Homeownership 101

Since appliances don’t last forever, every homeowner will eventually have to buy replacements. A broken appliance is usually an urgent problem because they fulfill daily needs. Learn how long appliances last so that you can be prepared.

Average Lifespans of Appliances

The good news about how long appliances last is that most work well for over a decade. Here are some common examples:

  • A gas range may last up to 15 years, with an electric range lasting 13 years.
  • Refrigerators last around 13 years; compact versions last around 8 years.
  • Dishwashers have an average lifespan of 9 years.
  • Standalone freezers may last for 20 years.
  • Garbage disposals work for around 12 years.
  • Trash compactors last just 6 years on average.
  • Microwaves last around 10 years.
  • Washing machines can last for 10 years.
  • Dryers last for 13 years on average.
  • Furnaces last between 15 and 20 years with gas lasting longer than electric.
  • Tankless water heaters can last for 21 years, but those with tanks last around a decade.
  • Air conditioners last between 10 and 15 years.

If you purchase new appliances when you move into a home, some of them may reach the end of their lifespan at around the same time. You can check the appliance’s age by looking for the tag, which states the serial number and manufacturing date. You can use the serial number to determine the age if there is no date provided. Knowing how long appliances last helps you prepare to replace them.

Note that these are all averages, and your appliances may last a few years longer or can stop working before you expect them to. This may be especially likely if you use the appliances more than a typical household.

How to Keep Appliances Working Well

Homeowners can prolong the life of some of their appliances with proper care. You may be able to get extra life out of your appliances by calling a professional to service them on a schedule, like the HVAC system and water heater. Maintaining an appliance so that it works more efficiently will often also save you money.

Your daily habits can impact your appliances’ lifespans. Only wash a full load in the washing machine and dishwasher so that you run fewer cycles. Clean out the lint trap every time you use the dryer. Clean out the refrigerator coils occasionally.

There may be benefits to replacing an appliance before it’s reached the end of its lifecycle. Since a new refrigerator with an Energy Star rating uses 40% less energy than a decade old model, it may make sense to replace now rather than waiting until you have to. Modern dishwashers similarly use much less water than their older counterparts.

Replacing an appliance is one of the many decisions a homeowner must make. Use the guidelines above to help make those decisions easier.

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