When Should You Replace Appliances?

by Heather

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Are you concerned your appliances aren’t working as you need them to and are becoming less effective? While regular maintenance and servicing can help you to care for your appliances and extend their lifespan, they won’t continue to work at their best indefinitely. Sometimes, you will need to consider upgrading them, if only to take advantage of the new technology available to you.

But how frequently should you be upgrading your appliances? Each appliance you own will reach its endpoint after a specific time period or a number of uses, and the exact time can be influenced by a number of variables, including how you care for it, how you use it and how frequently it is used. This post looks at some common household appliances that will need to be maintained and replaced to hope you get the best from them.


HVAC systems can come under a lot of pressure throughout the year. Whether you are experiencing extremely hot summers and are relying on your air con to keep you comfortable, or you need to be putting the heating on to warm up in snowy conditions, at some points in the year, your HVAC will be more in demand, and more pressure will be replaced in the system. Ideally, you should have regular servings every year to ensure everything is working correctly. Still, for new HVAC installations, you should consider this every 10-20 years, depending on the age and condition of your system.


You should never take chances with appliances that can produce or catch fire. And while this is true for almost all of them, your oven has a greater risk of causing a house fire than most other appliances. The reason is that you use it for cooking; to do so, it produces heat and/or open flames depending on the cooker you own. Regular cleaning and repair of your oven will extend its lifespan, but it is recommended that you change your oven every 10- 15 years. Make a note of how long it’s taking to heat up, and if it seems to be longer than usual, then this is a sign all isn’t well and you might need to upgrade.

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Washer Dryers

Again another appliance that can be put under a lot of pressure from time to time. Especially if you have a large family to care for, leaking water, excessive noises, taking longer to complete cycles, or inefficient drying can be signs your washing machines or dryers aren’t working to their best capacity. You should have your dryer vent checked for build-up to reduce the risk of house fires; however, if your washing machine leaks, it can leak on the electrical socket and cause a house fire too. Both appliances have a general lifespan of 10 years, so if this is a close match for yours, then it might be time to replace them.

Your appliances go through all of these with daily use, and the more care and attention you give them and use them properly, the better condition they will be and the longer they will last. However, at some point, you will need to replace them, and knowing when can help you to avoid major disasters.

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Terri Quick August 1, 2023 - 9:38 pm
Thanks for all the info
Maria Egan August 14, 2023 - 6:18 pm
It seems that my appliances all give out at the same time. Good to do research before needing to replace.

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