How many years can you expect to get out of that washer, dryer or refrigerator? The average life expectancy for a dishwasher and microwave oven is about 9 years, while you might get 18 years out of a gas range. Of course, the amount it is used can also factor into life expectancy, but knowing the average lifespan of an appliance might help when determining if you should repair or replace your appliance.
Here’s a chart using information from the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) many consumers replace their appliances long before they wear out due to styling, technology and consumer preference.
Cleaning a glass jar in the dishwasher might seem like a easy way to clean the jar and remove the label at the same time — but don’t do it. The paper or plastic label can break apart and end up in your dishwasher’s drain pump. You will then need to take apart your dishwasher in order to clean out your drain pump.
Instead, soak the jar in a sink full or warm soapy water in order to easily remove the label. It should peel right off.
Maybe you moved into a new apartment or are downsizing your home and you need some extra space; stacking your washer and dryer might just be the answer. But before you get stacking, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Measure the space
Make sure you have enough room so that your newly stacked appliances fit into their new space. You also need to have some room in back for venting, cords and hoses. If you are placing Continue reading
About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”
Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are Continue reading
Is stainless steel still the best finish option when it comes to buying new appliances? It all depends on taste and how long you plan on staying in your home.
Frederickrealestateonline.com writes, “…studies are still showing that stainless steel has the most popularity. Stainless appliances will be a safe choice for at least another 5 or 10 years. If you want to play it safe, choose stainless.”
Meaning, that if you plan to do a kitchen remodel and are Continue reading
Electric stove tops can easily get dirty and grimy from everyday cooking. Sometimes the dirt and grime builds up and it can be extremely hard to clean. Affresh cooktop cleaner is a non-abrasive cleaner that cleans hard to clean up messes without making you scrub really hard. Watch how easy Affresh makes cooktop cleaning for this DIYer.