Life expectancy of Appliances and 55+ persons

Life ExpectancyIn 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.


Appliance BrandsThat’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
AppliancesLife in years
Freezers, compact12
Freezers, standard16
Microwave ovens11
Electric ranges17
Gas ranges19
Gas ovens14
Refrigerators, compact14
Refrigerators, standard17
Washers, automatic and compact13
Exhaust fans20
CabinetryLife in years
Kitchen cabinets15-20
Medicine cabinets and vanities20
CountertopsLife in years
Ceramic tile, high-grade installationLifetime
Wood/butcher block20+
DoorsLife in years
Interior, hollow coreLess than 30
Interior, solid core30-lifetime
Exterior, protected overhang80-100
Exterior, unprotected and exposed25-30
Garage doors20-50
Garage door opener10
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)Life in years
Central air conditioning unit (newer units should last longer)15
Window unit10
Air conditioner compressor15
Electric water heater14
Forced air furnaces, heat pump15
PlumbingLife in years
Waste piping, cast iron75-100
Sinks, enamel steel5-10
Sinks, enamel cast iron25-30
Sinks, china25-30
Faucets, low quality13-15
Faucets, high quality15-20
RoofingLife in years
Asphalt and wood shingles and shakes15-30
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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