Lifespan of Things

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The information here should be used just for reference. There are many factors playing and it could vary a lot.

Mechanical Systems

Mechanical Systems Expected life in years
Air conditioning compressor 15-20
Forced air furnace, heat pump 15
Baseboard electric heat systems 20
Plumbing, waste piping 75
Hot-Water Boiler 20-30
Water Pump 7 – 10
Water Softener 20
Electric / Gas Water Heater 10
Tankless Water Heater 20

Interior Materials

Materials Expected life in years
Carpeting 11
Interior Paint 7 – 10
Vinyl Floor 20 – 30
Wood Floor 100+
Bathroom fixtures, porcelain and cast iron 50
Fiberglass tub/showers 15
Kitchen cabinets (particle board and laminates) 15-20
Kitchen cabinets, solid wood and plywood construction 20-50
Counters, Tile 50+
Counters, Laminate 15
Counters, Wood 20+
Counters, Granite 20+

Exterior Materials

Materials Expected life in years
Aluminum Siding 20 – 50
Exterior Deck 15
Exterior Paint 7 – 10
Garage Door 20 – 50
Garage Door Opener 10
Roofing, Composition 15-30
Roofing, wood shingles 20-30
Roofing, Tile 50
Veneer (Brick, Stone) 100+
Vinyl Siding 50
Wood Siding 10 – 100

Appliances

Appliance Expected life in years
Microwave oven 10
Garbage disposal 12
Trash compactor 10
Water heater, gas 13
Water heater, electric 13-14
Water heater, tankless (on demand) 20+
Smoke detector 10
Refrigerator, side by side 14
Refrigerator, top mount 14
Refrigerator, bottom mount 17
Refrigerator, single door 19
Refrigerator, compact (dorm type) 5
Washing machine, top load 14
Washing machine, front load 11
Dryer 13
Range, electric 17
Range, gas 19
Dishwasher 10
Cooktops 13-20
Air Conditioner (room size) 10

Exceptions

Please feel free to add the exceptions you know as below

  • 6/7/2015 - My builder grade water heater has been working for 25 years.