Efficient and well-functioning appliances play a crucial role in maintaining a smoothly operating household, but their lifespan can be easily shortened if routine maintenance is neglected. In the last 25 years, the average lifespan of major appliances has decreased significantly due to the complexity of modern electronically-controlled models/

Repairing older appliances might be a wise investment, as they are often built on a more robust platform than newer models. Manufacturers’ commitment to quality control has also seen a decline, making older appliances potentially more durable.

Chart of average lifespan of home appliances

With the increased time spent at home in recent years, the extended use of appliances can further contribute to a shorter lifespan. Here’s a breakdown of the expected lifespans for various major appliances in your home:

Refrigerator (Approximately 7 years):

To maximize lifespan, adjust the freezer setting to 0 degrees F and the refrigerator to 36 to 37 degrees.

Dishwasher (Approximately 7 years):

Use minimal soap to avoid damage to seals and mechanisms. One tablespoon of detergent is usually sufficient.

Range (10 years or longer):

Avoid the oven’s self-cleaning cycle, which may run too hot and stress the construction.

Microwave (Approximately 6 years):

Use the microwave for its intended quick-heating tasks and reserve heavier tasks for the conventional oven.

Washing Machine (5 to 7 years):

Limit soap use to one to 1-1/2 tablespoons per load to prevent build-up and damage to the machine.

Clothes Dryer (7 to 12 years):

Regularly clean the lint trap between loads and avoid dryer sheets that can build up on the lint screen.

Water Heater (Approximately 15 years):

Flush out one or two gallons of water once or twice a year to prevent sediment build-up. Replace the sacrificial anode rod every three to five years to control corrosion.

By following these maintenance tips, you can enhance the longevity of your appliances and potentially avoid the need for premature replacements, saving you both time and money.