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How Long Should an Appliance Last?

Just how long can you expect the appliances in your home to last? That question often doesn’t come up until the food in your freezer feels soft or you’re standing in a shower without hot water. We tend to take these things for granted until they stop functioning and we call the service folks to repair or replace them. When our refrigerator/freezer stopped working we looked into the question to get a handle on just how long we can expect all our appliances to keep working.

The National Association of Home Builders and the Bank of America Home Equity did a study about the life expectancies of the components of a home and offer these findings. The caveat: it all depends on the quality of the installation, how they are maintained and very importantly the climate conditions where the house is located and how often things are used. Here are the life expectancies in years for major home appliances.

  • Electric range 13 years
  • Gas range 15 years
  • Refrigerator 13 years
  • Dishwasher 9 years
  • Microwave oven 9 years
  • Compactor 6 years
  • Garbage disposer 12 years
  • Clothes washer 10 years
  • Clothes dryer 13 years
  • Electric water heater 11 years
  • Gas water heater 10 years
  • Electric furnace 15 years
  • Gas furnace 18 years
  • Oil furnace 20 years
  • Heat pump 18 years
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    Gene and Katie Hamilton
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Anchor Furniture to the Wall and Prevent an Accident

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recommending that consumers secure TVs and furniture to walls in their home with an anchoring kit. The kit is inexpensive and it takes just 5 minutes to install.

Toddlers are involved in two-thirds of TV and furniture tip-over fatalities. Parents, grandparents and family members in households with young children or homes where young children visit should know that families with toddlers between the ages of 2 to 5 are about 60 percent of child tip-over fatalities.

“Ninety-one percent of furniture tip-over fatalities occur in the home,” says CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. The CPSC cites the importance of anchoring furniture and TVs and suggest following their Anchor It! Campaign which you can learn more about at their website www.anchorit.gov.

Here are 6 take-aways to prevent a tip-over incident and protect your child from injury from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
1. Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.
2. CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.
3. Secure top-heavy existing furniture with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.
4. Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.
5. Purchase anti-tip devices sold online and in-stores for prices ranging from $5 to $25. Visit your local home improvement, electronic or mass merchandise store to purchase anti-tip devices. An online search for “anti-tip strap” or “anti-tip kit” will result in a variety of purchase options.
6. Install the anti-tip devices according to manufacturer instructions, and always double check the attachment points to make sure the device is secure.

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Live More Outdoors with Lighting

Staying home for a “staycation” instead of going out of town? Think about using some of that fun money in your own backyard and you might get more use of the great outdoors. When friends added some basic landscape lighting they said they never thought of their trees as being such a beautiful part of the landscape. The addition of a few low voltage lights beaming up into the foliage created a lovely view of the leafy cover of the trees that became the focal point of their garden.

When we added path lighting to a garden walkway from the rear of the property to the back door it made for safe-footing and a sense of security when we returned late at night.

In years path homeowners had a few basic black fixtures to choose from but today there’s a  nice selection of outdoor lighting fixtures that complement a landscape.

If you’re considering adding outdoor lighting to your yard wait until it’s dark, give the kids a flashlight and use them as spotters to determine the best location for lighting. A lighting center or home center will give you product information. For inspiration and ideas go to the American Lighting Association at www.alalighting.com. If you add outdoor lighting I bet you’ll spend a lot more time enjoying the evening in your own backyard.

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