I ask because the man from Hotpoint talking on the 60,000 fridges of the type involved in the Grenfell fire said that that model was made between 2006/9 and expected that most would have been long scrapped by now.
I can remember all 4 fridges that have been in our household since a young 'un!
Two were my parents from birth until early 20s, the other two were mine, the current one was bought around 2000 and still works fine.
Am I unusual in this, or do people change fridges after only a few years?
I think that fridges/freezers don't have a 'Service Life' as such they last as long as they last, and usually break down on the hottest day of the year ☺. There are improvements in efficiency etc. so I suppose its probably worth considering replacing very old ones. The current trend to Frost Free certainly avoids the defrosting chore and is probably the biggest incentive to replace old fridges. I had to replace my old Hoover fridge about 4 years ago. This was an early frost free model but the replacement Bosch is a much better appliance.
The best accessory you can buy is a Fridge Thermometer as its not always immediately obvious when a fridge goes wrong until you find the milk going off.
I'm just about to replace my fridge / freezer which has worked very well since it was bought in about 2003. It's replacement is coinciding with a house move which allows me for a larger American style unit. If it weren't for that I wouldn't be replacing it. It works perfectly!
I'd expect to get 20 years out of a fridge...........that's one that was manufactured 20 or more years ago. No doubt the manufacturing quality has been cut since then to maintain a price point so new ones won't last as long.
Freezers last a similar time, but the plastic drawers are liable to break.