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Portable Appliance Testing London | PAT tests London

Multi-trade provide Portable Appliance Testing in London. We have local, qualified and experienced electricians in North London, South London, West London and Central London. Call one of our friendly Customer Service Managers on 020 8798 9250.

What is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?

Portable Appliance Testing, PAT testing or PAT inspection is a safety check for electrical appliances. The correct term for this process is 'in-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment'.

Why is Portable Appliance Testing required?

When people work with electrical appliances, that appliance must be safe, to prevent harm or injury. Many types of electrical equipment require testing at regular intervals to ensure continual safety. The interval between tests depends on both the type of electrical appliance and where it's being used.

A quarter of all electrical accidents involve portable electrical appliances. An employer must take adequate steps to protect the users of those appliances from both electrical shock and fire hazards. In order to meet the requirements of the 1989 Electricity at Work Act, it is necessary to implement a program of planned inspection and testing of portable appliances.

Who is responsible for portable appliance safety?

If you are a landlord, you are responsible for any electrical equipment that you provide in the property. If you're an employer - large or small - plc or self employed, you are responsible for the safety of any portable electrical appliance in the building, in your office, depot or even on site. That includes any portable appliance that might be brought onto site by employees or contractors.

What is the procedure for PAT testing?

Without getting too technical, a PAT test will include a visual inspection of the device to check for damage e.g a frayed cable or cracked plug. The appliance will then be plugged into an electronic PAT tester. This equipment checks the appliance for:

  • Earth Continuity
  • Insulation Resistance
  • Polarity of Wiring

The appliance will then be issued with a 'PASS' or a 'FAIL'. A certificate will be issued listing the status of the devices. Good practice is then for the owner of the appliances to keep this record in a safe place - obviously repairing or destroying any appliance that has not passed the test.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

We can test all your portable appliances to ensure they are safe and comply with 1989 Electricity at Work Act - toasters, microwaves, kettles, laptops, portable electric heaters, lamps, televisions, DVD players or air conditioning units.

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Open and honest pricing

We pride ourselves on our open and honest pricing - there are no hidden charges and we even charge in 15 minute intervals after the first hour - beat that! Take a look at our pricing list for a guide on how much you can expect to pay. For larger jobs such as full house re-wires and central heating system installations we can provide you with a fixed price and what's more, the quotation is free!

Hourly rate pricing

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 Border
Electrical servicesElectrical services £90.00 per hour £120 per hour
Plumbing servicesPlumbing services £80.00 per hour £100 per hour
Gas servicesGas services £80.00 per hour £100 per hour

NIC/EIC Electrical Inspections

Border Property Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
1 bedroom flat1 Bedroom Flat £180.00 £230.00
2 bedroom flat2 Bedroom Flat £200.00 £250.00
3 bedroom flat3 Bedroom Flat £220.00 £270.00
1 to 3 bedroom house1 to 3 Bedroom House £240.00 £290.00
4 bedroom house4 Bedroom House £260.00 £310.00
5 bedroom house5 Bedroom House £300.00 £350.00

Visual electrical inspection (for homebuyers etc...)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesVisual electrical inspection £100.00 £150.00

Landlord's pack (includes Electrical Safety Certificate / PIR, plus a Gas Safety Report - these documents are usually required by landlords who rent their properties out)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack (upto 3 bedrooms) £250.00 £300.00
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack per bedroom £50.00 £75.00

Points to note:

  • All prices exclude VAT
  • Hourly rate charges are billed in 15 minute intervals with a minimum charge of one hour
  • All prices exclude congestion & parking charges (unless a parking permit for the duration of the visit is provided)
  • All prices exclude costs for materials which will be charged at list price + 30%
  • The final charge will include reasonable time to obtain parts if the jobs is to be completed on the same day
  • Alternatively, a fixed price of £30 can be applied for collection and delivery on an alternative day
  • Gas or safety certificates cannot be issued until payment is made in full
  • Quotations are free of charge as long as you let us know of your decision within 14 days of issue. If you do not inform us of your decision, an administration charge of £25.00 will be levied. You can inform us of your decision using the link in the quotation e-mail or Call us on 020 8798 9250 quoting your reference number

TestimonialAs always, an excellent service. I'm happy to give you a testimonial.

Keith Colson, London

TestimonialDaniel was very polite and efficient. I would have no hesitation in using your company again.

Claudia Jump, London

TestimonialUntil it was explained to us, we had absolutely no idea what our responsibilites were in this area. We now rely on Multi-trade to not omly test our appliances but to keep the records for us.

Scott Hobson, London

TestimonialWe have used Multi-trade for monitor our appliances every year. They provide a very good service. The customer portal is excellent and gives us piece of mind that we're complying with the relevant safety laws.

Thomas Broom, London

TestimonialWe have been using Multi-trade to test all the electrical appliances in all our branches. I am happy to inform you that they have taken a very efficient, comprehensive and conscientious approach to the testing from the beginning and continue to do so.

Janice Engstrom, London

The Multi-trade difference

There are plenty of electrical companies out there competing for your business - and you need to make sure you have all the facts before you make a decision about which one to choose. Here are a few things to check before you decide - we're confident that if you're looking for great service you'll choose Multi-Trade!

  • Does the company or tradesperson you're considering offer free quotations?
  • Do they offer an open and honest pricing structure with no hidden costs?
  • Are their engineers certified to IEE 17th edition electrical standards as a minimum?
  • Remember - it is a legal requirement when working with gas or electricity.
  • Do they have a contactable office, not just a mobile in case of any queries?
  • Does anyone answer the phone in the day?
  • Are their tradespeople honest, reliable, polite and vetted?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then give us a call - we can confidently answer 'yes' to all of these questions. Not sure? Check out our testimonials page to see what some of our previous customers think of our customer service!

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