Monday, June 9, 2014
Forbes Living Asks: How Long Should Our Appliances Last?
Forbes Living is watching the longevity of the average home appliance get shorter and shorter. Could it be the result of planned obsolescence in order to make us buy another one? Representatives of the manufacturers say that's not the case. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders along with Bank of America Home Equity recently released a guide: "The Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components". Members of the American appliance industry claim that their products are built to last ... at least the components made in the USA. They admit, though, that the components made overseas can be a different matter.
The Forbes Living TV show has the list of life expectancy of various home devices, according to the above report. A gas range should have a usable life of about 15 years. A clothes dryer or refrigerator should last about 13 years. A food disposal unit can manage about 12 years while a washing machine lasts for 10. Dishwashers and microwave ovens clock in at about 9 years. A trash compactor is only expected to serve for 6 years. Measure these against your parents' appliances which probably operated without incident for 40-50 years. If it's the "smart" electronics components that fail first, maybe our appliances are just too smart for their own good.