When buying a home, you typically acquire its appliances and mechanical systems. As long as everything is in working order when you move in, you might assume there is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, the lifespan of your home components could be shorter than you expect!
A 2013 survey of Consumer Reports subscribers found that 31% percent of side-by-side refrigerators had a mechanical problem within four years of purchase. In the same time period, 22% percent of front-loading washing machines failed, and 20% of dishwashers failed.
They don’t make things like they used to! Modern manufacturing materials contain more plastics and lighter metals than they did in the past. Appliances contain more complex electronics than they did 20 years ago. Energy-efficient designs save water and operation costs, but reduce aspects of performance.
However, your appliances and mechanical systems can last a long time, if they are installed correctly, operated according to manufacturer’s instructions, and properly maintained. The lifespan of any home component is directly affected by the amount of use and care it receives.
It also pays to have realistic expectations about how long your home appliances and systems can last. To help you, we’re sharing a home lifespan checklist below, courtesy of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
Lifespan of home mechanical systems and appliances:
*Conventional water heater, gas or electric: 6 to 12 years
*Forced-air furnace: 15 to 25 years
*Boiler: 40 years, ring burner for boiler: 10 years
*Instant hot water heating system: 10 years
*Faucets: 15 to 20 years
*Washing machine: 5 to 15 years
*Clothes dryer: 13 years
*Clothes dryer vent: steel, 20 years. Plastic: not recommended.
*Electric cooking range: 13 to 15 years
*Gas cooking range: 15 to 17 years
*Refrigerator: 9 to 13 years
*Dishwasher: 9 years
Please keep in mind that these averages are a statistical reference, not a guarantee. The amount of use and maintenance your appliances and mechanical systems have received will affect their lifespan. Refer to owner’s manuals for proper operation and care. If the manuals are not available, you may be able to find them online by looking up the manufacturer for the brand, and referencing the serial number of the appliance.
While no one can predict exactly how long home appliances or mechanical systems will last, your Exclusive Buyer Agent can help protect you with a home inspection contingency. If the inspection reveals areas of concern, your EBA will negotiate solutions with the home seller on your behalf! Find an Exclusive Buyer Agent in your area today!