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od Steven Webb - nedelja, 9. avgust 2020, 19:59
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Is it true that repairing a household appliance is a duty and a right?

Of course you. In this regard, it is good to know that from next year, all manufacturers of televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and similar appliances will be obliged to ensure that spare parts are available for these products. Depending on the type of device, this availability will need to be provided for seven or ten years. It may seem like a minor constraint and it is fundamental: this innovation, introduced at European level, will actually make it possible to counter waste related to tricks related to planned obsolescence. In short, in theory, you will no longer have to deal with devices that take little time or with vendors who will recommend buying a new product instead of repairing it.

In fact, today our daily lives are characterized by the constant presence of devices of this kind.

Exactly: from the washing machine to the refrigerator, from the mobile phone to the microwave, from the personal computer to the iron, from the TV to the vacuum cleaner. These are all instruments we use every day, perhaps without realizing it: we actually only notice them when they break. What happens to such an event is fraught with doubts, perhaps because we do not know who to turn to or why we are afraid to spend an excessive amount on repairs. So focus on DIY.

Is DIY a guess the solution?

Today, yes, also because, thanks to the internet, all spare parts are available immediately: you can order and buy them by receiving them at home, with just a few clicks. Doing it yourself, with the help of the web and dedicated e-commerce, is much easier than in the past: in addition, you can also find online tutorials and video guides that contain all the explanations and provide all the instructions you need for independent operation.

What are the benefits of choosing to repair a home appliance on your own?

In addition to personal satisfaction, which is undeniable, the most beneficial aspect is related to the savings that can be enjoyed. If a broken device is repaired instead of being thrown in the trash or perhaps forgotten in the basement, it reduces its impact on the environment and you are sure to avoid new costs. The right to redress must be denied and emphasized not only because it is a form of savings for the consumer, but also because it is in fact a profitable and reputable economic activity.

In this context, combating planned obsolescence is part of that, right?

Yes, this is a battle that has been going on for several years: the goal is to fight the ever-decreasing lifespan of electronic and electrical devices. Which is actually a paradox when you consider how impressive and rapid technological progress is. Repair, on the other hand, is not a way to disincentivize or combat consumption, on the contrary: it only serves to avoid waste. There is nothing to forbid a consumer from buying a new washing machine every year, but those who want to fix it should have the right to do so instead of throwing it away. In short, the right to repair also means the right to purchase a new product only if you really need it.

What could change in the future when the new rules come into force?

It will not only benefit consumers, but also businesses themselves, who will be motivated to push their foot on the path to innovation and research so that products that are truly new to consumers and therefore more attractive can be made available on the market. All this also from the point of view of sustainability, that is, with less pollution and greater energy savings.