Wilo welcomes weeding out of non-compliant circulation pumps by the OPSS


Following revelations that the Office of Product Safety and Security (OPSS) found over 85% of domestic heating circulators it inspected last year were non-compliant, distributors and installers are being urged to look out for 'fake' pumps as they could pose a safety hazard to consumers.

The callout by Wilo leads on from the OPSS' Delivery report 2022-2023, in which the UK Government department also disclosed that it had de-listed 38 domestic heating circulation pumps from sale.

Now, Wilo is urging distributors and installers to think twice, and check pumps hold the right certifications and markings before stocking or installing them in homes and heating systems. The manufacturer strongly advises that if it is 'too good to be true', then it is most likely non-compliant and wants industry to spot the warning signs.

Lee Tebbatt, Managing Director of Wilo UK, said: 'We've seen a swathe of non-compliant pumps make their way onto the market and, in many cases, they are manufactured to look like the real deal. We welcome the work the OPSS is doing to weed out these fake heating circulation pumps, but while the problem is still ongoing, it's imperative that distributors, merchants and installers know how to spot a fake.

There are three checks Wilo is urging distributors and installers make on domestic heating circulation pumps, which are to:

  • Check the pump's CE Marking
  • Check that the pump comes from a reputable pump manufacturer
  • Be cautious if the pump is significantly cheaper than similar market alternatives

Wayne Rose, CEO of the BPMA, said: 'The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) is deeply concerned by the recent announcement from the Office for Product Safety and Standards regarding the prevalence of non-compliant circulator pumps in the UK market.The findings raise serious questions about the efficacy of current regulatory measures governing circulator pumps. Non-compliant products not only offer significant reductions in energy efficiency values but also undermine the integrity of the pump industry and erode trust in regulatory processes.

'In response to these developments, the BPMA reaffirms its commitment to promoting excellence and compliance within the pump industry. The association stands ready to collaborate with the OPSS and other relevant bodies to develop and implement measures that enhance product safety and integrity.'

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