The government is set to introduce a new ‘Right to Repair’ law to extend the lifespan of electrical goods and appliances by up to 10 years and reduce electrical waste.
There have been many complaints from consumers regarding that the lifespan of electrical goods isn’t long enough and that they cannot be fixed at home. As part of the new rules, electrical goods manufacturers will be legally required to manufacture additional parts for expensive appliances available to consumers. The introduction of these new rules will benefit homeowners as it’s estimated to help save up to £75 a year per household.
The government has confirmed that the new legislation will be implemented by summer and they are also keeping their promise to implement EU rules for reducing energy and bills, as well as reducing the need for new materials.
Another positive effect of this new rule is that it’s estimated to decrease the amount of electrical waste by as much as 1.5 million tonnes in the UK each year, as well as reducing overall carbon emissions.
There have also been new energy labels introduced this month to raise the bar for standards as most products have been classed as A+, A++ or A+++ due to the EU’s energy efficiency standards.
What electrical goods will be covered by this new law?
Here is a list of the items that will be included:
- Washing machines
- Refrigerators with a direct sales function (e.g. vending machines for cold drinks and fridges in supermarkets)
- Electronic displays (includes televisions)
- Light sources and separate control gears
- External power suppliers
- Power transformers
- Electric motors
- Welding equipment
In order to benefit from free-of-charge repairs, you need to be within the guarantee or warranty period. It’s important to note that this new rule does not cover smartphones or any other tech devices.
About Stuart Mosley
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