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Why Your Appliances Should Really Be Lasting Longer

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Mercy A.A.
Mercy A.A.Google - May 2024
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If we could give the engineer Dan 10 stars we would! Such a quick, reliable service he provided and fixed the issue with our American Fridge/Freezer so quickly. Amazing customer service! Your company should feel lucky to have him representing you.
Clair - Trust Pilot.
Clair - Trust Pilot.May 2024
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Very good follow up be email to organize the appointment; engineer came on time and repair was very quick; the only thing which could have been improved was to mention somewhere that ETA means Estimated time of usually has another common meaning.
Vathsala Paramanathan
Vathsala ParamanathanGoogle - June 2024
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I am very pleased with the. Work and advice of the engineer Jason who came today to repair my Liebherr fridge freezer. He said that there was no need to replace any part and resolved the problem
Dominic Mckenna - Trust Pilot
Dominic Mckenna - Trust PilotApril 2024
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From the outset Rebecka was very helpful, we had several appliances to fix so it was complicated to set up. All the pricing was very clear and once booked I was kept up to date and the engineer arrived on time. Jason the engineer was able to fix most things onsite and identified the fault one the other appliance quickly. The follow up with Rebecka has been very efficient.Highly Recommended.
SarahMay 2024
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Having had excellent and quick service from Capital who sent engineers to sort out problems with my dishwasher and tumble dryer, I decided to buy a replacement dishwasher from them too. I was able to speak to real person! Who told me what they had available, I selected and bought it and was offered delivery two days later. Kept up-to-date on the timing of the delivery and the two men who came, fitted took away the old machine couldn't have been more helpful. I thoroughly recommend this company for swift and excellent service
AS Google - May 2024
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Excellent service provided by Dan Lewis and Adrian Smart. Our Gas Cooker oven had been causing us issues for a while, and a previous engineer's visit left us feeling unheard and the issue unresolved. However, Dan and Adrian were attentive, listened to our concerns, and promptly identified the issue. They efficiently troubleshooted and resolved it by replacing a part. Their professionalism, politeness, and manners were exemplary throughout the process. Kudos to Dan and Adrian for their outstanding service!

All too often, people throw out appliances that simply need repairing or maintaining. Here’s why your appliances should be lasting longer.


New appliances don’t come cheap – so we all want to make sure we get as much out of them as possible. And whilst they all have an expected lifespan, at the end of which they will need to be replaced, it’s likely that your appliances aren’t lasting as long as they should be.

All too often, people throw appliances away that are simply in need of a little TLC. Without regular maintenance and repairs, your washer, dishwasher, oven and dryer won’t reach a grand old age.

Although it will depend on the make and model, here’s how long your appliances should last, as well as a few common (and fixable) issues you might experience along the way.


Washing Machines Should Last for Around 12 Years

According to Kiplinger, industry groups recommend that washing machines should last for around 11-12 years, with top-load washers lasting for slightly longer than front load washers.

Some common, fixable problems you may experience include:

  • The drum not spinning – which could be caused by a broken drive belt or worn motor carbon brushes
  • A smelly machine – which is caused by a build-up of bacteria and mould
  • A washing machine door that won’t open – which could be caused by a door interlock switch failure or a broken handle

As well as getting any issues quickly fixed, you can also increase the lifespan of the machine by cleaning it monthly, using the correct detergent and not overloading with laundry.

Dishwashers Should Last for Around 13 Years

Surprised? With some TLC, an under the counter dishwasher should last for around 13 years. Some fixable problems you might experience along the way include:

  • A dishwasher that won’t drain – which could be due to a blockage or damaged filters
  • A dishwasher that leaks – which could be caused by an issue with the door latch or a leak in the hose
  • A dishwasher that’s not cleaning properly – which could be due to improper loading or the wrong amount of detergent

As well as properly maintaining and repairing your dishwasher, you can also increase its lifespan by running it every week.

Ovens Should Last for Around 10 to 20 Years

According to Daily Finance, ovens and ranges can last for an impressive 10 to 20 years. Common but fixable problems can include:

  • An oven that won’t heat up – which can be caused by burnt out heating elements
  • An overheating oven – which can be caused by blocked vents or a faulty thermostat
  • A hob that keeps sparking – which can be caused by things such as using excess water to clean the hob (a sparking hob can be very dangerous, and you should always consult a professional)

Aside from repairing your oven, regular cleaning can help to keep it working properly.


Tumble Dryers Should Last for Around 10 to 15 Years

One of the simplest appliances in your home, a well maintained tumble dryer should last for around 10 to 15 years (Daily Finance).Common yet fixable problems include:

  • A tumble dryer that won’t heat – which can be caused by a tripped thermostat
  • A tumbled dryer that won’t turn – which can be caused by a snapped belt
  • A tumble dryer that’s blowing cold air – which can be caused by a clogged vent hose

To keep your tumble dryer working efficiently, it’s important to regularly empty the lint filter.


Surprised by how long your appliances should last? With the occasional repair and regular maintenance, you can make sure that you get the most out of your washing machine, oven, tumble dryer and dishwasher.

Here at Capital Repairs, we can help you to get more out of your appliances. With over 35 years’ experience in the industry, our highly qualified engineers can fix virtually any problem – a significantly cheaper option than buying a brand new appliance.

Visit our repairs page to find out more. Alternatively, if you’re confident you can fix the problem yourself, we also stock thousands of spare parts.


*The figures in this post were taken from external sources and may depend on brand and model


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