Appliance Lifespan – What Homebuyers Need To Know

Lately, I’ve been purchasing a Home Warranty for my buyers as their closing gift. Not knowing when your appliance or system will bite the dust, it’s nice to know that their is someone you can call, in hopes of getting it fixed. Below you will see a helpful chart to give you an idea of what to expect in a lifespan of your appliances.7729-20th-ave-sw-seattle-wa-large-012-26-kitchen-1500x1000-72dpi

Appliance Lifespan – What Homebuyers Need To Know

If you are considering purchasing a home, it is smart to find out the age of the different appliances and systems that come with the property. Replacing appliances is expensive, so it is a good idea to have an appliance replacement plan when you move into a new home. The first step is to make a list of the appliances that come with the home and the date purchased. Then compare that to the list below:

Appliance Average Lifespan
Refrigerator 13 years
Dishwasher 9 years
Gas Range 15 years
Electric Range 13 years
Washing Machine 10 years
Dryer 13 years
Air Conditioner (room) 10 years
Central Air Conditioner 15 years
Freezer 11 years
Garbage Disposal 12 years
Microwave Oven 9 years
Water Heater Electric 11 years
Water Heater Gas 10 years
Tankless Water Heater 20+ years

These lifespans are just an estimate, of course. The true lifespan will vary by model, manufacturer, and how well the appliances have been maintained. You can find out additional information on the particular model online. You can also ask for a maintenance record (both repairs and preventative maintenance) from the sellers. In some cases, like on hot water heaters or furnace, the service record may be listed on the side of the unit.

You may also want to learn more about the different parts that need to be replaced on an ongoing basis. This might include a water filter for the refrigerator, filters for the furnace, and salt for a water softener unit.

One other option is to consider a homeowner warranty and make sure it covers the appliances. Generally the term of this policy may be limited, but it is not unusual for appliances to break when their usage changes. For example, if the original homeowner did five loads of laundry per week, but your family uses closer to ten, this additional wear and tear on the appliance may cause issues.

I like to help my buyers with tips like this that could save them money down the road. Questions? Give me a call or text: (206) 762-0682 or




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