A new report finds that electrical appliances have been around for years without being updated, but the most common problem is that they don’t work as expected.
The findings, published online Tuesday, say that most electrical appliances, whether they’re new or used, are designed to be used for a very short time and that they may not be able to handle the stresses of extended use.
A report by the National Center for Health Statistics looked at nearly 13,000 commercial appliances, ranging from refrigerators to dishwashers and air conditioners.
They found that of the more than 50 percent of the total electricity used in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014, the average age of the appliance was nearly 21 years.
Only about one in four appliances had been in service for more than 30 years.
Of the most-used appliances, less than one in five had been updated in the past decade, and just one in 20 had been upgraded to meet federal safety standards for the devices.
A recent study found that only 4.5 percent of electrical appliances had a high-risk rating.
Only 10 percent of those with a low-risk were equipped with new controls.
The study said that in most cases, it would be more efficient to purchase older, less reliable devices.
But if the problem persists, that may mean that the appliances themselves may not work as they should.
In a separate report released Tuesday, the American Academy of Family Physicians urged that consumers make changes to their own electrical appliances.
The association said that a simple plug replacement could reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
The organization also urged that manufacturers upgrade existing devices.
“We applaud the electricians, installers and technicians for taking a critical step to improve the safety of electrical equipment, which is critical to the health and well-being of the American people,” the association said in a statement.
In its report, the academy found that nearly 70 percent of appliances were designed for use for a limited time.
“There is no clear research or information showing that these products can be safely maintained for more time, and therefore we strongly recommend that the public make changes in the design of all electrical equipment,” the group said.
The American Institute of Electrical Engineers also found that the number of new and used appliances in the United States has fallen over the past 10 years, and that the average time of life of a new appliance has decreased.
The National Center report found that for the first time, nearly 1 in 4 commercial electrical appliances were sold between 2005 to 2014.
Of those, about a quarter of those were in service at the time.
In the same period, the number rose to 24 percent, with the remaining 30 percent being in service longer.
Electric appliances were also found to be more vulnerable to overheating, which can cause damage to the components.
The group said that most of the products with overheating issues were in older models that were no longer being manufactured, or in appliances that were poorly designed.
Many of the appliances have problems with electrical circuits, which could lead to overheated or dead electrical circuits that can result in damage to electrical equipment.
A new generation of products are being developed to make appliances safer.
As a result, the ACME said, more and more people may choose to purchase new appliances with better electrical performance.
The report recommends that consumers look for devices with newer components, newer safety features and better maintenance and service.