What does the EICR procedure entail?

Electrical Installation Condition Report Test Procedure explained

Below we’ll explain how EICR testing is undertaken. However, if you need guidance on selecting a qualified electrician to undertake the work then visit this page.

On your appointed day, a qualified electrical engineer will attend your site in order to conduct the EICR test. Of course, feel free to ask to see proof of identity and credentials prior to them undertaking any periodic inspection or electrical work.

Fundamentally, the electrical engineer will be visually looking and then functional testing for any issues or defects in the integrity of your electrical system and any subsidiary electrical installations.

Don’t be surprised if they ask you about gaining access to not just the fuse box but any other important circuit or electrical installation on the property. Generally, you should expect the engineer to carry out standard initial verification testing on everything they can gain access. For commercial properties, this may sometimes mean that there is a conversation prior to the engineer’s arrival. This is to determine when or if certain business-critical electrical installations (eg servers, phone lines) can be shut down that is convenient for the client.

The four stages of an EICR test on an electrical installation are:

  • Visual Inspection – The first step of the EICR Testing is a visual assessment from the engineer to see if anything is clearly in need of repair or replacement (i.g fractures, corrosion overheating spots or burn marks etc) in the electrical equipment and their electrical leads.
  • Dead Testing – For this stage, the engineer will disconnect the electrical installation from the mains power supply. The various phases of Dead Testing are performed to check for possible issues with an electrical system. These tests include an insulation resistance test, continuity test of ring final circuit conductors, phase sequence test and a polarity test.
  • Live Testing – These tests, including prospective fault current testing, are carried out to ensure that the electric system can immediately shut down in the event of a major emergency.
  • RCD Testing – These EICR tests are in place for fire prevention purposes (Testing is done on more modern electrical systems’ RCDs -Residual-Current Devices).

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    How long does the EICR Testing take?

    The duration of the EICR test procedure may vary. Usually, the inspection for a large residence can last up to 3-4 hours.

    Some factors that can affect the duration of the EICR Testing are:

    • The size of your property.
    • The age of the property and/or the age of the electrical installations.
    • The number of circuits.
    • The complexity of the installation.
    • What potential issues are discovered during the inspection.

    How frequent should be the periodic inspection?

    • Inspection frequency can vary tremendously between property types, ranging from 3-10 years. For more information, visit our dedicated EICR explainer page.

    Can my electrical installations fail an EICR Test?

    • Yes. Should the engineer determine that parts of your electrical installation are determined as unsafe, then the engineer will mark the installation as “unsatisfactory” on your EICR certificate.

    What action should I take if my site is deemed ‘unsatisfactory’?

    • Visit our dedicated page on when and what EICR remedial works you may need to undertake if your site is deemed ‘unsatisfactory’

    What to do before we arrive?

    Here is a list of things “we recommend” before our qualified electrical technician attends your site. Failure to perform a full test may result if the below points aren’t addressed though this will not always result in an ‘unsatisfactory’ EICR Report.

    • The electrician requires full access to the consumer Items must be removed prior to conducting the EICR. This might otherwise cause delays and can lead to extra charges.
    • Let us know prior if we need ladders to access the consumer unit/fuse board
    • Check to make sure your electrical system is energized and has not been switched off by the main supplier.
    • Let us know if there are broken fixtures and fittings so we can bring some along, this may stop us from providing an unsatisfactory EICR report.
    • Unplug all equipment before the test. For E.g.: TV’s, Fridge Freezers and Washing Machines.
    • Make sure the consumer unit is correctly labelled, this could result in a fail if this is not done.
    • Access to any prior EICR reports

    Electrical certificates Prices from £99!

      • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)  Studio & 1 Bed £99 Inc VAT
      • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and PAT (2-3 Bed) £139 Inc VAT
      • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) 2-3 £129.
      • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and PAT 2-3 Bed £169
      • Commercial EICR (Call to Confirm).

    Prices include up to 12 circuits and 10 appliances per property 

    Prices are inclusive of VAT (rate of 20%)

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