Life Expectancy of Home Appliances

Appliance life expectancy depends to a great extent on the use it receives. Furthermore, consumers often replace appliances long before they become worn out due to changes in styling, technology, and consumer preferences. Consumer Reports recommend that you replace appliances if the cost to repair them is more than half the price of a new one.

APPLIANCES       YEARS
Air Conditioner (window)5 to 7
Compactor (trash)6
Dehumidifier8
Dishwasher9
Disposal (food waste)12
Dryer Vent  (plastic)5
Dryer Vent  (steel)20
Dryer (clothes)13
Exhaust Fans10
Freezer   10 to 20
Gas Oven10 to 18
Hand Dryer10 to 12
Humidifier (portable)8
Microwave Oven9
Range/Oven Hood14
Electric Range13 to 15
Gas Range   15 to 17
Refrigerator9 to 13
Swamp Cooler5 to 15
Washing Machine5 to 15
Whole-House Vacuum System20
Source: International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI.org).

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