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Average Life Expectancies of Systems

Appliances Life Estimate in Years
Dishwashers 5 to 12
Disposals 5 to 12
Washers and dryers; 8 to 12
Water heaters 8 to 12
Refrigerators 15 to 20
Stoves 15 to 20
Microwave ovens 8 to 12
Trash compactors 10 to 14
Gutters and Downspouts Life Estimate in Years
Galvanized 5 to 20
Copper Life of home if well-maintained
Heating and Air Conditioning Life Estimate in Years
Warm air furnace 8 to 12
Heat pumps 8 to 12
Air conditioning compressors 8 to 15
Hot water boilers 30 to 50
Plumbing Life Estimate in Years
Gas hot water heater 8 to 12
Electric hot water heater 10 to 15
Private Waste disposal systems (septic) 15 to 25
Galvanized water pipes  30 to 50
Roofs Life Estimate in Years
Selvage or asphalt roll 12 to 20
Wood shake and shingle 15 to 20
Asphalt 15 to 20
Fiberglass 15 to 20
Asbestos shingle 30 to 50
Slate 40 to 75