Do You Know the Lifespan of Your Kitchen Appliances?

It’s frustrating when a kitchen appliance malfunctions, especially during the holidays. With Christmas already here, now is the time to make sure your refrigerator, oven, and stovetop are in prime working order. Look around your kitchen and take inventory of which appliances can last another year, and which ones need to be replaced.

The life expectancy of your appliances differ based on type and function. Some examples:

Gas vs. Electric Stove

A gas stove’s lifespan is about 20 years, but an electric stove lasts around 17 years.

Refrigerator  

With refrigerators, single-door models are expected to last 19 years, top-freezer styles last about 17 years, and bottom freezers and side-by-side models typically work for only 14 years.

Other Appliances

Dishwashers and garbage disposals both last around 10 years on average if maintained properly.

To ensure that you get the most out of your appliances each year, annual maintenance should always be performed. Lastly, a Christmas-related tip: As tempting as it may be, don’t run the cleaning cycle on your stove before a big dinner party. Cleaning cycles use a lot of energy and bring added stress to a stove. You are far better off wiping down the oven. Save the cleaning cycle for after the holidays, to be safe.


The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.