If you are considering purchasing a home, it is smart to find out the age of the different appliances and systems that come with the property. Replacing appliances is expensive, so it is a good idea to have an appliance replacement plan when you move into a new home. The first step is to make a list of the appliances that come with the home and the date purchased. Then compare that to the list below:
|Gas Range||15 years|
|Electric Range||13 years|
|Washing Machine||10 years|
|Air Conditioner (room)||10 years|
|Central Air Conditioner||15 years|
|Garbage Disposal||12 years|
|Microwave Oven||9 years|
|Water Heater Electric||11 years|
|Water Heater Gas||10 years|
|Tankless Water Heater||20+ years|
These lifespans are just an estimate, of course. The true lifespan will vary by model, manufacturer, and how well the appliances have been maintained. You can find out additional information on the particular model online. You can also ask for a maintenance record (both repairs and preventative maintenance) from the sellers. In some cases, like on hot water heaters or furnace, the service record may be listed on the side of the unit.
You may also want to learn more about the different parts that need to be replaced on an ongoing basis. This might include a water filter for the refrigerator, filters for the furnace, and salt for a water softener unit.
One other option is to consider a homeowner warranty and make sure it covers the appliances. Generally the term of this policy may be limited, but it is not unusual for appliances to break when their usage changes. For example, if the original homeowner did five loads of laundry per week, but your family uses closer to ten, this additional wear and tear on the appliance may cause issues.
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