Average Lifespans of Most Major Appliances
While homes can last for over a century, the lifespan of most appliances is less than 20 years. There is no single number when it comes to the lifespan of most major appliances. Typically, their lifespans directly correlate with how much (or how little) use they receive. With older appliances, home repair insurance most likely won’t pay for repairs if something breaks down, but Choice Home Warranty will cover properly maintained systems and appliances even if they’re a little outdated.
According to This Old House, gas ranges tend to last around 15 years. Washers, dryers and refrigerators are built to last as well. They tend to work for around 13 years. Dishwashers and microwaves, on the other hand, average only around 9 years.
Water heaters last anywhere from 8–12 years. Well pumps last between 8 and 15 years (depending on usage) and a sump pump will typically last around 10 years.
Common Appliance Repairs and What They Cost
While many appliances last anywhere from 8-20 years, this usually factors in routine maintenance. It is also important to remember that, when you’re purchasing a home, unless your appliances are 100% brand new, you have no real record of the maintenance and upkeep. Here is a breakdown of some of the most commonly reported appliance repairs and what they cost:
One of the most common components that malfunctions in refrigerators is the compressor. This repair can cost between $50–$300. Issues with the icemaker can run between $200–$350. If your freezer is malfunctioning, you may have an issue with the evaporator fan. This tends to cost between $200–$250.
Range / Oven
Ovens and ranges have a startling number of components that can malfunction.
- An electronic gas stove-top igniter costs between $20–$200.
- Doors can cost anywhere from $65–$400 (door glass alone costs between $50–$300).
- Control knobs cost between $10–$70
- Oven thermostats cost between $100–$200 for budget brands and the cost can rise up to $450 for designer brands.
Keep in mind, these are just the costs of the actual replacement parts. Most contractors charge a diagnostic fee and you will also be on the hook for the cost of labor.
According to Angie’s List, the national average for dishwasher repair is $191 and most contractors charge between $75–$100 per hour. The most common issues for dishwashers are:
- Clogged spray arms, which cost around $115 to repair
- Worn-out rubber gaskets and pump/valve problems, which cost between $170–$230
- Dirty filter screens, which cost between $200–$350 to replace
- Blocked or kinked drain hoses, which cost between $160–$190 to replace or repair
- Worn out control panels, which cost up to $150 to repair
- Defective pumps, which also cost around $150 to replace or repair
Laundry Washer / Dryer
If your washer is failing to drain or accumulating standing water, you need to service or repair it immediately. Specifically, this usually means you need to repair or replace the pump. This can cost between $50–$100.
Dryer repair, on the other hand, tends to be a bit more expensive. The most common things that dryer owners spend money on are thermostat replacements, gas ignition coil replacement and repair and unclogging clogged dryer vents. On average, you can expect to pay between $300–$420 on dryer repairs.
The average national cost of water heater repairs is around $545, although repair costs can fluctuate from as low as $100 to as high as $1,000. The most common repairs are:
- Thermocouple replacement, which costs between $20–$150
- Gas control valve replacement, which costs between $300–$500
- Heater element replacement, which costs between $200–$300
- Thermostat replacement, which costs between $150–$200
The most expensive potential issue is a leaky water heater, which can cost up to $1,000 to repair.
Surprisingly, one of the most common repairs that well pump owners encounter is fairly affordable. It only costs between $20–$40 to replace the well pump pressure switch. Unfortunately, replacing the tank (another very common repair) costs between $250–$500. If you need to replace your well pump, that will cost around $1,000 for above-ground pumps and closer to $2,000 if you have a drilled well.
Unlike many appliances, when it comes to sump pumps, most homeowners end up replacing them rather than repairing them when they fail. The two most common sump pump issues are visible rust on the exterior of the pump (which is a sign that the pump needs to be replaced) and a failing electrical motor. Water backup coverage is one of the few protections offered by regular home repair insurance. However, a home warranty will provide you with more protection overall for other sump pump failures. On average, homeowners spend between $380–$530 for major repairs. When a sump pump needs to be replaced, those costs can range anywhere from $650 to $1,770.