Every home appliance has an expected lifespan. By knowing how long home appliances will last, you can make better decisions about when to replace them. It also keeps you from spending on temporary repairs when the appliance is failing. This article goes over what to expect for home appliance lifespans.

Home Appliance Lifespans of Dishwashers

The expected lifespan of a dishwasher is around 8 to 10 years. To keep it functioning correctly, regularly clean it. Properly stacking cups and plates in the washer improves its performance. The draining area and filter are important to monitor for clogs. Check that the dishwasher is properly draining and keep the area clean to extend its lifespan.


The average life expectancy of microwaves is around 9 years. Food often splatters on the inner walls of the microwave, so clean it after every use. Running the microwave when it is empty can damage it and reduce its lifespan. Remove the carousel tray frequently and wash it with soapy water. Also, clean the area under the carousel so that it rotates properly.

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals usually last anywhere between 8 and 12 years. The appliance is not as common as many other home appliances but is a useful one. The disposal grinds food waste into small pieces and flushes them down the drain pipes.

A common problem that occurs with garbage disposals is that their screws become loose. Frequently check and tighten the screws that hold it in place. Never put coffee grounds, eggshells, pasta, bones, or grease through the garbage disposal.

Home Appliance Lifespans of Dryers

With proper cleaning and maintenance, dryers last up to 13 years. Regularly removing lint and debris from the screen and vent helps it run more efficiently and safely.

Washing Machines

Keep the drainage pipe clear and regularly clean the drum of your washing machine. Always balance out the clothes in the drum before turning the machine on. Following these steps, you can get about a decade of use from this appliance.

Refer to your appliance manuals for tips to help your specific model function better. If something goes wrong, you may be able to troubleshoot it on your own after referring to the manual. Some appliances have warranties for an extended period of time.

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