Your home is a big investment, but some of the things inside are also pricey purchases. So that you’re prepared to replace household appliances when the time comes, you need to have some idea of how long they will last. While the lifespans of home appliances will depend on variables like brand and frequency of use, there are some general guidelines on how many years you can expect to get out of your machines.

Your Range has One of the Longer Lifespans of Home Appliances

An appliance that lasts over a decade is usually considered a good investment. Fortunately, your kitchen range should work well for that many years and then some. Gas ranges usually last around 15 years, with electric models coming in about two years less.

It’s worth noting that range hoods usually fall right in the middle at 14 years. It’s smart to replace the range hood at the same time as the range. Install both new appliances at once and the two will match when you purchase them together.

Lifespans of Home Appliances: Refrigerators

Refrigerators are generally reliable for about 13 years. That’s a good length of time for the only appliance in your home that operates around the clock. However, it may not be the calendar that will guide your decision to replace it.

Newer models include features that improve the unit’s storage and cut energy consumption. Because you can save so much on energy and reduced food waste, you usually come out ahead to replace an older refrigerator even if it is still working.

Dishwashers: Another Opportunity to Cut Costs

High temperatures, high water pressure, and lots of moving parts contribute to the fairly short expected life of dishwashers. They average nine years of use before components start failing and it’s time to replace the entire unit.

Fortunately, the cost of a new dishwasher, like that of a refrigerator, can quickly be recovered with savings on utilities. Each new dishwasher uses water more efficiently than the last. Even the heating element that dries the dishes is more efficient with newer machines.

Microwave Oven

Nine years would be considered a long life for a microwave, with many units heading to retirement within five years. Most microwaves are countertop models, making the replacement process as easy as unplugging the old one, setting it aside, and plugging in a new one. And once again, the new microwave will likely be more energy-efficient than the older model.

Keeping your house in good working order means replacing things when necessary. Knowing the expected lifespans of home appliances can help you make the decision between repair and replacement of a machine.

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