If your appliances came with your house, you may not be sure of their age. Knowing the lifespans of appliances in your home will help you budget for new ones. Furthermore, newer models are more efficient, so they will lower the cost of utilities. Read more to learn about how long household appliances are expected to last.

It’s Helpful to Know the Lifespans of Appliances in Your Home


Refrigerators vary in their life expectancy by type. Compact refrigerators last, on average, between 4 and 12 years, while a standard one will last between 10 and 18 years. Regular maintenance plays a role in a fridge’s lifespan.


Most dishwashers generally need to be replaced after 9 to 16 years of use. Daily use or hard water can shorten the lifespan because of wear and tear. Even if your current model isn’t due for a replacement, it might be worth shopping for a new one. The newest dishwashers on the market use significantly less water than older models. They are more efficient and use less water than hand washing, saving you on your water bill in the long run.


Microwaves have one of the shortest home appliance lifespans, as they generally only last between 5 and 10 years before they need replacement. However, they can last longer with minimal daily use.

Lifespans of Appliances: Clothes Washer and Dryer

Many loads of laundry mean more frequent use and an earlier need for replacement. Washing machines last between 8 and 16 years, while a clothes dryer will last slightly longer at 11 to 18 years. It’s important to note that dryers pose a higher fire risk as they age so it’s best to replace it sooner rather than later.

Garbage Disposals

Assuming you don’t accidentally send utensils down your garbage disposal, it should work for 10 to 15 years. Proper use and maintenance will extend the lifespan of this appliance.


Electric ranges should work for 13 to 20 years and gas-powered models last between 15 and 23 years. Your range hood vent should last between 9 to 19 years.

Lifespans of Appliances in Your Home

It can be difficult to judge whether or not it’s time to replace an appliance, but you want to do it before it breaks down completely. If you know the average lifespan of your appliance, you can make a more informed decision about replacing your machines.

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