It is helpful to know the lifespans of household appliances so that you’re financially prepared when the time comes for replacement.

Generally, most household appliances have an average lifespan ranging from 12 to 20 years, depending on proper care and maintenance. When you know the life expectancies of your appliances, you’ll make a better decision about whether to repair or replace a machine.

Know the Lifespans of Household Appliances

HVAC System

Your home’s HVAC system will last anywhere between 15-25 years. In a best-case scenario, your home’s air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump can last for 20-25 years with proper care and maintenance. On the other hand, your HVAC system may only last between 9 and 15 years when it is not well-maintained and serviced regularly.

Lifespans of Household Appliances: Refrigerator and Freezer

Refrigerators and freezers will last anywhere from 10-20 years. But, this will vary based on brand, quality, and maintenance. By keeping the coils dust-free, the inside cleaned, and the doors shut properly, you’ll get the most life out of these appliances.

Stove and Oven

Your kitchen range has a lifespan of 13-15 years. Gas stoves tend to last a few years longer than electric ones. Your stove and oven can be kept working longer when they are cleaned regularly.


The dishwasher has one of the shortest lifespans of your household appliances, with most of these machines lasting no longer than 10 years. Although dishwashers may not last as long as other appliances, you can prolong their lifespans by cleaning the filter and keeping the spray jets cleaned and unclogged.


Similar to the dishwasher, a microwave will only last about 9-10 years. Your microwave should be cleaned per the manufacturer’s instructions and handled with care. Don’t slam the door and try not to open the microwave while it is in use. Wait until it stops heating or cancel the cook setting before opening the door.

Lifespans of Household Appliances: Washing Machine & Dryer

Clothes washers and dryers have a lifespan of 10-13 years. However, washing machines usually wear out before dryers. To maintain your washing machine, check for leaks and clogs in the hose. When caring for your dryer, remove lint from the lint trap after each cycle and vacuum the vent regularly. Keep the area around the laundry machines free of dust.

By knowing the lifespan of household appliances, you’ll be better prepared to plan for the purchase of a new appliance when the time comes.

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