So often at an inspection, home inspectors find appliances that are decades old. The interesting thing is that there are average life spans for appliances but some last well beyond their average life spans.

For instance, a few weeks ago, I saw a water heater that was running and still producing hot water but it was 30 years old. There is no way to determine when an appliance will stop working, we can only plan ahead. When an appliance is at or beyond its expected life span, we recommend budgeting for a new one.

This DOES NOT, however, mean that you should go buy one now. If it isn’t broken, don’t replace it! Simply budget for a new one.

Here are some average life spans for most major appliances.