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How Long Do Washing Machines Last?

Jun 09, 2022

Over the past half-century, washing machines have become one of the most essential appliances in many homes. Not only do they make laundry day a breeze, but with proper care and maintenance they can last for many years. Do you have questions about the longevity of your washing machine? Read on! In this article, we’ll tell you how long you might expect your washing machine to last.

Lifespan of a Washing Machine

Most washing machines will last anywhere from 11 to 14 years, depending on the type of machine you have [1]. However, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance and repairs in order to ensure that your washing machine will last as long as possible.

Five Factors to Extend the Life of Your Washing Machine

Doing these five things will help make sure your washing machine lasts as long as possible.

1. Keep Up with Regular Maintenance

Tending to your washing machine on a regular basis is the best way to extend its lifespan. This means regularly cleaning out the lint trap, draining and cleaning the hose, and examining the door seal for any cracks or tears.

2. Use the Machine Properly

Proper use of your washing machine is also key to lengthening its lifespan. Be sure to read the manual before washing any clothes, and follow all of the instructions carefully. Also, avoid using too much detergent, as this can damage the machine.

3. Avoid Overloading the Machine

One of the biggest mistakes people make when washing their clothes is to overload the machine. This puts unnecessary strain on the motor and can cause lasting damage. Be sure to always check the manufacturer's instructions to determine how much laundry your machine can handle at one time.

4. Use Quality Detergent and Softener

Using quality detergent and softener can also help extend the life of your washing machine. Cheap, off-brand detergents may cause damage to the inner workings of the machine and lead to costly repairs.

5. Check the Hoses and Connections Regularly

Finally, be sure to check the hoses and connections on your washing machine regularly. Over time, they can become loose or cracked, leading to leaks. Regularly checking and replacing worn hoses is a simple way to avoid costly repairs down the road.

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Breaks Down

Of course, no matter how well you take care of your washing machine, there’s always a chance it could break down. When this happens, it’s important to call a professional for repairs. Attempting to fix the machine yourself could void the warranty or cause further damage. With proper care and maintenance, your washing machine can last for many years to come, but if all else fails, it may be time to invest in a new machine.

Choosing a New Washing Machine

When it comes time to replace your washing machine, be sure to do your research. There are a number of factors to consider, such as size, capacity and features. You’ll also want to be sure to shop smart and look at what retailers are offering to get the best deal. However, with so many options on the market, how can you be sure to find a machine that meets your needs?

How Can Acima Leasing Help?

If you're in the market for a new washing machine, Acima Leasing can help! We offer flexible lease-to-own solutions* that make it easy to take home a new machine, without using credit.* And our terms are manageable, so you can choose the lease renewal payment option* that works best for you. If you make the number of payments defined under your lease or exercise an option to purchase it early at a discount, it’s yours.

You can also use Acima Leasing to bring home the top brands, so you're sure to find a washing machine that's perfect for you and your laundry needs. If you end up no longer needing your new appliance, you can simply return it in good condition at any time with no further obligations. Get started today, and enjoy the convenience of a new washing machine on terms that work for you.

Common Questions About Washing Machines:

Is it worth repairing my washing machine?

If you've had your washing machine for a long time, it may be time to start shopping for a new one. While repairing a washing machine can be cheaper than replacing it, if you have one that is nearing the end of its life, you may be better off bringing home a new one. With so many options on the market, you're sure to find a machine that meets your needs and budget.

How often should I replace my washing machine?

Most washing machines will last 11 – 14 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, you may be able to extend the lifespan of your machine. Be sure to regularly clean the lint trap, examine the door seal for cracks or tears, and check the hoses and connections for leaks.

How do I know if my washing machine needs replacing?

If your washing machine is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it may be time for a replacement. Common signs include leaks, strange noises and reduced performance. If you're unsure whether or not your machine needs to be replaced, call a professional for an inspection.

Are old washing machines better than new ones?

While there are some benefits to using an older washing machine, newer models tend to be more energy-efficient.

Still have more questions on how Acima Leasing can help you by your washing machine? Learn more about the process here and on our FAQ page!