The service life of a household appliance may vary depending on the purchase price of the appliance and the use of the appliance. For example, a $349 dishwasher will not have the same lifespan as a $2,000 dishwasher.

For a household appliance, there is an average industrial life that is provided by appliance manufacturers and a practical service life, which is generally recognized by the courts in the event of a dispute. You will not be surprised to learn that the average lifespan provided by the manufacturers who manufacture the appliances is much higher than that used by the courts.

Lifespan of a household appliance

The table below shows the average lifespans of different household appliances.

Household appliance

Average lifespan

Fridge 11 to 13 years
Freezer 12 to 15 years
Cook 13 to 15 years
Dishwasher 10 to 11 years
Washer 11 to 14 years
Dryer 12 to 15 years

This information was obtained from Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency and will be very helpful to you if you have to enforce your rights to have a non-warranty appliance repaired.

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