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Replace Aging Appliances

In the weeks leading up to the big day, consider which appliances can make it one more year and which need to go. After all, if something is on the fritz, having it go out when you have a house full of people is not optimal timing.

Life expectancy of major kitchen appliances:
Gas ranges: 15 years
Range hoods: 14 years
Refrigerators and electric ranges: 13 years
Garbage disposers: 12 years
Freezers: 11 years
Dishwashers: 9 years
Microwave ovens: 9 years
Compactors: 6 years

An added bonus: If you choose an energy-efficient model as a replacement, you may be eligible for a tax credit.

Find out how long other parts of your home last (such as the washing machine and furnace).
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