Starting this summer, new laws will come into effect to combat what is known as “premature obsolescence” – a short lifespan that manufacturers deliberately incorporate into an electrical appliance, resulting in unnecessary and costly replacement for consumers.
However, the rules only apply to products that are placed on the market after the regulations come into force this summer. Therefore, they do not apply to items that have already been made unless they continue to be made and sold after the summer. The government has yet to set an exact date for the legislation to come into force.
According to the new rules, manufacturers of electrical appliances must now ensure that
- Devices should be cheaper to operate. The changes will set higher energy efficiency standards, which the government says will save consumers an average of £ 75 per year in energy bills.
- Devices should be easier to repair. Manufacturers are legally obliged to provide consumers with spare parts for products for the first time so that electrical devices can be repaired without any problems.
The length of time that these replacement parts will be available varies from product to product. Typically, however, manufacturers produce replacement parts between seven and ten years after the model is sold out.
Manufacturers will also be forced to provide a wider range of parts and repair information to third-party suppliers, hopefully giving consumers a greater chance of having their products repaired by professionals.
- Devices should last longer. The government expects this move to extend the life of the products by up to ten years.
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