How old are my Kitchen and Laundry appliances?

age of kitchen and laundry appliances

Learn the age of your major kitchen and laundry appliances with this guide.  This article is a quick reference guide for the most common manufacturers of kitchen and laundry appliances over the last 30 years.  Most kitchen and laundry appliance manufacturers do not always clearly state the manufacture year on the data plate or label. Still, the year of manufacture is typically coded in the serial number.  By referencing the manufacturer below with the serial number, the age of the equipment can be determined in most cases.

Manufacturers have been inconsistent with their labeling over the years, so buyers should verify this information by following up with the manufacturer.  A lot of information can be included in the serial number, including the month of manufacture, day of manufacture, manufacture plant, type of unit, and more.  When determining a unit’s life expectancy, we are most interested in the year of manufacture, which is the focus of this article.  The list includes major manufacturers of refrigerators, ovens, ranges, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers.

How do I find the serial tag or label for my kitchen or laundry appliance?

The serial number is typically found on the appliance’s door or inside the appliance at the upper left or right.

What is the typical life expectancy of kitchen and laundry appliances?

Kitchen and laundry appliances typically have a 13-15 year life expectancy.

Best Practices for Maintaining Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

See also:
Determine the Age of Your Water Heater
How old is my Heat Pump, Furnace, or AC?
Typical Service Life of Components of the Home


How Old is my Refrigerator, Oven, Range, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, or Dryer?

Admiral

Amana

Bosch

Bravos

Caloric

Camco

Cove

Crosley

Dacor

Electrolux

Fisher and Paykel

Frigidaire

Gaggenau

General Electric or GE

GE (Canada)

Gibson

Hot Point

Imperial

Inglis

Jenn-Air

Kelvinator

Kenmore (Sears)

KitchenAid

LG

MagicChef

Maytag

Philco

RCA

Roper

Samsung

SinkGuard

Speed Queen

Sub-Zero

Tappan

Thermador

Viking

Westinghouse

Whirlpool

White Consolidated Industries (WCI)

Wolf


Admiral

How old is my Admiral kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Admiral refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The serial plate or tag is located at the upper left corner of the liner inside the refrigerator. The 1st and 2nd numbers of the serial number may indicate the year of manufacture. See the example below. Admiral belonged to the Maytag brand until Whirlpool acquired it in 2006.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

YY 77 777777

Before 2006-7

See Maytag


Amana

How old is my Amana kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Amana refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. Serial codes and styles vary. See the examples below.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

Before 2002 (Amana)

YY 77 777777

Between 2002 and 2006-7

See Maytag

2006-7 to present

See Whirlpool


Bosch

How old is my Bosch kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Bosch refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The 4th digit or the 2nd number of the serial number is a code that indicates the year of manufacture. See the example below. See also Thermador.

Y=code that represents the year of manufacture  X=letter  7=numbers

FD YY777777

80=2000 81=2001 82=2002 83=2003 84=2004 85=2005 86=2006 87=2007 88=2008 89= 2009 90= 2010 91=2011 92=2012 93=2013 94=2014 95=2015 96=2016 97=2017 98=2018 99=2019 00=2020 01=2021 02=2022 03=2023

Note: Add 20 to YY and subtract the first digit to determine the year of manufacture. For example, if the code is 96 (96 + 20 = 116, subtract the first digit. The year of manufacture is 2016)


Bravos

How old is my Bravos kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Bravos, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Maytag


Caloric

How old is my Caloric kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Caloric refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. Serial codes and styles vary. See the examples below.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

Before 2002

YY 77 777777

Between 2002 and 2006-7

See Maytag

2006-7 to present

See Whirlpool


Camco

How old is my Camco kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Camco refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See GE (Canada)


Cove

How old is my Cove kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Cove refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers may or may not be listed on the serial number. Find the serial tag location for Cove Appliances. The date will be clearly stated on the serial tag for most Cove appliances. If the date is not clearly labeled, contact the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Customer Care Team at CustomerService@Subzero.com, or call (800) 222-7820, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST. Find more manufacturer information.


Crosley

How old is my Crosley kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Crosley, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Maytag


Dacor

How old is my Dacor kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Dacor refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is clearly listed on the label. See also Samsung.


Electrolux

How old is my Electrolux kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Electrolux refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The 3rd digit or 2nd number of the serial number indicates the year of manufacture. See the example below. The decade must be assumed.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

7XY7777777

XXY7777777


Fisher and Paykel

How old is my Fisher and Paykel kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Fisher and Paykel refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The first letter of the serial number is a code that indicates the year of manufacture. See the example and codes below.

Y=code letter representing the year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

YXX777777

C=2001 U=2002 M=2003 B=2004 E=2005 R=2006 L=2007 A=2008 N=2009 D=2010


Frigidaire

How old is my Frigidaire kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Frigidaire refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


Gaggenau

How old is my Gaggenau kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Bosch refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Bosch


General Electric or GE (USA)

How old is my General Electric or GE kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for General Electric or GE refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The first letter of the serial number is a code that indicates the year of manufacture. See the example and codes below.

Y=code letter representing the year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

XY777777

A=2001/2013 D=2002/2014 F=2003/2015 G=2004/2016 H=2005/2017 L=2006/2018 M=2007/2019 R=2008/2020 S=2009/2021 T=2010/2022 V=1999/2011 Z=2000/2012

GE (Canada)

How old is my GE (Canada) kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for GE (Canada) refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The first letter of the serial number is a code that indicates the year of manufacture. See the example and codes below.

Y=code letter representing the year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

YX777777X

H=1993 L=1994 M=1995 R=1996 S=1997 T=1998 V=1999 Z=2000 A=2001 D=2002 F=2003 G=2004


Gibson

How old is my Gibson kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Gibson refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


Hot Point

How old is my Hot Point kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Hot Point refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See General Electric


Imperial

How old is my Imperial kitchen appliance?

The year of manufacture for Imperial refrigerators, freezers, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Maytag


Inglis

How old is my Inglis kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Inglis, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Whirlpool


Jenn-Air

How old is my Jenn-Air kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Jenn-Air refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Maytag until 2006-7

See Whirlpool after 2007


Kelvinator

How old is my Kelvinator kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Kelvinator refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


Kenmore (Sears)

How old is my Kenmore kitchen or laundry appliance?

Sears did not manufacture kitchen and laundry appliances. The manufacturer of Kenmore refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers can be identified by the first three digits of the serial number. See the examples below.

See Whirlpool if the first three numbers of the serial number begin with 103, 106, 110, 155, 198, 278, 647, 652, 665, 835, 850, 911, 917

See Maytag if the first three numbers of the serial number begin with 174, 629, 651, 747, 925, 960

See Electrolux if the first three numbers of the serial number begin with 119, 233, 253, 335, 417, 628, 662, 790, 791, 970

See GE if the first three numbers of the serial number begin with 274, 362, 363, 464, 978


KitchenAid

How old is my KitchenAid kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for KitchenAid, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Whirlpool


LG

How old is my LG kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for LG refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The 1st number of the serial number indicates the year of manufacture. See the example below. The decade must be assumed.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

Y XX XXX77777


MagicChef

How old is my MagicChef kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for MagicChef refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Maytag until 2006-7

See Whirlpool after 2007


Maytag

How old is my Maytag kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Maytag refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The serial number’s second to the last digit is a code representing the year of manufacture. See the example below. See also Jenn-Air and Whirlpool.

Y=code letter representing the year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

77777777YX

B=1990 D=1991 F=1992 H=1993 K=1994 M=1995 Q=1996 S=1997 U=1998 W=1999 Y=2000 Z=2001 A=2002 C=2003 E=2004 G=2005 J=2006 L=2007 N=2008 P=2009 R=2010 T=2011 V=2012 X=2013 B=2014

See Whirlpool for models manufactured after 2007


Philco

How old is my Philco kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Philco refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


RCA

How old is my RCA kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for RCA refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See General Electric


Roper

How old is my Roper kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Roper, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Whirlpool


Samsung

How old is my Samsung kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Samsung refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is listed on the label.


SinkGuard

How old is my SinkGuard kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for SinkGuard, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Whirlpool


Speed Queen

How old is my Speed Queen kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Speed Queen, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Maytag


Sub-Zero

How old is my Sub-Zero kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Sub-Zero refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers may or may not be listed on the serial number. Find the serial tag location for Sub-Zero Appliances. The date will be clearly stated on the serial tag for most Sub-Zero appliances. If the date is not clearly labeled, contact the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Customer Care Team at CustomerService@Subzero.com, or call (800) 222-7820, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST. Find more manufacturer information.


Tappan

How old is my Tappan kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Tappan refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


Thermador

How old is my Thermador kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Thermador refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The 4th digit or second number indicates the year of manufacture. See the example below. The decade must be assumed. See also Bosch.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

XX7Y777777 


Viking

How old is my Viking kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Viking refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. To locate the serial number, open the door, and the tag will be found at the upper left oven face- Viking website information here. The 5th and 6th digits indicate the year of manufacture. See the example below.

Y=year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

7777YYX77777777 


Westinghouse

How old is my Westinghouse kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Westinghouse refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


Whirlpool

How old is my Whirlpool kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Whirlpool refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number. The second digit of the serial number is a code that indicates the year of manufacture. See the example and code below.

Y=code letter representing the year of manufacturer  X=letter  7=numbers

XY777777

A=1991/2021 B=1992/2022 C=1993/2023 D=1994/2024 E=1995/2025 F=1996/2026 G=1997/2027 H=1998/2028 I=1999/2029 J=2000/2030 K=2001/2031 L=2002/2032 M=2003 P=2004 R=2005 S=2006 T=2007 U=2008 W=2009 Y=2010 1=2011 2=2012 3=2013 4=2014 5=2015 6=2016 7=2017 8=2018 9=2019


White Consolidated Industries

How old is my White kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for White refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers is encoded in the serial number.

See Electrolux


Wolf

How old is my Wolf kitchen or laundry appliance?

The year of manufacture for Wolf refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers may or may not be listed on the serial number. Find the serial tag location for Wolf Appliances. The date will be clearly stated on the serial tag for most Wolf appliances. If the date is not clearly labeled, contact the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Customer Care Team at CustomerService@Subzero.com, or call (800) 222-7820, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST. Find more manufacturer information.


Best Practices for Maintaining Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

Ovens and ranges

Oven or range neglect can cause fire and air quality hazards. Gas ovens should be vented to the outside- the ventilation requirements of all units should be verified. Gas ovens should be serviced every other year – especially the burners, to ensure proper combustion and to prevent toxic gases in the home. Ovens/ranges should be cleaned of food debris and grease regularly to prevent fire hazards. Oven/range knobs and controls should be secure, in good condition, and clearly labeled to prevent fire hazards. The oven door should be in good working order. Ovens should be secured and mounted with an anti-tilt bracket to prevent injury. Ideally, the oven or range outlet is surface-mounted in the wall and not flush-mounted on the floor or wall.

Dishwashers

Dishwasher maintenance neglect can cause water damage and unsanitary conditions. The seal should be wiped down monthly with a mild bleach solution. Dishwasher filters should be cleaned every 3-6 months. Dishwashers should undergo a cleaning cycle monthly with vinegar or an over-the-counter product to prevent odors, solids, grease, and mineral build-up. A leak sensor can be installed under the drain connection at the sink cabinet to alarm when there are leaks. Dishwashers should be securely mounted to the countertop. Worn or damaged seals or latches may cause dishwashers to leak on the floor. The dishwasher controls, racks, latch, and soap dispenser should be in good working order. Heating elements of dishwashers can fail over time. Dishwashers should be installed by a professional, and it should be verified that a high loop is installed at the drain line.

Refrigerators

Refrigerator maintenance neglect can cause water damage and unsanitary conditions. The seal and the inside should be cleaned weekly with a mild bleach solution to prevent germs like listeria. Refrigerators with water lines should be professionally installed as leaks from refrigerator water supply lines are prevalent- homeowners can also place a leak sensor on the floor near the refrigerator that will alarm in case of leaks.

Washers

Washer maintenance neglect can cause water damage and unsanitary conditions. The seal should be wiped down monthly with a mild bleach solution. Washers should undergo a cleaning cycle monthly with vinegar or an over-the-counter product to prevent odors, solids, grease, and mineral build-up. Washing Machines have filters that should be cleaned every four months. The hot and cold water supply connections and the drain line should be checked regularly for leaks. Homeowners can place a leak sensor on the floor near the washer that will alarm in case of leaks.

Dryers

Dryer maintenance neglect can cause fires. The lint filter for dryers should be cleaned after every use. Dryer vents should always be 4″ smooth metal through floors, walls, crawl spaces, and basements. Transition ducts between the dryer and the vent should always be metal (not plastic) and no longer than 8′. Dryer exhaust vents should be inspected and cleaned annually.

Microwaves and Hoods

Microwave/Hood neglect can cause injury and air quality issues. The FDA recommends standing away from the microwave while it is running in case of leaks at the door. Microwaves with damaged doors should be replaced immediately. The microwave and hoods should be cleaned inside and out monthly with a mild bleach solution. Unvented hoods or recirculating hoods have screens and charcoal filters – the screen should be cleaned, and charcoal filters should be replaced every 1 to 3 months. The CFM rating of the hood/microwave should always match the oven/range requirements.

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