Older microwave ovens should be tested for emissions at least, but also maybe for power and temperature rise in addition to the standard PAT Test.
Some companies will charge you as much as £10.00 per oven to test for emissions every time they PAT test, but there is no need to do it that often, especially on a brand spanking new oven.
If the oven is a bit older, well used or a commercial oven then it should be checked for emissions leakage, as excessive leakage presents a risk to users.
Additional tests to check the microwave cooks to the required temperatures should also be checked. If you’re going to pay £10.00 per oven you may as well have it done correctly.
We do the microwave emissions tests on only ovens that require it; when we come to you the first time we assess it to determine whether we think it is necessary, and then recommend it be done with the next test.
Microwave ovens are PAT tested like any other appliance, but they also need additional tests not always done in full, and not needed in all circumstances.
Where the oven is used for commercial purposes it should be tested for temperature rise, power and emissions leakage.
In addition to the PAT test, a microwave oven needs to be tested for the emissions leakage, which could come through a faulty door seal or lock, as an example, and the heating power – after all nobody wants undercooked food – it risks food poisoning, and you don’t want to do that to your staff or customers.
You may see an engineer waving his leakage tester in front of the oven whilst running it with nothing in it; this isn’t going to get the desired results and may result in damage to the oven. You don’t want to be paying for that.
Our microwave oven pat testing service is an add-on; we don’t do it automatically, only on request. If we feel you may benefit from it we will discuss it with you.
Microwave ovens use high frequency electro magnetic waves to cook the food. If these waves leak out they can result in serious burns to the user.
Microwave ovens are designed to keep the energy within the cooking area, however damage to the door, lock or seal can lead to excessive leakage.