Life expectancy of home appliances

Updated February 06, 2018

Just as with people, your household appliances also have an average life expectancy. It can be beneficial to know how your long your appliances should last and the factors you that you can control.


The type of appliance will help determine its life expectancy. The life cycle of most appliances is fairly reliable, so you can get an idea of how long an appliance should last when you purchase it.

Time Frame

According to, a web site that specialises in home-improvement advice from industry experts, the average single-door refrigerator should last 19 years while a side-by-side door unit should last 17 years. A gas range should last 19 years, and an electric range should last 17 years. Your water heater should last about 12 years, and your microwave should provide service for 10 to 12 years.


The benefit of knowing how long your home appliance should last is that it can help you budget your money. For example, if you have owned a side-by-side refrigerator for 15 or 16 years, you know that it will likely soon be time to purchase a new one.

Miscellaneous Factors

Other factors that will influence how long an appliance lasts will include the overall quality and the initial costs. How heavily it is used also will play a role.


You can have an impact on how long your appliances last by being sure to perform scheduled routine maintenance. For example, cleaning the inside of your dishwasher once a month can help it last longer and work more efficiently.

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