Test & Tag
In a nutshell, test & tag electrical is a technique used to evaluate the performance, condition and functionality of electronic devices and appliances. In the past this method of quality control used to be used to validate a particular product’s reliability before going to sale – but these days many local councils insist on its implementation; especially where commercial property and assets are concerned.
What does it involve?
Generally speaking, an electrician will be needed to conduct the testing process. This process often involves various connections whereby the device or appliance will be put through a rigorous evaluation of its performance and functionality. If any issues arise, there are two options. The first is for the electrician to attempt a repair there and then.
The second is to issue a fail tag and have the device sent back to its factory to re-address the concerns. In the majority of cases however, and when an appliance performs as expected, the electrician will very likely issue an approval tag – and this will be all that it takes to sell, trade, or put the device to good use residentially and commercially.
It’s advised that after a certain number of years of service, any device in need of a test should have one undertaken without delay. Although the majority of electronic devices will be capable of lasting well into the future, it’s always worthwhile to evaluate their condition and performance. If any issues arise, the electrical engineer should be able to see them without delay.
If they are clear however, the tag will simply be replaced by a new one that details the date and time of testing, as well as how the device performed and whether or not it is still functional and fit for purpose.