Average Lifespans of Appliances in the Home

Appliances in the home make everyday chores easier. Let’s look at the average lifespans of these machines so that you’ll be better prepared to replace them when the time comes.


Each year, new refrigerator models become more energy-efficient. On average, a standard refrigerator has a lifespan of around 13 years. Compact models have a shorter lifespan of around nine years. If you’re thinking about replacing your fridge, it’s probably a good idea. A newer model may seem expensive, but you’ll save money on utility bills over the long term. Keep the refrigerator’s coils clean to get the most out of this appliance.


If you have a gas range, you can expect to get around 15 years of use from it. An electric range will last an average of 13 years. The typical range hood has a life expectancy of about 14 years. Keep the range clean to help extend its lifespan.

Average Lifespan of a Dishwasher

A dishwasher saves time and water if you run it only when it’s full. The average dishwasher has a lifespan of around 9 years. You can improve the operation of your dishwasher by cleaning the jets and emptying the filter as recommended by the manufacturer. When it’s time to replace it, choose a new model that is ENERGY STAR certified. These machines are more energy-efficient and use less water.


If you have a separate freezer, it may last for up to 20 years. However, it is more typical for standalone freezers to have a lifespan of between 11 – 13 years. To help the freezer last as long as possible, invest in one that has a cycle for automatic defrosting.

Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Appliances in the Home

To get the most out of your household appliances, care and maintenance are important. Here are a few tips on how to extend the lifespans of these machines.

  • Read the instruction manual to better understand your appliance.
  • Make sure your home’s electrical system can handle the electric wattage of each appliance.
  • Call a professional for maintenance.
  • Don’t slam doors on the laundry machines, oven, microwave, or refrigerator.
  • Clean appliances regularly. Vacuum under them and remove dust from the back of each appliance.

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