How Long Do The Different parts of a house last.
Not all things are created equal and that is certainly true of a house, new or re-sale. The roof, carpet, dishwasher, air conditioner, water heater are all pieces of your house that may need to be replaced. Nearly all have a lifespan that is a direct result of how well they are treated and how regularly they get maintained. There’s not much a homeowner can do to a roof that will affect the lifespan but the location of the house and proximity to trees, winds will have an affect. Of course if you are prone to walking on the roof ( not recommended) then you can knock a few years off for that. All other appliances, cabinets, faucets etc. will be affected and their life expectancy extended if they are properly maintained and treated well.
They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To
The days of having appliances for a lifetime or even a large part of a lifetime are over, we recently replaced our dishwasher after 15 years and the installer of our new state of the art dishwasher with a completely straight face said “You won’t have this one that long”! Made me feel good! The old saying known the world over “they don’t make them like that anymore” rings true when it comes to modern-day appliances, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, microwaves all seem to have shorter lifespans.
“An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure”…Ben Franklin
There is no question that some appliances made today don’t last as long as their predecessors, they all have a lot more technological advances in them which makes them easier to use and more efficient but it also means there is more stuff to break. Take excellent care of your appliances and you will hopefully extend their lifespan. Treat them badly and you will buy another one sooner than you’d like. One good aspect of the new technology and the Internet is now if you do have a problem with an appliance you can go to YouTube, type in the model number and the problem and voila there will be someone fixing the problem. If its got something to do with water or electricity I suggest you call a plumber or electrician!
Yearly Maintenance Can Save You Money Over Time
The one major piece of equipment in your home that should not be over looked is the heating and air unit. When this puppy goes out ( usually when it’s either extremely hot or extremely cold) you are looking at major dollars to replace a heating and air unit. Costs can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the size of the unit, what needs to be replaced and where you live. It is recommended that you have your heating and air unit serviced twice a year, before the winter sets in and before the summer time. It may seem unnecessary to spend the money but if you find a reputable company that won’t charge too much and will guarantee the work, its well worth it. There are sometimes rebates and tax incentives for upgrading to a more energy-efficient system plus you’ll save on monthly utility bills. Regular maintenance will extend the life of the unit and allow you the opportunity to possibly have the luxury of buying a new heating and air unit on your terms and not when it’s the middle of summer and the unit goes out.
A Roof Over Your Head…That Doesn’t Leak
The roof of your house is critical for the well-being of the home and is so often taken for granted until it springs a leak. While most roofs are fairly durable and come with anywhere between a 15-30 year warranty, there are many factors that can shorten the life span or at best require some maintenance, although most roofs do they job without problems during their expected lifestyle. When you purchase a new home the shingles typically come with a warranty that covers them for a period of time but they are often limited warranties and may not transfer if you sell the house and may not cover the cost of installation, removal and may be pro rated. If you are buying a resale home and the shingles have a 25 year warranty and it’s year 20, you should have a reputable roofing company inspect the roof. Replacing a roof in any home is expensive and often unavoidable.
Average Lifespan Of Typical Appliances
According to a study done by the National Association of Home Builders a few years ago, the average lifespan for home appliances varied with gas ranges having the longest, here are some more estimates of appliances and features of a home…
- Clothes Dryer 10-13 Years
- Refrigerator 13-15 Years
- Dishwasher 9 Years
- Hot Water Heater 10-15 Years
- Washer 10-14 Years
- Carpet 8-10 Years
- Deck 20 Years
- Air Conditioner Unit 10-15 Years
What’s The Life Expectancy Of Household Appliances
Undoubtedly how appliances are treated and maintained will affect their life expectancy and the same is true of floor coverings, decks, counter tops and cabinets. Have you ever been to a house where the furniture is covered with plastic and there are plastic runners on the carpet, this stuff will last a long time, it might last so long it will come back in style. A dishwasher used once a week will likely last a lot longer than one run every day. A water heater’s water source will impact it also, hard untreated water will build up mineral deposits in the tank and water from a well can have dirt and sediment. Letting the door slam on the dryer or washer or doing the same to a storm door will result in repairs over time.