If you’re paying a lot of money for a new washing machine, wouldn’t it be
nice to know how long you should expect it to last? There is, of course, no
exact formula for figuring that out. Every brand and unit is different. There
are however, some broad estimates.
According to an article in Consumer Reports, a washer and dryer will hum
along just fine for about 10 years, with a likelihood of needing a repair during
the last two to three. Leading brands offer a parts and labour guarantee for
at least a year. So, if something goes wrong during that period, be sure to
contact the manufacturer right away.
The National Association of Home Builders released a report a few years
ago on the longevity of kitchen appliances. They found that refrigerators can
last up to 13 years under normal use. Dishwashers and ovens will start to
show their age after nine years. The worst record is for trash compactors,
with a life expectancy of only six years before repairs or replacement is
Microwave ovens last an average of nine years. However, the door seal
should be checked often. Otherwise, the unit will quickly lose efficiency. (You’ll notice this when your food doesn’t heat up as quickly and evenly.)
All experts agree that the best way to keep home appliances functioning
properly is to follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and maintenance. If
you’ve lost your user’s manual, you can download a new one (which may
contain important updates) from the manufacturer’s website.