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During the buying and selling process of a home, appliances are typically used as a bargaining tool for potential homeowners. Since buying appliances can be a very expensive purchase, we’ve outlined the average lifespan of common household appliances to avoid unexpected expenses after buying a home.

Washer and Dryer:

The lifespan of a washer and dryer can vary quite a bit depending on the quality of the appliance and how much use it gets, but on average, they should last anywhere from 8 – 12 years. When shopping for a new washer and dryer, you may want to consider an energy efficient model to save on water and electric and gas bills. Don’t forget to clean the lint trap after each use to make sure your dryers’ motor works properly and effectively!


On average, a refrigerator should last anywhere from 10 – 15 years. As with other appliances, regular upkeep and maintenance can help increase the lifespan. Try to clean the refrigerators’ condenser coils (located under or behind the fridge) by wiping dust and dirt away at least once a year.


Stoves should last between 10 – 15 years, but it is important to clean your oven and burners frequently to ensure grease and food do not build up, which could affect the lifespan.

Hot Water Heater:

Traditional electric or gas water heaters ca usually last anywhere from 7 – 10 years. The lifespan can vary depending on water quality, maintenance and water source. If you notice rusting on key components including the anode, try replacing the part before the water heater leaks; “One thing is certain: When a tank begins to leak, it’s done!” 

HVAC system:

Proper maintenance, changing air filters when dirty, and annual check-ups will allow your HVAC system to work properly for on average 10 – 15 years.

Remember, taking proper care, purchasing quality products and performing regular maintenance on any of these appliances will increase the lifespan.

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