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average life span of an oven?

post #1 of 14
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How long is an oven supposed to last anyway? I have a Kenmore range that has been here since the house was built in 1993 (we have only been here 3 years). The stovetop started acting up a while back - it is gas - and then the problem mysteriously went away after a week or so. Very strange. Well now for the last 2 days it is taking twice as long for things to cook in the oven as it should. I am afraid it is on its last leg and I am trying to decide if it is worth it to call the repairman ($70 minimum for the service call plus whatever labor and parts would be) or if I need to start looking for deals on a new one. I don't even know what a new one costs since I have never bought one new. Blah. The dang repairman was just here last week fixing my 3 year old dryer. I have the worst luck with appliances.
post #2 of 14
I don't know how long they are "supose to last" my parents have had 3 since 1981. They have all lasted a diffrent amount of time. They can range in price a lot depending on what you want. Ideal if you have gas you would want your oven to be electric. They are more money tho. $1500 ish. For just gas you can start at $300 and go up from there.
post #3 of 14
Hmmm, must be something bad about the year 1993. My GE from 1993 (electric) died last year. I'm hoping my new one (Fridgidaire) lasts a lot longer.

I also have bad luck with appliances. I'm on my 3rd washer in 14 years.
post #4 of 14
You would think it would last a lifetime...no?
post #5 of 14
Our bake element blew in the fall (it actually was on fire!) and our oven is only 7 years old. Luckily it was only a $30 replacement part.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Starlite View Post

Hmmm, must be something bad about the year 1993. I also have bad luck with appliances. I'm on my 3rd washer in 14 years.


Yep, the 1993 dishwasher kicked the bucket last year and the washer died about 6 months before that. I guess that was why I was wondering if they had all just about reached their life expectancy. I looked online and it looks like I will have to spend around $800 or so to get one as nice as the one I have, so I'll be calling the repairman tomorrow.
post #7 of 14
I don't think there is an average life span. A certain part in any year could be defective.

For example, we found out after our 5 yr old fridge died that the compressors were bad for that year.

I completely feel your pain, our appliance luck has been horrible.
post #8 of 14
Older appliances used to last forever. Now, you're lucky if they last 10 years. If you buy a new one you'll probably end up with something more energy efficient. Start shopping around.
post #9 of 14
We have double ovens which were put in in 1986. The only problem was last year we had to replace the heating element in the top oven. I hope I didn't just jinx myself...
post #10 of 14
If it is 16 yrs. old i would Probably just replace it. I have no clue how long they are supposed to last , But do you still like your oven? I Guess if you really do like it and don't want to update right now , then I guess It would be cheaper to get it repaired.
I am also thinking of our situation right now , See I think my 7 yr. old oven is outdated , and I hate it anyway , so We are buying a new one this year. Actually I hated it from when we first moved in
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