How Long Do Your Appliances Last?

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Whether you’re moving and are in need of new appliances or you’re in the hunt for a sorely-needed update, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your appliances’ shelf life. After all, you don’t want to be caught unaware when a major appliance goes on the fritz or breaks down permanently.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy little list to help you remember your major appliances’ shelf life! While you’re reading this list, keep in mind that these numbers indicate averages. Your appliance may last longer if you purchase a higher quality of equipment or if you maintain them well. Here is the list from Consumer Reports:

Air Conditioning – A small air conditioning unit that is used in a room will last an average of 10 years. Your central air conditioning has an average shelf life of 15 years.

Boilers – If you have an electric boiler, you can probably count on it being around for 13 years. If your boiler is gas-based, it has a longer shelf life at an average of 21 years.

Dehumidifiers and Humidifiers – Both your dehumidifiers and your humidifiers should last for an average of 8 years!

Dishwashers – Do you have a dishwasher in your home? You can expect it to last for an average of 9 years, just shy of a decade!

Dryers – Both electric and gas dryers have a shelf life that clocks in at an average of 13 years.

Freezers – Your freezer should keep your food nice and cold for an average of 11 years.

Furnaces – Typically, furnaces will last between 15-20 years, on average. If your furnace is electric, its lifespan should be 15 years. If it is gas, it should last an average of 18 years. If you have an oil furnace, you should be able to enjoy it for an average of 20 years.

Garbage Disposals – These little wonders under the kitchen sink should stay in good shape for an average of 12 years.

Microwave Ovens – While not a major appliance, your microwave is essential in the kitchen. Expect it to last an average of 9 years.

Ranges – It depends on the type of range you have! If you have an electric range, it should last an average of 13 years. If you cook dinner on a gas range, it should last about 15 years.

Refrigerators – For the full-size refrigerator, count on it to be chilling your food for an average of 13 years. Compact fridges should last an average of 9 years.

Washing Machines – Your trusty washing machine should help you wash your clothes for an average of 10 years.

Water Heaters – Last but not least, your water heater’s shelf life can vary, again, depending on the type you have. If you have an electric or gas water heater, you can expect to see it live for 10-11 years on average. Tankless water heaters, however, can last 20 years or more!

You can always pick up a great major appliance, but you should really trust the experts to help you find the home of your dreams. Trust The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check out our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

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Traveling? Take Care of Your Home First With These 9 Tips!

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If you’re planning on taking a trip sometime this summer for business or for pleasure, you’ve probably thought about which hotel to check in, which restaurants to try out, and which attractions to see along the way. You might also have your bag packed and ready to go. But what about your home? You’ll need to take steps to secure your home before you take a trip – otherwise, you could have a possible break-in on your hands.

Don’t worry – there are plenty of easy steps you can take to deter would-be thieves! Here are 9 simple steps you can take to keep your home safe while you’re out, whether it’s for 2 days, 2 weeks, or somewhere in between.

Stop Your Mail –Nothing attracts thieves more than an overstuffed mailbox or countless newspapers strewn across your front lawn. The trick to deterring thieves is to make it look like you’re still home. Before you embark on your adventure, place a hold on your mail. This includes newspapers and all other deliveries. You can also ask a trusted friend or neighbor to grab your mail for you.

Keep the Lawn Trimmed – Not only is it a good idea to mow your lawn before you leave, but if you’re going to be gone for a while, it’s also a good idea to hire someone to maintain it for you while you’re gone. Hire a lawn care company to make everything look perfect until you come home. Leaving during the winter? Arrange for snow to be shoveled while you’re away!

Time the Lights Just Right – Want to make it really look like you’re home even though you’re not? Invest in some timers on various lights around your home! You can either have them all go off at one universal time, or you can set them to go off randomly. Visit your local home improvement store to find the perfect option for you.

Install Motion Detectors – If you haven’t already, be sure to install motion detectors on your outside lights. They make an excellent security measure since the lights are triggered whenever someone or something steps into the sensor’s range!

Ask Your Friends for Help – Before you leave, ask your friends, relatives, or trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your home or drive by once in a while when you’re away. Remember to return the favor whenever they leave for vacation or on a business trip!

Leave No Keys Outside – If you have the propensity to hide keys into your home under your doormat or elsewhere outside, this could be a big mistake while you’re on vacation. Thieves know where to look, and if they find your key, it gives them easy access to enter. Don’t leave an emergency key outside while you’re gone. Instead, leave it with someone you trust in case of emergencies.

Come Unplugged – Remember to unplug your electronics, except for your freezer, refrigerator, and any items you’ve put on timers. It won’t just help you avoid any electrical troubles while you’re out, but it can also save you some money on your electric bill!

Secure the Doors and Windows – Before you leave, go around and make sure that you’ve locked and secured all of your doors and windows. If you have any sliding glass doors, you can take extra precautions by putting in an appropriately-sized rod into the track so an intruder can’t open the door, even if they’ve picked the lock.

Regulate the Temperature – If you haven’t done so already, you might want to install an automatic thermostat, which will help regulate the temperature in your home. Not only can this prevent disasters like frozen pipes, but it can also save you some money while you’re enjoying your vacation or out on your business trip.

What do you do to secure your home before heading out on vacation? Did we forget any other important tips? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you!