Our home appliances are so important, and it’s not often we realize until they break down. Then we find out how much we rely on them for everything. When you’re buying a new cooker, fridge or dishwasher, you’ll want to know how long it’s likely to last and how reliable it will be.
What to do when you buy a home appliance
There are no guarantees an appliance will never give up the ghost, but it can be handy to know which are the most (and least) likely to break down before you make your purchase. Accidentally breaking your home appliances can be costly, and so it’s always worth investing in proper domestic appliance cover. Forewarned is forearmed. Here, in reliability order with best to worst is a rundown of the appliances most likely to break down in the home.
- Hobs and stove-tops
Your hob can be one of the most expensive kitchen purchases. However, it’s good to know that price factors in the notion that you’ll not need to replace it very often. Hobs and stove-tops come in as one of the most reliable domestic appliance purchases. Keeping it clean and making sure it is properly maintained is key with the right products and detergents.
- Washing machines
It might surprise you to learn that a washing machine is the next least likely to break down. These days, brands are making their appliances much more reliable and with fewer parts to go wrong. Even the least expensive makes of washing machines will last for up to a decade without any problems. It’s worth remembering, though, that this is for washing machines only, and washer-dryers can tend to be a little less reliable.
Cookers come a poor third to their friend the hob! Freestanding cookers are more reliable than ranges. This could come as a surprise to many homeowners, who would probably expect these appliances to last a very long time. If you’ve got a built-in oven, you’re likely to find that’s the most reliable type of cooker.
The humble dishwasher can cause all sorts of bother, sadly! Problems relating to dishwashers will crop up in the first few years of their use. Some people are very lucky and are able to run them for decades without an issue. If you have a dishwasher and it lasts for five years or more without a problem, chances are it’ll carry on working successfully.
- Fridges and Freezers
Fridges and freezers are last in the queue, unfortunately. Fridges and freezers, when bought separately, tend to have very few problems as there are relatively few components in them to go wrong. However, when people buy combined fridge/freezers, that is when problems can occur. They have more working parts, and often they’re crammed into a smaller space, which makes them more likely to breakdown and cause problems. If you have space and can afford to buy separate appliances, then that might be the best course of action rather than buying an all in one appliance.