We have spent some time discussing how often you will have to say a hard goodbye to some of the outdoor elements of your home.  Let us now take our focus inward, and examine the lifespan of some of the important elements found inside your home.

Water Heater

There is nothing like a nice, warm shower.  Conversely, there is nothing quite like a stream of ice-cold water shooting down at you, one million miles an hour, while you stand there in your birthday suit, expecting a nice warm shower.  Your water heater is likely one of those things within your home that you give very little thought to on a daily basis.  Why?  Because it simply works, with very little interference from the unwitting homeowner, and you go about your day-today, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, blissfully unaware of how lucky you are to have hot water on the ready. That is, until you don’t.  The sudden death of this precios machine is one that you will most certainly find yourself mourning.  So how long, exactly, can you expect this integral part of your daily life to last?  According to the experts, most traditional tank-type water heaters (the model that is most likely in your home) last, on average, 8 to 12 years.  Some clues that your water heater might be in the winter of its life include banging and/or rumbling noises, a decrease in the amount of hot water, and discolored or odd smelling hot water (lovely, right?).  If you are noticing any of these signs, it is most certainly time to begin saying your goodbyes to your long standing pal and start the hunt for a replacement.  

Furnace

While we are on the topic of temperature, it seems only fitting that we discuss the other steadfast, long-running workhorse that takes residence in your basement or crawlspace, your furnace. Your furnace works hard to keep your home warm and cozy, by constantly heating and circulating air though your spaces. So how much time can you expect to have with this fiery friend?  The average home furnace can be expected to last anywhere from 15 to 30 years.  A new unit will run anywhere from 1,500 to 6,500 dollars, dependinging on on the type of furnace and model that you choose.  Being that these babies can be pretty pricey, you’ll likely want to extend the life of your current contraption as long as possible.  Experts recommend that you have your furnace serviced, by a professional, regularly and change your furnace’s filters often.  When you think about all of the hard work, 24-hour shifts and thankless toil this staunch servant puts in, A little professional TLC every year or two, and a new filter each month seem like the very least we can do to show our appreciation.  

Other Major Appliances

There are a few other major players within your home that you likely have a bit more interaction with on a regular basis.  Sadly, these will also, someday, need to be replaced.  

Refrigerator- On average, you'll be able to get about 15 years from your trusty fridge.  While this is a pretty decent lifespan (in the appliance world, at least) you will likely have to make a few repairs before saying your final farewell.  finicky ice makers, and clogged drains are some of the most common repairs, but if you have one of the newest, fanciest, smart appliances, you may face additional issues, such as internal errors, disconnecting from the internet and even hacks.    

Stove and Oven- If your stove and oven are electric, you can expect to get around 15 years of baking bliss together.  If you’re cooking with gas, so to speak, you’ll get a bit longer, around 17 years or so.  Either way, you'll have plenty of time to make many memories and meals together.  Interestingly, and somewhat unsurprisingly, the more that you use your stove and oven the quicker you will wear them out, meaning the more you use it, the sooner you will have to replace it.  Love is hard, right?

Washer and Dryer - Keeping you clean and smelling fresh is no easy task.  These laborers of the laundry room spend their lives working hard, even harder with each member you add to your household.  All this hard work can take a toll, meaning that the life of your washer and dryer is around 10 years, and their kitchen counterparts, the more use they get, the quicker they will run their last load.  You can extend the life of these integral members of the family by keeping the lint trap clean, cleaning out hoses, and being sure that ducts are clear of lint and debris, something that can also drastically decrease the odds that they will set your house on fire - added bonus!