Installing New Electrical Components: 3 Reasons to Opt for Infrared Testing for Quality Assurance

Posted on: 6 September 2016

When making changes to the electric wiring and circuitry of your home, you may be given the option of having infrared testing conducted on the modified area after everything has been completed. Infrared testing utilizes black-and-white thermal scanners to perform thermographic inspections that can easily detect hot spots and discrepancies in heat output, which may help detect problems well before they occur. While you might be hesitant to pay extra for the infrared testing offered for quality assurance, here are three reasons you really should.

Detect Defective Parts Quickly and Easily

Nothing is guaranteed. Even when you purchase and use new electrical parts and components, there's still a chance that the parts and components may be defective. Although defective, these parts and components may still function properly initially; however, they may be more prone to causing electrical failures or malfunctions. While electrical failures and malfunctions may only result in higher energy bills in most situations, they can also be the cause of house fires in serious situations. In 2013, electrical failures and malfunctions were the cause of 44,900 house fires that resulted in 410 deaths and $1.3 billion in direct property damage.

Don't put your family in a vulnerable position. Opt for infrared testing at the end of the installation period to determine whether all of the parts and components are functioning properly. If you can determine that a part is defective early on, you can also get it replaced without having to pay out of your own pocket.

Determine the Quality of the Workmanship

As mentioned before, improperly installed electrical components and parts can result in higher energy bills. Over time, the added cost of the energy inefficiency may exceed the cost of getting infrared testing performed. If the electrical contractors do not offer infrared testing with their installation services, make sure that your contract at least includes a clause that guarantees that the contractors will cover the full cost of the repairs and modifications needed should the infrared testing determine that the quality of their workmanship is not up to standard.

It's worth paying extra for the infrared testing, as the cost of the testing will be lower than the cost of the repairs caused by poor workmanship. If you don't get infrared testing, you may never know that the workmanship was poor until it's too late. At that point in time, the electrical contractors responsible for the installation may not take responsibility.

Reduce Insurance Premiums and Have Evidence Needed for Future Claims

The results of the infrared testing can also help you get reduced insurance premiums, as the infrared testing can prove to the insurance company that the electric work of your house is in optimal condition. This means that the likelihood that electrical repairs will be needed in the future will be greatly diminished. Insurance companies can offer lower premiums due to reduced losses. The amount that you save from the insurance premiums may surpass the cost of the infrared testing.

With that said, you also should keep the results of the infrared testing, as it can be used as evidence to prove that the electric wiring and system of your house was in great condition should anything go wrong. This way, you won't be held liable should anything out of the ordinary occur.


If you can find electrical contractors that offer infrared testing for quality assurance with their services, take it. Infrared testing can detect hot spots and other minor problems before they can be a hazard and a headache. This type of testing is reliable and accurate. You'll get the results within minutes and be able to determine whether there is anything you should be worried about.