I have been inspired to dig out that electric company newsletter again to look up the lifespan of dryers… we’ll let this one die a natural death, but it looks like maybe it’s time to start thinking about shopping for a new one.
Here’s the list. Obviously these figures are only a guideline, and many appliances greatly outlast their estimated lifespan. I know someone who has a refrigerator that is still running well (although undoubtedly not very efficiently) after forty-two years… but I thought it was interesting that such a wide range was given for some appliances, based on the diferent manufacturers.
- Dishwasher — 5 to 12 years
- Microwave — 9 to 11 years
- Washing machine — 7 to 13 years
- Freezer — 11 years
- Electric water heater — 10 to 18 years
- Garbage disposal — 5 to 12 years
- Refrigerator — 8 to 17 years
- Clothes dryer — 8 to 14 years
- Electric range — 8 to 17 years
- Range hood — 14 years
- Air conditioner — 10 to 15 years
- Gas range — 8 to 19 years
- Kitchen faucets — 15 years
Obviously it can’t be too hopeful a sign when an electric clothes dryer suddenly starts to emit a continuous high-pitched whine… especially when no one is near it, the dryer isn’t in operation, and it hasn’t been used for a couple of days… but that’s what happened here last night. Unplugging the dryer for a few minutes, turning it on and then off again… nothing would stop the sound that was coming from the electronic control panel on the front of the machine. The sound continued non-stop until we finally left the dryer unplugged.
Today it’s rainy, wet, and cold, and I needed to do laundry, so we plugged the dryer back in again… and amazingly there was no longer any whining sound at all, even when the dryer was turned on. It’s now several loads of dry laundry later, the dryer is working perfectly fine, and the dryer’s control panel still remains silent. We’re left wondering if the noise was a fluke or a warning that worse is yet to come.