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The European Parliament approves new guidelines on the right to repair – IT Pro – News

Oh, my God,

Of course, the most important thing that isn't really talked about is “affordable” repairs.

It's good that you are “allowed” to replace the ball bearings in your washing machine, for example, but if it is in a stuck tub, you will have to replace not only the ball bearings and the seal (20-50 euros in parts), but the entire tub with the drum!!!! (average 400-600 euros at Bosch/Siemens, 800-1000 euros at Miele!!!!!!!!)

They should ensure that you can “easily” replace only the necessary part, and this should also be “affordable” and preferably a “standard” part.

Example of drain pumps Almost all brands of washing machines have pumps from the manufacturer ASKOLL, one for Siemens, for example, costs 20 euros, and the same pump for Miele costs, for example, 100 euros, the only difference is a different connector or installation location Different!!

Another pathetic example of reduced quality;

Previously in the washer, the three valves (spray directly into soap dispenser in the correct channel, prewash, main wash, and fabric softener) had no problems, and occasionally there was a broken part, and they were replaced quickly and inexpensively.
After a while, two additional valves are used, to spray the fabric softener into the container, then they come together and spray the jets on each other to take an angle, the result is, after 5-15 years of problems, a little limescale comes into one valve and then the angle is no longer Good, sprayed next to it, a quicker repair is unnecessary, just so the manufacturer can provide one valve.
Today (eg Milly), 1!!! The valve, then an electric motor with an electronic control unit (yes actually in the soap dish with all that water) and the motor turns to where the valve will be sprayed.
Result, defect within 5-10 years, but not only the valve, no, the entire upper part of the soap dish must be replaced, at a cost of 150-250 euros!!!!!!!

The same, in my opinion, very stupid energy labels in Europe,
I am in favor of lower consumption of course, but not if this detracts from the quality and especially the lifespan of the devices.

Example refrigerators and freezers;

Previously, for example, a 60-watt compressor had no problems and lasted on average 30 years or more. If it breaks, put in a new compressor (costs between 50 and 100 euros) and we can continue for another time. 30 years.

Now, the compressor consumes only 20 watts on average, the power is controlled by an electronic unit with a fan, as a result, if you do not regularly remove dust from the back of the refrigerator / freezer, you may have problems after 5 years, the defective unit, costs In some cases 200-400 euros!!! If you remove dust regularly, it can take 10 to 15 years for a weak compressor to die.

Which is better, a fridge/freezer that will do its job for 20-30 years, and yes, that will consume 100-200 kWh more in a year, or a fridge/freezer that is more expensive to buy initially, which one? It consumes 100-200 kWh less, but can you replace it after 5-10 years max? So two to three times as many devices were produced (requiring a lot of energy), transported from China (by steamship on dirty oil) and then the extra devices recycled (with some luck here, with some bad luck, back on the boat and in Somewhere in China/India burned to extract minerals!!!)

Which option is better for the environment??

But above all, which of these two options is the most interesting for the manufacturers' lobby?? , sell, sell, then put “environmentally beneficial” sauce on it. :)

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