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Life Expectancy of Appliances and Home Systems

life of appliances

When you buy or sell a house, the age of the appliances and home systems can affect your finances. Unfortunately, appliances and home systems do not last forever. At some point they will need replacement.

So even if the home you are buying comes with appliances (lucky you!), it's still a good idea to budget for new ones in the future. If you're selling, new appliances or systems may help get your home off the market faster if the ones you have are nearing the end of their life. Take a look at the infographic below to see how long you can expect your appliances and home systems to last you.

how long does each household appliance last?

In the Kitchen

  • Refrigerator/Freezer: 12–14 years
  • Oven/Range: 10–15 years
  • Dishwasher: 8–10 years
  • Microwave: 5–10 years
  • Toaster Oven: 5–10 years
  • Garbage Disposal: 10–12 years

In the Laundry Room

  • Washing Machine: 8–12 years
  • Dryer: 9–13 years

In the Bathroom

  • Toilet: lifetime
  • Shower Head: lifetime (if properly cleaned and maintained)
  • Exhaust Fan: 10+ years


  • Thermostat: 15–30 years
  • Water Heater: 10–15 years
  • AC Unit: 10–15 years
  • Furnace: 15–20 years
  • Well Pump: 8–15 years

Around the Home

  • Garage Door Opener: 10–15 years
  • Smoke Detectors: 5–10 years
  • Home Security Systems: 5–10 years

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