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What is the average life expectancy of a dishwasher?
Thursday, March 5, 2020
How long does a dishwasher last?
You can expect a dishwasher to last about 8 to 15 years, with an average of 11 years. Like any appliance, heavy usage will shorten it life and only occasional usage will lengthen it—except a dishwasher that is unused for a long period will cause the rubber doors seals to deteriorate, crack, and leak.
Also, see our other blog posts How far away from the sink can I install a dishwasher? and Does a home inspector check the dishwasher? and When was GFCI-protection for kitchen dishwasher receptacle outlet first required? and Can a dishwasher be wired to a kitchen counter small appliance receptacle circuit? and Can a dishwasher drain hose be connected after the sink trap (to the trap arm)? and What is a "high drain loop" or "air gap" in a dishwasher drain hose?
Here’s a graph comparing the life expectancy of a dishwasher to 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 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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