How Long do Appliances Last?

When Should I Replace My Appliances?

It's complicated

Many years ago, I used to carry around a chart from AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) which itemized the expected life spans of various appliances: washing machines 15 years, ranges 20 years, etc. I've long ago disposed of this, but I did find this current version. Here is a look at today's appliance lifespans from Consumer Reports:

Dishwasher – 9 years
Dryer (electric and gas) – 13 years
Microwave oven – 9 years
Range electric – 13 years
Range gas – 15 years
Refrigerator – 13 years
Washing machine – 10 years

We all know that the life expectancy of appliances is not what it used to be, but let's not confuse quality with durability. Today's washing machines use less detergent, energy and water than their predecessors. They are more gentle on clothes, and get them cleaner than ever before, but have a life expectancy of only 10 years, compared to 15 years or longer from grandma's Maytag.

Today, manufacturers seem to be on a never ending quest to reduce costs, and as consumers we shop until we drop to get save every hard earned dollar we can on appliances. Moreover, we don't seem to care if our kids inherit the family refrigerator, and we are quick to get rid of a broken appliance to avoid paying a stiff repair bill.

I recently read that in upscale neighborhoods it is not uncommon for kitchens to be remodeled about every 10 years, and that includes new appliances. So, even though appliances don't last as long as they used to, we tend not to even keep them for as long as they last.

The truth is that we don't expect our appliances to last as long as they used to…but we do expect that they have the latest features and look great in our house. I once asked a customer if she had a brand preference for her new washer. She replied that it didn't make a difference as long as the washer was red.

So, don't feel guilty about replacing your 15 year old agitator style topload washing machine with a shiny new front loader. The old machine is at the end of it's life, and the new one could actually pay for itself in energy savings….plus, it's red!

To get more information on appliances, floor coverings, and more be sure to consult your design professional or builder, and make an appointment with the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Commercial Appliances in Your Home

Purchasing Restaurant or Commercial Appliances for Home Use

Appliances for Restaurants and Institution vs Residential Appliances

Some years ago, I was handling appliance sales to a large homebuilder who was building a big (16 home) model home complex for a huge planned community. They wanted one home to contain a kitchen complete with authentic commercial appliances. They'd done some research and had some brand choices such as a Traulsen commercial refrigerator and a Vulcan restaurant range. These brands are indeed products you might find in restaurants, and large institutions, but they are not built for a home kitchen.

I pushed back, but they insisted so I connected with a restaurant supply company, got the literature, specs, pricing, and then met with the homebuilder. When I presented the refrigerator, I asked if they wanted the compressor located inside or outside the house. I explained that the refrigerator manufacturer offered an external compressor and condenser package to reduce the noise and heat from the refrigerator.

Traulsen-Refrigerator

I informed them that they would need to run a larger than standard gas line to the home for the commercial range, that they'd need to provide some extra insulation in the wall behind, and pointed out that the 34″ deep range would stick out considerably into the kitchen from their 24″ deep cabinets. The parts only warranty that came with these products might not even apply since these appliances were not built for residential use. Needless to say, their plan for “true” commercial appliances was scuttled.

Vulcan Range

The end of the story is that today at Arizona Wholesale Supply you can choose from a variety of residential appliances with commercial or restaurant features, that will fit in your kitchen, come with complete warranties, and will satisfy all your needs for high performance and durability. Some of these brands such as Wolf, Viking, and BlueStar to name a few have authentic commercial heritages.

For help in your remodeling or new build project, work with your designer or builder, and make an appointment with the specialists at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best advice and selections of appliances and more to outfit your home.


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Energy Star Homes

Why Buy an Energy Star Home?

If you're in the market for a new home, there are a host of choices you'll need to make. Yup, it's way more than just location, location, location. One think you might want to consider is purchasing an Energy Star certified home.

What is an Energy Star Certified Home?

According to the folks at the EPA an ENERGY STAR certified new home will deliver:

“energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes”.

In order for a new home to earn the ENERGY STAR label it must undergo a process of inspections, testing, and verification in order to meet strict EPA requirements.

Benefits of Energy Star Home

Here are the benefits of an Energy Star Certified Home according to the Energy Star experts:

Better durability
More comfortable
Lower utility and maintenance costs

  • Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.
  • Together, families who purchased homes earning the ENERGY STAR label save more than $350 million each year on their utility bills.
  • Should the time come to consider selling, the ENERGY STAR label will set the home apart as something better: a home of genuine quality, comfort, and efficiency.

List of Energy Star builders in Arizona

Click on the link below for the Energy Star new home partners:

Arizona Energy Star Home Builders

Energy Star Appliances

Speaking of Energy Star, Arizona Wholesale Supply offers a huge selection of Energy Star rated appliances. Why is that important?

Well, as much as 20% of the energy use in an average house can be appliance usage. Whether your builder uses Whirlpool or GE for standard appliance selections or even if you're building a custom home with luxury appliance brands, the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are going to be there for your new home professional. After all, Arizona Wholesale Supply is Arizona's oldest, and leading builder supplier of major appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more. Family owned and operated since 1944.


For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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Maytag Durable Dishwashers

Maytag Appliances Focus on Durability – Warranty

New Maytag Dishwashers Take a New Direction

See The Maytag Man of 2034

Many of us grew up with the Maytag Repairman. He was known as Ol’ Lonely. But these days you don’t hear the words “Ol’ Lonely.” And the iconic Maytag Repairman is no longer a repair man. Today, he’s simply called the Maytag Man. There’s a reason for this change. Maytag feels that having a Repair Man as your spokesperson, even a lonely one, focuses on the negative. The POSITIVE…the reason why the repairman is lonely…is the story of Maytag’s dependability and durability.

The Maytag Man

Maytag-Man

He’s the heart and sole of dependability

Maytag’s new dishwasher, for example is not the same as some of its sister brands under the Whirlpool umbrella. Here’s how Maytag describes its best model:

MDB8969SDM

OUR QUIETEST DISHWASHER EVER WITH LARGE CAPACITY

Our quietest dishwasher ever has all the cleaning power of Maytag without the ruckus. It’s built with the most powerful motor on the market to handle dried-on egg yolk on plates and peanut butter on knives. Plus, this reliable dishwasher features a 4-blade stainless steel chopper and disposer to chew up scraps and the PowerBlast™ cycle to rinse them all away. And when it comes to loading and unloading, the premium ball-bearing rack glides on the upper rack are built to stand up to a decade of openings and closings and still slide out smooth. We built this large-capacity dishwasher with tough stainless steel to take on the worst messes. Then we made it our quietest ever at only 47 dBA1—even quieter than coffee brewing. This reliable dishwasher also comes backed with a 10-year limited parts warranty, and it’s assembled in Findlay, Ohio at the largest dishwasher manufacturing plant in the world.

  • Even though this dishwasher has a 4-blade stainless steel chopper and disposer – unlike filter-based models, this Maytag still has a respectably quiet 47dba sound rating.
  • Continuing to defy conventional wisdom, instead of using a tiny European style motor, Maytag proudly promotes the largest, most powerful motor in the industry.
  • You can see why Maytag isn’t afraid of offering a 10-year limited parts warranty.

Maytag is so confident of it’s durability, it is already training the Maytag Man of 2034. See video below:

Please don’t try this at home. As you can tell, Simon is a professional!


For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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