Household appliances have become essential in our daily lives. However, appliances are expensive, often costing hundreds of dollars. To help extend the lifespans of household appliances, learn the best ways to care for them in this article.


The average lifespan of your refrigerator is about 11 – 15 years. Smaller models and dorm fridges have shorter lifespans of up to 9 years. Keep your refrigerator in good condition with regular cleaning.

Wipe down the inside walls and shelves and vacuum the coils every few months. It’s important to keep the coils free of dust and debris because they help disperse heat generated by the appliance.

Water Heater

Your water heater has an expected lifespan of around 8 to 12 years. Extend the lifespan by flushing the water heater to remove sediment. Insulate your water heater tank so that it runs more efficiently. Replace the water heater if it begins leaking or is over 10 years old.

Extend the Lifespans of Household Appliances: Dishwasher

A dishwasher will last 10 to 12 years with regular maintenance. Remove food that may clog the dishwasher. Clean the filter monthly, wipe the machine’s seals, and inspect the spray arms on a regular basis. Clean the spray nozzles to keep them functioning properly. To help your machine last longer, only run it when you have a full load.

Clothes Washer and Dryer

A clothes washing machine will last around 10 years. The dryer has an average life expectancy of 13 years. Keep both machines clean inside and out, and only run them when you have a full load. However, don’t overfill either laundry machine; heavy clothing can stress the belts that drive the appliances.

Wipe the drums and clean the filters. It’s especially important to keep the dryer’s lint filter clean and vacuum the vent to remove dust, dirt, and clothing lint. The combination of heat and dryer lint can cause a house fire.

Microwave Oven

When compared to other household appliances, your microwave has a short lifespan of about 8 years. To extend the life expectancy, clean the microwave well, including the door seal. Food splatters in the microwave will affect its function, as they heat up any time the appliance is used.

Gas Ranges Have the Longest Lifespans of Household Appliances

A gas range will last an average of 15 years. Electric ranges have a shorter lifespan of 12 years. Help extend the lifespan of your kitchen appliances by keeping them clean. Wipe the cooktop and clean the burners after every use.

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