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3 Electrical Tests and When to Get Them


Electrical tests check the function and safety of a building’s electrical installation. Electrical installations can deteriorate and develop faults over time. This is why it’s important to get your electrics tested regularly.

There are several different tests that check different parts of your electrical installation. Read on to find out about 3 common electrical tests and when to get them done.

Periodic Inspection and Testing

Periodic inspection and testing checks the condition of an electrical installation. It reveals if there are any overloaded circuits or equipment, any poor electrical work, and any hazards. Periodic testing also checks that the electrical wiring meets current regulations.

When should I get testing done?

If you own the house that you live in, you should get your electrics tested once every 10 years. Landlords should get electrics in their properties tested once every 5 years, or when getting new tenants. It’s also a good idea to test electrical installations when selling or buying a property.

Fixed Appliance Test (FAT)

A Fixed Appliance Test checks the safety of fixed appliances in a property. Fixed appliances are appliances that connect to the electrical supply through a fused outlet. Fixed appliances include cookers, storage heaters and hand dryers.

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When should I get testing done?

The 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations states that employers should make sure that the electrics in the workplace are safe. Landlords also have a duty to ensure that the electrics in their properties are safe. Many employers and landlords get FAT tests done yearly to follow these regulations. You can also get your own fixed appliances tested whenever you want to be sure they’re all safe and working properly.

Portable Appliance Test (PAT)

A Portable Appliance Test checks the safety of all portable appliances in a property. Portable appliances are electrical appliances that plug into the electrical supply. Portable appliances include microwaves, fans and kettles.

When should I get testing done?

The PAT test is another check employers can get done to make sure that the workplace is safe. Landlords also often get yearly PAT testing to keep their properties safe. You can also get a PAT test done whenever you want to check if the portable appliances in your own home are working correctly.

So now you should know a bit more about electrical tests and when to get them done. To find an electrician to carry out testing, fill in our online form. We’ll connect you with up to 4 local professionals, who’ll be able to give you a free quote.

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Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.