People don’t usually think about the lifespans of their appliances. It is good to keep tabs on how old your appliances are so you can budget to replace them before they break. Below is some resourceful information about home appliance lifespans.

Home Appliance Lifespans for Ranges

Gas ranges have the longest home appliance lifespans of all kitchen appliances at about 15 years. Electric ranges, on the other hand, last for a maximum of 13 years if maintained well.
Electric ranges have more elements that may break down and crack with wear and tear. Cleaning either type of range helps it last longer.


Standard refrigerators have a life expectancy of about 13 years, while compact models can last up to 9 years. However, if you have an older model, you may want to replace it for a more efficient one. To increase your refrigerator’s longevity, clean the coils regularly.


Equipping your kitchen with a dishwasher can help save on water and time. The only limitation facing the dishwasher is that you will need to replace it after about 9 years. Running the dishwasher with full loads helps its longevity. When choosing a dishwasher, buy one with high-quality materials that resist rust. An Energy Star-certified model as it uses fewer gallons of water than older models. To maintain its durability, always clean the drain after use and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guide.

Small Home Appliance Lifespans: Microwaves

Microwaves will usually last for a maximum of 10 years. There is nothing you can do to increase its longevity except to keep it clean. Be gentle with its door and controls, and only microwave containers that say “microwave-safe”.

Dryers and Washing Machines

A dryer can last between 10 and 13 years, while a washing machine can last up to 11 years. The longevity of cleaning appliances depends on how often they are used. To increase the lifespan of the machine, wait to do laundry until you have a full load, but be careful to not overfill the drum. This will reduce the number of cycles, saving on energy and water bills. Check the machine hoses for clogs and leaks to maintain longevity. Clean out the dryer’s lint trap with every use.

Make a list of when you should expect to replace each of your appliances. Clean and inspect your appliances regularly so that you can keep them in good shape and help them last longer.

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