Electrical testing (pat testing)

Electrical inspection and testing

Electrical inspection and testing is something that landlords of rented properties should consider having carried out every five years, or on the change of tenancy to ensure that the electrical installation is safe. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 places a requirement on landlords to keep in repair, and proper working order, the installations in the dwelling for:

  • The supply of water
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences)
  • Installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.

It is also highly recommended that householders have an electrical inspection in the home carried out every ten years or change of occupancy. This may change depending on the condition of the installation, and this would be based on the previous periodic inspection recommendation. In some cases, an installation may not have been inspected and tested for some time, therefore there is no record of the next recommended date of inspection. In this case, the new or existing owner of the property should consider having an inspection carried out.

An electrical fault on an installation can cause electrical fires and potentially fatal electric shocks. Regular checks will reduce the risks of this happening. Competent and registered installers will be able to undertake these inspections and help to reduce the likelihood of electrical fires.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is normally undertaken in industrial and commercial premises and is the duty on the landlord for rented properties under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. As stated above, electrical equipment provided by the landlord for use by the tenant(s) e.g. kettles, toasters, electric cookers etc. should be tested at the recommended intervals in accordance with the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT) on items such as storage heaters, cookers and hand driers should also be carried out at recommended intervals.

Why have an inspection?

Regular electrical inspections could be the difference between life and death, with electricity being amongst the main causes of fires in the UK. Between 1st April 2010 and 31st March 2015 there were over 36,000 accidental dwelling fires in England where the source of ignition was “Electrical Distribution” or “Other Electrical appliances”.

Some common issues found during inspections are:

  • The sheaths of the cables of individual electrical circuits may have deteriorated to such an extent that they need replacing.
  • An electrical circuit may have suffered mechanical damage that reduces its capacity to safely carry the load current to which it is subjected.
  • The electrical systems may have protective devices that are no longer functioning correctly and which could fail when a fault occurs e.g. the RCD has seized and does not trip when a fault occurs.
  • Metal light fittings or accessories may not have a protective earth connection within the lighting circuit leaving the householder at risk of an electric shock should the fitting or accessory develop a fault.
  • Lack of or undersized earthing conductor within the installation which could leave you vulnerable to the risk of electric shock.
  • Lack of or undersized main protective bonding conductors to your gas and water installation pipes within the installation which could leave you vulnerable to the risk of electric shock.

The best way to ensure your electrics are safe is to have a Periodic Inspection by having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out. An EICR should be carried out by a competent, registered electrician with experience of carrying out inspecting and testing within the last five years or within the time frame determined by the electrical installer. This then confirms, as far as possible, whether or not the electrical installation is in a safe condition for continued service, and the nature of any work that may be required to bring it back to a safe condition.

Electrical testing, PAT and inspection quotes

Having your electrics inspected will reduce the chances of a fault occurring and help to keep you and your family safe. PAT testing of any household appliances supplied by a landlord will check their safety.

These types of work should be carried out by Full Scope Part P Registered Competent Electrical Installers, registered with a Competent Persons Scheme such as NAPIT.

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Local Electrical testing (pat testing) Projects

1 Project: pat test on a laptop, extension lead and a projector
2 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner Number of bedrooms: 1
3 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner Number of bedrooms: 2
4 Project: replace consumer unit with a 16 way consumer unit, fun a full test and issue eicr certificate are you the property owner: owner of the property property type: semi detached how many bedrooms: 3-4 how ...
5 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner Number of bedrooms: 3
6 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner General information: Electrical certificate Number of bedrooms: 1
7 Project: pat testing of electrical items are you the property owner: owner of the property property type: other how many bedrooms: 5+ time scale: immediate how many bedrooms: 1-2 please call to appoint
8 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner General information: Require an EICR on a 2 storey maisonette. 13 circuit breakers in the fuse Number of bedrooms: 4
9 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner Number of bedrooms: 3
10 Project: Pat testing certification
11 Project: enquirer: property buyer number of bedrooms: 4 how many bedrooms: 3-4 time scale: immediate are you the property owner: property buyer property type: detached please call to appoint
12 Project: pat testing of over a hundred appliances. looking at a failed previous safety check and rectifying the faults. are you the property owner: other property type: commercial how many bedrooms: 1-2 ho...
13 Project: testing of items ranging from lap tops to 110v transformers, aprox 30-40 items
14 Project: the tennant's have faulty storage heaters. usually they take electricity on a night then give off heat during the day. the fuses have been checked so we think it is a different fault. are you the pro...
15 Project: Enquirer: Property Buyer General information: Pre purchase estimate for inspection on Welsh long cottage with 30 year Number of bedrooms: 4
16 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner Number of bedrooms: 3
17 Project: Pat testing on all appliances At embroidery elite ltd
18 Project: We are a business centre. And need PAT testing done
19 Project: i am enquiring about getting my factory pat tested. an engineer has been out to look at the factory they estimate 500/600 appliances need done including 3 phase. you are welcome to come visit the sit...
20 Project: Enquirer: Property Owner Number of bedrooms: 3

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PAT testing activity in January 2021

PAT testing Projects in the UK in January 2021

December 2020 November / December
Greater London 4,490 52% <img src=
South East 2,650 17% <img src=
North West 1,770 48% <img src=
Yorkshire & Humber 1,470 47% <img src=
Western Midlands 1,445 50% <img src=
Scotland 1,404 21% <img src=
South West 1,301 13% <img src=
East Midlands 1,119 29% <img src=
East Of England 950 19% <img src=
Wales 636 -3% <img src=
Northern Ireland 409 27% <img src=
North East 130 18% <img src=
United Kingdom 17,774 32%

Source: Numbers calculated based on the search volumes in major search engines.

Latest successful pat testing projects in January

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Had contact from contractors within 24hrs of initial enquiry
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speedy fast
great service

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