What Maintenance is Required for Residential Smart Window Tint?

What Maintenance is Required for Residential Smart Window Tint?

Smart window tints like those from ElectraTint are an innovative way to control privacy, glare, and temperature in your home. With the ability to tint electronically via a mobile app or home automation system, these high-tech window films let you darken or lighten your windows with the press of a button. 

But how much maintenance do smart window tints require compared to traditional static window films? 

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In this post, we’ll look at the minimal upkeep needed for residential smart window tint from ElectraTint to keep it looking great and functioning optimally.

Cleaning Smart Window Tint

Like any window tint, smart window films need occasional cleaning to keep them looking their best. The good news is that ElectraTint window films only need cleaning 2-4 times per year. Here are some tips for properly cleaning ElectraTint smart window tint:

  • Use a soft, damp microfiber cloth or sponge with a mild soap and water solution. Avoid abrasive cloths or paper towels that could scratch the film.
  • Gently wash the window tint surface using a light, circular motion. Never rub aggressively on the tint.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  • Dry with a soft, lint-free microfiber cloth. Avoid using any squeegees or scraping tools that could damage the film.
  • For stubborn dirt or grime, isopropyl alcohol diluted with water can be used sparingly.
  • Ammonia-based cleaners should always be avoided, as they can damage window tint coatings.

Proper cleaning a few times a year will help keep ElectraTint’s nano-ceramic smart tint looking like new. The unique properties of the nano-ceramic particles in smart window tint also help repel dirt and water for easier ongoing maintenance.

Smart Tint Battery Replacement

One of the only other maintenance requirements for ElectraTint smart window tint is periodic battery replacement. Each smart tint window comes with a small battery-powered control module mounted near the window sash.

The control module contains the electronics that allow the window tint to be activated remotely. Batteries typically need to be replaced every 2-3 years with regular use. Replacing batteries in the control module is a simple process:

  • Order replacement batteries from an authorized dealer. Only use original smart window tint batteries for optimal performance and safety.
  • Carefully unscrew and remove the control module from its mounting location near the window.
  • Following the instruction label on the control module, slide open the battery compartment.
  • Remove the old batteries and insert new ones in the proper orientation. Match the + and – symbols.
  • Close the battery compartment and re-mount the control module in the same location.

Following battery replacement, use the smart window tint or home automation system to test tint activation and ensure proper functioning. With periodic cleaning and simple battery replacement every few years, ElectraTint smart window tint is designed to deliver many years of optimal performance.

Smart Tint Firmware Updates

One additional maintenance item to keep in mind with smart window tint is occasional firmware updates. The control module that powers the tint contains firmware low-level software that operates the electronics.

Smart window tint may periodically release new firmware updates to enhance performance, add new features, or fix bugs. Keeping ElectraTint smart films up to date with the latest firmware is recommended whenever notifications are provided.

Troubleshooting Problems

While smart window tints are designed for durability and optimal performance, occasional issues may arise requiring troubleshooting. Here are some potential problems and solutions:

  1. Tint not responding: First, check the battery in the control module and replace if needed. Try power cycling the control module. Inspect connections to ensure all wiring is secure. Update to latest firmware. For continued problems, contact smart window tint support.
  2. Uneven tinting: Perform a tint calibration sequence using the smart window tint app. If problems persist, contact support for a replacement control module which may be defective.
  3. Error messages: Refer to support documentation for the specific error. Perform recommended troubleshooting steps like power cycling, reconnecting wiring, or installing firmware updates.
  4. App connection issues: Delete and reinstall the latest version of the smart window tint app. Reboot your phone or tablet. For continued connection problems, contact support and they can determine if replacement control module is needed.

Following provided troubleshooting advice from ElectraTint can resolve most issues. Support is available via email, phone, and online chat to address any persisting problems and get your smart tint functioning optimally again.

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Professional Re-Application

While ElectraTint smart films are designed to last 10-15 years before needing replacement, eventual re-application will be necessary. Damaged tint or natural end of lifespan will require professional removal and replacement of smart window tint.

When the time comes for re-application, contact the ElectraTint authorized dealer who originally installed your smart tint. An experienced window tint installer can assess when replacement is needed and properly remove existing film. Key steps in the re-application process include:

  • Complete removal of old film using specialty tools and heat guns.
  • Thorough window cleaning and preparation.
  • Precise application of new ElectraTint tint using a vacuum-mount application method.
  • Re-installation of control modules and wiring to new tint.
  • Testing of new tint functionality once applied.

With proper professional re-application, your ElectraTint smart window tint can deliver many additional years of performance and benefits for your home.

Protecting Window Tint Investment

While ElectraTint smart window films require very little maintenance compared to other window treatments, taking a few precautions can protect your investment and help ensure many years of optimal performance:

  • Avoid picking at corners or edges of the tint – this can cause lifting and peeling.
  • Watch for pets or objects that may scratch or damage the film surface.
  • Clean tint only as directed using proper materials. Harsh cleaners can degrade tint coatings.
  • Keep wiring and control module connections intact – damaged wires can disrupt tint function.
  • Install protective screens or blinds to shield window tint from outside weathering/damage.
  • Have any impact chips or cracks repaired quickly by your installation company.

Following ElectraTint care recommendations and using common sense precautions will keep your smart window tint in great shape. Schedule any needed cleaning, battery replacement, and firmware updates on time. And when the time eventually comes, have professional re-application done for a new tinting system. With minimal required maintenance, ElectraTint smart films provide maximum enjoyment and performance for years to come.

Keep Your Smart Window Tint in Peak Condition

Smart window tint from ElectraTint offers innovative privacy, glare control, and comfort for your home. While very little regular maintenance is required, periodic cleaning, battery replacement, firmware updates, and eventually professional re-application will keep your tint performing optimally for over a decade.

We hope this article has provided helpful insights into the minimal care and upkeep needed for residential smart window films. To learn more about ElectraTint’s hassle-free smart tint technology for your home, contact us today at 833-422-1329 or email us at for a free estimate.