Home appliances are an important part of daily life. While these appliances are essential, they are also pricey to purchase so it’s best to plan ahead. Knowing the lifespans of home appliances makes it easier to figure out your budget and plan for the future.

Aside from preparing a budget, knowing how long a machine will last helps you determine whether repairs or a replacement is in order. Each appliance has a different life expectancy depending on its function, design, and quality.

The Lifespan of a Refrigerator

A refrigerator is one of the most expensive home appliances. Fortunately, it has a long lifespan and often lasts between 10-20 years. A side-by-side refrigerator will last about 13 years, while the type with a single door can last up to 20 years. Keep your refrigerator clean and vacuum the coils as part of your house cleaning routine.


Expect your dishwasher to work well for about 9-10 years. Even with a shorter lifespan, the modern dishwasher saves water and is more energy-efficient. While you may have to replace your dishwasher every ten years, you will see lower utility bills with a newer appliance.


A microwave is one of the most affordable home appliances. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, it will continue to heat food for nine to ten years.

Lifespans of Your Cooking Appliances

A gas range has a lifespan of about 15 years. It is followed closely by the electric stove that should function well for about 13 years. The range hood, which is fixed over the cooktop to vent smoke, odors, and humidity outdoors will last for an average of 14 years.

Appliances and Their Lifespans: Washing Machine

You can expect your washing machine to operate effectively for about a decade, though it also depends on the type of machine you purchase and how often you wash clothes.


A typical dryer, both gas-powered and electric, has a lifespan of about 13 years. Keeping the lint trap and the exhaust vent clean and only running full loads will help your clothes dryer last longer.

Extending the Lifespans of Home Appliances

The easiest way to extend the lifespans of appliances is by cleaning them regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

• Always read and follow the guidelines in the appliance manual.
• Install electrical appliances in a safe place that’s away from water and use a circuit that is not already overloaded.

Home appliances won’t last forever. When your machine has reached the end of its life expectancy, it’s usually better to replace it instead of making countless repairs. Most appliances become more energy efficient as technology progresses and new appliances will help to lower your utility bills.

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