shower door for my slightly (well, ok, moderately) out of plumb shower.
    • Janie Janie on Apr 08, 2016
      @Lori Sounds like it worked out well! Glad that is one, no two things, off the list of to-do's for you!
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 06, 2021


    Sadly I don't think you can!