5.7 : Appliances




5.7.15 Major Residential and Small Commercial Appliance Lifetimes, Ages, and Replacement Picture
Typical Service Average 2005 Average
Lifetime Range Lifetime Stock Age Units to be Replaced
Appliance Type (years) (years) (years) During 2011 (thousands)
Refrigerators (1) 10 - 16 12 7.8 9,217
Freezers 8 - 16 11 11.3 2,215
Microwave Ovens 7 - 10 9 N.A. 14,625
Ranges (2)
Electric 12 - 19 16 N.A. 4,281
Gas 14 - 22 17 N.A. 2,854
Clothes Washers 7 - 14 11 N.A. 7,362
Clothes Dryers
Electric 8 - 15 12 N.A. 5,095
Gas 8 - 15 12 N.A. 1,480
Water Heaters
Electric 4 - 20 13 8.1 4,281
Gas 7 - 15 11 8.1 4,931
Room Air Conditioners 7 - 13 9 6.5 8,216
Facsimile Machines (3) 3 - 5 4 N.A. 3,133
Portable Computers (3) 2 - 4 3 N.A. 31,600
Note(s): Lifetimes based on use by the first owner of the product, and do not necessarily indicate that the product stops working after this period. A replaced unit may be discarded or used elsewhere. 1) Standard-size refrigerators only. 2) Ranges include free-standing, built-in, high-oven and cooktop/oven combination units. 3) Data for facsimile machines and portable computers is from 2010.









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Sources:

Appliance Magazine, U.S. Appliance Industry: Market Value, Life Expectancy & Replacement Picture for 2005-2012, Jan. 2011, p. 11-12 for service and average lifetimes and units to be replaced

Appliance Magazine, U.S. Appliance Industry: Market Share, Life Expectancy & Replacement Market, and Saturation Levels, January 2010, p. 10