Appliance Maintenance Guide

We’re all somewhat aware that home appliances can be fickle beasts. Some will serve you faithfully until you’re ready to part ways, but more often than not, an appliance will give you some trouble throughout the course of your ownership, if it doesn’t up and meet a premature end!

You may be someone constantly eyeing your refrigerator with suspicion, waiting for it to give out on you again, or you may have just moved in to a new home and still routinely polish your pristine new appliances. However, there’s something that all appliance owners can do to ensure that they have appliances that will serve them well. We at The Home Inspection Networks have the tips for you to help you to get the most out of your home appliances as well as a listing of the common lifespans of most major appliances so that you will also know when it might be time to just let go.

The New Machine

The old adage that they “just don’t make them like they used to” most definitely rings true when it comes to appliances. While yes, your grandmother may have a fridge in her kitchen that she’s had since before you were born, and you might’ve already had to replace your new fridge. There are definitely some advantageous aspects of them not making them like they used to. Not only do newer appliances have features that far outweigh the ones of the past, they are also more likely to comply with energy consumption guidelines – saving you money in the long run.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance 

In order to ensure the full lifespan for your appliances, regular maintenance is required. Some things you can do for regular maintenance include:

  • Don’t allow grease to build up on the interior of your oven
  • Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator each year
  • Clean your dryer exhaust regularly
  • Inspect washing machine hoses
  • Change air conditioner filters regularly (while it is in operating season)
  • Replace washer fill hoses every 5-7 years
Appliance Lifespan Replacement Costs
Range (Gas) 17-20 $300-1400
Range (Electric) 15-19 $250-1100
Refrigerator 8-14 $800-2700
Microwave 9-12 $150-400
Dishwasher 7-12 $400-1300
Dryer 8-14 $500-1200
Washer 7-12 $500-1200

Higher end products have a tendency to have longer lifespans, but that isn’t to say that with regular upkeep you can’t get the most out of a low-mid range appliance. Certain types of appliances also tend to have longer lifespans than others. For instance, a gas range typically lasts a few years longer than an electric range and though it generally costs more upfront, you usually save more money over time with a gas stove. Following the tips above will go a long way toward making your appliances last.

If you’ve maintained regular upkeep of your appliances, we bet that you too can get the most out of your appliances!