Repairing household appliances across the European Union will now be easier, thanks to the adoption of new standards. According to the new announcement the standards will be applied to washing machines, fridges and dishwashers. Campaigners for ‘right to repair’ however allege that the new standards do not apply to consumers and are limited to professionals to carry out repairs.
As a result, the legislation has faced complaints from consumers across North America and Europe who are troubled with the mishaps of the machines without warranty. The campaigners raised the complaint that they are unable to repair the machines themselves and are dependent on professionals who in return charge a hefty price. Furthermore, consumers are forced to buy a replacement instead.
The consequences of which result in waste and adds to global warming through greenhouse gases which develop through manufacturing process of new machines. Around 20 states in the US have the ‘right to repair legislation’ in progress.
Owning to the new standards of the European Commission, manufacturers will be obligated to make spares, such as thermostats, door gaskets, in addition to making professionals available for repairs.
Furthermore, such parts will have to be accessible with commonly available tools and should not damage the product. Campaigners are of the opinion that they should be allowed to buy spares, in addition to repairing their own machines. Manufacturers however believe this would add to the risk and liability.
The new standards will help in ensuring longer durability for the machines. The standards are also drawing rules to make the appliance more energy efficient. Experts believe, the move could help in saving €20bn on energy bills per year in Europe from 2030 onwards, which is equivalent to 5% of EU electricity consumption.