Do you know the life expectancy of your major home appliances?

Saving for a rainy day can often mean that you are putting your savings towards new appliances that break suddenly. We’ve all heard the saying, “they don’t make things to last anymore”, and when it comes to things like our home electricals that certainly seems to be true.

To help you prepare for the inevitable and budget for new electrical goods it would be helpful to know the life expectancy of your major home appliances, so that you’re not caught out when something stops working suddenly. Read on for some advice on the average life expectancy of the most common household electrical goods, and some advice on how you can make them last longer.

Fridge Freezer: Average lifespan of 15 years

When your fridge freezer develops a fault, for example a build-up of ice on the fan which prevents it from circulating cold air around to chill your food, this is often easily repaired. However, as it gets older it will be harder to fix economically, and you might be better off upgrading to a more energy efficient model. Help maintain your fridge freezer by cleaning it out regularly, checking the rubber seals around the doors aren’t damaged or wearing away, and hoover around it and underneath it every 6 months or so to keep dust away from the motors.

Washing machine: Average lifespan of 13 years

If you have your washing machine in use everyday, you’ll know just how crucial it is to keeping your household in order. Help improve the lifespan of your washing machine with regular cleaning, using a specialised powder that you can get from the supermarket and follow the packet instructions. You should also clean out the filters regularly and always check the pockets of your clothes before you put them in for objects, like loose change, which could get stuck in your machine’s moving parts and cause a breakdown.

Vacuum: Average lifespan varies between make and price

Vacuum cleaners vary so much in price and performance that an average life expectancy is hard to predict, but generally speaking the more expensive the longer you would expect it to last. The best way to keep your vacuum cleaner in good working condition is to clean it out after each use, and clean the filters out every few months. If you damage the plastic around the electric cord, make sure to have it repaired so that there are no dangerous exposed wires.

Tumble dryer: Average life expectancy 10 years

A dryer is often an expensive item to run as well as purchase so getting a good quality one is essential, especially as they tend to need replacements parts and servicing after 6 years or so. If you have the space available, it is better to have separate washers and dryers as combination machines tend to break more frequently. Common faults with your dryer tend to be belts snapping or the drum not turning, but you can help prolong the life of your dryer by not overloading it when you use it.

Boiler: Average life expectancy 10-15 years

Your boiler is essential for heating your home and providing hot water, and at an average cost of around €2000 it pays to look after your boiler. Make sure you have it serviced annually – your heating engineer will help improve the life expectancy by cleaning out the filters, checking the moving parts are in good condition, and checking vents and flues for blockages.

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