How long do home appliances usually last?

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Home appliances are the most costly expenses for any homeowners. The cost and trouble for any home appliance repair is also very undesirable for any homeowner. As such, it would be good to have an idea of how long each appliance will generally last. This would depend very much on the usage and general upkeep of the appliance. The washing machine of a couple’s home should generally outlast the one of a family of five simply due to the amount of load it washes per week.

The lifespan of an appliance also depends on how well it is being taken care of. An air-con that is regularly serviced will be less likely to break down as compared to one that has never been serviced. Many consumers overlook on the importance of maintenance and servicing until the appliance starts to breakdown.

In this guide, we will share on the average lifespan of some common appliances and some useful tips to help prolong the lifespan of your appliances.

1. Air-conditioning – 8 to 15 years

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The condenser coil will get dirty due to dust and this will affect the efficiency of the refrigerator cooling system. When the refrigerator cooling system is not efficient, the compressor will overwork and it will be a matter of time that the compressor breaks down.

*Tip – Always choose the right size for the room that you wish to cool. Many times the air-conditioner is overworked due to incorrect sizing of the air-conditioning unit.

2. Refrigerators – 7 to 13 years

Refrigerators are the most hardworking appliance in the house. However, many do not know that the refrigerator also requires servicing and maintenance. The lifespan of your refrigerator also depends on the location that it is being installed. Always remember that the refrigerator is a machine that helps to remove heat. Therefore, it requires proper ventilation around it to ensure heat dissipation and airflow.

Experts and appliance repair professionals at Fantastic Handyman (London) recommend monitoring your refrigerator temperature. In case of a decrease in performance, you should have a professional inspect the unit for malfunction or leakage of the cooling system as it contains and uses compounds that pose a severe danger to health.

*Tip – Ensure that the doors of the refrigerators are closed tightly. If the door gasket is failing, replace with a new one or purchase a refrigerator strap to seal the door tightly.

3. Ovens – 11 to 15 years

Many in Singapore do not use their ovens frequently. This is why their life expectancy is longer as compared to other appliances. However, due to the humidity in the weather, the ovens will trip if not used frequently. It would be advisable to get a reliable service engineer for any oven repair service in Singapore.

*Tip – Turn on the oven at least once a week to dry up the moisture in the heating element.

4. Microwaves – 8 to 12 years

Microwaves are great helpers in the kitchen when it comes to heating up of food. The lifespan of a microwave corresponds to the usage of it. Handling of the microwave also plays a part. If the user slams the door of the microwave frequently, the microwave door latch will definitely give way in time to come.

*Tip – Place a bowl with water and detergent mixture in the microwave and let it run for 1 minute. This will allow the grease in the microwave to loosen which makes it easy to clean.

5. Stoves – 8 to 12 years

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The average household uses the stove up to twice a day. Regular maintenance must be done on the stove to ensure that it functions properly. The ignition function of the stove is usually the first to be faulty.

*Tip – Do not wet the whole stove when cleaning. Be careful not to let any water seep into the stove which will cause internal corrosion.

6. Cooker hoods – 7 to 13 years

Cooker hood filters must be washed or replaced regularly for it to be efficient. If there is heavy cooking every day, the cooker hood should be washed and cleaned at the end of each day. The suction motor may fail due to clogged oil and grease. As the cooker hood is just above the stove, even when not in used, it should be cleaned as oil and grease will be built up.

*Tip – Install a cooker hood only if you really need it. Cooker hoods require high maintenance and it must be done to prevent breakdowns.

7. Washing Machines – 5 to 10 years

Top loading washing machines typically last longer than front loading washing machines. There are many factors that lead to the lifespan of a washing machine. This includes type of washing detergent, load of laundry and number of wash cycles per week.

*Tip – Do not overload the washing machine. As a guide, load only half the tank without any manual compression.

8. Clothes Dryers – 5 to 10 years

Regular cleaning and maintenance will help reduce the risk of fire caused by clothes dryer. Similar to the washing machine, avoid over loading of clothes and allow the dryer to rest in between intervals.

*Tip – Clean the lint trap regularly and ensure that the vent exhaust is not blocked.

9. Water Heaters – 8 to 15 years

Most water heaters will outlive the other appliances in your home. The common issues will include leakages at the joints due to corrosion. Ensure that the water heater is installed in a sheltered area.

*Tip – Do not leave the water heater switched on for long period of time or when not using. This will help save electricity and prevent the water heater from over working.

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