The average life of appliances

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Home appliances are costly. If you are shelling out cash on appliance-related expenses, you might be interested to know how long they are going to last. The type and brand of appliance makes a difference in how long it is going to last.

However, knowing the average lifespan of your specific appliance might make you feel better when you eventually need to pull out your wallet to buy a new refrigerator or washing machine.

Kitchen Appliances

Most kitchens are packed full of appliances. If you think about all of the appliances in your kitchen, and how much they cost, you will realise that you have a gold mine.

The experts at Mr. indicate that kitchen stoves tend to last the longest of all kitchen appliances. They note that gas stoves last an average of 19 years, and electric stoves will be usable an average of 16.

Similarly, your refrigerator will last on average 14 years. Dishwashers tend to last an average of 12 years, and your compactor will probably live around 11 before it dies.

The one appliance in your kitchen you should expect to replace fairly frequently is your microwave. However, even though microwaves have the shortest average life of all major appliances, you will still probably get around eight years of use out of them.

Air Conditioning

Even though you may be cooking up a storm in your kitchen, your life would probably be miserable without your air conditioning. If you are lucky enough to have a central air system, it will probably last you between 10 and 20 years. On the other hand, if you have fallen in love with your window air conditioner, it will be important to know that this lovely appliance is going to last around 13 years.

Laundry Appliances

Bright and fun colours have been popping out in the front-loading washer market. However, your old washer probably still works wonderfully. If you have had your eye on a new washer but have been waiting for your old washer to die, you might like to know that most washers last an average of 12 years. The lifespan for dryers is about 14 years.

Water Heaters

If the cost of a brand new water heater has you gasping for air, you might want to consider the difference in life expectancy for electric and gas water heaters. Gas water heaters will only last an average of nine years. In contrast, electric water heaters tend to last 14 years. While there are different operating costs, be sure you examine all aspects of your new water heater before buying.

What Can You Do?

No matter what the average life is for your major appliance, there are a few things you can do to extend it. Every major appliance can use a little extra care to keep it running longer. If you want your refrigerator to last longer than expected, make sure you gently clean the coils in the back periodically. Similarly, if you want your air conditioner to last longer make sure the air filter is consistently changed. By caring for your appliances you can help them to last longer than you ever expected.