Life Expectancy of Major Appliances and How to Maintain Them

Roof-Regular maintenance of a roof can increase its lifespan. Every day it is exposed to outside elements which contribute to its deterioration over time. If properly maintained, it can last 15-30 years. It is recommended to have your roof inspected every few years, especially if you have a warranty you want to keep in place. These routine inspections are necessary to keep the warranty active.


HVAC-Similar to the roof, routine maintenance can prolong the life of an HVAC. It is encouraged to change your air filters every 1-3 months. Households with pets and/or severe allergies should change these filters even more consistently. Once a year, owners should plan to clean the outdoor condensing unit/heat pump that sits outside with a fan on top to disperse heat in the summer. These get clogged with debris and can be sprayed with a hose to clean. Clearance around the unit is important for proper functioning. Your unit should have at least two feet of clearance around it. Clear any blockage in the system’s drainpipe as well. Finally, have a licensed professional service the unit at least 2x a year. By following these suggestions, the systems should last 15-25 years.


Hot Water Heater-Just as noted above, awareness will allow these systems to last longer. A hot water heater’s life is around 8-12 years. Be aware that around ten years, you will consider replacing to avoid further problems that could be costly. Rust and corrosion may be signs that it needs to be replaced. There is not a way to repair a unit once it starts to rust and corrode. To avoid worry, homeowners can get a water sensor alarm to notify them when a system begins to leak, to avoid further damage. It is encouraged to flush your water heater once a year to remove sediment and prevent damage. A leak from the hot water tank is normally a sign of a bigger problem and is rarely repairable. If you are looking to replace your hot water heater, tankless water heaters have a longer life span and are more energy efficient.


Next time you’re in the market to buy/sell a home, keep these tips in mind. When that time comes, The Peters Company would love to help!


– Written by Claire Conarro

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