You may expect the answer to this question to be something like "When it breaks down and can't be repaired.". But truthfully, all appliances have general dates of expiration and to avoid possible expensive repairs or avoid it breaking down just when you need it - staying ahead of those expiration dates can save you alot of headache.
If your washing machine is an older model, it may be using more water and power than the newer models. It may also not be washing your clothes as well as it once used to.
Bottom line is, don't wait until your washing machine has gone kaput or worse - springs a leak and damages your floor, furniture, drywall, etc. You will then not only be purchasing a new washing machine, but you will have to make repairs to what it has damaged.
How Long Does A Washing Machine Last On Average?
The average age of a washing machine depends on how often it's used.
- On average, all washing machines (front load and top load) have an average lifespan of about 14 years
- If you use the washing machine less than 7 times a week then it should last longer than 14 years
- If you use the washing machine 7 or more times a week then it may need to be replaced in less than 14 years
- But if your washing machine is a lower cost model - it may not last the average expected lifespan
It all boils down to how many loads (cycles) of laundry your washing machine is built for. In fact, that's how they are rated. So, take a look at how many cycles your washing machine is rated for. If you were to use your washing machine once every day then that would be 365 cycles per year. In order for it to last 14 years, that would mean it would have to be rated at least 5,110 cycles.
So, choose a cycle rating that can match how much you expect to use it which of course depends on the size of your family.
Tips On Maintaining Your Washing Machine
To maximize it's performance, you want to do your best to maintain your washing machine so that it can perform well for as long as possible.
Here are 9 tips on how to do that.
- Make sure there is a drip pan under the washing machine (especially if your unit is on the 2nd floor)
- Make sure the unit is on a flat and level surface.
- Clean your washing machine once a month with a commercial product for this purpose or do the following:
- Pour some distilled white vinegar into the dispenser (where you would normally put your laundry detergent).
- Add 1 cup of baking soda directly into the drum.
- Run the machine on the hottest cycle and add an extra rinse cycle (or your washing cycle if you have that option).
- If your machine has a mildew smell - replace the vinegar with bleach and add an additional rinse cycle.
- Make sure there's at least 4 inches between the back of your washing machine and the wall.
- Check the hoses to and from your washing machine every 3 - 5 years.
- Clean the lint filter in the unit every 3 months.
- Keep the lid open when not using it to help prevent musty odors and mildew.
- Avoid using too much detergent.
- Never stuff your washing machine with too many items.
Washing machines can be expensive so keeping them maintained will help to save you money by possibly avoiding having to purchase a new one sooner than normal.
If you have any questions about the plumbing for your washing machine or are having some problems with it, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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