There’s no doubt about it. Owning a home can be an expensive undertaking, especially if your appliances are starting to age.
When will your major appliances likely need to be replaced? And how can you help them last longer?
According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the expected lifespan of major appliances is as follows:
But, as with most elements of your home, proper upkeep can go a long way. That’s why it’s crucial to carefully read every owner’s manual – as you’ll probably get a list of tips.
Likely, you’ll find the smallest things can make the biggest differences, such as:
- Cleaning your refrigerator coils with a vacuum or a brush
- Cleaning your oven and stovetop with approved cleaners
- Making sure your dishwasher and washing machine are level, so they’re less likely to vibrate or shut off unexpectedly
- Avoiding overloading your washing machine
- Cleaning your dryer’s lint trap and making sure its vent is free from build up
Before it’s time to repair or replace an appliance, make sure your home insurance is in working order, too. Talk to an agent, today.