Today’s home appliances are more energy-efficient, saving you money on energy and water bills. However, some modern appliances incorporate computer technology which can shorten their life expectancies. Here’s some information about how long you can expect your various appliances to last, along with some tips to help extend the lifespan of appliances.

A Refrigerator’s Lifespan and How to Extend it

Every year, refrigerator manufacturers produce more energy-efficient models. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that refrigerators with the Energy Star label use about 15 percent less energy than models that are not Energy Star-certified. Compact models last about nine years while standard refrigerators have a lifespan of about thirteen years. To help your fridge last longer, keep it clean. Don’t store items on the top. Dust the refrigerator coils with a special brush and then vacuum up the debris that falls off.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Cooktop/Range which Usually Lasts 13-15 Years

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says to expect electric ranges to last 13 years and gas ranges to last up to 15 years. The range hood that vents smoke and odors typically lasts 14 years.  Keep the range clean to help it last longer. If your hood has a filter, clean or replace it as recommended. Clean spills inside the oven as soon as it cools to keep it in good condition. Use your self-cleaning feature sparingly. The self-cleaning feature can cause the temperatures inside the oven to exceed 1000 degrees. This intense heat can lead to blown fuses and control panel issues.

10-13 Years is the Life Expectancy of a Dishwasher

Newer dishwashers save energy and water. The Association of Home Appliances reports that models bought before 1991 use more than twice the energy of newer models. The downside is, newer models have a shorter lifespan of about 10-13 years. Make your new dishwasher last longer by regularly cleaning the spray arm to remove the buildup of food particles. Dislodge larger pieces of hard-to-remove food from dishes before loading. Only run full loads in the machine.

Extend the Lifespan of Appliances Like the Washing Machine

A standard household washing machine is expected to last around 10 years. As with your dishwasher, washing full loads will save energy and water. It also prolongs the life of your machine by reducing the number of cycles per year. Regular maintenance helps to extend the lifespan of appliances. Clean the trap or filter on a routine basis. Replace hoses every three to five years to help prevent plumbing leaks. Check pockets in clothing for coins and other small objects to prevent damaging the interior barrel.

The Life Expectancy of a Dryer is Between 10-13 years

Clothes dryers are available in gas-powered or electric models. Both have the same life expectancy. As with other appliances, you increase the lifespan with regular maintenance. Clean the lint filter and ducts frequently, and check the exhaust duct for clogs at least once a year. Drying a full load will cut down on the number of cycles and help the dryer last longer. Make sure your dryer is level and balanced to cut down on vibration.

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