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How Long Should Your Appliances Last?

How Long Should Your Appliances Last?

 

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Purchasing a new appliance is not cheap, so we all want to make sure we get as much out of them as possible. All appliances will have an expected lifespan, but that’s not to say they won’t break down before they reach this. 

To make sure they achieve a grand old age, you’re going to have to give them a little TLC – and that means learning how to maintain them, as well as carrying out some basic repairs.

Here’s how long you should expect your appliances to last, as well as some common problems you might have to deal with along the way.


 

How Long Should a Washing Machine Last? 10-13 Years

Despite reports that washing machines are no longer built to last, a top quality, well-maintained washing machine should work for around 10-13 years. However, top load washers do tend to last slightly longer than their front-loading cousins.

Common problems that your washing machine may experience during its lifetime include:

  • The drum not spinning
  • Leaking
  • Excessive noisiness
  • A door that won’t open
  • A black and mouldy door seal
  • Smelling
  • Not draining
  • Making a grinding noise

Find out how to fix these problems on our ‘Common Washing Machine Problems’ page or browse our range of washing machine spare parts.


How Long Should a Dryer Last? 10-13 Years

A dryer is one of the simplest appliances in your home, so with proper maintenance and the occasional repair, it should last for around 10-13 years. Make sure you clean the lint trap after each use and ensure the outer vent is clear.

Common problems that your tumble dryer may experience during its lifetime include:

  • Not heating
  • Not turning
  • Not drying clothes
  • Constantly tripping the electric
  • Making a grinding noise
  • Blowing cold air
  • Making a banging noise

Find out how to fix these problems on our ‘Common Tumble Dryer Problems’ page or view our range of tumble dryer spare parts.


How Long Should a Refrigerator Last? 9-13 Years

Fridges are one of the most expensive appliances to buy, so you want them to last as long as possible. While most fridges will need replacing after 9-13 years, it is possible for them to last even longer.

Regular maintenance, such as dusting the condenser coils, can help to extend your fridge’s lifespan.

Common problems that your fridge may experience during its lifetime include:

  • Not being cold enough
  • Not cooling
  • Frosting up

You can find out how to fix these problems on our ‘Common Fridge and Freezer Problems’ page, or you can view our range of fridge and freezer spare parts.


How Long Should a Dishwasher Last? 9-13 Years

As with all appliances, the lifespan of your dishwasher will depend on the particular make, as well as how well you maintain it. However, a high quality model, given plenty of TLC, should last for around 9-13 years. It’s important to regularly run the machine, as this helps to stop mould and mildew from forming.

Common problems that your dishwasher may experience during its lifetime include:

  • Not draining
  • Smelling
  • Leaking
  • Leaving a white residue
  • Not starting
  • Not cleaning dishes properly
  • Excessive noisiness

You can find out how to fix these problems on our ‘Common Dishwasher Problems’ page, or you can view our range of dishwasher spare parts.


How Long Should an Oven Last? 10-15 Years

In terms of lifespan, there will be a slight variation between different models and types (gas or electric) of oven. However, a well-maintained oven should last for more than 10 years.

Common problems that your oven may experience during its lifetime include:

  • Smoking
  • Not heating up
  • Not turning on

You can find out how to fix these problems on our ‘Common Oven and Hob Problems’ page, or you can view our range of cooker and hob spare parts.


Are you surprised by how long these appliances should last? While it does depend on model and brand, a well-maintained, high quality appliance should have a good lifespan.

Make sure your appliances last as long as they should by visiting our Repair Advice Centre, where you’ll find a huge range of appliance repair advice.

Category: Articles, News & Tips

Lee Gilbert
Author By Lee Gilbert
Date On 27th Mar 2015 at 08:00
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