How Long Will My DC Home Systems Last?


If you’re looking to buy a home in DC or VA, make sure you pay attention to the home systems. If the systems look old, you may want to plan to budget some money for replacing them at some point.  Some sooner rather than later. Of course, you should purchase a home warranty (pay as part of closing costs, usually $400-600 and covers you for a year) too.


Per a report by old house web, the schedule of normal life of some of the home systems is as follows:


Dishwashers 5-12 yrs
Disposals 5-12 yrs
Washers/Dryers 8-12 yrs
Water Heaters 8-12 yrs
Refrigerators 15-20 yrs
Stoves 15-20 yrs
Gutters/Downspouts (galvanized) 15-20 yrs
Gutters/Downspouts (copper) Life of home (if well maintained)
Warm Air Furnace 8-12 yrs
Heat Pumps 8-12 yrs
Air Conditioning Compressors 8-15 yrs
Gas Hot Water Heater 8-12 yrs
Electric Hot Water Heater 10-15 yrs
Septic Disposal System 15-25 yrs
Galvanized Water Pipes 30-50 yrs
Selvage or Asphalt Roll Roof 12-20 yrs
Wood Shake and Shingle Roof 15-20 yrs
Asphalt Roof 15-20 yrs
Fiberglass Roof 15-20 yrs
Asbestos Shingle Roof 30-50 yrs
Slate 40-75 yrs



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