All of us want our washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances to last as long as possible, but how long they're made to last is another story. Consumer Reports put together a list of average lifespans for common household appliances, and some are shorter than you might think. Image from ooocha.
You can also use these numbers to figure out when you should start saving for a new appliance so you don't blow your emergency fund on a failed washer. Here are some of the big ones from Consumer Reports' list:
- Dishwasher: 9 years
- Water heater: 10 years for gas, 11 years for electric and 20+ years for a tankless heater
- Oven: 13 years for electric and 15 years for a gas stove
- Refrigerator: 9 years for a compact fridge and 13 years for a normal one
- Microwave: 9 years
Keep in mind that these numbers are averages and that your appliance may last longer if you buy high quality or maintain them well. Check out the full list at the link below.
By the Numbers: How Long Will Your Appliances Last? It Depends [Consumer Reports]