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Life Expectancies

The following tables show average life expectancies for various common appliances, systems, and materials. These have been taken from a wide range of sources including various professional building specialty websites and consumer resources, and are intended only as an estimate. Care and maintenance as well as quality and proper installation also play big roles in performance and longevity.

Appliances

Appliance Expected life in years
Microwave oven
10
Garbage disposal
10-12
Trash compactor
10
Water heater, gas
11-13
Water heater, electric
13-14
Water heater, tank less (on demand)
20+
Smoke detector
10
Refrigerator, side by side
14
Refrigerator, top mount
14
Refrigerator, bottom mount
17
Refrigerator, single door
19
Refrigerator, compact 
5
Freezer (compact)

12

Freezer (standard)

16

Washing machine, top load
14
Washing machine, front load
11
Dryer
10-13
Range, electric
17
Range, gas
19
Dishwasher
10
Cooktops
13-20
Air Conditioner (room size)
10
Exhaust Fan

20

Intercom

30-40

Compactor

10

Smoke/fire/intrusion system

10-14

HVAC

Heating-Venting-Air-Conditioning Expected life in years
Air conditioning compressor
15-20
Forced air furnace, heat pump
15
Baseboard electric heat systems
20-40
Plumbing, waste piping
75
Hot-Water Boiler
20-30
Water Softener
20
Water Pump 7-10
Wall heater 12-17
Humidifier 7-8
Electric air cleaner 8-10
Ceiling heating 20-30

Interior 

Materials Expected life in years
Carpeting
11
Interior Paint
7-10
Vinyl Floor
20-30
Wood Floor
100+
Bathroom fixtures, porcelain and cast iron
50
Fiberglass tub/showers
10-15
Kitchen cabinets (particle board and laminates)
15-20
Kitchen cabinets, solid wood and plywood construction
20-50
Countertop, Tile
50+
Countertop, Laminate
10-15
Countertop, Wood
20+
Countertop, Granite
20+
Shower door 25
Toilet 50
Door screen 25-50
Door 30-Life
Plaster 3-5
Marble or tile floor Life
Wallpaper 7
Faucets 15-20
Window glazing 20
Wood casement 20-50
Aluminum casement 10-20
Medicine cabinet 20

Exterior 

Materials
Expected life in years
Exterior Deck 15
Exterior Paint
7-10
Garage Door
20-50
Garage Door Opener
10
Roofing, Composition
15-30
Roofing, wood shingles
20-30
Roofing, Tile
50
Wood Siding
10-100
Aluminum Siding 20-50
Vinyl siding 50
Veneer - brick/stone 100+
Fences 20-30
Patio - concrete/brick 15-50
Gravel walk 3-5
Concrete walk 10-50
Asphalt driveway 8-10
Tennis court 10
Exterior door - unprotected 25-30
Exterior door - protected 50-100
Sealers, waxes and silicone  1-5
Stucco 3-5
Poured footing and foundation 200
Concrete block 100
Cement 50
Termite proofing 5
Baseboard system 20
Waterproofing 10
Sprinkler system 12
Gutters and downspouts 30
Swimming pool  18

 

  
 
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