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What Are my Rights on a Faulty Television?

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 23 May 2024 | comments*Discuss
What Are My Rights On A Faulty Television?

Q.I bought a 37" LCD TV,17 months ago from a well known electrical retailer. The TV now keeps turning itself off. The shop guarantee ran out 5 months ago,do I have any rights?.

(Mr Tony Graham, 22 September 2008)


If your TV is faulty you can reject it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. If it's more than 30 days but less than 6 months since purchase, it's presumed the fault was there at the time of purchase (and it is up to the retailer to prove otherwise). The retailer should replace or repair the product at this stage - although the retailer can usually choose which of these options to take.

After 6 months the onus is on you the purchaser, to prove there was a fault when the item was purchased and the failure isn’t due to misuse on your part. The simplest way to prove this is to ask a qualified television engineer to provide a report for you. If you can prove the fault is not down to you (the expert opinion will be needed) then the retailer should still offer some sort of recompense depending on the price you paid and how long you would expect the item to last. At this stage however, it's likely you might need to use the court or small claim court to pursue your case if you want to suggest that the TV is not satisfactory or fit for purpose.

You'll need to do some research on the length of time an LCD TV of this standard/price would be expected to last and prove that you used it according to the instructions. Citizens' Advice will be able to advise you further.

It's also worth checking too see if there is an additional "manufacturer’s warranty" that applies to the television.

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Pabs - 29-Jan-24 @ 2:58 PM
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