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BUILT TO LAST?

Worried about how much longer that old water heater in the basement should last? Wondering how many years the dishwasher you just installed will be around?

To give you an idea of the longevity of such things, a Bound Brook, N.J., company called HouseMaster Home Inspection estimates the average life span of these appliances and more. Here's a sampling of the statistics it has gathered, as reported in the Chicago Tribune:

Faucets, 8 to 12 years

Garbage disposal, 5 to 10 years

Stove, 15 to 25 years

Dishwasher, 7 to 12 years

Refrigerator, 10 to 18 years

Washer, 10 to 12 years

Dryer, 10 to 15 years

Water heater, 8 to 15 years

Paint, 4 to 7 years

Asphalt shingle roof, 15 to 18 years

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