Appliances are designed to be tough and rugged, but this doesn’t mean that your hard working appliances don’t have an expiration date. You will need to replace your current dishwasher, refrigerator, range, washer, or dryer at some point, but how do you know when it is time? If your appliances are pushing the 10 to 15 year mark, it’s likely that it is approaching retirement, but here we’ll explore in more detail when it is time to replace your home appliances.
Most refrigerators last an average of 12 years. If your refrigerator is approaching this age, it doesn’t mean that you should immediately get rid of it. You should check to see if your refrigerator is still operating effectively and efficiently. Refrigerators should cool your items to 35 to 38ºf to avoid your food going bad. At these temperatures, it is cool enough to prevent bacterial growth without being cold enough to freeze.
Even if your refrigerator is maintaining this optimum temperature, you need to consider how much energy is being used. Older appliances can use more power, causing energy bills to skyrocket. Refrigerators run 24/7, so if you notice that your energy bills keep creeping up, you may need to look at upgrading your appliance.
Many of us don’t realize how much we rely on our dishwashers until they stop working. Family life can be hectic enough without needing to tackle a mountain of dishes at the end of the day. Fortunately, most dishwashers have a lifespan of up to 10 years. You can prolong the lifespan of your dishwasher by regularly cleaning the filter. This can be accomplished by removing it and soaking it in hot, soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes before replacing it. It is also a good idea to periodically sanitize your dishwasher to keep bacteria and bad smells at bay. But, if your dishwasher isn’t draining, starts making weird noises, has developed a persistent bad smell or doesn’t clean your dishes as it should, it is time to think about replacing it.
Ranges are at the heart of our kitchens, allowing us to cook family meals and bake treats. Fortunately, most ranges can have a lifespan of up to 20 years, particularly when they are well cared for. If your range isn’t heating up properly or consistently, it is time to consider an upgrade. Fortunately, newer models offer some impressive features that can not only improve your cooking skills, but also make maintenance easier.
Washers and Dryers
Washers and dryers tend to have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years before they need to be replaced. Fortunately, you can extend the lifespan of your washer and dryer with some basic maintenance. Even something as minor as cleaning the lint traps after every cycle can help to prolong the lifespan and efficiency of your appliance. Unfortunately, you’re likely to need an upgrade if your washer doesn’t fill up or drain properly, or your dryer fails to dry your clothes. Watch your washer and dryer during use, and if they are shaking erratically, it is a sign that they are approaching the end of their life.
While no one enjoys needing to spend money on new appliances, there is a positive aspect of upgrading. New appliances offer far greater efficiency and often boast some impressive features to make your life a little easier. Although you may not have noticed the increasing energy use, you may be pleasantly surprised at the cost of your energy bills when you start using your new appliances.