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 Taking Stock in Your Household Components 

Life Expectancies Of Some Of
Our Appliances and Household Components
 
As homeowners, it important to know as much about every aspect of our home, from the structural components, the life expectancies of our appliances, to the routine sounds we hear around our house.  Whether you live in an old house or a new one, it is helpful to understand fair or standard expectations towards how long certain appliances or components should last and when to start looking for replacements.  On the other side of the coin, it is helpful to know if something has given way too early, so that you can hold the right party accountable.  Below, you will find a cross-section of appliances and various household components and their respective “accepted” standards for their length of service lives.  Consider yourself ahead of the game if you possess anything that has outlived its expected lifespan, and keep a careful watch over those that may be close.  As you look through the list, keep in mind the fact that smart homeowners take great care of their homes and what’s in and around them.  This includes oiling up fine tuned machines, which means making sure that we maintain everything in our homes so they maintain their values for us. 
 
Bear in mind that many of the components in our home require some sort of care and maintenance during their stint with us.  For example, once you have had a beautiful new hardwood floor put in, you will have to nurture and care for it over time, as it cannot do it for itself. Another example is that your appliances have working parts that do break.  If you are capable of fixing these yourself, great. If not, it is a good idea to have them serviced, checked, and maintained on some sort of regular schedule.  Being dedicated to maintaining your home and your belongings will ultimately expand their lifespans and their values to their fullest extents, and sometimes beyond.  The efforts are well worth it.
 
Appliance / Household Component
Lifespan Expectancy in Years
Appliances
 
Dishwasher
10
Garbage Disposal
10
Washing Machine
13
Clothes Dryer
14
Freezer
16
Microwave Oven
11
Electric Range
17
Gas Range
14
Refrigerator
17
Exhaust Fan
20
 
 
Household
 
Cabinetry
15-20
Laminate Countertops
10-15
Ceramic Tile
Lifetime
Butcher Block
20+
Granite
20+
Fiberglass Bathtubs and Showers
10-15
Cast Iron Bathtubs
50
Shower Doors
25
Toilet
Up to 50
Vanities and Medicine Cabinets
20
 
 
Flooring
 
Oak or Pine Floors
Lifetime
Slate Flagstone
Lifetime
Vinyl Sheet or Tile
20-30
Carpeting (Depends on install, quality, traffic)
11
 
 
Windows and Doors
 
Screen Doors
25-50
Interior - Hollow Core
<30
Interior - Solid Core
30 - Lifetime
Exterior - Protected Overhang
80-100
Exterior - Unprotected, Exposed
25-30
Window Glazing
20
Wood Casement
20-50
Screen
25-50
 
 
Garage Door
20-50
Garage Door Opener
10
 
 
Plumbing
 
Stainless Steel Sink
5-10
Enamel Cast Iron Sink
25-30
Faucet - Lower Quality
13-15
Faucet - Higher Quality
15-20
 
 
Electrical
 
Copper Wiring
100+
Copper Clad Aluminum & Bare Copper
100+
Conduit
Lifetime
 
 
Paints and Stains
 
Exterior Paint or Wood, Brick, Aluminum
7-10
Interior Wall Paint
5-10
Wallpaper
7
 
 
Heating and Cooling
 
Central Air Conditioning Units
15
Window Air Conditioning Unites
10
Air Conditioner Compressors
15
Humidifiers
8
Electric Water Heater
14
Gas Water Heater
11-13
Boilers, Hot Water or Steam
30
Furnaces, Gas or Oil
18
Unit Heaters, Gas or Electric
13
Radiant Heaters, Electric
10
Radiant Heaters, Hot Water or Steam
25
Baseboard Heaters
20
 
 
Roofing
 
Asphalt Roofing
15-30
Wood Shingles and Shakes
15-30
Metal Roof Materials
50+
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s published Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide, 2000, Appendix C – Life Expectancy of Housing Components.


 

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