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Is It Time to Replace Your Appliances?

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Mar 10, 2014

kitchen-300x199Most people only think about replacing a kitchen appliance when it breaks, but you could face significant home damage if you wait that long to make a purchase.  Avoid having your food turn sour or “clean” dishes that lose food but keep germs by staying vigilant when it comes to your kitchen. People’s Trust recommends: 

Kitchen Lifespans

If you want to maximize your money, use these timetables to keep appliances until they start to lose effectiveness or become unsafe. However, we recommend that you repair or replace appliances that have any obvious damage.

  • Dishwasher: Lifespan of approximately 10 years. Consider replacing if lines continually leak, if it makes a banging noise or if dishes come out dirty.
  • Microwave: Lifespan of eight to nine years. Consider replacing if it makes loud noises, is taking longer than normal or if the door has sustained any damage.
  • Refrigerator: Lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Consider replacing if it can’t keep an internal temperature below 45 degrees or if the door/seal has cracking or tearing. Replacing a non-energy-efficient model with a new energy-efficient fridge often can save you enough money to pay for the new fridge in five to seven years.
  • Freezer: If you have a standalone freezer, it also has a lifespan of roughly 15 years. Consider replacing if you notice water leakage, a constantly running motor, or foul odors.
  • Stove or Range: No matter what you call it, it’ll last you 10 to 12 years. Consider replacing it if the bake and broil functions don’t properly work, if the internal thermostat is broken or if the stovetop has ignition damage.
  • Trash Compactor: Lifespan of five or six years. Compactors wear out faster if you use them more, but it’s best to consider replacing them after this time or if there are any issues with sticking, leaking or cracks in the casing.

Replacing these appliances can be a significant investment, so give brand reputation as much credence as the style of any new appliance. In the long run, you’ll benefit from choosing a new appliance that can stand the test of time. We recommend replacing appliances before they’re completely a couple weeks.

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