When it comes to Electrical installation condition reports there are various questions that we get asked on a regular basis, here are a handfull taken from our EICR in hertfordshire questions bank.

What does EICR stand for?

Well this is an easy one to start off with EICR stands for Electrical installation condition report.

What is an EICR?

An EICR is like a MOT for your homes wiring system. It highlights any dangerous situations, anything that could be potentially dangerous, it there are any recommendations to make your homes electrical system safer and if anything needs a closer look.

What will an EICR tell me?

You will be issued with a full report, giving you a insight into the general health of your homes electrical system and what could be done to make it safer.

EICR whats involved?

When carrying out an EICR, a visual assessment is carried out at first, then a series of electrical tests for which time the powersupply to the home will be turned off, after the inspection and testing has been completed a detailed report will be issued to the customer.

How long does the EICR last?

How long a EICR last depends on the overall health of the electrical installation, this can range from a few days all the way up to 10 years

How often do you need an EICR?

A normal domestic property that is in a good sate of repair should be inspected and tested at a maximum of every 10 years. This is a maximum 5 years if the property is rented out.

What are these C codes?

A code C1 – means its dangerous, you can touch something which is electrically live and needs fixing now.

Code C2 – Its potentially dangerous it might not give you a shock now but it could in the near future, these types of issues need to be fixed before a satisfactory EICR can be issued.

Code C3 – is a recommendation or upgrade to make your electrics safer.

You are under no obligation to have any of the issues fixed, though it is recommended that corrective action to rectify any C1 and C2s are completed as soon as possible

Why would an EICR fail?

A property would receive an unsatisfactory report if something is dangerous, potentially dangerous or is something requires further investigation is found.

Who can do EICR checks?

EICRs can only be carried out by registered electricians with the relevant skills and competencies.

Is a EIC the same as an EICR?

EIC stands for Electrical installation Certificate and is issued when an installation is new, such as a rewire, new circuit or fuseboard upgrade, a EICR is a report on the generanl health of the installation.

When do I need an EICR?

You are normally asked to have an EICR carried out when selling a house, at maximum of every 5 years if your property is rented out and its recommended to have an EICR every 10 years if you are a home owner.

How much does a EICR cost?

Our price for an EICR starts from £200 depending on the number of circuits, number of fuseboards and size of the property.

How long will my power be off?

Well this varries from 3 hours upwards, so have those ipads and phones charged beforehand.

We hope this answers some of your questions.

If you need an EICR or are concerned about the electrics in your home please give us a call on 01992 276087