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How Long Should Your Appliances Last?

Keep your home buddies in mint condition and know when to have it replaced

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

Aside from spending on furniture, we also make it a point to invest a good amount of cash in appliances that can make home life easier. From TV sets and washing machines, to AC units and refrigerators, we're always on the lookout for the latest model with top-of-the-line features. It's good to keep in mind that a hefty price tag doesn't necessarily mean that you can use it for a long time. Regular maintenance and dealing with minor problems can extend the life of your must-haves and keep these in tip-top shape.

Most appliances last up to 10 years with proper care. To help you make the most of your appliances at home, we've rounded up tips and reminders that may come in handy:

HVAC System, 15 years

Do you have air-conditioning units and heating systems around the home? These are expected to last for around 15 years. Keep it in good condition by changing the filters at least four times a year and by having it checked annually. During the summer season, when your AC is turned on most of the time, it's best to have it checked by a professional just to make sure it will give you the comfort you're looking forward to.

Television, 9 years

Manufacturers claim that TV sets have an approximately up to 90,000 hours life span, or around 9 years of active use. This timeline applies to LCD, LED, and Plasma screens. To care for your TV, place it in an area where they aren't exposed to heat and dust. Wipe it clean regularly and turn it off when not in use.

Washing Machine, 14 years

Trusty washing machines come in two types—the front load that develops leaky door gaskets over time; and the top load that's prone to damages due to humidity and rust. Both types may last up to 14 years—just make sure you follow the load limit and that you clean if every after wash day.

RL Tip: Don't forget to check all pockets for loose change and other knickknacks before putting clothes in the wash. Doing so can avoid problems and damages.

Dishwasher, 9 years

While some find washing dishes therapeutic, there are some who count on dishwashers to make the chore easier. Keep yours in mint condition by regularly cleaning and changing the filters. Make sure that your plates, pots, and pans do not have food particles that may cause clogged drains, too.

Refrigerator, 13 years

It's inevitable for refrigerators to undergo minor repairs from time to time—especially if you have malfunctioning ice makers and busted lights. Keep in mind that a broken compressor is a sign that you need to replace your unit. When shopping for a new fridge, choose an energy-efficient model and one that can fit in your space.

Stove and Range, 15 to 17 years

Gas stoves are expected to last an average of two years—longer than electric ranges. Check the burner and regularly clean the stove after every use to extend the life of these essentials.

Microwave Oven, 9 years

Since it's one of the most frequently used appliances in the kitchen, microwaves may last up to nine years. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help keep it in good working condition.

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