Are older washers more reliable

For many people looking for a home, appliances are usually included in the purchase. So when you buy an older home, you’re likely to buy older appliances as well. If they work, it makes no sense (and often no money) to buy a new one.

In no time, you find yourself with an outdated but still functional washing machine. You appreciate that your 25-year-old washing machine doesn’t have the same fancy bells and whistles as newer models, but still works perfectly. But what if your machine breaks down? Well, in that case, it’s a good idea to call in the professionals and perform a washer repair.

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Repairing washers and dryers can be expensive, but an in-home warranty can help reduce significantly the cost of washer and dryer repair, in addition to covering the cost of repairing other appliances and systems in the home.

If you keep finding yourself on the internet searching for “how long do washing machines last” and “how long do dryers last”, you may be approaching the end of life useful of your devices, or not. Experienced appliance repair professionals can do wonders with parts that aren’t particularly expensive for those who know what to do with them and how to install them. What is not cheap is the labor required to open the machine and get to the problem location, extract the damaged part and replace it with a new one. Washers and dryers aren’t really designed for homeowner interference with internal components, no matter how good a YouTube video you find, but plenty of homeowners try it anyway. Why? Because calling repairmen for service is expensive, and you’re rarely sure of the price until the problem is diagnosed.

Avoiding professional maintenance or trying to tinker with complicated plumbing and electrical components leads to bigger (and expensive) problems. A home warranty, which is a service contract policy that you pay annually, covers the cost of maintenance, repair, and replacement of most appliances and home systems. Policies come in many forms (you can choose to cover only whole house systems, only kitchen and laundry appliances, or a combination, and there are add-ons available in most cases) and are additional to your home insurance. The warranty is specifically designed to cover device failures due to normal wear and tear.

How long do washing machines last?

The lifespan of a washing machine, regardless of brand, is usually 11-14 years. This number is found assuming that a load of laundry is done each day. If you don’t use the machine every day or do more than one load per day, a more accurate estimate of how long the washing machine will last is how many cycles (loads) it can withstand . The average washing machine can handle around 5,100 cycles, with low-end machines running around 4,000 cycles, and high-end machines running 8,000 or more.

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