An electrical appliances inspection, known as a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) in London, is a detailed inspection to determine the safety of your electrical appliances.
As opposed to our Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR which tests the fixed installation (e.g. wiring circuits, switches, sockets, light fittings, and circuit boards) our PAT inspection checks all appliances that connect to the electrical supply (e.g. refrigerators, electric cookers, kettles, toasters, etc ) and issue a PAT certificate upon completion.
Homeowners should consider testing their electrical appliances every two to four years depending on the appliance.
Landlords should consider an appliance PAT test inspection on all supplied appliances (within the property) every two to four years, or at each change of occupancy, whichever is sooner.
If you are letting a property, then you have a duty of care to ensure that every appliance provided is safe. As a homeowner, a PAT test by a qualified serviceteam engineer will give you peace of mind knowing your electrical appliance(s) meet with robust industry regulations
Serviceteam’s PAT certificate, which comprises a full safety inspection of every electrical appliance within the property.
If everything meets with industry regulations, our engineer will issue you with an electronic version of the PAT certificate.
Should your appliance/s be faulty, you will receive a full report detailing exactly what needs to be done to bring it/them up to current safety regulations.
Whilst at your property (for a minimal fee) our engineers can also install CO and Smoke alarms keeping your property up to current fire regulations.
We charge a fixed price of £85.00 + VAT for PAT testing. This allows up to 20 appliances per property, which covers most appliances. Add £6.00 + VAT for each additional appliance.
For more information about PAT tests contact our office and speak to one of our head office team members.
What's not included in this service?
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.
There is no need perform a PAT test annually, but it’s recommended to perform one regularly to ensure all electrical appliances are in good condition and are safe. PAT 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. PAT 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.
A: The term portable appliance test is used to describe and ensure the quality and safety of Electrical appliances. However, most of the electrical safety issues can be identified by visual examinations but some can’t. Therefore, a PAT test is conducted to identify any hidden issues with an appliance.Q: When does a Portable Appliance Test expire?
A: Well homeowners should conduct a PAT at least every two to four years to ensure the safety of electrical appliances. With Landlords every time they are about to sell or rent a property. The regulations covering Landlords differs from a private dwelling.Q: How much does the Serviceteam charge for PAT testing?
A: As quoted above, we charge a fixed price for the number of appliances on which PAT is conducted. For every 20 electrical appliances per property, we charge £85.00 + VAT which covers most if all appliances. For every additional appliance over 20 add £6.00 + VAT.Q: What if an appliance is faulty?
A: The engineer will provide you with a full report and quotation detailing exactly what needs to be done to bring the the appliance/s up to current regulations and make them safe.
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You are eligible for a refund if you cancel within 14 days of booking or the job has not been started and is not within the cancellation time frame.
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We understand that priorities and plans change, and you may need to rearrange/cancel your booking. Should this be the case please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary alterations to our work schedules. If we don’t receive enough notice of your cancellation or appointment rescheduling within the terms outlined below, then there is a possibility you will be charged a cancellation fee.
(1.) A charge of £10.00 (ten pounds) will be payable if the service is cancelled within 24 hours. (2.) If the scheduled appointment is cancelled within 12 hours (or less) a 50% charge of the booking fee will be applied (3.) If the appointment is cancelled when engineer arrives at the property (on the doorstep - photos and times will be provided) and within our texted 3-hour time slot the full booking fee will become payable. None of the above charges are profit items and only contribute to the cost of late cancellation/lost business.
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As you know parking in and around London can be problematic and extremely costly (depending on the area) if a parking space can be reserved for our engineer it would be appreciated and help increase efficiency of the service provided (no feeding meters etc or mobile app updating). The quote we have provided does not include the cost of parking and/or congestion charge which will be added to the final invoice (if applicable). Please inform your personal account manager if any special parking instructions like parking permit/free parking can be provided. For properties on the rim of the congestion zone and it is not possible for our engineer to attend without entering/clipping the charge zone, we may need to add the charge to the final bill ? Please check with your personal account manager in advance of your appointment if you’re not sure?