Buying a new home doesn't necessarily guarantee you will get new appliances. Even though the refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, and dishwasher are now new to you, these appliances may come with some serious wear if you buy an older home.
Older appliances are more susceptible to wear-related damage and breakdowns, so you need to ask the previous owner or realtor how old each piece of equipment is. Take a look at what you need to know about appliances, age, repairs, and replacements.
How long will your new-to-you appliances last? While there are no absolutes, general life expectancy numbers can help you to determine (with the help of a professional appliance technician) whether an item needs a repair or a full replacement.
Here are some commonly accepted life expectancy times for major home appliances:
Refrigerator: 9 to 13 years
- Gas range: 15 to 17 years
- Electric range: 13 to 15 years
- Clothes washer: 5 to 15 years
- Clothes dryer: 13 years
- Dishwasher: 9 years
These age ranges are averages. Your appliances may not meet the full lifespan or could last for considerably longer.
Even though age is a primary factor in whether a used appliance requires a repair or a replacement, it isn't the only one. Also consider the following:
- Maintenance. A well-maintained appliance has a better chance of lasting longer. Maintenance includes regular cleaning and routine service. If possible, ask the seller for any maintenance records that they may have.
- Original quality. A higher quality product is more likely to stand up to the test of time.
- Overall use. How often did the seller use the washer, dryer, or other appliance? Constant use causes increased wear and premature damage.
Along with inquiring about these factors, you should ask about replaced parts or repairs to help you gauge the expected lifespan of the appliance. An appliance that has had constant repairs in recent months may indicate that it's about to fail.
What types of appliance issues come with age? Age-related wear can cause a variety of problems, depending on the type of appliance. Some of the most common or noticeable problems include the following:
- Poor energy use. Older appliance models aren't always as energy-efficient as ones that use newer technologies. Beyond this, appliances that have worn parts often work harder, which adds to the overall energy usage.
- Stress and strain. Not only do worn parts increase energy consumption, but they also add to the stress and strain on the appliance. This can result in other parts wearing down faster or the entire appliance failing.
- Constant repairs. Constant stress or strain on an appliance can end in a call to the repair technician. Even though the previous owner may not have indicated that the appliance has had multiple repairs, if the item is older, you may notice that you're constantly fixing it (or calling someone else to do so).
These issues can all cost you money. While it's not always ideal to replace an appliance immediately (or soon after) buying a new home, replacement may save your budget in the long run. Combining the appliance's age, other contributing factors, and the problems/issues you've observed can help you to make your next move - repair or replace.
Did you recently buy a home? Do you know very little about the appliances that came with it? A qualified appliance repair technician can provide routine service and evaluate the effectiveness of these major home items. Contact us at Choose Your Time Appliance Repair for more information. We can help you decide whether you should repair or replace the appliances in your new home.