When my double pane picture window was installed they did an extremely sloppy job. They left a hand print within, and streaks of white along the entire perimeter within (paint or glue?). It looks terrible and it just started holding condensation. So, because the inside pane is nicely sealed, can I break and remove the exterior pane and rid my living room of this eyesore? Replacing is not an option. Thank you!
No - Double glazing has a special gas in between the panes (usually argon I believe) which is selected for its insulation qualities and that sealed zone, in short, prevents condensation forming. In your case, that sealed zone is broken allowing free flowing water vapour into it and condensation to form on the inside face of the outermost panel. Removing that outermost panel will then result in the condensation simply forming on the inner pane instead and it would provide little to no insulation/ simply waste substantial amounts of energy. Check the warranty and see if you can get the glass unit replaced.
Secondly, the thickness of the collective panel is what holds it in place inside the frame - i.e. you can't get a single pane of glass in a frame designed for double glazing.
It is impossible for installers to touch the interior of double pane windows.
The double pane window assemblies are made at a factory, where they are glued together with a spacer. It would be impossible to separate them or gain access to the interior panes without smashing the window entirely.
Thus, if you see a fingerprint, it is either on your side of the innermost glass, or the outside, outside of the outermost glass - the side hit by the rain.
I doubt the fingerprint was put there at the factory, since robots don't have fingerprints. Anyone who is building double-pane windows without using robots isn't too bright lol.
Yes, of course it will be less heat barrier. I have a double glazed window door ( one single full length window), the outer pane was broken by a weed eater thrown stone. Being safety glass, it shattered into many small pieces. Because it is on a garage, I left the remaining pane. I removed all the remaining glass; However there are still some bits in the frame. When I wash the remaining window I must be careful rubbing the edge as it is possible to hit a bit of glass. So that can be a problem.