Appliance Maintenance

Design a Kitchen Appliance Maintenance Plan

Regular appliance maintenance is key to maximizing the life of each machine. This guide can help you understand how long each appliance should last and when to plan service so you can avoid repairs and receive the best results from each.

Home Appliance Expected Life Spans

Appliances are built to last, but they are not built to last forever. The length of their service life will depend on how well the owner takes care of each machine. First, write down the purchase date of each appliance in your home. Then, use the following guidelines as a timeline for maintenance, repairs and replacements.


Refrigerators last an average of 13 years, according to a 2007 study by the National Association of Home Builders and the Bank of America. You should keep up with cleaning the interior and exterior on a weekly basis to prevent odors from developing and keep food spills from hardening and becoming more difficult to remove. Every three months, be sure to wipe down the inside gasket seal. Roll the refrigerator away from the wall and dust the condenser coils.

Twice a year, change the water filter on the refrigerator and clean the drain lines of built-up sediment. As soon as you notice a change in regular refrigerator function, such as nonstop running or inadequate cooling, contact a repair professional for an assessment of the issue.


Ovens are expected to work for about 15 years. Keep the oven clean to prevent house fires and damage to the interior mechanical parts. Many ovens have self-cleaning options which produce results with little to no effort on the part of the appliance owner. How often the oven is used will dictate how often it must be cleaned.

Like all appliance breakdowns, do not wait to call a service professional when a component ceases functioning. Get immediate service to preserve the oven for many years to come.


Dishwashers are one of the most frequently used kitchen appliances, and they last an average of nine years. On a weekly basis, wipe down the interior of the dishwasher and remove debris from the food trap. Every three months, check the gasket seal around the edge of the dishwasher opening for cracks or tears and make sure no water leaks out during operation. Also, scrub each sprayer arm with soap and water to remove any built-up minerals that may be interfering with the water spray pressure.

When you notice a sudden bad odor or inadequate cleaning results, call a repair professional right away. This could signal a drain clog which could eventually lead to more expensive, major problems with the appliance and the attached plumbing if it is not addressed immediately.


Microwaves also last an average of nine years. It is wise to clean the inside of the microwave each week to cut down on food particle buildup, stains and odors. If the microwave is situated above the oven range, the charcoal filter is responsible for filtering and recirculating polluted air expelled by the food cooking on the range. Replace the charcoal filter on the microwave every six months. Depending on the microwave style and manufacturer, it also may have a reusable grease filter. Detach and clean this filter with soap and water every six months, or whenever it has significant buildup.

Pay attention to your home’s need for appliance maintenance and you will save significant sums of money over the course of the next nine to 15 years on replacement appliances. Contact Peter’s Appliance when you need fast, reliable appliance repair services.