PAT Testing FAQ`s

  • What does PAT testing stand for?

        PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing.

  • What is PAT Testing?

       PAT Testing is the inspection and testing process of portable electrical appliances.

  • What is a portable appliance?

       These are electrical appliances that can can be moved by hand and include a wide range of items such as; Hair Dryer`s, Toaster`s, Kettle`s, IT Equipment, Extension Lead`s, Drill`s and Compressor`s. 

  • How is PAT Testing carried out?

       The item is first given a visual inspection, this includes the casing, cable and plug {this is the where most faults are discovered and the area that is most often overlooked by unscrupulous testing companies}. The item is then plugged into the testing  instruments and given a number of checks such as earth continuity tests and insulation resistance tests.

  • Why should I get my electrical equipment tested?

       Electric shock can seriously injure and kill. It is extremely important that any business has a preventitive maintainence programme as part of it`s duty of care to it`s employees and customers.

  • Who can carry out PAT Testing?

        The Institution of Engineering and Technology {IET}, who produce the code of practice for PAT Testing state that the person carrying out the inspection must be 'competent'. At Castle Electrical Inspection all our test engineers hold the City and Guilds Level 3 qualifications in Inspection and Testing as we feel this gives the testers a better understanding of the possible dangers, the administive processes as well as the testing procedures.

  • How often should I get my equipment PAT Tested?

       This actually varies according to the type of equipment, where it is used and how often it is used. For instance a Drill on a building site will require more regular inspection and testing than an extension lead in an office {the IET produce a full guide}. However, in most workplaces once a year is generally a good guide and many Insurance companies will stipulate this frequency.

  • How much should I pay for PAT Testing?

       Prices can range in price from as low as 50p up to 2 pounds an item, we would be cautious of firms offering the very lowest prices as we have heard many stories of corners being cut, resulting in expensive damage. Also, many firms have minimum charges. At Castle Electrical Certification we believe we offer value for money combined with excellent customer service and for PAT Testing in the Lancaster and Morecambe area we have no minimum charge. Please see our pricing page for a full list of our charges.

  • What happens if a piece of equipment fails?

       Any equipment that fails the inspection and testing process should not be used until it has been repaired or replaced. Most faults are discovered during the Inspection process and can often be repaired. At Castle Electrical Certification we offer a range of repairs, please see our pricing page for a list of these services.