what are right to repair laws?


Wondering why it’s so difficult to repair a smartphone, computer or any other electronic gadgets by yourself? Well, manufacturers make them that way as they don’t want customers to be able to do DIY repairs on their devices or even bring them to local shops to get it fixed. Why? State the obvious. They want you to pay them to repair your devices which is way more expensive than repairing it by yourself or having an independent repair shop fix it for you.


And how do the phone manufacturers get away with it?


Most manufacturers don’t sell genuine spare parts or publicize repair documentation which makes it so hard for anyone to fix their broken stuff. Crazy, huh?


Moreover, even if they do provide documentation on some troubleshooting you can do if your phone breaks down, it’s either impossible to do it on your own or having it repaired is too expensive.


That often makes it seem more cost-efficient to buy a new device. This is especially true for Apple gadgets. If you’re an iPhone owner you might have already noticed that the screws that hold it together aren’t just common security screws but are proprietary Pentalobe screws. This prevents iPhone users from easily opening their phones with a normal screwdriver which makes DIY repairs even more difficult. Though Apple gadgets are still undeniably the best gadgets out there (My Opinion!). But it’s just a shame that it’s already very expensive and repairs cost a fortune too!


However, for the past several years most of us have already been able to repair our devices on our own. Thanks to some talented technology geeks out there who have been willingly sharing their DIY repair procedures to the public for FREE like iFixit.


Not only that. They also make it possible for anyone to be able to buy premium replacement parts that come from the same suppliers that manufacturers use, though they aren’t technically “genuine parts”.


And if that’s not great enough, you can also buy tools that you need in order to adequately execute your DIY repairs. Even the screwdriver bits that work with Apple’s Pentalobe screws! Unfortunately, that’s the best that iFixit and independent repair shops can do. Which is why recently, “Right to Repair” legislation has been growing in popularity. But what can this law do? Read on and learn more about it.


What is Right to Repair Law?


Right to Repair legislation would require manufacturers to sell genuine replacement parts and tools to anyone as well as make repair documentation available to the public which can make DIY repairs a bit easier. However, it’s important to note that this law wouldn’t prevent manufacturers from making their devices more complicated to deal with when it comes to repairs.


But at least it can give anyone the resources needed to accomplish it.


As of writing, there have already been 17 states that have introduced the legislation wherein independent repair shops will be given the same access as that of the manufacturers so they can purchase genuine parts, tools, and information that would certainly help consumers with issues concerning electronic gadget repairs.


These laws haven’t been officially passed yet in the consumer electronics world, but the Automotive Right to Repair Law was passed in Massachusetts way back 2012. It has a similar template to these new electronics bills. So these laws have a good chance to be passed. Moreover, this legislation has gained steam with the recently uncovered iPhone battery scandal.


Will these Right to Repair laws allow us to bust open our devices without voiding the warranty?


Technically, your electronics warranty will not be voided if you bust open the device cover yourself. Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 law clearly states that it’s illegal for companies to void your warranty just because you tried to repair or modify something on your device by yourself unless they can prove that your DIY repair or modification has caused the device to malfunction. So from a legal perspective, those warranty-voiding stickers are actually meaningless.


However, more often than not, the repair technician will tell you they won’t repair your device because you broke the sticker. So even though those stickers are legally meaningless, they actually serve their purpose which is scaring you away from repairing your device yourself or making you pay them to have it repaired, even though it’s still covered by a warranty.


Unfortunately, Right to Repair laws aren’t directed towards addressing this issue so sad to say, you’ll still have to deal with the hassle of these legally-meaningless stickers and companies can still continue to threaten us of these warranty-voiding stickers unless someone challenges them.


Need Help With Your Phone Repair?


Have a busted iPhone or Apple gadget and planning to fix it yourself? Well, sounds like a good idea. But take note that if you aren’t that sure how to work on it, you might do more harm than good in fix your precious iPhone or MacBook Air, so better let a professional iPhone technician handle it for you. Birmingham iPhone Repair Service offers Phone screen repair, LCD Repair, water damage repair, battery replacement or any iPad or Mac repair. Give us a call today!