Electrical Testing

The Institute of Electrical Engineers recommends a maximum time between assessments of 5 years for residential accommodation or every change of occupancy. That means that if you’ve recently purchased a home or have lived in it for a while, an electrical inspection is definitely in order.

Emerald Electrical can quickly and efficiently test your home’s electrical installation and provide you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) detailing what, if anything, needs to be done to ensure electrical safety and compliance with current regulations.

Your EICR will be graded as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. If the results are unsatisfactory, you will see one of three outcomes:

  • C1 – Danger exists – There is a risk of injury; immediate action is required.
  • C2 – Potentially dangerous – immediate action is required.
  • FI – Additional investigation is required.
  • C3 – A satisfactory report may result in a C3 grade. This means ‘improvement suggested’ – your installation isn’t dangerous, but it’s not in accordance with current regulations.

Emerald Electrical will list the work that needs to be done in each case to bring your electrical installation up to current safety standards and regulations and will provide you with a quote for the work. You can then decide whether or not you want it carried out.

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Are you considering buying a new home?

If you’re thinking about buying a new home, it’s always a good idea to get an EICR done first. For a small fee, you could discover a problem that could cause you a lot of trouble in the future. And, if you still want to buy the house, any repairs can usually be negotiated off the purchase price, so you won’t be out of pocket.


Frequent Questions


What could be causing my fuse board to trip?

When a fuse board trips, it could be due to one of three things: a fault in the electrical installation, a faulty appliance plugged in, or an overly sensitive RCD. Whatever it is, we can find it and fix it with our test equipment and, of course, our knowledge gained through the years.

We can assist you if you are having problems with fuse boards. Please contact us and we will gladly provide you with a quote.


How much does electrical work typically cost?

Electrical work can differ from one company to the next due to price structure and wholesaler discounts.

The best way to determine an average price for the work is to obtain three or four quotes to get an idea of the overall cost and then decide who you want to do the work.

Remember that if a quote sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.


How frequently should my electrical installation be tested?

Your property should be tested every ten years, and there should be a sticker on the fuse box with the date of the next inspection.

If you are unsure, I offer a free visual inspection service that will determine if a number of items in the installation are out of compliance with the regulations.


How can I tell if someone is qualified to do electrical work?

The best thing to do is to be truthful and ask some probing questions. At the end of the day, it is your property, and you should feel at ease with the tradesman you hire. You could ask questions like the ones listed below.

How long have you held your qualification?
Are you registered?
Are you covered by insurance?
Do you have any references I could contact?