Lifespan of a washer dryer combo

The average lifetime of a washer dryer is between 5 and 20 years. This is because a washer-dryer combination is taxed more because you wash & dry with it. As a result, it has a significantly shorter lifespan than a separate washer and dryer. Models from brands that are a bit more knowledgeable, such as Bosch and AEG, have a longer lifespan than wash dry combinations from brands that have not been making wash dry combinations for very long. Also, the lifespan depends on how often you use the washer-dryer combination for washing and drying.

Lifespan of a washer dryer combo



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How long does a washer dryer combo last?

How long your washer dryer lasts depends on several factors. Firstly, the brand of the washer-dryer is very important. Below you will find which brands already have a lot of experience in making combined washer-dryers and which brands are just starting. More expensive washer-dryers are built from sturdier materials, so they do not wear out as quickly. The frequency with which you use your washer dryer also affects its lifespan. The more often you use the appliance, the faster all the parts will wear out. So it can pay off not always to dry all your laundry as well. If the weather is nice, you can also hang your laundry outside.

Another important factor regarding the lifespan of your washer dryer is the year of manufacture. When the first clothes dryer came on the market, the average lifespan was much lower than it is today. Manufacturers have become more and more knowledgeable about how to wash and dry with the same appliance, so the quality of the appliance is getting better and better. Finally, you also need to maintain your washer-dryer combination properly. Because your laundry is both washed and dried, you need to clean more parts than if you had a separate washer and dryer separately. Take into account the lint filter, the condenser and any soap residue.

Is it better to buy a washer-dryer combo or a separate washer and dryer?

A washer-dryer combo you use more often than when you buy a separate washer and dryer. Of course, this has implications for the life of the appliance. If you buy a separate washing machine with a lifespan of 12 years and a separate tumble dryer with a similar lifespan, you will probably enjoy it longer than a washing dryer with a lifespan of 10 years.

Moreover, you should keep in mind that a washer dryer has a number of advantages over a separate washing machine and dryer. For example, a washer-dryer combo is much more economical than two separate appliances. So if you need to replace those a little earlier, it will end up being even more or equally beneficial.

Don’t forget that a washer dryer requires much less space than two separate appliances. In some households, that can really make a world of difference, because they just don’t have the space to put a washer and dryer.

Which washer dryer brands have the best lifespan

It’s hard to determine what the average lifespan of a washer dryer is, because it depends a lot on how often you use it for washing and drying. The first washer dryer was launched by Bosch in 1972, AEG on the other hand was the first manufacturer to launch a washer dryer with a heat pump.

If you are looking for a brand with a long lifespan, it is wise to look for a brand that already has a lot of experience in developing washer dryers. Some manufacturers are so new to the market that they cannot yet predict the average lifespan.

How do you extend the lifespan of a washer dryer?

Do you want to extend the lifespan of your washer dryer? You can! We have put together some tips to help you get the most out of your washer dryer.

  1. Make sure that your washer dryer is level

As with a normal washing machine and dryer, you should always make sure that it is level. This will prevent it from moving back and forth too much during the spin, causing the inside to wear out more quickly. The noise level will also drop significantly if you make sure that your washer dryer is properly leveled.

  1. Invest in a washer dryer

It is worth considering investing in a slightly more expensive washer dryer, as they are more likely to have a longer lifespan. The extra money you pay will usually be recouped because the appliance will last longer and won’t need to be replaced.

  1. Always stick to the maximum fill weight

Cramming your washer dryer full of your wet laundry is never a good idea. First of all, it won’t dry your laundry properly and it’s bad for the appliance. With an overfilled drum the appliance has to work so hard that the components wear out more quickly.

  1. Clean your washer/dryer well

With a washer/dryer you can wash and dry in the same appliance and so you have to clean it a bit more often than a stand-alone washer and dryer. For the dryer, you need to clean the lint filters and dust the condenser. As for the washing machine, you should regularly clean the drum inside. Occasionally run a wash cycle without laundry at a high temperature to remove soap scum.

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