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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Laundry Room Remodeling

Laundry Room Advice from Houzz

New Washers and Dryers from Arizona Wholesale

Modern laundry rooms are no longer after thoughts. Today's laundry rooms are designe for both function and aesthetics. Not just an anteroom from the garage to the living space, modern laundry rooms are workspaces for getting clothes clean and sometimes much more. Here are 5 questions posed by Mitchell Parker in his Houzz article:

Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel the Laundry Room

  1. What are you hoping to achieve?
  2. How do you want the space to function?
  3. How do you do your laundry?
  4. What kind of appliances do you want?
  5. Special features?

Of course, we're focusing here on #4 – The Washer and Dryer. Choices include:


Electrolux Front Load Pair

  1. Front load washers and matching dryers. Full-sized front load washers were launched in the mid-nineties by Maytag and Whirlpool and over the years have become very popular even though they are a pricey alternative to the traditional top loaders of the past. These units may have optional pedestal bases, and may even be configured so that the dryer is stacked on top of the washer.
  2. High efficiency Top Load washers and matching dryers. HE top loaders are for customers who want to load and unload their wash loads from the top, but also want the efficiency and water conservation of the tumble action front load machines.
  3. Traditional Top Load washers and matching dryers. Traditional top load washers have the high-post agitator in the center. While “old school”, some consumers still prefer them, and newer models are available with energy saving features.
  4. Combination washer and dryer. Combination units can be a single front load washer that can also double as a dryer, or a washer with a connected dryer on top configured and sold as a single unit.

HE Top Load Washer

Of course, for help choosing what's right for you consult your designer or home builder, and then hurry over to Arizona Wholesale Supply to get the best selection and pricing on washers, dryers, other major appliances, and much more.

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Buying Appliances to Save Energy

Making Sense out of Energy Savings Appliances

Question. Can I justify buying new appliances based on energy savings alone?

Answer. Maybe. If your current appliances are old energy hogs, you may be able to justify replacement for energy savings alone because the savings will pay for the replacement. This applies more to washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators than it does to ranges, ovens, cooktops, and dryers.

Here are three specific recommendations:

  1. Topload agitator-type washing machines are real culprits. In general, the older they are the more water they use, and the more water they use, the higher the energy costs, because of the cost to heat the water.

  2. Here's a quick way to find out if your dishwasher is an energy hog. If you have a porcelain tub dishwasher which has no filterbasket, it's very likely a big energy user. Energy saving dishwashers are likely to have stainless or polystyrene tubs and often use a wash system with a filter basket vs. a built-in food chopper.

  3. Does your refrigerator make a loud clunking sound when the compressor turns on? That's a good clue that this has a traditional compressor that runs a long time at high speed to provide cooling and then shuts down for a long period. Most refrigerators today have smaller more efficient compressors that do not cycle on and off but slow down and speed up based on cooling demand.

Another test you might use is age. If an appliance is over 15 years old, consider it suspect. If the appliance is working well, not service prone, and you just love it, then keep it. But, when you have the next service call on old Bessie, it's time to say goodby. The combined cost of repair and potential energy savings of a new appliance make a compelling case for replacement.

GE Monitor Top Refrigerator

GE Monitor Top

There are other reasons to replace appliances such as a kitchen remodel or a move into a new house, but use the above recommendations to think through your appliance replacement needs. Of course, consult your builder or designer, and count on the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply for all your appliance needs and more.

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New GE Topload Agitator Washer

Industry's Largest Agitator Washer

New GE Washer is Largest Capacity Agitator Washer in Industry



New machines offer water flexibility, intuitive controls for personal preference
GE Appliances revolutionizes laundry line with largest launch in over 20 years

For the last several years, all the talk in washing machines has been about front-load washers, or HE (high efficiency) top load washers with no agitators. However, we need to remember that a large percentage of U.S. industry sales is in the traditional agitator-type topload washers that we've been so accustomed to for decades.

GE has just completed their largest laundry launch in 20 years including a re-designed topload agitator washer line. The new product lineup features the largest topload agitator washer in the industry. Learn more below:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—August 18, 2015— Whether it’s a favorite task or most loathed chore, in huge piles or small, sorted loads, we all prefer to do our laundry our own way. In the biggest revamp of its clothes care line in more than 20 years, GE Appliances has announced new washer and dryer offerings to fit every consumer preference.
Introducing new topload laundry pairs, GE has enhanced traditional agitator washers to give consumers more control over their cycles while improving energy efficiency, technology and machine aesthetics. With the largest agitator capacity on the market at 4.2 cu. ft, along with modified cycles and easy one-touch settings, laundry has never been more convenient. And with high-performance settings and specialty cycles to treat stains and remove wrinkles, consumers know even their dirtiest clothes are getting thoroughly clean, every time.
“The traditional topload washer remains the most popular style of washer in the U.S. today,” said Julie Muennich, director of marketing for laundry products. “Like racecar drivers want precision control of their cars, our research shows that consumers who prefer topload washers want that same command over their washers. The features of our new GE washers, such as Extra Rinse and Deep Fill, fit the bill in terms of flexibility and customization.”
Along with larger capacities that mean fewer loads, less time and hassle, the new GE Appliances washers offer water flexibility while maintaining energy efficiency standards. Users can choose Extra Rinse or Deep Fill options for particularly tough loads, or count on GE Appliances Precise Fill technology to fill with the right amount of water for typical washing. GE also boasts the largest and only ENERGY STAR®-rated agitator on the market, offering a unique combination of capacity and efficiency.

If you'd like to find out more about GE's new washers or other appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, water systems, and more for your new home, or remodeling project call your builder or design professional, and make plans to visit Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best selection and lowest prices.

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Tips on Washing Machine Maintenance

Washing Machine Use and Care

Advice on taking care of your washer

Maytag Washer

There are lots of great choices out there when it comes time to buy a new washer.

  1. Traditional top load agitator-type washers are an economical choice.
  2. High Efficiency front load washers are enormously popular, and
  3. For consumers who still prefer top load machines but want the advantages of a front load, the new High Efficiency top load washers are perfect.

Arizona Wholesale Supply carries most of the major washer brands:

  • Whirlpool
  • Maytag
  • Electrolux
  • Frigidaire
  • Samsung
  • Bosch

No matter what you choose, your new washer will need proper care. We recently wrote about cleaning your washer. Click on the link below to go to the article:

Cleaning your high efficiency washing machine

Now, we've got some advice on washer maintenance, as well as a few tips on how to prepare your washer if you leave for the summer (or winter). Here's a brief (2 1/2 minute) video that covers the essentials.


We've produced additional videos on:

  • Care and maintenance of your dishwasher
  • Dishwasher detergents, additives, and rinse aid
  • Choosing a water softener
  • Salt in your water softener
  • Reverse osmosis systems
  • Cleaning your high efficiency washing machine
  • Washing machine maintenance

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Coming Soon:
Cleaning your range and oven.

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Cleaning your High Efficiency Washing Machine

How to clean your HE Front Load or Top Loading Washer

High Efficiency, HE, washers continue to grow in popularity, and now are estimated to exceed 50% of the U.S. market for washing machines. The growth has been aided by the introduction of High Efficiency top loading washers so that consumers can now get high efficiency in either a top load or a front loading machine.

Water and energy savings over the expected life of the washing machine can usually justify the higher cost of HE washers. HE washers use far less water than the non HE agitator type washers. Consumers do need to adapt, however. These machines don't flush nearly as much water through the washer, and they can leave a detergent residue in the outer tub. If they're not cleaned regularly, mold and mildew can become a problem.

To find out more about cleaning your HE front load or top loading washer watch the short video below from Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Appliance Spotlight

Looking for a new washer? Why not start here? The new Samsung HE Top Load washer (model number Model: WA5451ANW) was just rated number one by consumer reports. Highly praised for its capacity, gentleness, and noise as well as washing performance this is an efficient and affordably priced appliance.

The Samsung top load washer has a large capacity. It can do 33 bath towels in a single load! That’s impressive. After all who likes to spend time doing laundry? In this washer you can get it done and go on with your life. Even better this appliance has Steam Wash injection that helps get your clothes super clean.

Exclusive to the Samsung brand is the Diamond Drum. Why does this even matter? Each drum is designed so that your delicate fabrics won’t get snagged or damaged during a wash cycle.

Samsung thought of everything, even sound. They designed this machine to operate smoothly and quietly. Called Vibration Reduction Technology, this element reduces vibration and noise and helps improve the handling of unbalanced loads. No more worrying if your washing machine is going to bounce itself out of your laundry closet.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Samsung top load washer is energy efficient, meaning that it requires less water and less energy, which saves you money. If you’re in the market to replace your existing washer the Samsung HE Top Load is an affordably priced machine that is designed to save you time and money, cleans your clothes well and won’t damage your delicates.

Arizona Wholesale has these units on display so you can experience their benefits and cost effectiveness yourself. They are in stock for quick delivery and are very competitively priced. For information please call or stop in to one of our 3 showrooms today.