Lauren Nowacki8-Minute Read
UPDATED: May 25, 2023
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Household appliances have made comfortable and convenient living possible. And though we continue to see new models get better and better with the advancement of technology, we still haven’t been able to figure out how to make them last forever.
While appliance failure is inevitable with age, there are steps you can take to help prolong its life or at least help it reach its golden years.
Just how long your appliance will last will depend on how well you take care of it, how much you use it, and the brand, make and model you choose. Many homeowners take the lifespan of appliances, as well as the cost of gas vs. electric, into account when making their purchase. While you’ll need to consider all these factors, there’s an average amount of years each home appliance lasts.
Here’s how long you can expect these common home appliances to last before needing to be replaced.
From storing and cooking food to shredding waste and cleaning plates, your kitchen appliances work hard in every step of meal preparation and cleanup. While these appliances are used daily, many last beyond 10 years.
Help your refrigerator have a long life by following these tips:
Watch for these signs that may indicate it’s time for a new fridge:
How long your oven lasts will also depend on whether it’s gas or electric, as gas stoves tend to last longer.
Whether your oven is gas or electric, taking these steps will help ensure you get the most years out of your appliance:
Other than its age, there may be some other indications that it’s time to replace your oven, including:
These maintenance tips will help your dishwasher run properly and ensure it’ll make your dishes sparkling clean for many years to come.
If your dishwasher is showing any of these signs, it may be time to replace it:
Prolong the life of your garbage disposal with these action steps:
When it’s time to replace your garbage disposal, you may notice the following issues:
While it’s relatively inexpensive to replace a microwave, you’ll still want to get your money’s worth. Here’s how to make your microwave last longer:
When your microwave is on its last leg, you may notice a few signs that it’s time to replace it:
Your HVAC system is responsible for regulating the temperature in your home, keeping you warm in the colder months and cool during the warmer seasons.
As your furnace and air conditioner are some of the most expensive appliances to replace, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking the right steps to keep them functioning at the highest levels. The added benefit of maintaining your HVAC appliances is you’ll be able to lower your electric bill and heating costs throughout the year.
To help your furnace reach 15 – 20 years, make sure you do the following:
When it’s time to get a new furnace, your system may tell you in the following ways:
To get the most years out of your air conditioning system, take the following steps:
There are several signs that will tell you it’s time for a new air conditioner, including:
While they may not fall into a specific category, the following household appliances are just as important when it comes to caring for your home and your health. They can also be expensive to replace if they give out before their time.
Dryers may last a little longer than washers, with an average lifespan of 11-18 years. Washers only tend to last 8 – 16 years. Keep in mind that, like ovens, the lifespan of your dryer will depend on whether it’s gas or electric. For this household appliance, an electric one may last a few years longer than gas.
To extend the lifespan of your washer or dryer, try these preventative maintenance tasks:
You’ll know it’s time to buy a new washer or dryer when you notice these signs:
Unless you have a tankless water heater – which can last up to 20 years – you can expect your water heater to last 10 – 15 years.
Here are a few things you can do to get to that 15 years or beyond:
If you’re wondering if it’s time to replace your water heater, look for these red flags:
To extend your compactor’s lifespan, do this:
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it may be time for a new trash compactor:
Home warranties may cover the repair or replacement of a home appliance regardless of its age as long as it’s covered in your plan and meets the requirements listed in your home warranty contract. For example, your appliance may not be covered if it was installed incorrectly, had preexisting conditions before you got the warranty or was not properly maintained.
Taking care of your appliances can help you save money, energy and time. There are several ways to prolong the life of your household appliances, but the best way is to consult a professional maintenance and repair service. When it comes time to replace your appliance, make sure you research a few different models and take into consideration your budget, how you wish to use the appliance and how long you need it to last.
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