In the late 1800’s the life expectancy for people was 40 to 48 years. Things have gotten a lot better since then. Today, the average life expectancy for women is 81 years while for men it 76 years. As time goes on, the life expectancies get longer and longer.
Tomorrow I turn 72 years old. Today I played tennis against two men who were in their mid-eighties. They beat the heck out of us. Don’t tell me (or them) that it’s almost over for us. I expect another 15 to 20 years.
That’s People, What about Appliances?
When in the market for a home, the age of appliances is a major consideration. Like anything else, the life expectancy depends somewhat on how well the appliance was designed and used. The life span of an appliance is affected most by the frequency of on-and-off cycles. An air conditioner in the Phoenix area ranges from 8 to 10 years while the same air conditioner in Minnesota may last twice as long.
The following material was developed for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Economics Department based on a survey of manufacturers, trade associations and product researchers. Many factors affect the life expectancy of housing components and need to be considered when making replacement decisions, including the quality of the components, the quality of their installation, their level of maintenance, weather and climatic conditions, and intensity of their use. Some components remain functional but become obsolete because of changing styles and tastes or because of product improvements. Note that the following life expectancy estimates are provided largely by the industries or manufacturers that make and sell the components listed.
|Life Expectancy of Household Components|
|Appliances||Life in years|
|Washers, automatic and compact||13|
|Cabinetry||Life in years|
|Medicine cabinets and vanities||20|
|Countertops||Life in years|
|Ceramic tile, high-grade installation||Lifetime|
|Doors||Life in years|
|Interior, hollow core||Less than 30|
|Interior, solid core||30-lifetime|
|Exterior, protected overhang||80-100|
|Exterior, unprotected and exposed||25-30|
|Garage door opener||10|
|Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)||Life in years|
|Central air conditioning unit (newer units should last longer)||15|
|Air conditioner compressor||15|
|Electric water heater||14|
|Forced air furnaces, heat pump||15|
|Plumbing||Life in years|
|Waste piping, cast iron||75-100|
|Sinks, enamel steel||5-10|
|Sinks, enamel cast iron||25-30|
|Faucets, low quality||13-15|
|Faucets, high quality||15-20|
|Roofing||Life in years|
|Asphalt and wood shingles and shakes||15-30|
|Tile (depends on quality of tile and climate)||50|
|Slate (depends on grade)||50-100|
|Sheet metal (depends on gauge of metal and quality of fastening and application)||20-50+|
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