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Can Appliance Life Expectancy Bust Your Budget?

When the fridge breaks or the dishwasher is on the fritz, the impact on your budget and stress level is felt immediately. Learn how an AHS home warranty can help.

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The typical American home is equipped with an array of appliances designed to make our lives more comfortable and convenient. In recent years, appliance manufacturers have plugged into the digital age, and their smart products are now equipped with an array of sensors, screens and timers.

Unfortunately, advanced technology does not necessarily mean a longer appliance life expectancy. The more electronics there are in your home, the greater the likelihood that at least one of them will fail. When you combine technological complexity with the use of less-durable plastic parts, today's typical home appliance will last 10-15 years, whereas in our parents’ or grandparents’ time, the typical appliance lifespan was 20-30 years.

The following chart lists a few of the more commonly used home appliances and systems, along with their expected lifespan and estimated repair and replacement costs.


Average Life Span

Est. Repair or Replace Cost


6-15 years

$150 - $1,300


10-15 years

$175 - $997

Microwave Oven

9 years

$100 - $400

Washing Machine

8-12 years

$200 - $700


8-12 years

$58 - $645


8-10 years

$100 - $690

Water Heater

10-11 years

$200 - $1,200

Central AC/Heating

15 years

$172 - $4,000


It’s easy to see that repairing and replacing any one of these appliances can be a major budget-buster. But with a home warranty from American Home Shield, it doesn’t have to be that way.

An American Home Shield home warranty is a service contract through which, for an annual fee, American Home Shield will take care of appliance repairs, and if necessary, replacement of home appliances and components.

Advantages of an American Home Shield home warranty 

A home warranty from American Home Shield can take much of the stress out of homeownership. 

  • 24/7 response. As an American Home Shield customer, you can reach our service assistants at any time by email or by phoning 1-800-776-4663. 98 percent of service requests are dispatched within 24 hours.
  • Reliable experts. You don’t have to spend hours searching the Internet or flipping through the yellow pages to seek help for your home repairs. American Home Shield's nationwide network of more than 68,000 expert service contractors and technicians will help you get through any crisis, large or small.
  • Your peace of mind. Appliances can break down at the most inopportune times. Sometimes it's impossible to prepare for the expense of an appliance emergency, whether that means making major repairs or paying the cost of replacement. With an American Home Shield home warranty, there’s no need to worry. In the vast majority of cases, your only out-of-pocket expense will be a modest service fee.

With a variety of prices and plans, including customized plans tailored to your specific needs, we’ll have you covered, from A/C replacement to appliance repairs. Check out the reviews from our many satisfied customers, and email or call us at 1-888-429-8247 for your free estimate.


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