How Long Should Your Household Appliances Last?
From our ovens to our dishwashers to our washing machines, we rely on our household appliances to feed our families, clean our clothes and generally make our busy lives a little bit easier. But appliances don’t come cheap, and when they break it can cause a lot of stress.
So how long should you expect your household appliances to last? There’s no hard and fast rule of course, some brands last longer than others, and the way you treat your appliances will have an impact, but as a general guideline we’ve compiled the following list:
With proper maintenance, the average dishwasher can last between 9 and 13 years. If you run your dishwasher regularly, clean out the filters often, and get regular servicing your dishwasher will run at peak performance for longer.
Using the machine regularly is important because without regular operation the rubberised seals and gaskets become brittle and are more likely to break.
Whether you have an electric or gas appliance makes a big difference. Electric ovens use heating elements that are more likely to break down over time, while gas ovens have an ignition system which is better able to stand the test of time.
You can expect an electric oven to last around 13 years, while a gas oven will last around 15.
Washing Machines & Dryers
Washing machines and dryers tend to have a similar life expectancy, but it comes down to how often you’re using the machines. If you have a large family and you’re doing many loads of laundry every week you’ll probably get around ten years out of your machines, if you’re using the machines less frequently you might get as many as 14.
When it comes to the type of washing machine a top loading washing machine is likely to outlast a front loader.