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How Long Do Appliances Last?

Your home appliances can last 4 to 23 years. Appliance lifespan depends on the type of appliance, the quality of the unit, frequency of use, and thoroughness of maintenance. It also depends on the quality of your repair services and appliance replacement parts.

Freezers and gas ranges have the longest average life expectancy of common appliances, while microwaves, mini-fridges, and trash compactors have the shortest.

Below, we have more information and tips for controlling the factors that determine how long major appliances last.

If you’re having an appliance issue right now, reach out to your local Mr. Appliance® or schedule an appointment online. Our teams provide honest recommendations of whether to repair or replace an appliance as it ages— whichever is more economical.

The Numbers: How Long Do Major Appliance Last?

Here are the average lifespans of your major appliances:

  • Gas or electric dryer: 13 – 14 years
  • Washing machine: 12 years
  • Dishwasher: 12 years
  • Refrigerator: 14 years
  • Freezer: 16 years
  • Gas or electric range: 13 – 16 years

What about microwaves, range hoods, and others? What’s the difference between gas and electric appliance lifespans? Consult our Appliance Life Expectancy Chart to see those numbers!

Want to know about HVAC appliances too? Start with Aire Serv's guide for evaluating an older heater or AC. Aire Serv® is our fellow brand in the Neighborly® family of home service experts.

Tips to Maximize How Long Your Appliances Last

If you want to ensure your appliances last a long time, you’ll need to keep some care guidelines in mind. First of all, don’t forget that cleaning is a part of maintenance. Especially for appliances that heat or cool (e.g., your range or refrigerator), cleaning helps the unit perform efficiently, which reduces wear and saves you money.

Next, make sure you always use your appliances according to the owner’s manual. For example, never line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil. Additionally, schedule routine maintenance and necessary repairs with appliance experts who know what they’re doing.

Check out our other specific tips for appliance care here.

Need Appliance Care from the Pros?

Now that you know how long appliances last, on average, it’s time to take control of home appliance care—with a little help.

At Mr. Appliance, we’re proud to remain a reliable expert no matter how much appliance technology evolves. Our local teams are experienced, they put the customer first, and they use quality OEM parts. We’re ready to perform your next appliance repair or provide important routine maintenance. Simply schedule service online at a convenient time.