How Long Will Your Appliances Last?

Home Improvement

According to a 2009 Consumer Reports article, the average life expectancy (in years) of a thermostat and a compactor, respectively, are the longest-lived and shortest-lived appliances in the American home.

Keep in mind that the life expectancy listed below is just a general guideline—depending on the model and brand of appliances you buy and how well you treat them, your appliances might last longer or might need replacing even sooner.

How does your experience with any of these appliances match up with this list?

Appliance Life Expectance in Years
Air Conditioners (room) 10
Air Conditioners (central) 15
Boilers (electric) 13
Boilers (gas) 21
Compactors 6
Dehumidifiers 8
Dishwashers 9
Dryers (electric and gas) 13
Freezers 11
Furnaces (electric warm air) 15
Furnaces (gas warm air) 18
Furnaces (oil warm air) 20
Garbage Disposers 12
Humidifiers 8
Microwave Ovens 9
Range/Oven Hoods 14
Ranges (electric) 13
Rances (gas) 15
Refrigerators 13
Refrigerators (compact) 9
Thermostats 35
Washing Machines 10
Water Heaters (electric) 11
Water Heaters (gas) 13
Water Heaters (tankless) 20+


Source: Consumer Reports (2009)