Your home appliances are an investment and they add convenience to your life. Their lifespan largely depends on how you take care of them. Knowing an appliance’s lifespan is useful when deciding if the machine should be replaced or repaired. In this article, you will learn about the lifespans of home appliances plus tips to help them work more efficiently.

Lifespans of Home Appliances: Washing Machine and Dryer

The lifespan of a washing machine is about 10 years and 13 years for a dryer. There are many ways you can prolong the lifespans of both appliances. Clean your washing machine at least once a month. Avoid leaving wet clothes inside the washing machine because it could lead to mold and mildew growth. Check the pockets of every piece of clothing you put in the washer because things like metal coins can damage the basin of the machine. Run full loads, but don’t overfill.

Clean the lint trap every time you use the dryer. Twice a year, clean the vent that deposits dryer lint to the outdoors.


A refrigerator can last up to 13 years. Keep an eye on the rubber seal around the door, which can deteriorate and let cold air out. Clean the seal regularly and replace it when needed. The refrigerator should not be placed next to a heat source like the oven. Clean the condenser coils regularly and de-clutter the refrigerator, which will create more space for airflow and even temperature distribution.

Stoves and Ovens

A gas stove and oven have a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. Electric cooking appliances typically have a slightly shorter lifespan. The best way to keep the range and oven working efficiently is to clean them regularly and wipe up any spills immediately. Use a soft cloth and gentle cleaning products like baking soda and vinegar. Clean the hood exhaust filter to prevent the build-up of grease.

The Microwave has the Shortest of all Lifespans of Home Appliances

A microwave has an average appliance lifespan of anywhere from 5 to 10 years based on usage. Wipe your microwave down after every use and only microwave containers that are microwave-safe.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years, as long as you hire a technician to perform regular maintenance. Some things that you can do to extend its lifespan are to change the filters regularly and avoid running the system constantly by setting a schedule on a programmable thermostat.

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