How long should my home appliances last?
Sunday, May 31, 2020
The main factor that affects how long a home appliance lasts is how often it is used. A washing machine for a family of seven, for example, will not survive as long as one in the home of a senior couple. The quality of the appliance and maintenance is also important. And, of course, sometimes appliances are replaced early, to upgrade and get more features, newer technology, or as part of a remodeling. Here’s our chart with average lifespans, and a listing below it of life expectancy ranges.Clothes Dryer, Gas or Electric - 10 to 16 years, average 14
Dishwasher - 8 to 15 years, average 11
Electric Range - 13 to 18 years, average 15
Freezer, 12 to 20 years, average 16
Garbage Disposal - 10 to 14 years, average 12
Gas Range - 15 to 22 years, average 18
Microwave Oven - 7 to 9 years, average 8
Refrigerator, Full Size - 10 to 18 years, average 14
Refrigerator, Compact - 6 to 12 years, average 8
Washing Machine - 9 to 16 years, average 12
Click on any of the underlined appliances above to go to a page with more details.
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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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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