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Patriot Window - Tilt Latch Replacement

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Genco, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Genco

    Genco Member

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    Has anyone had success with finding the correct tilt latch replacement part for the Patriot Windows that were installed by VM? I tried Home Depot & Lowes but none of the ones they carry fit the Patriot windows we have in the house.
     
  2. higgins

    higgins New Member

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    Worst windows ever. They are complete junk.
     
  3. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    But does it really make a difference doing the replacement? Is it really that much better for energy efficiency? I am scared of the cost for a single family...but considering doing my main floor since that is where we spend our time.
     
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  5. Genco

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    I had found swisco on the web and I sent them a picture with measurements of the old broken latch and they recommended replacements 26-243 (left) and 26-244 (right) and they both fit perfectly in the Patriot windows that I have in the house. They are $2.65 each if you order 1-24 and $2.32 if you order 25-49. I'm putting in my order to replace all the broken ones and have a few on hand in case other latches break. They had great customer service.
     
  6. Dawne

    Dawne HOA Sec-Treas/Tech Comm

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    We bought all our replacement window "shoes" from Swisco. They're great for any window parts for these Patriot windows. It made a big difference to replace the broken shoes, reattaching any springs that had come loose.

    We've looked at replacing windows, but at about $1,000 per window and 20 or so to do, it's a hefty chunk of change. Even if the efficiency completely wiped out ALL our energy bills, it'd still be over 11 years until we broke even (our 3-year average gas/electric has been $1800/year) - if it cut it in half, it'd be over 22 years to recoup the investment.

    We have a high efficiency HVAC (new) and UV coating on the windows and stay pretty comfy year round. Since it's unlikely we'll stay 22+ more years here, it's not cost effective for us.

    In short, you gotta run YOUR numbers to determine if replacement windows are a good investment - they're not for everyone.
     
  7. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    Wow, $1,000 average per window really adds up. I assume thats installed? But yea I agree, but our gas/electric is double yours. But we have the film on the windows and try to keep temps. reasonable. I don't have any leaks, just some mild draftiness for now. But yea, hard to imagine a decent payback period.
     
  8. wmh

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    Thanks for posting this - I got these replacements also and they work great!
     

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