What is the average life expectancy of a washing machine?

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

How long does a washing machine last?

You can expect a washing machine to last about 9 to 16 years, with an average of 12 years. Like any appliance, heavy usage will shorten its life. Here’s a graph that compares washing machine life expectancy 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? 

    Also see our blog post What are the most common problems with washing machine installation and maintenance?

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about WASHERS AND DRYERS:  

Is a washing machine drain hose required to be secured at the standpipe? 

Why does venting a clothes dryer into a garage, attic, or crawl space cause problems?

Why is it bad to have a clothes dryer vent near an air conditioning condenser (outdoor unit)? 

What are the code requirements for an outdoor dryer vent cover?

What is the maximum length for a clothes dryer vent? 

What is the maximum length for a washing machine drain hose?

How do you inspect a dryer vent? 

• Why is there a water hose connected to the back of the clothes dryer?

Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk? 

What is the correct height for the washing machine drain standpipe or outlet box?  

Is  a laundry area for a washing machine required by code for a single family residence? 

When were GFCI receptacle outlets first required in a laundry room? 

• When did AFCI protection first become required for laundry rooms?

Can a washer or dryer be located in front of an electric panel? 

Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

• Is it alright to disconnect the washing machine drain from the septic tank and divert it to the ground in the yard? 

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