Dryers and refrigerators last about 13 years. The hob, stove and oven range hoods are fairly simple appliances that can be expected to last 14 years or more with regular maintenance. The oven and hob, whether separate or in a single unit, are the strongest appliance in your kitchen, often lasting 10 years or more. It is often the body or the electrical control unit that breaks down before the cooking units.
Or the style becomes old-fashioned, causing the desire for a new appliance. A gas cooker has the longest life expectancy of most major kitchen appliances, at around 15 years. Electric cookers are not far behind, with an expected lifespan of 13 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The extractor hood, which is normally installed above the stove to trap grease particles and odors from the kitchen, lasts about 14 years.
The good times of yesteryear are over. At least as far as the life expectancy of major kitchen appliances is concerned. Gone are the days when a refrigerator lasted 30 to 40 years. It's a good idea to keep this in mind when buying new appliances.
So what is it that causes the decline in life expectancy? The increase in technology, the decline of quality components manufactured abroad, and the constant pursuit of manufacturers to reduce costs and, at the same time, remain profitable. In the 1950s and 1960s there was not only a much simpler assembly process performed in the United States, but the components were also manufactured in the United States. Understanding how long appliances should last helps you maintain them for their proper lifespan without unnecessary repairs to machines that legitimately need to be replaced. This appliance life expectancy chart will help you determine if an appliance can be stored or if it may run out of time.
Now that you know everything about the life expectancy of household appliances, you already have an idea of which of your appliances you should start saving.