Electrical Installation Condition Reports
Electrical installations and wiring can deteriorate over time or show signs of age, but you would never notice it until it was too late. EICRs will check the overall condition of the electrical installation in the property, and it will help pick up on any faults or electrical damages, and also any wiring that doesn’t meet the current regulations.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)
What you need to know
An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. It is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician or approved contractor. Usually this means they will have taken a course covering periodic inspection and testing and are registered with the JIB or a scheme provider such as the NICEIC plus has a good working knowledge and experience of electrical installations.
There are many reasons why a householder might request an EICR and indeed they are highly recommended where proof may be required to show an electrical installation is safe. One of the more common reasons an EICR is requested is in rented accommodation where an EICR is the most straightforward and least time-consuming method of proving an electrical installation is safe.
An EICR is also recommended in all domestic homes every 10years to check the condition of the electrical installation and ensure there is no deterioration, however there may be reasons why an EICR would need to be done more often like in a rental accommodation its every 5 years or change of occupancy.
EICR Testing in London
Ensure Electrical Compliance
Confirm your electrical system is safe today, and into the future, with a periodic comprehensive EICR report.
Reduce Reactive Call-outs
Keep informed of any remedial works ongoing and saving you the stress and increased cost of unplanned, reactive works.
Achieve Safety At Work
Ensure the premises and the people – employees or visitors – remain free from accidents caused by faulty electrical systems.
How much does it cost to upgrade my Fuseboard?The costs of replacing a fuse box or upgrading a consumer unit to a more recent one can vary greatly as it will depend on many factors such as: What type of board you require? How many circuits you have/require? How old you current fuseboard is? A typical replacement (Labour and part) starting at £650* and will include: A Consumer unit installed with RCBO's (RCBO's allow each circuit to be put onto their own breaker, meaning if you have a fault somewhere down the line, only that one circuit will trip leaving everything else in your home in working order. RCBO's also help electrcians identify faults quicker - saving you time and money on call outs, if and when faults occur in the future) NICEIC Electrical installation certificate and part P notification to building control Please note if electrical issues are found within the property during our testing, we will notify you the client and there may be additional charges, we will do our best to resolve small issues free of charge and bring anything else to your attention. *Rates are subject to VAT
How do I know if I should change my Board?Basically speaking, any consumer unit without an RCD needs an upgrade. This doesn't always mean a whole new consumer unit is needed. Consumer units with wooden backs almost always need replacing as these can often date back to the 1950's – a lot has changed since then!
How to check if your fusebox has RCD protection?Look for a button with T or test on your consumer unit. This indicates if an RCD is present. Don't forget to press the button to make sure your RCD is working as it should be. If it does not activate (turn off your power) or you have any concerns about it, then get in touch and one of our registered electricians will be able to help/advise you. Consumer units, like fire alarms, need to be tested regularly to ensure they are working as they should be. Remember they are there to protect you from electrical harm.
How long does a board change take?Consumer unit can take 3-4 hours to change, then they require testing and this can take an additional 2 hours. So all in all anywhere from 5 hours to a full day.
How much would it cost?This depends on what type of board you currently have, how many circuits you have/require and how old your current fuse board is. Prices start from £650* for a domestic board change. If you are still unsure please give us a call on 0203 995 4000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your current board and we will let you know if your fuseboard needs changing and if so how much it will cost. *Rates are subject to VAT
What is the difference between a fuse board and a consumer unit?Fusebox or fuse board were the old term (because they contained fuses) for what is now more commonly known as consumer unit. These more modern ones contain MCBs so are not 'fuse boards/boxes' but are sometimes incorrectly referred to as them.