Average Lifespan of Household Appliances and How You Can Extend Them

The life expectancy you’ll get out of your appliances really depends on how much you use it, how well you treat it and how well it’s built. Though what’s important to note is that many appliances are often replaced long before they are worn out because of style changes, technology and consumer preferences. Here’s a handy list of the longevity of common appliances Americans have in their homes.

Home Appliance Life Expectancy Chart

Life Expectancy (Years)LowHighAverage
Garbage Disposals101513
Washing Machines81612

These appliance life expectancy stats appear as reported in the 23rd annual portrait of the U.S. appliance industry.

How to Extend the Life of Your Appliances

Washers and Dryers

Take measures to ensure you aren’t overworking them. Avoid overloading them with too many clothes, bulky items and ensure your pockets are clean before putting them in the wash as debris can clog up the pipes. Remember to remove the dryer lint after every load, and regularly check your machine’s outdoor air vent to make sure it isn’t jammed with lint!


Keeping your fridge clean can improve its overall lifespan and keeping all of the condenser coils clean of dust and dirt that will accumulate. To do this you’ll need to unplug your fridge, remove the base grill, and use a refrigerator coil brush to brush away any debris

Garbage Disposal

There are many things you should not be putting down your garbage disposal – to make sure that your appliance is working to the best of its ability, avoid from putting down fruit pits, coffee grounds and celery. Also, ensure that you’re always running cold water when in use.


When washing dishes, you should keep your items free of debris, and don’t overfill your dishwasher. Remember to regularly clean the dishwasher trap, and clean bits of food out that didn’t make it down the drain. Regularly clean your dishwasher seals as well, along with running your washer with a cup of water and a splash of vinegar to rid it of any lingering smells.

Of course, proper maintenance includes tune-ups too!  If you’re in the Omaha-area, trust ASAP Appliance & Plumbing to repair your appliances that require replacement parts. For more information, feel free to visit our website or call us at 402-706-9931.

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