Understanding The Life Expectancy Of Your Appliances

Knowing when it’s time to fix up or fling out an appliance can end up being a bit of an art form. Get it right, and you can save yourself a load of money; get it wrong, and you’ll end up out of pocket. So how do you get it right? Well, learning how long appliances are expected to last can be key in trying to suss out the right approach. This can, of course, depend on the quality of the appliance. If it’s a cheap, get-the-job-done appliance, it may be that you have received your money’s worth; however, a more expensive unit from a good manufacturer will be worth repairing.

All appliances will have an expected lifespan

So, without further ado, let’s find out the average life expectancy of major household appliances.

Oven ranges

The life expectancy of an oven range is dependent on the type of fuel that powers it. Electric ranges generally last a shorter amount of time due to heating elements breaking down as the years go by. On the other hand, gas ranges are more durable due to ignition being simpler and less tough on parts.

Life Expectancy: Electric – 13 Years; Gas – 15 Years

Washing Machines

It is quite tricky to put a firm duration down on how long a washing machine lasts, as this can depend on how often a washing machine is used. If you have a big family and the washing machine sees usage everyday, then its lifespan will shorten faster than when it is used by someone living on their own. It is also thought that top-loading washing machines are more durable than front-loading washing machines.

Life Expectancy: 10-14 Years

Tumble Dryers

As with ovens, dryer models will either utilise gas or electricity to power the heating components. Unfortunately, due to those components having a tendency to weaken over time, they can often break down before washing machines. Much like its cloth cleaning sibling, its lifespan can vary with frequency of usage.

Life Expectancy: 10-13 Years


The life expectancy of fridges can largely differ due to the type of doors. While this may sound a bit bizarre, it’s absolutely true. At the lower end of the scale, fridges with side doors last around 14 years, while uncommon one door fridges can last up to 19 years. As with any appliance, if a fridge is being worked harder, it will fail sooner. So those in warmer climates, who may want to lower the temperature, will be more likely to see their fridge breakdown than those in cooler climates.

Life Expectancy: 14-19 Years


As freezers have to work even harder than fridges, in order to keep frozen foods as preserved as possible, they don’t last as long as fridges.

Life Expectancy: 11 Years


Surprisingly, microwaves are fairly durable for their price. Even a half-decent microwave can last for a decade. While there isn’t much you can do to extend their life cycles, you can be gentle with them and make sure they are clean. By the time a microwave breaks down, you may already be interested in buying a new one anyway. For this reason, repairs aren’t often sought unless the microwave is just a few years old.

Life Expectancy: 9-10 Years


While most dishwashers can last in the region of 10 years, a properly cleaned and maintained dishwasher can last as long as 13 years. When Repair Aid is called out to fix a dishwasher, this is often due to seals or gaskets becoming worn-out – which causes a whole range of internal issues that can lead to a dishwasher breaking down.

Life Expectancy: 9-13 Years

If you’ve owned a lot of appliances over the years (i.e. you’ve been around a while), you may think these numbers are rather low. This is due to modern appliances being more complex. Think about it: the more elements, parts and wiring within an appliance, the more likely a problem will arise. If you want your appliances to last, it can be worth looking around for good quality builds that are low on gadgetry.

However, just remember: cleaning and regular maintenance is the best way to keep your appliances happy and problem-free.

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