If your home has electricity, it has an electrical meter! Through the electrical meter is where utility power enters your home. This critical electrical component can negatively impact your electrical usage and bills if it is not working properly; watch out for signs that may indicate a problem with your electrical meter.
How to find your electrical meter
For most homes, the electrical meter is located on an exterior wall. It is likely close to where your electrical panel is located inside the home. In older homes, the electrical meter may be found in the basement or in a dedicated utility room.
Common electrical meter problems
Many homeowners don’t consider that their electrical meter could be to blame for common issues. Some problems that could be attributed to a malfunctioning electrical meter at your home include:
- Increased electrical bills: When your electrical bills jump without an increase from your utility company, it’s a sign that something is consuming excessive power. In some cases, this could be a malfunctioning appliance, like an air conditioner; in other cases, it could mean your electrical meter is drawing excess power. If you receive an electrical bill that is astronomical without other explanation, such as beginning to use a new appliance or turning on the air conditioner for the first time this season, it’s a smart idea to have an electrician inspect your electrical meter for malfunctions.
- Error notification: Some models of electrical meters, particularly those with digital displays, may issue a notification of an error. If you get an error or fault message on your meter’s display, contact an electrician to correct the issue right away; neglecting to do so can result in high electrical bills.
- Lack of power: There are several issues can cause your home to be without power, such as a faulty electrical panel. Sometimes, your electrical meter could be the source of the problem. It could have been damaged, causing it to break or to pull away from the home, leaving you without power. If you notice your electrical meter has disconnected from your home yet you still have power, you should still call for an electrician to re-secure the meter for your safety.
What to do if you suspect electrical meter problems
Electrical meter problems can be difficult for homeowners to identify. Some of the issues associated with faulty electrical meters could also be connected to other electrical issues around the home. If you are having problems operating electrical items throughout your home properly or you have received electric bills which were abnormally high, you should certainly have an electrician visit your home and perform an inspection to identify the source of your electrical problems.
If you suspect your Phoenix area home’s electrical meter is faulty, call Super Electric right away. Our licensed electricians will inspect your electrical meter to diagnose any problems, and perform tested, safe repairs.