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|
|Dryers (electric and gas)||13|
|Furnaces (electric warm air)||15|
|Furnaces (gas warm air)||18|
|Furnaces (oil warm air)||20|
|Water Heaters (electric)||11|
|Water Heaters (gas)||13|
|Water Heaters (tankless)||20+|
Source: Consumer Reports (2009)