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DW (Hampshire) Ltd


35 The Park



SO32 3QQ


Mon-Fri 8:00am - 5:30pm 

Tel: 0800 0862900

  • Basingstoke

  • Andover

  • Alton

  • Alresford

  • Petersfield

  • Fareham

  • Gosport

  • Portsmouth

  • Havant

  • Hayling Island

  • Emsworth

  • Southampton

  • Totton

  • Eastleigh

  • Winchester

  • Hythe

  • Fawley

  • New Forest

  • Ringwood

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Fixed Appliance Testing

Fixed electrical appliances should also be subject to an inspection and testing regime but are often overlooked. These appliances are connected directly to the electrical supply and do not have the normal three pin plug that most smaller appliances come fitted with. Many are hardwired because they draw more current than a thirteen amp plug can handle but some are hardwired to prevent theft such as a hair dryer in a hotel room. Fixed electrical appliances present the same risks as portable appliances but are often overlooked by many testing companies because they require more experience, qualifications and different test equipment.

Fixed Appliance Testing

What is a fixed appliance?

Fixed appliances are normally hardwired into the mains supply and therefore will not have a standard thirteen amp plug on them. They are normally also heavy appliances and may be screwed or fixed to their surroundings.

Why do fixed appliances need testing?

Fixed appliances present the same risks of fire or electric shock as portable appliances. If you consider a hand dryer in a toilet or a cooker they both have large amounts of exposed metal that could expose users to an electrical shock in the event of a fault.

I thought that fixed appliances were tested at the same time as the fixed wiring test?

It is unlikely that this is the case unless you have some documentation listing the appliances and the test results. The correct term for the testing of the fixed electrical installation is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) this also used to be called a periodic inspection. During these tests the fixed wiring is normally only tested up to the connection point for the fixed appliance and not beyond it. 

When do fixed appliances need testing?

Generally this is a decision for the duty holder of the site to consider although we can provide guidance on this matter. We would recommend that fixed appliances are tested at the same time as the the Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) is carried out to minimise disruption. 

What sort of appliances in my environment may be classed as fixed appliances?

In commercial premises examples of fixed appliances may be:

  • Heaters

  • Cookers / ovens

  • Air conditioning units

  • Hand dryers

  • Industrial machinery

In domestic / landlord premises examples of fixed appliances may be:

  • Ovens / cookers

  • Extractor hoods

  • Electric showers

  • Gas / electric hobs

  • Immersion heaters

  • Boilers

What do you offer?

  • City & Guilds 2395 trained staff

  • High quality fully calibrated multi function testers

  • Staff with experience of testing a wide range of fixed electrical equipment


0800 0862900

To book your Fixed Appliance Testing