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Don't Waste Your Money: Appliance lifespans getting shorter

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By John Matarese - bio |email

(WTOL) - A few years ago, back when home values were soaring, many homeowners replaced appliances simply because they wanted something newer. 

These days, most financially strapped families buy appliances only when they absolutely have to. 

However, these days appliances are not lasting as long as you would think.

Forget about mom's old Maytag

Hoping to get 40 years out that new front loading washing machine, the way your mom got 40 years out of her old Maytag, with that one big click-click-click knob in the middle of the control panel? 

Don't count on it. Today's high tech and energy efficient appliances just don't last as long. 

A report from the National Association of Home Builders and Bank of America lists the lifespan of appliances, and most are much shorter than you'd think.

  • Refrigerator: 13 years
  • Dishwasher: 9 years
  • Microwave oven: 9 years
  • Water heater: 11 years
  • Central air: 15 years
  • Gas furnace: 18 years
  • Clothes Dryer: 15 years
  • And that sleek new water saving washing machine? Just 10 years.

Doesn't that Stink?

From the "doesn't that stink" file: Why today's appliances don't last longer. 

Remember when the Maytag man was bored because washers never broke down? He's not bored anymore, whether dealing with Maytag or almost any other brand. 

The problem, according to the contractor referral service Service Magic,  is today's appliances use more electronics and thin plastics and contain less porcelain and copper materials that last forever. 

Consumer Reports Magazine says Kenmore and Whirlpool appliances, admittedly not the sexiest, along with some pricey European brands, such as Bosch, tend to last longer. 

Remember: The more features and electronics on something like a refrigerator, the more things to break down.

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