Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is used across domestic and commercial areas. A PAT test is carried out but a qualified electrician will complete both visual and more in-depth inspections of all equipment.

Do I need PAT testing completed?

Whilst it isn’t the law in the UK to have PAT testing completed it is a good idea to have any of your appliances tested to reduce any potential problems. Faulty or damaged electrical appliances can increase the risk of workplace injuries such as electric shocks, fires, and property damage.

If you have computers, fridges, or dishwashers around the property then all of these items should be checked. However, a handheld drill would not need to be PAT tested but the charging battery port that plugs into the wall would need to be tested.

It can be daunting to know what you should have PAT tested, that is the benefit of working with experienced electricians such as Pyramid Services. We will normally be able to visually see which items need to be tested and if there are any pieces of equipment you think should be tested – please let us know and we will be happy to advise you.

What happens during a PAT test?

As mentioned previously our electricians will carry out a visual inspection first. This will also include looking for any damaged, broken, or any fire damage. We will then move onto testing the electrical side, ensuring the wiring is sufficient and in working order.

During a PAT test, each item will receive a simple Pass or Fail result. Our electricians will be able to explain why they have failed and what to visually look for in the future. Pyramid Services will also be able to recommend when your appliances should be rechecked and offer ongoing maintenance.