How can you keep your non-stick pan, well, NON-STICK for a long time?

I love my non-stick pan, but recently, I've noticed that it's starting to stop being non-stick, and just cooking an egg on it is turning out to be a pain. It's really frustrating. I've only been using this pan for about 8 months, so I need to know if this is the average lifespan of a non-stick... show more I love my non-stick pan, but recently, I've noticed that it's starting to stop being non-stick, and just cooking an egg on it is turning out to be a pain. It's really frustrating.

I've only been using this pan for about 8 months, so I need to know if this is the average lifespan of a non-stick pan, or if it's possible to make it last much longer than that.

I've followed the rules that you should let the pan cool first before soaking it in water for cleaning, and that it should be cleaned with a soft sponge to avoid scratching the surface. I've also only used wooden utensils with the said pan, so what am I doing wrong that's causing my pan to become useless so quickly?

I'll be buying a new pan soon, and I'd really like it to last much longer than its predecessor did... :(

Thanks! ^_____^
Update: By the way, I use this pan A LOT, if that helps. As in, everyday, sometimes more than twice a day, for frying eggs, pancakes, stir-fry veggies, etc...
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