The Appliance Cycle
The two questions most frequently asked of appliance repair experts are "How much is a new machine?" and "How long should my [insert appliance name here] last?" Naturally, the idea all major appliances must someday expire and become landfill fodder helps fuel the industry with new sales, but an important selling point for most purchases in this product category revolves around dependability and product life-span.
With this in mind, take a look at some basic major appliance facts from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM):
The average length of appliance ownership varies from a low of 6.8 years for garbage disposals to a high of 11.2 years for freezers. In almost every appliance category, the average age of units has increased since 1990. This indicates that appliances are being replaced or left behind less often than in the past. The average age of trash compactors has increased from seven to 11 years and may indicate that units owned are being replaced very infrequently.