Lifespan of Dryers

Clothes dryers are a common appliance in almost every home. They provide a faster way to dry clothes from home, and they are usually cost effective. Knowing the lifespan of a typical dryer is important to determine the target purchase price. This way it is possible to know how much the dryer will cost for each year of use.


There many kinds of dryers. Some are designed to handle large clothing loads, and others are designed to be energy-saving. Still other dryers are designed to remove as little lint from clothing as possible. Each type of dryer will have a slightly different lifespan. The features that each dryer has will make a large difference in the life of the dryer. Different brands also will offer different life spans.

Time Frame

The average life of a dryer is eight to 14 years. Some dryers do not last this long, and others last much longer. It is possible to find a working dryer that is more than 30 years old, but this is rare. In general, a dryer will have to be replaced at least every 15 years. How often the dryer is used and what methods are taken to care for the dryer have a big impact on the longevity of the machine.


There are many factors that go into determining the life span of a dryer. The size of the loads placed in the machine will have an impact on the life of the machine. It is important to not overload the machine. Cleaning hoses and lint traps on a regular basis also will increase the life span. In general, a dryer that is used less often will have a longer life. Constant use of the machine could cause it to break down much sooner.


One of the biggest decisions that must be made about the life span of a dryer is to repair the machine or to replace it. Dryers can last well beyond their intended life spans if they are maintained with proper upkeep and timely repairs. However, a decision must be made about the value of constantly repairing an old machine. Dryer repairs usually cost upwards of $100 each time. A new dryer can cost from $400 to $1,000. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to replace the dryer rather than repair the old one.


There are steps that can be taken to extend the life of any dryer. Always make sure the dryer has open air vents. The lint trap should be cleaned after every load. Never overload the dryer with large amounts of wet clothes. This can overtax the heating elements and the tumbling mechanism. It also is important to run the dryer only as much as recommended by the manufacturer. If a lot of drying needs to be done, then consider the purchase of a high-capacity dryer.

Brenda Priddy

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.