When it comes to your windows, it's easy to know when they need to be replaced – energy bills escalating; glass is broken, etc. However, it's not always so easy to know when they need to be repaired. Unfortunately, windows in disrepair can be just as problematic as windows that are completely broken, especially if the repairs aren't taken care of quickly. Here are four signs that your windows are in need of immediate repairs.

1. Water's not Staying Outside

If your windows are allowing water to seep through to your home, it's time to call for repairs. You can identify water problems by looking around the frames of your windows after a rainstorm, or after the sprinklers have gone through a cycle. When windows fit properly, water shouldn't get inside your home around the frames. Unfortunately, if there's a problem with the frames, you'll find water inside your home. If you're not sure this is a problem, head outside and spray your windows down with the garden hose. If you have water on the inside of the frame, it's time for window repairs.

2. Glass Has Minor Damage 

If you have a window that's showing signs of minor damage, small cracks or pits in the glass, you need to have those issues repaired right away. Small cracks and pits might seem like something that can be dealt with later, but that's not the case. This is particularly true where small cracks are concerned. Small cracks will expand under extreme weather conditions, which can cause your windows to shatter. Not only that, but small cracks in your windows undermine the security of your home. To maximum protection, have minor repairs taken care of right away.

3. There's a Gap When Windows Close

If you're left with a small gap when you close your windows, it's time to call for repairs. Your windows should close tightly each time. That means there should be no gaps between the windows and the frame. Gaps cause a variety of problem. First, they allow small pests to gain access to your home. Second, they make your home less energy-efficient. Finally, they make it easier for intruders to break into your home. If you've got gaps between your windows and the frames, call for repairs as soon as possible.

4. Windows no Longer Lock Properly

If you want your home to be as secure as possible, you need your windows to lock properly. Unfortunately, issues such as age and weather damage can cause problems for the locking mechanism. When that happens, your windows won't lock tightly. If your windows no longer lock properly, you need to have them repaired immediately.