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What is the average life expectancy of a clothes dryer?
Sunday, December 22, 2019
How long does a clothes dryer last?
You can expect a clothes dryer to last about 10 to 16 years, with an average of 14 years. It’s important to install and maintain the dryer's vent system correctly to avoid having one of the 2,900 home clothes dryer fires that are reported each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. They cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
To learn more, see our blog posts How do you inspect a dryer vent? and What is the maximum length for a clothes dryer vent? and What are the code requirements for an outdoor dryer vent cover?
Also, here's a chart comparing clothes dryer life expectancy with other major home appliances.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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Here’s links to a collection of some of our other blog posts about APPLIANCES:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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