Should I repair or replace my appliances?

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Have you heard of the Right to Repair act? Passed in 2021, it’s an eco-friendly law and means manufacturers have to supply repair information and spare parts for a range of white good and televisions for at least 10 years.

Most reputable companies are aware of the act and provide services accordingly, but it raises a different question: whether you repair or replace your appliances? Making an informed choice is more important than ever.

AMDEA, the UK trade association for the manufacturers of small and large domestic appliances, recognises this, too. They are working with their members to make more information of existing appliances easily available – from maintenance to repair and recycling.

Did you know that, with regular maintenance and cost-effective repairs, most appliances have a life cycle of 15 to 20 years?

To help yours reach this age, AMDEA recommends only purchasing spare parts from authorised sellers – this way, you know you’ll receive a genuine product that’s of the right quality. Unauthorised products may be more affordable, but often they don’t meet the quality standards, so could cost you more money in the long run as you’ll need to replace them sooner.

AMDEA also recommends using a qualified technician for anything more than a cosmetic repair, or a simple task such as replacing a filter. Not only will the job be done correctly, it also keeps you safe as works involving, for example, high voltages carry a safety risk. And if you do replace an appliance that still works or could be economically repaired, helping it reach a new owner is a sustainable idea, too.

For more information on maintenance, repair and access to parts, visit

We’re working with the Sustainability Partners of our sister magazine’s event, the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2023, on bringing you great expert advice.

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This article has been created in partnership with AMDEA.

Featured image: CBNbsa 5753 freestanding fridge-freezer, £2799, Liebherr.

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