People often think of how things are going to be when something begins and is bright, shiny and new. What about when somethings ends? Nothing lasts forever and this includes your home appliances. The life span of your home appliances may not be something you think about until they no longer work. What is the average duration that your home helpers will last?
Stacker recently created a list of your home appliances and how long you can expect them to keep working. Stacker reminds us that the latest models with smart technology may have different life spans and home warranties but here is reference for the next time your refrigerator is making a loud clunking noise…is it time to repair or replace?
Vacuum: 8 years
When a vacuum cleaner needs to be repaired, it is often due to a clogged hose and filter or the drive belt may need replacing.
Room air conditioner: 9 years
It’s ideal to make sure that window units are clear of any dirt or dust buildup, which can clog the filters and reduce efficiency.
Dishwasher: 9 years
When dishwashers aren’t working properly, often it’s due to a worn-out seal or gasket that can create a host of internal problems if untreated.
Microwave oven: 9 years
There isn’t much that helps make a microwave last longer other than keeping it clean and making sure that it isn’t on when it’s empty.
Washing machine: 11 years
Most problems with washing machines occur in the drum for clothes.
Refrigerator: 12 years
Some common issues that can occur include blockages in the defrost drain, which is a simple fix. Another is the freezer not getting cold enough, which can be repaired by checking for loose seals in the freezer or making sure it isn’t too full.
Dryer: 13 years
Modern dryers already have a long life span but can be prolonged even further by cleaning out the lint trap and discarding the lint after every load.
Water heater: 14 years
Some maintenance tips for water heaters include flushing the appliance every six months or so and frequently checking the anode rod, which protects the water tank from rust formation.
Gas range: 15 years
Gas ranges require minimal maintenance, and if a repair is needed, parts can be purchased from an appliance store.
Thermostat: 35 years
Since the 2000’s, thermostat capabilities continue to expand and are able to connect smart thermostats to the internet. Make sure your internet is connected before calling a repairman.
CNBC stated that almost 40% of Americans wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense using cash or savings. Creating a budget, using automatic transfers and prioritizing financial to-dos are steps to take when building an emergency war chest. They continued, “At the very least, consumers should build a reserve of at least $1,000, since the typical household incurs unexpected expenses in the range of roughly $300 to $500 several times a year.”
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