If you want to make your home’s appliances last longer and run more efficiently, you must do regular maintenance on them.

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When it comes to how long you can expect your home’s major appliances to last, a good rule of thumb is the more we use them, the shorter they will last.

A fair estimate of their lifespan is eight to 10 years. This rule applies to your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and other items of that nature. Regular maintenance is key to making these machines last long and run efficiently. 

For example, I use a product called Lemi Shine on my dishwasher because it helps with the extremely hard water we have in our area. If you don’t have a water softener, the appliance you really want to keep an eye on is your water heater. If you have an electric water heater, hard water sediment can sink to the bottom, wrap around the coil, and reduce its life by half.

Regular maintenance is key to making these machines last long and run efficiently.

You should consider draining your water heater annually. Discuss this process with your local plumber to make sure you’re doing it right. If you have a gas water heater, that’s a completely different animal, and you definitely want to consult an expert in dealing with its maintenance. 

The most expensive appliance in your home is your HVAC unit, so maintaining it regularly is key. I typically have my HVAC unit serviced in the spring and fall because I certainly want air conditioning during the summer and heat during the winter. I recommend you do the same. 

With heavy usage, you can expect some of these systems to give out or get tired after 15 years, so that’s definitely a budgetary item to consider.

If you have questions about upgrading your appliances or need a referral to an expert who can help you with any maintenance issues, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d be happy to speak with you.