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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Choosing a cooktop for your kitchen

Cooktops abound at Arizona Wholesale Supply

If you are remodeling or building new, one of the kitchen choices you may have is separate cooktop and oven configurations vs. a freestanding or slide-in range which combines the cooking surface and oven into a single appliance. If you choose a cooktop and oven layout, you'll have myriad cooktop options in size, fuel type, brands and venting.

Sizes

In general cooktops are made in 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ width usually designed to fit in a 24″ deep base cabinet or island. A 24″ wide cooktop is compact; something you might expect to find in a studio apartment for example. A 30″ 4 element/burner cooktop is a common cooktop size for most starter homes. It gives the homeowner the same size cooking surface, typically 4 gas burners or electric elements, that they'll find on standard size ranges.

Gas Cooktop

30 Gas Cooktop

For additional burners or a griddle, you're probably going to want at least a 36″ cooktop. Make sure to let your designer know early in the process in order to accommodate the larger cooktop width.

For heavy duty cooking, or special needs such as deep fryers or grills, you may elect for even a larger cooktop 42″, 48″, or even 60″. Of course, modular units can be assembled in a variety of widths.

Fuel Types

Gas burners or electric elements represent the vast majority of all cooktops. Gas will be natural gas or in some cases, propane. Standard electric elements are coil, though they are increasingly becoming rare, or glass smooth top where the element is underneath the glass. Induction cooktops have been around for a while, and are becoming very popular.

Induction cooktops use a magnetic force to create heat. They generate heat very quickly, and much like gas, induction reaches full power and turns off quickly. Of course, induction has the advantage of no flame.

  1. Gas
  2. Electric Coil
  3. Electric radiant
  4. Induction
  5. Hybrid

Flexibility – Modular and Downdraft

 
Wolf-Modules

Separate Wolf Modules

Customers may also want some flexibility in a cooktop surface. For this, they may choose individual specialized cooktops, or cooktop bases with optional modules. For example, with Wolf cooktops you may wish to purchase an array of different individual cooktops an place them side-by-side.

Jenn-Air-Downdraft

Jenn-Air 3 Cartridge Downdraft

Jenn-Air offers downdraft cooktops in a modular configuration so that you can quickly replace modules depending on your cooking needs.

Though we've covered a lot of options here, there's more, much more that you might wish to know about cooktops. Consult your designer or builder to get their advice, and of course the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are here to answer your questions any time.

Check back to this blogsite often for upcoming blogs on advantages and disadvantages of different cooktop fuel types.


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Appliance Replacement Installations

Expect the Unexpected
When replacing standard appliances, you might think that everything is straightforward.

Step 1. Take out the old.

Step 2. Put in the new.

That’s it? Not quite! Here’s an example of what happened during a recent “routine” installation. The homeowner purchased a 3 piece appliance package. 1.electric range, 2. dishwasher, and 3. micro-hood to replace an existing range, dishwasher,and vent hood. The old appliances were Harvest Gold so that gives you an idea that they’ve been in there a while.

Dishwasher

The kitchen floor was tiled AFTER the old dishwasher had been installed so that the tile was higher than and butted-up against the dishwasher. Therefore, the old dishwasher was hemmed in and could not be removed. The installer offered up two options.

  1. Chip out a couple of tiles which would enable him to slide out the dishwasher far enough to tip it up and pull it out of the hole.
  1. Remove the countertop section above the dishwasher to allow the dishwasher to be lifted out. This would entail cutting or breaking some part of the countertop.

Angle Stop

Matching kitchen tiles and grout were found in the garage so option 1 was the obvious choice. Two tiles were chipped out so that old dishwasher could be removed. The tiles would have to be replaced by the homeowner.

Next, the installer turned the water shutoff valve (aka: angle stop) to shut off the water supply to the dishwasher, and the valve sprung a leak. This is not uncommon for a nearly 30 year old valve. It has nothing to do with either the dishwasher, or the installer. (By the way, the water shutoff valves behind your washing machines are equally subject to the same problem). The water was turned off pending replacement of the shutoff valve by the homeowner, and the new dishwasher was installed.

Vent hood

The old vent hood was connected to a standard 6″ round duct. Microwave hoods come equipped with a recirculating vent meaning that they do not require an external duct, OR they can be configured to duct out through a rectangular 3 1/4″ by 10″ duct. Either way, they do not come ready to duct outside via a 6″ round duct. To do this, a transition duct is required to transition from 3 1/4″ by 10″ rectangular to 6″ round. Installers do not carry these on their trucks. In this case, because the micro-hood was already set for recirculating the homeowner elected to go with that and simply cap off the existing 6″ round duct.

Range

Finally, it was time to install the electric range. The original range was installed in the 1980’s, and pre-dated the requirement to have an *anti-tip device. Fortunately, the installer was well-trained. He removed the anti-tip cleat from the range use and care manual, measured and drilled the holes in the floor, and attached the cleat so that the range could be secured to the floor. It took only a few minutes to do this, and the range slid neatly into place.

The lesson here is: Even a standard replacement installation is likely to require some non-standard work. Be ready to go with the flow. To be sure that the job is done to your satisfaction, rely on a company that has professional installation such as Arizona Wholesale Supply Company.

*For more information, on anti-tip devices refer to our previous blog: Safety First – Anti-tip devices.

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New Maytag Range has it all

Whirlpool Corporation’s annual builder reception was held at the Scottsdale Design Center on May 17th. Among the many new products and platforms shown and featured, none offered more superlatives than the Maytag brand’s new 6.2 cu. ft. capacity induction range with EvenAir true convection..

1. Largest capacity oven, 6.2 cu. ft
2. Speed Heat Induction elements, featuring a 3,700-watt 11″ element, and 3,200 watt 9″ elements
3. EvenAir true convection oven
4. Warming Drawer.
5. Power PreHeat (8 minutes)
6. AquaLift Self-Clean Technology
7. 10 year limited warranty on elements and glass cooktop.

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For more information click on the following link:
Maytag Induction Range with True Convection

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