How much does PAT testing cost?
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✅ Ensures compliance with Health & Safety
✅ Ensures your insurance policy is valid
✅ Prompt reminders for retests
How much does PAT testing cost?
Electrical appliances require inspection and testing to ensure they are safe to use; carrying this out takes time and is actually quite a physically demanding job; as well as needing the engineer to be knowledgable and suitably experienced, as well as being trained, qualified and or competent.
Some companies try to devalue PAT testing, not seeing the benefit of it, but when the benefit of regular inspections and testing is compliance with the law and preventing danger, it serves as exceptional value.
As a guide these are our standard prices, but we always recommend you contact us to discuss your unique requirements so we can give you a personal price.
Standard PAT testing prices
The price per item is always the same, no matter where you are. That price is preceded by an initial fee which covers our initial costs, such as the time to travel to your location, and the first 20 items to test.
£45.00 for the first 20 items then…
- £1.00 per item tested up to 100 items
- £0.85 per item tested up to 250 items
- £0.75 per item tested over 250 items
You’d be much better off paying per hour than per item:
For the first hour £45.00, then £30.00 per hour thereafter
- The prices we have quoted above are based on all appliances having standard BS1363 plugs.
- VAT will be added to the invoice
- Remedial repairs* are included; replacement parts to make an appliance legal may be charged for
- Non-standard industrial equipment of 110v, 230v or 400v are £1.50 each to test with replacement parts added on
*Remedial repairs include repairs to the existing plug, replacing a damaged BS1363 plug for a new one, repairing the existing flexible cable and basic repairs to the existing appliance.
We always include the following in the quoted price:
- Remedial repairs which includes repairs to the existing plug, flexible cable and appliance
- Replacement fuses when the existing fuse is faulty
- Replacement plugs when the existing BS1363 plug is faulty and cannot be repaired.
- Labels for passed and failed appliances
- A PAT Test Certificate Report document including fully itemised asset list with electrical results, information on failed appliances and the PAT Test Certificate
Additional charges will be incurred for:
- Replacing non-standard plugs (e.g. foreign) with British Standard BS1363 plugs
- Replacing non-standard IEC cord sets (e.g. foreign) with British Standard BS1363 cord sets
- Replacing industrial adaptors
- Repairs to the appliance not considered remedial or that would take more than a few minutes to repair; such as when soldering is required.
- Having to return to the site if something was missed (when it was not our fault)
If you are happy to proceed at these rates you can start the ball rolling by booking an appointment today using this appointment booking form. All you need to do is select your appointment preferences so we can find a convenient space in our diary to accommodate you.
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How do we cost a PAT testing job?
To cost a PAT testing job we take into account the following factors:
- The location of the job from our base, or the job that we would be doing before or after it including distance and travel time
- The environment where the job will take place (e.g. clean, warm office or muddy, wet and windy building site)
- The type of appliances to test (e.g. computers in an office, tools on a site, 400v adaptors in a factory)
- The number of appliances to test (e.g. 100 items in an office takes a lot less time than 100 items in a factory)
- The amount of repairs expected (based on our experiences)
- How many people we’d need on the job / how much time it will take to complete
- The number of reports / amount of admin time that would be required to produce the reports.
How do you know how many ‘items’ need testing?
Not all appliances require a test, but all require an inspection. For the sake of argument we call either a ‘test’. An appliance is usually made up of 1, 2 or 3 parts, and each part, providing it is not battery operated will require some form of Testing. Each part is recorded and labelled, and you pay for that – this is because you (or society) has elected to pay for PAT testing on a per item basis. We actually prefer to quote based on time or the job completion, and that actually usually works out cheaper for you with less surprises. But back to the price per item…
To quote we need to know how many items need testing, you can do this, or you can ask us to visit to do it for you.
Let’s assume you work in an office, have a look around and count the number of desks:
- Does each desk have a computer or laptop? Don’t need to know which one, just whether it does. That is 2 items
- Does each desk have one monitor screen or two? That is 2 or 4 items
- Does each desk have its own socket or extension lead? If it is the latter that’s another item.
Then there are the extras like printers, heaters, fans, lamps, chargers, etc. Not forgetting the kitchen equipment, meeting rooms etc.
We don’t need to know exact numbers, just a rough estimate. As a guide we say, count the desks and multiply by 6 if you mainly have one screen, or 8 if mainly two. This will give an approximate number of items for the office; but expect to have more added on to the final invoice as the total tests will likely be higher.
Here’s an example: an office has 20 desks, each with 2 monitors. Each desk has an extension lead. There is also 2 printers, a photo copier, a few fans, and heaters, everyone has a plug in phone charger, each desk also has a double socket mounted on it. Then there is a small kitchen and a meeting room with a TV. That’s approximately 200 items to test. That’s almost a days’ work.
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The following is more information which you are probably not interested in, but we need to include.
What is an acceptable PAT testing cost?
If you contact 10 different PAT testing companies you will probably get 10 different answers. PAT testing Prices will range from 50p to £2.00 on average, so you need to consider what you’re going to get for your money.
Some people are too quick to pre-judge and will say the cheaper company is going to rip you off, whilst the more expensive will do a better job but we don’t always find this to be true.
Yes, the cheaper PAT Testing companies do have a reputation for corner cutting but it’s actually not usually the company that is making the mistakes, but the person carrying out the tests. This is no excuse, but it is because the engineer is being paid a much lower amount, around 25p an item, so has to get as many appliances as possible recorded in as short a time as possible to make his money. This leads to him skipping failures, not doing repairs, and duplicating (or making up) the results.
It is essential that equipment is tested properly – rushing PAT testers have been found to:
- Make up the results
- Not check fuses
- Overlook dangerous faults on visual inspections so they don’t need to do repairs
- Issue labels for equipment not tested
- Use the wrong or no equipment to test the appliance
But how do you know that we are going to do the job you need us to do?
- Because we have over 100 5-Star reviews on Google from satisfied customers
- Because we have over 100 5-Star reviews on Free Index from satisfied customers
- Because our engineers are paid a good salary, not piece time rates, and encouraged to take the time to do a proper job, carry out all repairs and to build rapport with their clients.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your electrical equipment is safe; by contracting PAT testing to us you are passing on some of that responsibility, and whilst legally we can’t be held responsible we couldn’t sleep at night if we had knowingly misled you.
If electrical shock or injury occurs as a result of faulty equipment, businesses can get sued or prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) so it is important to select a PAT testing company such as ourselves, who has a reputation to uphold, who cares about you and your staff and gives you peace of mind that the job will be done well, every time, no matter what you pay.
When you are considering what is an acceptable PAT testing cost to pay consider the engineer, the company, and the earnings.
An experienced, competent PAT tester can properly test on average 30 items in an hour. With breaks that’s around 200 items a day. Any more than that and we’re really pushing our luck. Of course, in some scenarios such as an office, it is possible to do more, and in others less but 200 items in a day is a good average. So we price based on that earning. The company has to make some money and the engineer is well paid. So is £200.00 an acceptable price to pay? Only you can answer that.
Try also to remember that when we’re getting paid per item we’re only getting paid when we’re testing; we often have to walk around your building looking for appliances, we often have to wait for someone to vacate their work area of shut down a computer before we can resume our work, etc.
If we charged 50p per item, would we only earn £100.00 in the day for the company? Those companies pay their engineers about 20p an item. So that engineer is going to be happy with £40.00 for the day? No chance. So he does lot a more; he’ll aim for about 500 items a day, which is probably what he is being targeted for. That’s around 75 items an hour – that’s impossible.
We also pay our engineers travel time, and fuel expenses as they use their own vehicles.
Whatever we charge you you don’t need to worry about any of that, and you benefit from us not charging you for repairs, or to replace plugs and fuses.
So, we charge a fair price, competitive and good value for money which gives you peace of mind that the job is being done correctly.
PAT testing should never be just about the price. PAT testing plays a key role in health and safety; electrical safety in workplaces and protecting others from dangerous equipment should be at the forefront of any business owner or managers mind – it certainly is ours.
The following are included in the price:
All equipment running off standard plugs and AC/DC adaptors
Earth continuity checks on standard portable appliances that have been hard-wired
Remedial repairs to the plug, fuse, cable and appliance
Replacement 13amp plugs and 3, 5, 10, 13 amp fuses
A fully itemised PAT Testing Certificate and Report
The following may cost extra to do:
Industrial and commercial kitchen appliances with 415v adaptors
Industrial and commercial kitchen appliances with 3-phase adaptors
Replacement flexible cables
Microwave tests for power and temperature rise
Other PAT Testing costs
PAT testing cost – Fitted appliances
Some electrical appliances are not plugged in, but hard wired. Those need testing too, however, not necessarily by a PAT tester – the appliances that were originally made with a plug on, like a tea urn, or an electric radiator will need testing by us; we do an earth continuity check inline with the PAT, and recommend a full fixed test inline with the EICR, usually every 5 years.
Other electrical appliances such as showers should be checked by your electrician when he/she does the fixed wiring inspection (EICR).
PAT testing price – Industrial appliances
The PAT testing cost for these appliances is dependent on the full job; if it’s just these appliances to be tested the prices below apply, but if they are to be tested alongside other equipment you’ll be given a price including them (unless you don’t tell us about them).
- 110v adaptors up to 32amps – inline with quoted price
- 230v adaptors up to 32amps – inline with quoted price
- 110v or 230v 32amps – £1.25 each
- 415v adaptors up to 32amps – £1.75 each
Please note – we do not test fixed industrial equipment
PAT testing cost – Microwave Ovens
Microwave ovens are PAT tested like all other appliances, but they may require additional checks including:
- The door lock works
- The door seal is in good condition
- There are no excessive emissions leaking
This is not something we do automatically, only on request, so if you don’t request it you won’t pay for it.
In commercial environments where the oven is used to cook food to be sold, the oven also need checking for power and temperature rise to make sure it is functioning correctly. This PAT testing cost is £7.50 per oven, but is only done on advanced request.
PAT testing price – Landlords per property
With rental property a landlord has to PAT test the electrical appliances they provide to make sure they’re safe for the tenant to use. A landlord should know which appliances they provide, but in most cases it’s just the usual stationery kitchen equipment like fridges, washing machines and cookers.
For more information and to see the PAT testing cost for a rental property check out our Landlords PAT testing page.
Thank you so much Richard! Richard arranged and kindly did PAT Testing for all the equipment in my clinic, he attended perfectly on time, made sure it’s arranged around the time I can be free. He even had spare parts and just changed them for me straightaway. He is very genuine, professional and kind. Great value in compare with other companies and very trustworthy. I’ve already asked him to book me in for my next tests and I definitely recommend him.