Your appliances operate efficiently and are often taken for granted until something goes wrong. The clothes dryer isn’t heating up. The ice cream in the freezer is melted. The microwave often is taking longer to warm foods. Knowing the life expectancy of home appliances will help you decide whether to repair an appliance or invest in its replacement.

Know the Life Expectancy of Home Appliances


On average, the life expectancy of a refrigerator is 12 or 13 years, though compact models last around 10 years.

One factor to consider is the refrigerator’s efficiency. A new fridge is going to be up to 40 percent more efficient than one manufactured in the early 2000s. An Energy Star rated refrigerator will be 15 percent more efficient than one without the rating. If your refrigerator is more than 10 years old, you may want to replace it with a newer energy-efficient model.

Stoves Have the Longest Life Expectancy of Home Appliances

Ranges top the list when it comes to life expectancy. A gas range can last 15 years or more, while an electric one will last for 13 years or longer. The range hood above the stove can last just as long with proper care.

Washers and Dryers

On average, washing machines need to be replaced every 10 years or so. Dryers, whether they run on gas or electricity, are expected to last 13 years.

Routine maintenance can prolong the life expectancy of home appliances, especially the washer and dryer. Replacing hoses and cleaning the tubs of washers keep them running longer. Removing lint and cleaning the duct helps a dryer run efficiently and safely.

Water Heaters

The lifespan of your home’s water heater depends on what type it is. A tank water heater, running on electricity, lasts an average of 11 years, while a gas version lasts about 10 years. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, has a life expectancy of 20 years or more.

For tank water heaters, maintenance plays a big role in how long they last. Routine flushing to remove sediment prevents the tank from rusting out, which is a major cause of failure.

Microwave Ovens Have a Shorter Life Expectancy

A typical, full-size microwave has a life expectancy of five to 10 years, with longevity determined by how often it’s used. One that’s used infrequently will last longer than one that is used multiple times a day.

Knowing the average life expectancy of home appliances helps you anticipate and be prepared for when you will need to replace them.

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