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How Long Will Your Dryer Last?

By July 11, 2009

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I know that laundry never ends...well, as long as we don't become nudists. But washers and dryers do have a life expectancy. The National Home Builders Association, a trade group based in Washington, D.C., published a study giving the average life expectancy of most home building components and major appliances.

They found that both natural gas and electric dryers last an average of 13 years. Washers last, on average, for ten years. Laundry utility sinks and faucets last for 15 years.

Of course, we all know of lemons that lasted only a couple of years. And my mother had a Maytag that lasted over 45 years with a few new belts from Daddy. Can you claim bragging rights for the oldest laundry appliance? Let us know!

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