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The Life Expectancy of Your Austin Rental Home

Grant Williams - Thursday, May 27, 2021

When deciding to invest in an Austin rental property, one of the most important things you can note about the purchase is the condition of things around the house and how much time you think you’ll have until major replacements will need to be made on the property and its components. 

So how long is your Austin rental home’s life expectancy?

How long can you expect your washer and dryer to last? What about the HVAC system you just installed? The plumbing?

Below we review the estimated life expectancies for all of these different components of your rental home and how long they should remain functional for you or your tenants! This data was compiled by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and should not be considered an exact guideline or relied upon for warranties or as guarantees. 

Austin Rental Home Appliance Life Expectancies

Starting with the appliances around your Austin rental home, it’s best to note that the user is a big factor in the longevity of your appliances. Life expectancies for the appliances in your Austin, Texas rental property based on InterNACHI’s findings are as follows:

ApplianceLife Expectancy
A/C Window Unit5 to 7 years
Trash Compactor6 Years
Dehumidifier8 Years
Dishwasher9 Years
Garbage Disposal12 Years
Plastic Dryer Vent5 Years
Steel Dryer Vent20 Years
Dryer13 Years
Exhaust Fans10 Years
Freezer10 to 20 Years
Gas Oven10 to 18 Years
Hand Dryer10 to 12 Years
Humidifier8 Years
Microwave Oven9 Years
Range/Oven Hood14 Years
Electric Range13 to 15 Years
Gas Range15 to 17 Years
Refrigerator9 to 13 Years
Swamp Cooler5 to 15 Years
Washing Machine5 to 15 Years
Whole-House Vacuum System20 Years

As mentioned, it’s important to remember that you’ll never know how tenants plan to treat your rental home’s appliances. The best thing you can do is stay true to your screening requirements and hope this pairs you with a tenant that respects your home and the internals. Of course, not all landlords provide the above appliances in their properties and the tenants must provide these for themselves. This is a route you can go if you fear you’ll have tenants that don’t treat your appliances well, but it can hurt your home when it comes time to market the property for lease!

Austin Rental Home HVAC Life Expectancies

An important aspect of any rental home located in Texas is the life expectancy of the HVAC systems around the home. Review the below life expectancies for these systems in your Austin rental property:

HVAC SystemLife Expectancy
Central A/C7 to 15 Years
Air Exchanger15 Years
Attic Fan15 to 25 Years
Boiler40 Years
Burner10+ Years
Ceiling Fan5 to 10 Years
Chimney Cap (concrete)100+ Years
Chimney Cap (metal)10 to 20 Years
Chimney Cap (mortar)15 Years
Chimney Flue Tile40 to 120 Years
Condenser8 to 20 Years
Dampers20+ Years
Dehumidifier8 Years
Diffusers, Grilles and Registers25 Years
Ducting60 to 100 Years
Electric Radiant Heater40 Years
Evaporative Cooler15 to 25 Years
Furnace15 to 25 Years
Gas Fireplace15 to 25 Years
Heat Exchanger10 to 15 Years
Heat Pump10 to 15 Years
Heat-Recovery Ventilator20 Years
Hot-Water and Steam-Radiant Boiler40 Years
Humidifier12 Years
Induction and Fan-Coil Units10 to 15 Years
Thermostats35 Years
Ventilator7 Years

Austin Rental Home Plumbing Fixture Life Expectancies

An important part of any Austin home, regardless of it being a rental property or not, is the plumbing. 

Plumbing Fixtures
Life Expectancy
ABS and PVC Waste Pipe
50 to 80 Years
Accessible/ADA Handles
100+ Years
Acrylic Kitchen Sink
50 Years
Cast-Iron Bathtub
100 Years
Cast-Iron Waste Pipe (above ground)
60 Years
Cast-Iron Waste Pipe (below ground)
50 to 60 Years
Concrete Waste Pipe
100+ Years
Copper Water Lines
70 Years
Enameled Steel Kitchen Sink
5 to 10+ Years
Faucets and Spray Hose
15 to 20 Years
Fiberglass Bathtub and Shower
20 Years
Gas Lines (black steel)
75 Years
Gas Lines (flex)
30 Years
Hose Bibs
20 to 30 Years
Instant (on-demand) Water Heater
10 Years
40 Years
Plastic Water Lines
75 Years
Saunas/Steam Room
15 to 20 Years
Sewer Grinder Pump
10 Years
Shower Enclosure/Module
50 Years
Shower Doors
20 Years
100+ Years
Soapstone Kitchen Sink
100+ Years
Sump Pump
7 Years
Toilet Tank Components
5 Years
Toilets, Bidets and Urinals
100+ Years
Vent Fan (ceiling)
5 to 10 Years
Vessel Sink (stone, glass, porcelain, copper)
5 to 20+ Years
Water Heater (conventional)
6 to 12 Years
Water Line (copper)
50 Years
Water Line (plastic)
50 Years
Water Softener
20 Years
Well Pump
15 Years
Whirlpool Tub
20 to 50 Years

This only begins to scratch the surface for your Austin rental home. For more information and life expectancies of other systems, items and fixtures around your home visit the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

It’s important to remember that a tenant is more than likely not going to show the same respect to your home and its appliances the same you would if you were living in the property. You can help prevent problem tenants from destroying your rental home by being firm with your leasing criteria and collecting a security deposit equal to at least one month’s rent. 

While the life expectancies above do factor in normal wear and tear, it also factors in proper maintenance of appliances. If you are providing tenants with any appliances that require care be sure to write this into your lease requiring the tenant to do so. Doing so can give you recourse should a tenant or resident in your home neglect addressing any issues on your appliance during their time living in your home. 

Want to speak to an Austin property manager about your rental property? Contact our Austin property management company today by giving us a call at 512.615.7737.

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