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How Long Do Washing Machines Last?

In the United States, almost every home has a washing machine, and the few people that don't have them, certainly wish they did. Spending hours each week at the laundromat can be a large waste of time, so most people go out of their way to ensure that they have a washer and dryer.

Washers are fantastic household appliances and just like the garbage disposal, hot water heater, dishwasher, and refrigerator, washers don't last forever. Eventually, washers need to be replaced, but when? What is the lifespan of a washing machine?

Average Lifespan of Washing Machines

On average, top and front-loading washing machines last about 14 years. The 14-year estimate is based on one load of laundry per day, or seven loads each week. Basically, washers are expected to handle about 5,100 cycles before they need to be replaced, so mathematically the average washer should handle a load per day for 14 years.

When you wash less than seven loads per a week, then you're automatically extending the lifespan of your washer, and if you wash more than seven loads per a week, you're shortening its lifespan. It all comes down to the size of your household and how much laundry you do.

However, if the washing machine is on the lower-end, for example, it costs around $399, it may only be able to handle 4,000 loads. On the other hand, the higher-end models that cost around $1100.00 may be able to handle as many as 8,000 loads or more before they need to be replaced. In essence, you get what you pay for.

If you're on the market for a new washing machine, we recommend checking the cycle rating before plopping down $400 to $1100.00. If you find a bargain where a washer is only a couple hundred dollars more but is rated to handle double the cycles, you should take advantage of it.

Stress on the Washer

One of the main reasons why washers break down is because too much stress is placed on them. When people overload washers, they place too much stress on the parts, such as the motor. The harder the washing machine parts have to work to wash a single load, the shorter the machine's lifespan.

You can spend $1,000 on an 8,000 cycle washer, but it can break down after just 1,000 loads if people (especially children) in your household are constantly overloading the washer. To extend the life of your washer, only wash smaller loads and if you need to wash larger items, such as comforters and sleeping bags, take them down to the local laundromat.

If your washer is leaking, it may be reparable. The leak may be a sign that a part, such as a hose needs to be replaced. Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. if your washer is leaking!

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