Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is an inspection of electrical appliances to determine their safety.
The purpose of portable appliance testing is to uncover most electrical safety defects to reduce the likelihood of electrical-related accidents in a building and reduce the risks to occupants.
Our PAT test includes the following:
We subjected the appliances to a series of tests, including the resistance test, class one and two appliance tests, to ensure that they are well insulated.
The appliances are also subjected to another series of tests, including earth continuity tests and class one appliance tests, to ensure that they are properly earthed.
We label each appliance, indicating whether it has passed or failed the PAT Test.
Other information such as the test date, the appliance ID assigned to it, and the next test date is also provided.
We will also provide detailed information for each of the appliances tested, as well as an inventory summary.
This information will be made available to the client in electronic copy and may also be provided in printed copies if requested.
We inspect each plug top
We inspect each of the fuses and connections and ensure that the wire connections are tightened.
Visual examination of the plug top, flex, or appliances
Our electricians will inspect for any visual signs of damage or overheating.
A portable appliance is any appliance that has a plug that plugs into an outlet. There are seven classes of portable appliances, which are:
A full PAT test should include visual inspection and in-depth testing using PAT testing equipment. This testing includes lead polarity, insulation resistance testing, and earth continuity.
At the end of the testing, every component is rated as passed or failed. At the end of the PAT tests, a PAT test certificate is issued, indicating the status of the building.
Who needs pat testing...
PAT Testing for Schools and Colleges
Health and safety should be an essential part of every educational institution in London. Schools have a lot of electrical equipment, and keeping an eye on each of them can be tasking.
We take this hurdle from you by offering you an affordable Pat regular testing service to periodically assess your school safety.
PAT testing for landlords
It is recommended in England for landlords to do PAT testing. We help with periodic PAT testing of your rental property to ensure that the tenants’ safety is well guaranteed and that all electrical faults are detected and corrected.
PAT testing for offices
We offer PAT testing for offices in London. You don’t need to worry about rules or work regulations regarding electrical safety, we handle that for you.
We also specialize in PAT testing office equipment.
PAT Testing for Estate Agents
Are you an estate agent in London? We can help you with a periodic assessment of your rental property’s appliances.
Our service will ensure that the health and safety of your tenants are protected and that all faults are corrected early before they cause damage.
Portable appliance testing is not a legal requirement for landlords. However, it is considered best practice for landlords to carry out the inspection and test to uncover any potential electrical safety defect in electrical installations.
However, while this electrical testing is not part of the legal requirements for a building, it may be a condition enforced by the local authority. In places like Newcastle, landlords are mandated to carry out PAT testing on their electrical appliances in their rental properties regularly.
PAT testing, though not mandatory, is very important for rental properties as it shows the landlord has a disposition toward caring for his tenants.
More than half of all home fires in England can be attributed to most faulty appliance. By regularly testing these applications, you reduce the risk to your tenants. Again, if your tenant is harmed in a PAT tested building, you can at least show evidence that you did everything to keep them safe.
Portable appliance testing does not include the following:
- Repair or replacement of electrical appliances or components.
- The cost of re-inspecting failed components is detailed in the pat testing certificate.
- Any congestion zone, ultra-low emission zone, or parking charges. This will be added to the final cost of the PAT testing.
No, it is the duty of the electrician handling the portable appliance test to label all the equipment that was tested during the PAT. The electrician will label each component as either passed or failed.
At the end of the PAT test, the electrician will issue a certificate. The certificate is proof that you have taken all the necessary measures to ensure that the property is safe.
There is no standard recommendation for how often the portable appliance test should be done. However, as a landlord in England, it is important to carry out PAT testing once a new tenant moves into your building.
After this, a large fixed appliance such as refrigerators should be tested once every four years, while smaller appliances should be tested at least once every two years.
Ideally, PAT testing will involve a visit by a professional electrician for visual inspections and testing of your electrical equipment. The electrician will attach a sticker to every appliance indicating whether the appliance is safe or not. After the test, a pat testing certificate is generated.
There are two fundamental differences between PAT testing and electrical installation condition report. First, EICR is now a legal requirement for landlords in London (this took effect on April 1st, 2021), while PAT testing in London is not.
Again, a PAT test involves an electrician visiting a rental property and inspecting the safety of its appliances while the EICR Report is concerned about how safe the electrical wiring of the property is.
The convention is that anything that has a plug should be PAT tested. This means that most equipment that uses electricity must be inspected. They include televisions, stereos, microwaves, toasters, lamps, and vacuum cleaners.
For the sake of testing, big appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and freezers are considered portable devices for the sake of testing, even though they are fixed appliances.
Again, fixed appliances such as heated towel rails are also classified as portable appliance because they have a plug.
Extension leads are sometimes included in PAT tests. Although extension leads should be avoided when possible, if you provide them to your tenants, it is necessary to include them in the PAT test for safety reasons.
After the testing, we will offer you a certificate detailing the full inspection of every piece of electrical equipment that was inspected within the property. If everything passes the regulatory standard, we will issue you an electronic version of the PAT certificate.
If there are some faulty appliances in your environment, you will receive a detailed report showing what needs to be done to put the property in a safe condition.
Why Choose Us for Your London Pat Testing Service?
Our London PAT test is very affordable and there are no hidden extras. Just tell us how many tests you want us to conduct for you and we will generate a free, no-obligation quote for you.