Washing machines, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves are just a few of the many appliances in your home. As objects with a finite lifespan, it is good to be aware of what to do when they break.

We've compiled the research to give you the average life span of many appliances in your home.

  • Refrigerator - 8 years
  • Dishwasher - 12 years
  • Garbage Disposal - 13 years
  • Washing Machine - 12 years
  • Microwave - 8 years
  • Stove - 16 years
  • Freezer - 10 years
  • Trash Compactor - 11 years

Before going out and replacing them, consider the following!


Is the appliance still under warranty? This will ease the financial burden of both fixing or repairing the appliance. Check the papers that came with the appliance when you purchased it before pursuing replacement or repair.


How difficult is the fix? This generally directly correlates with the cost of the repair. Before calling a repair person, make sure the appliance is truly broken. Don’t embarrass yourself when the repair person simply plugs the appliance back in. Check to see if you can do the repair yourself first.


Weigh the difference in cost when considering whether to repair or replace. Don’t forget about the hidden costs of replacing your appliance, such as the cost to dispose of the old one. You may also need to have minor electrical work done to make your house’s wiring compatible with the new appliance.