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How long do you expect white goods to last ?

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didireallysaythat Tue 17-Jan-17 21:43:32

Just that really. I have a no name washing machine, only ever really use the eco wash at 30C with capsules in a hard water area. 17 years and has never gone wrong. I have a JL dishwasher 11 years old, use 30 mins eco programming with Tesco value tablet (plus rinse aid and salt) and again it just works.

From posts on MN and my SIL and Mail's experience I think I've just been amazingly lucky but I assumed all white goods last at least 10 years. Am i deluding myself ? Should I start saving up now ?

Glittermakeseverythingbetter Tue 17-Jan-17 21:50:36

My fridge freezer is about 12 years old, but other white goods I've generally had to replace between 3 and 5 years.
Our in built oven has just given up and was the original one in the house so roughly 20 years old.

PickAChew Tue 17-Jan-17 23:03:04

Apparently, the warranties on washers are based on being used 3 times a week.

In the 13.5 years I've lived here, we've got through 4 washer dryers - admittedly one was replaced within a year, under warranty, but we only got 2 years out of the same model replacement. our current one is 4.5 years old, but has been let go of its drying duties, since we bought a separate dryer before Christmas.

Fridges, freezers and anything else without heavy moving parts, I expext to work until either one of our frequent power surges fries is or I outgrow it/get bored of it. We got rid of a fridge freezer at about 6 years old after, as well as it being a bit too small for our growing family, it became apparent that the insulation was compromised. The tall fridge that replaced it - a bargain Beko - is now 7 years old and just fine, but the matching freezer got replaced by something even bigger, a couple of years ago.

SheepyFun Tue 17-Jan-17 23:08:02

I'd expect a minimum of 5 years - we've managed that so far, and our washing machine is used rather more than 3 times a week! It was under £300, so not a top of the range model. I'd hope for 10 years, and see anything beyond that as a bonus. A cooker I'd expect to go for longer, but we have a simple gas cooker that came with the house - I'd guess it's about 20 years old, possibly more, and the oven isn't quite running at the temperature the dial suggests, but it's usable.

NameChanger22 Tue 17-Jan-17 23:11:14

I'd had my washing machine for 14 years before it broke recently. I don't know exactly how old it was because exactly because it was second hand when I bought it. I doubt they make them like that anymore. It was a Zanussi, so I replaced it with another Zanussi.

I've only had 2 fridges, the one before last was given to me. My current one is a Smeg and it's 5 years old, it still looks brand new.

BackforGood Tue 17-Jan-17 23:16:05

It's often said, but said because it's true she says sounding like a grumpy old woman nothing is made to last these days.
MY Mum had her washing machine in the 60s, which ran perfectly for over 30 yrs (4 kids, cloth nappies, plus usually 2 full teams worth - not one player, Dad used to wash the kit for the whole team - of muddy football kit per week throughout the season).

If a washing machine gets to 5 years I now reckon I've got a good one. Ridiculous isn't it? and so bad for the planet. My repairman says the issue is (apart from poor quality) they make them so you can't get into wherever the problem is, and so you then have to replace some massive combination of bits, when years ago it was just the bit that had stopped working you'd need to replace. That makes it too expensive to repair, so people replace.

Cartright Tue 17-Jan-17 23:16:42

Depend on the amount of moving parts, so a washing machine would go before a freezer, for example. My freezer has been going for fifteen years, and I'd expect it to be good for a decade yet. My mum's freezer is at least thirty years old. The washing machine I'd expect to replace every ten to fifteen years or so.

That said, sometimes you get a bad 'un and once it needs repairing once, it tends to keep on needing repairs.

Baylisiana Tue 17-Jan-17 23:26:03

We rent and the appliances have been here through several previous occupants, well over 10 years I would say. In fact I think over 15. They seem to be working so I hope I haven't jinxed it.

AlpacaLypse Tue 17-Jan-17 23:29:41

On current experience, about 3 days after the warranty expires.

DramaAlpaca Tue 17-Jan-17 23:30:31

I've got a Zanussi fridge freezer that is 28 years old & still going strong except that it no longer defrosts itself, and a little chest freezer that is of a similar vintage. The fridge & freezer in my kitchen are Samsung and while they look good I shouldn't think they'll last as long as the Zanussi. We only replaced the Zanussi because it was no longer big enough, and it is spending its retirement in the utility room as a beer fridge.

My oven is a Neff, it's 15 years old & has needed one repair in that time.

My last dishwasher was a Bosch & lasted 18 years without a problem until it finally died & I replaced it with another Bosch, which I've now had for 4 years. I don't think the build quality is quite as good as its predecessor, though.

I've gone through a few washing machines over the years, but the latest one is a Siemens and must be 6 or 7 years old. I went for a basic model of a good brand so there's less fancy bits to go wrong.

I've just replaced my 18 year old tumble drier with a new one, went for a Bosch as they seem to be reliable.

jellyshoeswithdiamonds Wed 18-Jan-17 01:05:33

My last dishwasher lasted 15 years.
When buying new Hotpoint goods for my mothers kitchen (her choice) was leas to believe we should expect 3 years. I was shocked.

My own white goods are Bosch, Seimens and more recently AEG.

I have several Bosch machines all have been brilliant please no jinks

e1y1 Wed 18-Jan-17 09:32:41

Depends on the appliance, and the brand (although price is not always an indicator of quality).

For washing machines and dryers, I'd say 5 to 6 years is average.

Dishwashers the same.

However, sales of goods act/consumer rights act only says something has to last a "reasonable" time, taking into account price paid and usage. So a washing machine bought for around £250 and used around 5/6 times a week, if this broke at around 2 years of age, this may well be deemed reasonable (24 months at £250 cost is just a little over £10 a month).

The one's I would expect to last longer are the ones with the least moving parts like fridges and freezers (possibly 8-10).

rabbit123 Wed 18-Jan-17 09:32:46

We've had all our current white goods for 7 years since we bought them all after renovating and moving into our current house.

My parents had all Hotpoint appliances for going on 30 years - washer, dryer, cooker, dishwasher, fridge all matching. The washer and dryer were never off but they lasted until just a few years ago. The fridge is still going, albeit relegated to the garage as overspill after a kitchen refit. All the Hotpoint stuff was a lovely 80's shade of brown, didn't really go with a modern kitchen lol. Mum's also had her Kirby hoover since about 1985!

We bought Hotpoint when we first lived together but it was such a disaster that we wouldn't ever do it again. I just don't think appliances are made to last like they used to be.

JennyOnAPlate Wed 18-Jan-17 09:39:54

The man we called out to repair our old washing machine (we'd had it for 15 years, second hand) said that modern ones are only built to last 5 years. I wasn't sure whether to believe him or not but maybe it's true!

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