Portable Appliance Test

Portable Appliance Testing in London

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PAT Testing

A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) is a thorough examination to determine the safety of every electrical appliance on-site or in a rented property.

A PAT inspection test covers all portable appliances in a property or on a construction site that connect to a mains electrical supply, such as refrigerators, electric cookers, kettles, toasters, TVs, drills, hair dryers etc., anything in fact that plugs in!

What Is the Purpose of PAT Testing?

The purpose is SAFETY! A PAT test protects the user (in the workplace or on the rented property) from an electrical shock that could prove fatal. If your portable appliances haven’t been tested, insurance will probably reject your claim in the event of an accident. Which may hold the landlord or site management legally liable for compensation and or be charged with criminal negligence.

Once the PAT test has been completed you will receive a report detailing the appliances and their condition. Any appliance needing to be repaired or replaced will be shown in the report along with those that have passed or failed.

After testing, a sticker will be placed on each appliance showing the test date and the date when the next test is due. It’s recommended to perform a PAT test after every 48 months and every 24 months for portable equipment and extension leads.

For homeowners’ safety, it’s wise to have all portable appliances tested every two to four years. The electrical safety can deteriorate as the appliance/s ages; it’s worth getting them tested to be on the safe side.

Every two to four years or at each change in occupancy, whichever comes first. Landlords should seriously consider conducting an appliance PAT test on all supplied appliances (in a rented property).

If you rent a property, it is your responsibility to ensure that all the appliances (supplied) are safe and secure. A PAT test conducted by a serviceteam engineer will give you, as a landlord, the assurance that your electrical appliance(s) complies with strict industry rules.

Knowing your responsibilities as a landlord is critical to keeping your tenants safe. When one understands the full scope of the liability, and takes the necessary measures to ensure tenants’ safety, you are risk-free.

Please visit our Checkatrade or Which? Trusted Trader to read serviceteam’s customer reviews. For emergency service/s, you may call the customer service desk for immediate assistance. Our electrical engineers are available 24/7, 365 days.

Nowadays portable appliance certificate is considered as a basic requirement for property rentals and insurance companies. This confirms that the property to be insured is 100% safe and free of faults. Serviceteam is listed on the following directories PAT Testing Directory

Here are the Things that you need to know about PAT testing.

Portable appliance testing is necessary for the following sectors :

  • Property dealers
  • Industries
  • Companies
  • Shops
  • Markets
  • Factories

There is no need perform PAT testing annually, but it’s recommended to perform one regularly to ensure all electrical appliances are in good condition and are safe. Portable appliance testing is a legal obligation for Landlords with Houses of Multi Occupancy and should be carried out every two years.

An injury received from an electrical appliance where a claim has been lodged the insurance company would insist on seeing the PAT test certificate and possibly void any claim without one. Portable appliance testing is also part of the 1974 Health and Safety Act. Keep the PAT test certificate safe as it proves the test was conducted on time and proves a duty of care to tenants.

Serviceteam professionalism is based on our tradespeople and head office teams adhering to a set of standards, a code of conduct and numerous qualities that portray accepted practice within a particular trade area. We acknowledge this important fact and demand our tradespeople/head office team deliver a high-quality service with the utmost dedication that meets your expectations.

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What's included in this service?

The PAT certificate provided by serviceteam includes a thorough safety assessment of all your portable electrical appliances.

If the appliance’s condition fulfils industry standards, our engineer will grant you a PAT certificate, which you will receive electronically.

If your appliance is malfunctioning, you will receive a comprehensive report outlining precisely what needs to be done to meet current safety standards. This could mean replacing or
repairing the appliance. The engineer will stick a PASS or FAIL label to the appliance. The label will show the date of the last inspection and the date of the next test, together with the engineer?s name and contact details.

What will it cost:

  • We charge a fixed price starting from £81 + Vat for portable appliance testing when booked online.
  • This allows up to 20 appliances per property, which covers most appliances. Add £5 + VAT for each additional appliance.

What's not included in this service?

  • Any repairs or replacements
  • The cost of re-inspecting any of the failures detailed on your PAT certificate
  • Any congestion zone or parking charges – This will be added at cost to the final bill (unless a parking permit for the duration of the visit is provided).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What exactly does Portable Appliance Testing mean?

Portable Appliance Test known colloquially as PAT. It is a periodic routine assessment of portable electrical equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Its goal is to keep people safe from electrical hazards on site or on domestic property.

The current legislation does not define ‘portable appliances’; however, the accepted definition is ‘any device that has a plug attached to it and plugs into a power outlet.’ Every portable item of electrical equipment will be marked ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ upon completion of a PAT test and the results documented.

There are several categories of appliances that ought to be taken into account for PAT testing or, as a minimum, be visually inspected:

– Cables and chargers – Hand Held appliances – Fixed appliances – Stationary appliances – IT appliances – Moveable appliances – Portable appliances – socket banks etc.

Q. Does the Portable Appliance Test have an expiration date?

Every time a landlord is getting ready to sell or rent a property, they must conduct a test. Compared to private residences, landlords are subject to different restrictions for electrical safety.

Q. Is a landlord required by law to get test portable electrical equipment tested?

It’s good safety practice to reinspect portable appliances included in the tenancy agreement before the tenancy changes and the new one begins. After, all small appliances will need to be tested every two years. Larger appliances, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines etc., should be tested every four years.

According to the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, all electrical equipment that could potentially injure people must be kept safe. The Regulations, however, do not specify what must be done, by whom, or how often (i.e., they do not make electrical appliance testing or inspection a legal need, nor do they make it a legal requirement to do this once a year).

Q. What does the Portable Appliance Test testing cost?

As stated above, we have a fixed price depending on the number of appliances for which a PAT test is performed. We charge £81 + VAT for every 20 electrical appliances per property, which covers most items. Each additional appliance over 20 will be charged £6.00 + VAT.


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