Laundry is a never ending job.
So let’s take a moment to check out your laundry room. Take a moment to assess your washer and dryer health? Did you buy them in the last 10 years? Front loading? Energy efficient? If they are, great. Your laundry room is in good order. If they are not, you might consider the a trip to Sears.
The more advanced your equipment is (more moving parts) the shorter it’s life span will tend to be.
Consumer reports dictate that if your repair costs more than ½ of the cost to replace it, you should buy a new one so that repair bills don’t get out of hand.
Front loading washers and dryers look cooler and generally save thousands of gallons of water every year. Your water bill will thank you.
Did you know new dryers have a sensor that detects moisture and will stop the dryer when clothes are dry? Your electric bill just lowered. I know I used to turn on my machine and let it run endlessly, and then I fluffed the clothes – wasting loads of precious energy.
Sometime your local utility company will have rebates for newer washer and dryers. Check into it to see if you can save even more. There may also be a tax credit for energy efficient washers and dryers.
Speaking of appliances, we’d love to have you guess the live expectancy of the following:
- Air conditioner? 10, 14 or 18 year?
- Dishwasher? 8, 10 or 12 years?
- Dryer? 10, 12 or 14 years?
- Washing machine? 10, 13 or 15 years
- Electric Range? 10, 15 or 17 years?
- Gas Range? 14, 16 or 19 years?
- Garbage Disposal? 10, 12 or 14 years?
- Microwave? 10, 11 or 12 years?
- Refrigerator? 10, 12 or 14 years?
The answers may surprise you: AC? 10 years. Dishwasher? 10 years. Dryer? 14 years. Washing machine? 13 years. Electric range? 17 years. Gas range? 19 years. Garbage disposal? 10 years. Microwave? 11 years. Refrigerator? 14 years (based on quality, usage and operating conditions).
Taking care of business keeps your house a home.