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The Average Appliance Lifespan
Like any appliance, we don’t know for sure if its going to last us long. We assume the more we spend on an appliance the better, but is that always the case? For many of us we buy a decent appliance that will get the job done, or we move into a new place with existing appliances.
Either way, there is a range for how long each appliance will last and some strategies you can use to get it to last longer.
Refrigerator & Freezer
Refrigerators can be quite expensive, which is why keeping it in good condition is necessary to save money in the long run.
The worse you treat your appliance the more repair costs and replacement costs you have to invest in.
The first step to keeping your fridge or freezer in good condition is to keep it away from your other appliances that generate heat. For example if your refrigerator is right beside your oven, please move it further away.
The more work you make your fridge do the shorter the life span. Don’t keep the fridge open for long period, and don’t play around with the temperature.
Get in the habit of keeping your refrigerator clean. By keeping your fridge clean you prevent bacterial growth that could affect your food, and it prevents residue buildup especially near the door seals which will release the cold air and build condensation.
If your fridge is making weird noises, not maintaining its temperature or if you are having any other problems be sure to determine the part which is causing the issue and replace it with a new part before it begins to affect the rest of your refrigerator.
Expected Lifespan: 15-20 years
A laundry machine is another big deal. With the amount of energy it uses just to clean your clothes, this drives up your electricity bill quite a bit.
When it comes to your washer make sure you empty your pockets. Any lose change or hard pieces can affect your washer when it drains the water, which can clog your hose and filter system.
This is not as common, but don’t cheap out on detergent. Use detergents that won’t harm your clothes, your washer and especially your help when you wear your clothes after.
We all get in the habit of stuffing our laundry during the night to save on cost and time, but the more work you make your laundry machine do the more chances of having something go wrong. This also goes for washing and drying your clothes for to long. You don’t need to run 60 minutes duration for 10 shirts.
Expected Lifespan: 10-15 years (washer) & 12-16 years (dryer)
We use a dishwasher for the convenience of not having to clean them by hand. Try to get in the habit of mixing it up. If one day you cook a big meal for the family it won’t hurt to use the dishwasher, but if its only a few dishes why waste your money.
Now if you are to use the dishwasher please get in the habit of rinsing it first to remove all food particles. Overtime if you leave the food for the dishwasher to clean it will clog up, bacteria will build, and its going to start to stink up and cause more problems that you will need to pay for repair.
Expected Lifespan: 9-11 years
We use the stove and oven most often especially if you cook everyday. If you are cooking and food flies everywhere, get in the habit of cleaning it whether you use a gas stove/oven or an electric stove/oven. These food stains will sometimes cement itself into the appliance causing rust to build. If you have a coil and a drip pan, this can really do some damage.
If you are planning on cleaning your oven using the ‘self-cleaning’ option, be very careful as this has been shown to damage your oven appliance parts in the long run and cause very flammable temperatures. The fumes are also dangerous if you breath it in.
Expected Lifespan: 8-14 years (stove) and 9-15 years (oven)
I like to tell people to minimize their use of the microwave not just to help it last longer, but for your health. There are many medical articles written discussing about the harm radiation does to your cells which can cause DNA damage. If you are to use it, stay far away from the microwave.
There is no reason to slam the microwave door so hard (Ouch!) as this can cause damage with your microwave door. Don’t put any metal piece such as tin foil or aluminum in the microwave. These metals are semi-conductors which produce electricity, which is why you might see electric bolts in your microwave.
Add a cover onto your plate, this is a good habit to help you from cleaning your microwave and having food residue build up.
Expected Lifespan: 8-12 years
How To Increase The Lifespan Of Your Appliances?
When it comes to getting your appliances to last longer, we want to focus on the top 5. These are the most expensive, and thus it is important to recognize habits that might be affecting your appliance causing you to constantly repair it or replace it.
Tip #1: Wash Your Dishes Before Washing
Get in the habit of washing dishes by hand but even more important is if you decide to use your dishwasher, ensure you clean the food off the plate. We think a dishwasher is a magic wand that will flush out all the food but it won’t. What will actually happen is the food will clog the drain and cause leakage and bacterial growth. That’s why dishwashers smell so bad!
Tip #2: Don’t Ignore The Problem
If you hear a noise, or are experiencing an issue that you can ignore. This is not the best idea. Whenever you experience something abnormal from your appliance, the best thing is to search it on Google to make sure it won’t lead up to something worse. Follow basic steps to ensure that the noise or challenge is not going to affect your appliance in the long run.
Tip #3: Cleaning Your Appliances
You might hear of people using natural alternatives to cleaning their appliances, this is a very good way to maintain your appliances cleanliness. Using vinegar, lemon and water can be great ways to use to clean your clothes and prevent discoloration and damage to your clothes.
Another reason to clean your dryer regularly is examples like a dryer. Dryers collect a lot of link from clothes, and if this starts to buildup the high temperatures in the dryer can act as a fire hazard
Tip #4: Don’t Overuse Your Appliances
The evaporator fan is generally beside the condenser coils and can be seen behind the freezer when you remove the back cover. Its purpose is to provide air circulation from the evaporator coils into the rest of the refrigerator.
In this situation you will need to either clean your fan because it has frosted, or replace it because it is broken. You can easily find evaporator fan replacements, but I would suggest cleaning it first just to make sure. You will notice a problem with the fan when you start to hear weird noises coming from it.
Now if you are in a situation where you need to replace your evaporator fan motor, see the steps here.
Treat your appliances like your car. Do regular check-ups, clean it when you have time, and if you hear noises don’t ignore it. When you hear weird noises coming from your car, that is a sign you should get it checked.