The UK Government introduced a new law at the start of July, to help people extend the life of their electrical equipment – the right to repair law.
This law improves product standards and encourages manufacturers to make spare parts available.
Why has the right to repair law been introduced?
The UK Government brought in the right to repair law to help reduce the amount of electrical equipment sent to landfill because it can’t be repaired.
By making repairing damaged equipment easier, customers can extend the life of their existing equipment by up to ten years.
This not only helps customers save money, but helps protect the environment too.
What does the law mean?
Manufacturers have to make spare parts available within two years of equipment going on sale, and up to ten years after the equipment has been discontinued.
Manufacturers will also have to make any future equipment they design and build easier to repair.
Some parts will be made available to the general public so they can attempt repairs themselves. Others will only be available to professional repairers.
The law doesn’t apply to all electrical equipment. The equipment that it will apply to includes:
- Fridges and freezers
- Televisions and other electronic displays
- Power transformers, light sources and welding equipment
Manufacturers have a two-year grace period to make spare parts available.
Don’t forget that some damage cannot be seen
Although some damage is easy to spot, some equipment damage is harder to identify. You may only know that your equipment is faulty when it has stopped working.
With PAT testing, an electrical engineer will carry out internal tests on your equipment to see if it is safe. If it isn't, you can then get it repaired.
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