Did you know that the average washing machine lasts ten years?
With the new Right to Repair laws, you may be able to prolong that lifetime. Indeed, longer lifespans are one of the critical benefits of this new law.
But what exactly is the new law, and what products does it apply to? We’re answering all of that and more in this quick guide on the Right to Repair UK. Keep reading to learn more.
What Is the New Right to Repair Rule?
The new Right to Repair rules legally oblige manufactures to make spare parts available to consumers. According to this new law, parts must be available within two years of the product hitting the market. In addition, those parts must remain available for between 7 and 10 years after discontinuation.
The Right to Repair UK rule is intended to make products last longer and reduce waste that ends up in landfills. But it’s also a step in the right direction in terms of consumer rights because it overcomes planned obsolescence. That is when products are made to last a finite amount of time before they need to be replaced.
What Products Does Right to Repair Apply To?
The Right to Repair laws don’t apply to every product on the market. For now, the rules apply to:
- Washing machines
- Refrigeration appliances
- Light sources
- Electric motors
- Power transformers
- Welding equipment
The new rules do not apply to microwaves, tumble dryers, cookers, laptops, or smartphones.
When Did the Right to Repair Rule Go Into Effect?
The Right to Repair rules went into effect on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Products bought on or after that date fall under the new laws. However, manufacturers have been provided a grace period of two years to make spare parts available.
What Parts Can You Buy?
Some parts will be available to consumers, while others will only be made available to professional repairers. For example, items such as door hinges, door seals, drain filters, plastic peripherals, and interior racks will be available for purchase by consumers. But circulation pumps, drain pumps, electronic displays, motors, piping equipment, valves, filters, thermostats, and sensors will only be available to professionals.
The idea is that consumers will have access to parts for simple and safe repairs. A professional repairman is required for more complicated repairs.
Do Warranties Still Apply?
Of course, warranties still apply. If your product is within the warranty, then you should send it to the manufacturer for repair. The point of the new rule is to allow you to repair your product after the warranty is up.
Where to Have Products Fixed
Under the new Right to Repair laws in the UK, you’re guaranteed to have access to replacement parts that can extend the life of some of your more expensive household products. But having access to parts and being able to repair them are two very different things.
If you don’t have the know-how to fix a product covered under Right to Repair, Clipfix can help. We have access to fully qualified tradespeople who can provide professional advice over a 15-minute call for just £20. Check out all the things we can fix here.