As I get older, I realize more things. These things are admitting that my household appliances do not last very long. 7-10 years seems to be the max on everything. My tip today is start shopping early! This does not mean to trash your appliances and tote new ones in the door. But the next time you have a little spare time, check out the aisles in Home Depot, Best Buy, or Wal*Mart. Start looking at prices and features. Take a notepad if you need to remember details, measurements, and make/models. In the last 20 years appliances have changed, and many you used to buy no longer exist. They are a lot fancier, have electronic touch pads instead of dials to twist. Many have plans you get that require a company service guy to visit your home every year to run a diagnostic test with a laptop. These will be free for while I found out. Then when the day comes when your washer/dryer combo huffs its last breath you are READY. Also, make sure the delivery deal includes that they HAUL OFF the old item.