When to Replace Appliances and Fixtures

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Our homes are stuffed with gadgets that make our lives easier. From dishwashers and stoves to showerheads and faucets, we rely on these items every day to lend us a hand and keep our homes running smoothly.

No appliance or fixture can last forever, though. There is an end date to every component of your home that can sneak up on you, but once that time has come, it’s impossible to ignore.

We’ve compiled information on your major appliances to fill you in on the signs you should be looking for to know when it’s time for an upgrade.

Average Lifespans For Appliances

If you’re looking for a quick-list of average lifespans for your home’s fixtures, here’s one to follow:

  • Refrigerator: 9-12 years
  • Dishwasher: 9-10 years
  • Range: 10-18 years
  • Washer/Dryer: 5-15 years
  • Microwaves: 9 years
  • Showerheads: 6-8 months
  • Bathtubs: 10-15 years
  • Sinks: 20-50 years
  • Water Heater: 6-13 years
  • Garbage Disposal: 8-15 years

Most of the items on this list have a range of years they could last between. So, how do you get your dishwasher to last the full ten years? Simply take care of it and use it as it was intended! With proper care, treatment, and regular maintenance, your appliances are sure to last you a long time!

Signs It’s Time to Replace

If you are the original owner of your appliance, make an effort to keep track of their “birthdays”. You won’t have to buy them a cake every year, but it will help you remember how old they are and allow you to assess when they should be retired.

If you’re not sure of their age, look out for these indicators and never ignore them.


A working refrigerator will keep your items at a cool 35-38 ºf. If you’re noticing your butter is a little melted, or your ice cream is turning to soup, take it as an obvious sign of old age and start shopping for a new one as soon as possible. An inefficient refrigerator will cause higher energy bills and increases the risk of bacteria growth on your food.


The dishwasher saves us hours of standing over the sink scrubbing pans after dinnertime. As far as appliances are concerned, it’s a fan favorite in our house!

A common problem homeowners see with their dishwasher is improper draining. This is often due to a clogged drain that your plumber at Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts can take care of!

If yours continues to drain poorly, makes strange noises, leaks, or a persistently foul odor, odds are it’s due to be replaced.


This one should be easy. Look for irritating and persistent leaks, cracks, mold, and stains to know when to replace. Bathtubs can last a long time with proper care and regular maintenance, but once they begin to fall apart, it’s hard to bring them back!

Water Heater

Another simple one here! If, after a check from your plumber, your water heater continues to not do its job, replace it.


When it comes to fixtures like showerheads, faucets, shower doors, and toilet tank components, here is what to look for:

  • Water stains
  • Hard water mineral build-up
  • Chronic leaks
  • Higher water bills
  • Low-water pressure

If you’re seeing or experiencing these things, it may be time to go shopping!

Always Remember…

Keeping track of family and friends birthdays is hard enough, but your appliances too? We know it can become a burden to think about. So, when you’re not sure what to do, keep in mind this rule of thumb: if the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a brand new appliance, go for the brand new one!

As always, we encourage you to let the professionals weigh in! Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts plumbers provide honest and fair evaluations of your plumbing appliances. Give us a call at (833) 207-0817 to chat, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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