Home Appliances: Time to Repair or Renew?

Is there anything as refreshing as the fingerprint-free glisten of a new stainless steel appliance in your home?

Today’s home appliances have some pretty amazing energy-efficient and water-saving features compared to older models. For example, the Whirlpool® appliances included standard in a new KB Home are ENERGY STAR® certified, helping to save electricity and lower those utility bills.

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While the average life expectancy of a new appliance has decreased slightly compared to older models made in the 1950s and 1960s, the efficiency and energy saving benefits could help you save on money in the long run. ENERGY STAR certified appliances are manufactured with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, helping you save both water and energy. A new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher uses less than half the energy of washing dishes by hand and saves up to 5,000 gallons of water a year (it’s an added bonus that a dishwasher makes post-dinner cleanup a LOT easier!).

If you’ve recently moved into a new home with new appliances or are looking into purchasing some trendy new hardware for your kitchen or laundry room, you might be wondering just how long you can expect your appliances to last before you’ll need to replace them.

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The “Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components” published in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders and Bank of America Home Equity, gave some insight into the range of time an appliance may be expected to last.

  • Gas Range Oven: 15 years
  • Refrigerator: 13 years
  • Electric or Gas Dryer: 13 years
  • Food Waste Disposer: 12 years
  • Washing Machine: 10 years
  • Dishwasher: 9 years
  • Microwave Oven: 9 years
  • Trash Compactor: 6 years

For those homes with older appliances, it might be time to start asking, “Is time running out on my old appliances? Would it be better to repair or replace?”

Of course, the lifespan of each appliance is variable, depending on the extent of use as well as the care and maintenance you put into keeping it in tip-top shape. You can extend the life of an appliance that may be having issues by calling the manufacturer and requesting support to repair the appliance or replace a malfunctioning part. This option can often be much more affordable than replacing the entire appliance yourself.

Whirlpool appliances offer additional protection plans to extend the service for warranty repairs. You can find out more about the Whirlpool warranty and the benefits of using new, environmentally-friendly appliances on their website.

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When planning your home’s yearly budget, make sure to keep maintenance and repair costs for appliances in mind and review the warranty provided by the manufacturer. One of the benefits of a new energy-efficient home is that it comes with new energy-efficient appliances!  If you have any questions about the brand new ENERGY STAR certified appliances that come standard with a KB Home, please send us your questions! You can connect with us directly by clicking HERE.