Like everything in your home, even your appliances have a shelf life. But unlike the food you buy, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers don’t come with an exact expiration date — so how long should the average appliance really last?
The Average Lifespan of Household Appliances
Average lifespan: 10 - 13 years
If you want to ensure your refrigerator lasts for years to come, make sure to:
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils once or twice a year.
- Wash the inside of your refrigerator once a month with warm water and soap.
- Make sure the seal is strong enough to keep the door shut.
Average lifespan: 10 - 15 years
If you have a gas range, you’ll likely be able to enjoy it for 15 years, while electric ones have been known to last between 10 and 12 years.
Similarly to a refrigerator, the best way to ensure any oven’s life is to clean it regularly.
Average lifespan: 9 years
Unfortunately, microwaves are one of the shortest-lived appliances. The lifespan of your microwave depends largely on how often you use it. If you only use it once or twice a month, it may live well beyond nine years. But if you’re an avid TV dinner-eater, you may notice it start to give out around year seven or eight.
Washing Machine and Dryer
Average lifespan:10 - 13 years
Looking to make your washing machine last for years to come? Make sure to regularly check the hose from leaks or clogs. When maintaining your dryer, be sure to clean out the lint trap every single time you dry clothes, not just when the trap gets full.
While it may not be possible to keep your beloved appliance alive forever, regular maintenance is the key to prolonging its life and avoiding a costly replacement years before when’s really necessary.