How long do appliances last?

appliancesAppliances can cost a lot and knowing how long they last can be helpful in planning for the added expense of a replacement and determining if you’ll get your money’s worth out of them. More expensive appliances don’t necessarily last longer than their cheaper counterparts, but different features can affect the lifespan of your appliances. Here is a list of the average life expectancy of your appliances, however please note that this list is comprised of a variety of sources including manufacturer websites, consumer resources and our own observations and is meant as an estimate.

  • Dishwasher: 9-10 years
  • Garbage disposal: 10-12 years
  • Humidifier: 8 years
  • Washer: 10-14 years
  • Water Heater (gas): 11-13 years
  • Water Heater (electric): 13-14 years
  • Water Heater (tankless or on demand): 20+ years

How to make your appliances last longer

There is no magical solution to get the most out of your appliances, but there are some regular maintenance and daily operation tips that can help to extend their lives:

Garbage disposals– The biggest affect on a garbage disposal’s life is how often it is used. A family of 5 that cooks dinner every night is going to wear out their disposal faster than a bachelor who isn’t in the habit of keeping the fridge stocked. Having said that, using a strainer, avoid pouring grease and oils down the drain and always running the water when the disposal is in use will help it last longer.

Washers– Contrary to what many people think, top loading and front loading doesn’t have much of an impact on the life of your washer. Front loaders can suffer from leaky door gaskets and top loaders can have issues with rust and humidity. Replacing the washer hoses every 5 years can help to ensure their optimal performance.

Water heaters– The water source can impact your water heater’s efficiency and lifespan. Hard water has an abundance of calcium, lime and other minerals that can accumulate inside the tank and strain the water heater. Those with well water have a similar problem with sediment and sand build up within the tank.