Help Your Appliance Age Gracefully
Do you know how long your refrigerator will last? For how many years should you expect your washer to function? To effectively manage your household budget, it helps to know the average life of appliances. This appliance life expectancy chart will help you determine if an appliance can be saved or if its time might be up.
Of course, the best way to help your appliance age well and have a long, healthy life is to perform regular maintenance and have it checked periodically by an appliance repair expert. If you’d like to learn more about our services for any of the below appliances, simply click on one.
Major Home Appliance Life Expectancy Chart (Excludes Commercial Appliances)
Life Expectancy (Years) Low High Average
Dryers, Electric 11 18 14
Dryers, Gas 11 16 13
Dishwashers 9 16 12
Garbage Disposals 10 15 13
Freezers 12 20 16
Microwaves 5 10 8
Ranges, Electric 13 20 16
Ranges, Gas 15 23 19
Ranges, Hoods 9 19 14
Refrigerators, Compact 4 12 8
Refrigerators, Standard 10 18 14
Washing Machines 8 16 12
These appliance life expectancy stats appear as reported in the 23rd annual portrait of the U.S. appliance “How Old Is My Appliance?”
If you’re not sure how old your appliance is, you can find this information by analyzing the tag or sticker that shows the serial number. These tags are often located inside the door of an appliance, on the back, or under an easily removed panel (e.g., under a stove top). The serial number tag on most modern appliances lists the manufacture date clearly. If you can’t find the date, you’ll need to decode the serial number to find out the appliance’s age. Search for this “appliance date code” based on the brand of your appliance, or simply determine the appliance age by typing the brand and serial number itself in an online search. Often, the first few numeric characters simply line up with a month and year.
Regular maintenance can help extend your appliance’s working age to the maximum. If it breaks, sometimes it’s more economical to replace an old appliance than it is to repair it. How can you tell? Our appliance repair technicians are happy to advise if you’re unsure about your appliance’s condition.