Appliance Lifespan

Debbie Henry - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Appliance Lifespan

Refrigerators come out on top for longevity in this category. Single-door models are expected to last 19 years, followed by 17 years for top-freezer refrigerators and 14 years for both bottom-freezer and side-by-side models. The college favorite, compact mini refrigerators, have a five-year life expectancy.

A gas stove should work for about 19 years compared with its electric counterpart, which will likely last about 17. The lifespans of built-in cooktop stoves vary and will last anywhere from 13 to 20 years. A microwave oven will provide good service for an average of 10 years.

Dishwashers and trash compactors both have predicted lifespans of about 10 years. Kitchen smoke alarms are also expected to last about a decade. After about 10 to 12 years, a garbage disposal will likely need to be replaced.

Laundry Room

Top-loading washing machines with normal wear and tear are expected to provide about 14 years of service. Front-loading washing machines will likely fail around age 11. Clothes dryers, regardless of the loading location, have a life expectancy of 13 years.

Miscellaneous Appliances

Tankless water heaters, also known as an on-demand water heaters, will cost more to purchase than traditional models but will probably last more than 20 years. Regular electric water heaters should last 13 to 14 years, while a gas model will likely operate for 11 to 13 years.

Room-size air conditioners should cool effectively for 10 years. An air-conditioning compressor for a full-house system could last 15 to 20 years. A heat pump forced-air furnace is expected to work for 15 years. Baseboard heating systems have a life expectancy of 20 years.