You probably don’t think about the lifespans of home appliances until something goes wrong. A broken appliance can leave you scrambling for funds to repair or replace equipment that is essential to your daily life. To keep this from happening, it’s important to understand how long you can expect different household appliances to last.

Average Lifespans of Home Appliances


Stoves are usually the longest-lived appliances in your kitchen. A typical gas stove can last roughly 15 years when it’s properly cared for. An electric stove will usually last about 13 years. If you have a ventilation hood above your stove, you can expect it to have a lifespan of about 14 years as long as you clean it regularly.

Lifespans of Home Appliances: Refrigerators

Technological advancements have resulted in refrigerators that operate more efficiently and take up less space than their older counterparts. With proper care, standard models can last for around 13 years while the lifespan of space-saving models is about nine.

However, it’s important to note that even though your older refrigerator may still have a few years left, you may want to consider an upgrade. Newer energy-efficient models use 15 to 40 percent less energy than standard refrigerators, which could more than make up for the cost of replacing it.

Deep Freezers

Some people use a freezer so they can take advantage of meat and frozen specials or have someplace to store wild game. Modern deep freezers can last up to 20 years, but they typically last just more than a decade. If you want to find a model with a longer life expectancy, choose one that has an automatic defrost feature or make sure you defrost it at regular intervals. Don’t allow the frost to accumulate to more than a quarter inch.

Lifespans of Garbage Disposals and Compactors

Your sink’s garbage disposal has a hard, dirty job that takes a toll, but if it’s used and maintained properly, you can expect it to last for about 12 years. A trash compactor, on the other hand, has an average life expectancy of only six years.

Washers and Dryers

Your washer and dryer should last an average of 10 years and 13 years respectively, with proper use and care. Only run your washer and dryer when you have a full load so they’re not used as often. Be sure to keep your dryer’s lint trap clean to reduce wear and tear on the machine and minimize the risk of fire.

Extending the Lifespans of Home Appliances

Many of your appliances will last for a decade or more if you follow the guidelines for use and maintenance. Keep any documentation that comes with your appliances so you know how to best care for the appliance. Some manufacturers may also have their own specifications for things like filters, which cleaning products to avoid, and information on replacement parts.

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