How Long Do Refrigerators Last (And Why)?

Exact Answer: About 13 Years

The lifespan of Refrigerators is way more than other home appliances like dishwashers, Washing machines, Trash compactors. One could easily replace their old refrigerators with new ones if they had them for around 12 or 13 years. Some good branded typical refrigerators do have more lifespan around 20 years even.

It is not like every refrigerator needs to have the same lifespan it would change according to the company and also one’s usage of these refrigerators.

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How Long Do Refrigerators Last?

From many sources and surveys, there was evidence of the working of refrigerators even more than the actual lifespan and one had their freezers for about more than 50 years and it’s still in a good condition. This was what was said by a person in a survey that he bought the refrigerator from the company of general motors and he said that it was an Adult beverage cooler that works so effectively even after these long years. According to a study from the National Association of Homebuilders and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), the average lifespan of nowadays manufactured with smart technology refrigerators can be expected up to 13 years and mini-fridges would have a shorter lifespan when compared to typical larger ones.

The average lifespan of freezers can be expected to be nearly 9 years. There was even a statement given by NYSE that the longevity of refrigerators also depends on one’s usage and it would exist for a longer period if used properly by cleaning for definite intervals and at the same time, it may not live up to 13 years and would get damaged which need to be replaced. Sometimes it may be a fault in the manufacturing that would result in the working of the Refrigerator.

A person said that he used to regularly clean the parts, replace the supply lines, and call the repairman if anything had gone wrong and he is still using the same refrigerator which was brought back in the early 2000s and he said that today’s machines lack in working efficiently and are also getting damaged within less usage in shorter time which is even not worthy of their money.

TypeAverage lifespan
Refrigerator (Standard)13 years
Refrigerator (compact)9 years
Freezer11 years

Why Do Refrigerators Last So Long?

Some said that the home appliances which were manufactured by old companies like general motors existed more than the average lifespan and even used to work effectively with fewer repairing problems that used to have once in a while. There is even another reason that refrigerators last for a longer period because they even don’t have a lot of working parts so there would be no frequent problem with the hardware. People of a generation who are bridge in between older and today’s generation said from their experiences that with advances in technology though making these appliances to work efficiently but by reducing the lifespan.

The least expensive ones are those standard models with the freezer on top and refrigerator on the bottom and there are even others like the gold standard which were less popular because of its inability to store bigger items and could only make ice. In today’s generation, every appliance is having many modifications like having a freezer in the bottom and having large French doors on the top which has become popular and is being majorly opted. Due to the width of these large French doors, one can keep pizza boxes, sheet cakes, or deli platters, and even many more.

It can be seen that the existence of refrigerators is more than their expected lifespan and some others have lesser than is below their expectancy and even living up to the expected lifespans.


It’s quite revealing that the lifespan expectancy nearly depends on either the manufacturing company or one’s usage. And would be better if one could know how to maintain the refrigerators if they want it for a longer period.



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