How Long Do Ovens Last?

By: Mr. Appliance | Published 09/06/2020

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A wall oven or range typically lasts about 16 years if it’s properly maintained. Even though oven lifespan varies, you may reasonably expect that your oven will work for more than a decade—even two decades on the higher end of the spectrum.

From Mr. Appliance® experts, here’s what you should know about the average life of an oven. 

Factors that Influence Oven Life Expectancy
How long should the oven last in your home? Oven lifespan is dependent on your answers to these questions:

Is your oven gas or electric? Gas wall ovens and ranges tend to last a few years longer than their electric counterparts.
How often do you use it? The oven is a hardworking appliance! Many homeowners use it every day or every other day. If you use your unit that frequently, or less frequently, the oven’s lifespan is likely to be average—about 16 years.
Is your oven high quality? If you invested in a high-quality oven from a trusted manufacturer, it may last longer than a model with lower-quality parts.
Do you perform oven maintenance? Periodic maintenance can help ensure your oven’s lifespan is average or above. There are maintenance tips below!
Who do you hire for repairs? The right appliance repair pros will ensure your oven is taken care of, and that the oven replacement parts are OEM, not aftermarket. If you need courteous, reliable experts for your next repair, find the nearest Mr. Appliance.
Curious about how long other appliances last? Read about microwave oven life span, or check out our appliance life expectancy chart.

Don’t Know Your Oven’s Age?
If you just moved to a new place, bought your oven used, or simply don’t remember when you purchased it, it’s hard to know how much longer your oven might last. Luckily, your appliance’s age will be on the serial number tag, sticker, or plate. Most newer appliances plainly state the manufacture date in that area. To determine the age of older appliances, you may need to Google the serial number and brand name.

Tips for Maximizing Oven Lifespan
The answer to “How long do ovens last?” varies greatly depending on how ovens are maintained. Here are the top maintenance tasks we recommend: 

Use self-cleaning mode sparingly. Self-cleaning mode is hard on your appliance. When you do need to use it, make sure you use the self-cleaning oven function correctly.
Curb messy cooking. Sloppy roasting and baking makes your oven dirty, which makes it less efficient. Try to minimize drips in the oven—and avoid putting aluminum foil in the bottom, which can cause oven failure. 
Clean the oven. Wipe up any spills right after the oven has cooled down. Frequently wipe down the oven exterior and door gaskets. Clean the interior of the oven at least quarterly: Just unplug it (if it’s electric) and wipe down the inside with diluted dish soap. If you would like a pro to clean it for you, check out Molly Maid’s oven cleaning services.
Keep an eye out for problems. Be aware of any changes in your oven’s function, like odd odors or extended baking times. Here are five common oven problems you might detect.
Whenever you need it, Mr. Appliance is ready to help you with routine oven maintenance and urgent repairs. Simply schedule an appointment online at a convenient time, or connect with your local Mr. Appliance.

If you have a very old oven, you might have old (and inefficient) windows too. Our friends at Glass Doctor®, another reliable Neighborly company, list the five signs that your windows need to be replaced.

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