In this study, we have listed the estimated low, high, and average years of life expectancy. Life expectancy is based on first-owner use of the product and does not necessarily mean the appliance is worn out. When a replacement is purchased, the old unit is either traded in, relegated to use elsewhere, given away, or discarded. thereby ending the life cycle. The estimates contained in the listing represent the expert judgement of APPLIANCE magazine staff based on input obtained from many sources. We have indicated not only life cycle expectancy for each appliance category, but have extended the estimated number of units that will be eligible for replacement in 2005 and 2006. These appliances may be replaced with the same type product, an appliance of a different type, or not at all. To obtain this figure, we took the average life expectancy and used the unit shipments made that many years previously. Unit shipments are taken from APPLIANCE magazine’s Statistical Review, published annually for more than 50 years. The replacement numbers do not take into account changes in life expectancy over the years
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