9 Household Appliances That Break Down More Than Others

Deciding whether you need a new appliance in your home doesn’t take long. But which one should it be? Though they might look complicated, devices are engineered pretty simply, so it’s easy to understand why one or two are more likely to break down than others.


The average American household spends $2,000 per year on appliances that don’t work correctly. Based on information from the service experts, these are some of the instruments that break down most often, not due to inferior quality but because of natural wear and tear:

Washing Machines

Though it might seem like the washing machine is an appliance that never breaks, this is not true. Many things can go wrong. The hoses on front-loading machines can be especially problematic because they’re made of different parts, all of which can come loose and cause a leak. Washing machine problems are the number one type in our service area.


Though it might not often happen, dryer fires aren’t entirely unheard of. This is why cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap after every use is essential. If the lint isn’t removed, it can cause a fire and potentially burn down your entire house.


Refrigerator issues are frequently the number one appliance issue in most service areas. This can be bad news because fridges are responsible for keeping your food fresh and edible for much longer than it will last if left out. This isn’t just a smelly inconvenience—spoiled food can lead to sickness and dangerous mold growth.

Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum cleaners suck up dirt and debris from your floors, but when they’re broken, appliances perform much worse than normal ones. And unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid these problems because the dirt and grime that gets under the device can cause it to break down differently.

With this in mind, you should immediately have your Dyson vacuum repaired if it starts acting up. It’s also important to remember not to use appliances when they malfunction. This is the best way to avoid making a simple problem into a dangerous, potentially life-threatening one.


Microwave ovens may seem like they don’t need any repair, but this is far from the truth. Without proper maintenance, microwaves can make weird sounds and even catch fire.

This is dangerous since most households let children use the microwave to warm up their food. So at the first sign of trouble, call a service center and


While oven repair might not be as common as other appliance repairs, this is still important to remember. Sometimes the oven element will burn out after years of consistent usage, or the door won’t close. If your oven door doesn’t shut properly, you can’t use it to cook anything. This means you should call for service immediately if this happens to you.

Water Heater

Another common appliance that people often neglect is the water heater. This is typical because most people choose not to consider it until there’s a problem.

If your water heater isn’t working correctly, you have the chance of causing an even bigger problem that can lead to flooding or even exploding. Sometimes, this “problem” can be small and easy enough to fix alone. But other times, it’s more complicated than that. Before attempting any repair work with your water heater, it’s essential to call a service center first.


Dishes are essential to every household, so appliances like the dishwasher make it to this list. This isn’t just because dirty dishes can clog up your kitchen and make everything harder to clean. Sometimes dishwasher repair can be expensive if you don’t know what’s wrong with the machine.

So to avoid any unnecessary hassle, it’s essential to call a service center as soon as you notice something wrong with the dishwasher. Otherwise, your dirty dishes can pile up and stay that way for much longer than necessary.

Garbage Disposal

Sometimes garbage disposal can stop working just because it’s old. Remember that most appliances have a lifespan of about ten years, so if yours is nearing that age, you need to know your options.

You can fix the problem by looking up some YouTube videos or reading guides online. But most of the time, it’s not a good idea to take on complicated repairs yourself, especially if you’re not an appliance expert.

Final Thoughts

These nine appliances are bound to break down at some point in their life cycle. And instead of just throwing them away and buying new ones, calling a service center is better. This will ensure that your appliances are correctly fixed, which is much better for the environment than buying something new.

Jeremy D. Mena
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