Life Expectancy of Electronic Equipment

The economic life expectancy of any product is extremely difficult to determine. Consumers often complain that the goods should have “lasted” longer when they develop a fault. The fact is that in most cases once a repair has been completed the goods will probably go on to function or “last” for a considerable period of time.

While the list below is not a comprehensive one, it gives a general indication of average life expectancy for a range of product types.

Life expectancy is the length of time a product would reasonably be expected to be able to be economically repaired or where the spare parts are available. Some cosmetic parts may not be available for the same period of time as functional parts.  It does not imply that goods should function for a given period of time without going wrong or that the repairer should not make a reasonable charge for a repair.

Small appliances
Mobile phones, MP3-players, irons, kettles, hair dryers etc. 2 – 3 years

Medium Size Appliances
Cleaners, refrigerators and freezers, spin and tumble dryers, microwave ovens 3 – 6 years

Larger Appliances
Electric Cookers, 5 – 10 years
Fridge/Freezer, 3-6 years
Dishwashers, washing machines, 3 – 6 years
Low priced portable CTVs 2 – 5 years
Higher priced non-portable CTVs 4 – 8 years
Low priced DVD player/recorder 2 – 5 years
Higher priced DVD player/recorder 5 – 8 years
Low priced Hi-Fi Systems 2 – 5 years
Higher priced Hi-Fi systems 5 – 8 years

IT Hardware
Desktops 3-4 years
Laptops 2-3 years
Tablets 2-3 years