What Determines Home Appliance Lifespans?

Home appliances add convenience and comfort to daily life at home. Many people don’t think about how long their appliances will last until something goes wrong. By learning about average home appliance lifespans, you can budget for a replacement when it’s needed.

A variety of factors influence home appliance lifespans, including:

  • Daily wear and tear
  • Quality of product design
  • The frequency of maintenance and repair services
  • Compliance with manufacturer’s instructions
  • Accidents and/or natural disasters impacting appliances

Unexpected events, like jostling during transport, may shorten home appliance lifespans. On the other hand, some household appliances last longer than average. This usually happens when appliances are maintained regularly and used with care.

Increase Home Appliance Lifespans With Maintenance and Repair Services

Homeowners interested in maximizing their home appliance lifespans should follow these common sense tips:

  • Keep appliance instruction manuals available
  • Follow manufacturer’s directions
  • Obtain regular product maintenance and repair services
  • Protect valuable household appliances during natural disasters
  • Don’t overload appliances like washing machines and dishwashers

Kitchen Appliances

In general, kitchen appliances cover a broad spectrum in terms of their anticipated useful life. On average, ranges last for longer than most other popular kitchen appliances.

A gas range averages 15 years of use, while an electric range averages about 13 years. Most oven hoods last approximately 14 years. Large refrigerators provide roughly 13 years of service, while smaller, compact models offer around 9 years of useful life. Most freezers have an 11 year product life expectancy. Dishwashers get about 9 years of use. With proper care and cleaning, a kitchen garbage disposal unit should last for 12 years.

Laundry Room Appliances and HVAC Equipment

Laundry room appliances have similar lifespans to kitchen home appliance lifespans. A typical washing machine remains in service for about a decade. Dryers last slightly longer; they function for approximately 13 years in most households.

Heating and cooling appliances tend to last longer than most other appliances. Water heaters’ lifespans vary from 10 years for a large tank to 20 or more years for a newer electric tankless unit. Gas boilers last an impressive 21 years, on average. A standalone air conditioner will continue cooling a room for around 10 years, and central air conditioning units typically work for about 15 years. Furnaces last between 15 and 20 years. Newer residential thermostats offer exceptional lifespans at 35 years.

The Bottom Line

Individual manufacturer’s product warranties vary widely. To determine a specific brand’s lifespan, customers should consult the product instruction manual. They can also check directly with the manufacturer.

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