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How Long Should Your Appliances Last

A home is an investment, and so are your appliances in it. When cared for properly, your appliances should last several years to even decades. Here are some common life expectancies for some of the appliances you may have.

Refrigerators and freezers:

How Long Should Your Appliances LastYour bright, shiny, new refrigerator should last you anywhere between 10 to 15 years. Sounds like a long time, and it could be, or even longer if you care for it properly.

Keeping it clean inside and out and changing filters and vacuuming the coils regularly will help extend the life of your fridge. Stand alone freezers are the same, whether the same size or smaller box freezers.


A dishwasher is a great help for any family, and they actually save water over hand washing dishes. It should last you 10 to 15 years. As with the refrigerator, keeping it clean and maintained is important. There are filters to catch food particles, and depending on the softness or hardness of your water, you could have issues with limescale in the interior of the machine.

Clean filters, etc.:

Regularly use products to keep the interiors clean, and clean filters. Stoves, ovens and ranges should last you 10 to 20 years, whether electric or gas. Each type has a lot of digital displays that are sensitive to electrical surges, so getting a whole house surge suppressor will protect it and other appliances (like your TV, stereo, computers and other appliances with the same kind of digital controls) from surge damage. Stoves, ovens and ranges need to be regularly cleaned inside and out to prevent damage and fires.

Washer and dryer:

Your clothes washer and dryer should last between 10 and 15 years, if properly maintained. Not overloading the washer, which will cause it to “walk” when it goes off balance and cleaning out any lint or large particles between loads. Your dryer has things like lint filters and hoses that need to be clear of lint. Not only will it extend the life of each appliances, but will prevent fires.

Hot water heater:

Hot water heaters have a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years. Maintain them well by draining a quart of water from your water heater tank every three months to remove sediment that slows down heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

Caring for your appliances, as well as getting high quality brands, will mean fewer replacements.

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