How long should my appliances last?


As household owners, we’ve all had to pay an arm and a leg for certain appliances, but are they worth buying if it doesn’t last long? Appliances are a necessity of modern living, but getting one that lasts a decade or more is difficult because of changes in technology and modifications. Knowing the average life of an appliance can help you determine if purchasing a top-of-the-line appliance is worth it and when you should start saving for a new appliance. 1st Source Servall is here to inform you on the life expectancy of your appliances and to hopefully help you determine when to get a new one.



Your refrigerator is the appliance used most in your household and for the most part the most expensive. You can spend $1,000 for a refrigerator on the low end, but you have to consider the repairs or replacements you may need because of the quality. If you paid a pretty penny for your refrigerator, you’ll want to get the most out of it. Typically, refrigerators last 10-15 years depending on the brand and how you maintain your refrigerator. Household owners should start looking for a replacement when your refrigerator is near the 15 years mark, that way you avoid your refrigerator unexpectedly dying. Inserting a thermometer inside the refrigerator can determine when your refrigerator is getting closer to its end date, by checking if the temperature inside is higher than forty-five degrees after five minutes.



It is painful to constantly clean the inside of your range, but it will help increase the life of your range. Its life expectancy is 10-20 years and destroying heavy grease buildup on the interior will help keep your range around longer. Gas stoves last longer than electrical stoves by about 2-5 years and by good everyday care it will help extend the life of the range.



Your dishwasher uses a lot less water than we think and the life expectancy is about 8 to 10 years. Dishwasher are relatively inexpensive starting around $400, but newer models cost more and are more likely to break down because of extra features like electronic readout. Once you hear a loud banging noise coming from your dishwasher, or if it no longer cleans your dishes properly, it’s time to start saving up for a new one.


Washer and Dryer

The life expectancy of your washer and dryer is dependent on how often it runs, a family of eight compared to a family of four will most likely have to purchase a new washer/dryer before the family of four does. Washer/dryers last about 8-13 years; you can extend the life of it by regularly cleaning your lint traps and dryer ducts. Properly maintaining these appliances will extend its life and cost you less money.


Water Heater

The life expectancy of this appliance depends on the type of heater; super-efficient tankless water heaters can last for more than twenty years, but traditional heaters last half that time. The lifespan of your water heater is somewhat influenced by the water source, untreated heavy water is filled with lime, calcium and other minerals that build up inside the tank and decrease the efficiency. A little trick to remove sediments from the tank, drain about a quarter of water from the tank every three months. Removing sediments from the water allows the tank to heat up faster, making the water heater more efficient.


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