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Following many complaints from consumers regarding electrical goods that don’t last long enough and can’t be fixed in the home, the Government is set to introduce a new “right to repair” law in the UK.

Manufacturers will be legally required to make additional parts for expensive appliances, such as fridges and televisions available to consumers. The new legislation will be a benefit for homeowners, potentially saving up to £75 a year per household.

Ministers have confirmed that the new law will be in place by the summer. They are keeping a promise to implement EU rules aimed at cutting energy and bills, and reducing the need for new materials.

Dishwasher

The new rule is estimated to reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste* In the UK? and will contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said, “Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more electrical goods can be fixed rather than thrown on the scrap heap – putting more money back in the pockets of consumers whilst protecting the environment.

Our upcoming energy efficiency framework will push electrical products to use even less energy and material resources, saving people money on their bills and reducing carbon emissions.”

New energy labels have also been introduced this month to raise the bar because most products are classed as A+, A++ or A+++ thanks to energy efficiency standards introduced by the EU.

What items will be included in the new law?

  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Electronic displays (including televisions)
  • Light sources and separate control gears
  • External power suppliers
  • Electric motors
  • Refrigerators with a direct sales function (e.g. fridges in supermarkets and vending machines for cold drinks)
  • Power transformers
  • Welding equipment

To benefit from the repairs free of charge, you will need to be within warranty or guarantee. The legislation will not include smartphones or any other tech devices.

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