How often should I get my electrical system inspected?
As a homeowner, it's important to keep your electrical system safe and up-to-date to prevent any potential hazards. But how often should you get your electrical system inspected? In the UK, there are regulations that dictate how often this should be done.
The first thing to note is that the inspection and testing of electrical systems is commonly referred to as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). The frequency at which an EICR is required depends on a few factors.
For a domestic property, the recommended frequency of an EICR is every 10 years, or on change of occupancy. However, it's important to note that this is only a recommendation and not a legal requirement.
On the other hand, landlords are required by law to have an EICR carried out at least every 5 years, or on change of tenancy, whichever comes first. This is a legal requirement under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
It's also worth noting that some insurance companies may require more frequent inspections, so it's worth checking your policy.
In addition to the recommended frequencies, it's important to have your electrical system inspected if you notice any warning signs such as flickering lights, tripping circuit breakers, or burning smells.
Regular inspection and testing of your electrical system is important for the safety of your home or property. It's also a good way to identify any potential issues before they become more serious and costly to fix. So, while it's not a legal requirement for homeowners to have an EICR carried out every 10 years, it's highly recommended.