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PAT Test Duration – How Long Does PAT Testing Take?

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How long does a PAT test take? It’s a common question amongst business owners and site managers that want to make sure their electrical appliances are safe to use.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at PAT test duration to give you a better idea of how long the process will take.

How long does PAT testing take?

The duration of a single PAT test is usually around 2-5 minutes. However, the total timeframe for PAT testing depends on the size of the premises and the number of appliances that need to be tested.

While some people think only large or particularly important appliances need to be tested, PAT testing is required for any appliance or device that needs to be plugged into a socket or generator to work.

That can include anything from large appliances like refrigerators, vending machines and photocopiers to small devices like phone chargers, extension leads and kettles. As a very rough estimate, PAT testing for a site with 50 appliances would take 2-3 hours.

How to minimise PAT test duration

PAT testing involves a visual inspection of each item, followed by tests for polarity, earth bond and insulation resistance. But when you’re asking how long a PAT test takes, it’s important to factor in the things that aren’t involved in a test – or at least shouldn’t be.

We’re talking about whether appliances are ready to be inspected. In an ideal world, appliances should be switched off and unplugged before testing. This allows contractors to access them easily and begin testing right away.

If appliances are in use, with computers switched on as an example, the PAT testing process will take longer as a whole. While it may seem like more hassle having to stop using appliances and switch them off, doing so will actually minimise disruption for your business.

Can it be done in working hours?

Given that it could take several hours to get through all of your site’s appliances, another question that often pops up is whether you can use your commercial site while PAT testing is taking place. In truth, it depends entirely on the premises in question.

In most cases, PAT testing can be planned and organised to minimise disruption. That could mean testing different departments at a specific time throughout the day, each with their own timeslot to shut off equipment. Alternatively, multiple electricians can get through more appliances in a shorter timeframe.

However, there will always be instances where PAT testing can’t take place in working hours. If this is the case, you may be required to shut your site for a day or organise out-of-hours PAT testing in the evening or on a weekend.

PAT testing in Yorkshire

Whether it’s a few electrical appliances or a few hundred, Volta Compliance is on hand throughout Yorkshire to provide fast, reliable PAT testing. Our fully qualified team will work around your schedule to minimise disruption while ensuring all appliances are safe to use.

To find out more or arrange a quote, call 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected].

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.