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LIFE EXPECTANCY OF APPLIANCES

Consumer Report.org reports that the average life expectancy in years of a thermostat and a compactor, respectively the longest-lived and shortest-lived appliances in the American home, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components. (See the table below for an alphabetized list of appliances.)

Keep in mind that the life expectancy listed here is just a general guideline—depending on the model and brand of appliances you buy and how well you treat them, your gear might last longer or might need replacing even sooner.

ApplianceLife Expectancy (years)
Air Conditioners (room)10
Air Conditioners (central)15
Boilers (electric) 13
Boilers (gas)21
Compactors6
Dehumidifiers8
Dishwashers9
Dryers (electric and gas)13
Freezers11
Furnaces (electric warm air)15
Furnaces (gas warm air)18
Furnaces (oil warm air)20
Garbage Disposers12
Humidifiers8
Microwave Ovens9
Range/Oven Hoods14
Ranges (electric)13
Ranges (gas)15
Refrigerators13
Refrigerators (compact)9
Thermostats35
Washing Machines10
Water Heaters (electric)11
Water Heaters (gas)10
Water Heaters (tankless)20+