Even homeowners who purchase state-of-the-art appliances and maintain them will have to replace them at some point. The life expectancy varies based on the type of appliance, the brand, and frequency of use. Knowing the approximate life expectancy of appliances is helpful in deciding if you should repair or replace something when it breaks. Below is a guide to the average life span of major home appliances.

Life Expectancy of a Refrigerator

The average lifespan of refrigerator/freezer combos is approximately thirteen years. There are easy ways to make your fridge and freezer last even longer. Vacuum refrigerator coils twice a year; doing so can significantly prolong its lifespan. Extend a refrigerator’s life by cleaning the interior regularly and making sure the door is never left open.

Microwaves Have a Shorter Life Expectancy

Out of all of your home appliances, microwaves have a short life expectancy. The average lifespan of a microwave is about nine years, and there isn’t much that will extend its life other than keeping it clean.


Like microwaves, dishwashers last an average of nine years. To extend that time, regularly check the sprayer arm nozzle for clogs that could damage the entire system. Clean the drain regularly and change or clean the filter as recommended.

Stove Ranges Have the Longest Life Expectancy of Appliances

Both gas and electric stove ranges are long-lasting appliances, but gas-powered ranges have a longer average lifespan of 15 years compared to 14 years for electric ranges. Keeping the range clean will help the range perform better for longer.

Extend the Life Expectancy of the Garbage Disposal with Regular Maintenance

The average garbage disposal will last for 10 to 13 years. Garbage disposals should be checked regularly for food buildups that can develop into blockages. Clean the garbage disposal regularly to help it last longer. One popular method of cleaning the garbage disposal is to pour a mixture of hot water, baking soda, and vinegar into the disposal.

Washing Machines

Washing machines last for about twelve years on average, but that number can be extended if you take proper care of the machine. Maintain the washer by checking the door seal and the filter, checking the hoses for signs of wear, and running cleaning cycles. Be careful not to use too much laundry detergent.

The life expectancy of your home appliances varies depending on how well they’re cared for. Well-maintained appliances may last a few years longer than average.

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