How Long Will It Last?


Does it seem that you’re replacing items in your house way too often? It certainly can keep you busy making sure your inventory remains updated, can’t it?


We thought it might be helpful to learn what the “standard” life expectancy is for some of the most common household appliances and electronics. Our sources are surveys that were conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Consumer Technology Association.


Following are common household appliances and electronics, along with their projected life expectancy (rounded to the nearest full year). These are just projected time frames based on the survey results from manufacturers’ and consumers’ input.  These household items are ranked by longevity:



  • Range, gas – 15 years
  • Clothes dryer – 13 years
  • Range, electric – 13 years
  • Refrigerator – 13 years
  • Washing machine – 10 years
  • Water heater, electric – 11 years
  • Water heater, gas – 10 years
  • Dishwasher – 9 years
  • Microwave – 9 years



  • Television – 8 years
  • Digital camera – 7 years
  • Blue ray players – 6 years
  • Laptops – 6 years
  • Video game consoles – 6 years
  • Smartphones – 5 years
  • Tablets – 5 years


Of course, there are variances to consider, such as frequency of use, maintenance, and quality (low-cost or high-end) of the item purchased. Also, some appliances and electronics are replaced before they stop working because the consumer chooses to update or remodel their home or it’s a decision based on improved technology.