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Old 01-26-2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default My electric meter is making a loud noise

My house was built in 1989, so I'm assuming that the electric meter is original. Lately, it has been making an odd noise, sort of a cyclic hum that is loud enough to be heard in the two rooms that are the closest to it. It started out being very infrequent, but latley is constant. If I go outside and beat on the glass, it goes away for a small period of time, but always seems to return. Should I call the utility company? If so, will a newer, more efficient meter make my bill higer?
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Yeah, call the Utility company. Its coil could be going.
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:47 PM   #3
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:47 PM   #4
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RUN!!! It's going to assplode!!!
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:51 PM   #5
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If so, will a newer, more efficient meter make my bill higer?
Unlikely.
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:54 PM   #6
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Seriously, though, it's probably just that the torque of the movement over time has loosened the screws that fasten it. They might just need to retighten everything. But let them do it. You don't want an inspector driving by and seeing you "tampering" with the meter.
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:23 PM   #7
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Definataly call utility and have them check it out you might have a loose connection on one of lugs inside of the meter. If you smell a burning plastic smell stay away from it cause it would suck to be nearby if all the power in your neighborhood decided to cut loose in the meter.

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Old 01-26-2006, 06:32 PM   #8
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Call the utlity company A.S.A.P.. The meter pan on my house caught on fire a few years ago and if the neighbor hadn't spotted it, I might be living elsewhere!
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:34 PM   #9
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:34 PM   #10
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Evacuate! Evacuate! It's gonna blow!!
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:37 PM   #11
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:37 PM   #12
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Check for any new wires going out of the switch box to your neighbors, or to a trailer recently parked nearby.
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Worst case scenerio the lugs or meter tabs in the meter socket are frying...
is there any smell or sizziling?
just call & tell the utility to send a meter tech to look or swap out the meter.
if the meter socket is toasting you may need an electrician to swap out the guts & wires.

Meter sockets last a long time... (unless some n00b did the install)
better to find out BEFORE you burn off a leg, or worse the neut.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:08 PM   #14
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I just got a letter from the Power company saying they changed my meter. Last month my bill was just under $24, and the last two months it kept going lower, and lower. A year and a half later, it finally gave out.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:17 PM   #15
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cool, thanks for the update - I haven't gotten much sleep for the past 16 months.
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cool, thanks for the update - I haven't gotten much sleep for the past 16 months.
Sorry for your loss.
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hay i read meters all friggin day! great job, just walk around, hang out with peoples dogs and work on my farmer tan. Meters going bad usually won't make noises though, they just gradually just stop working. a broken meter will never make your bill go up, that would mean it worked, just too well. It will just mean that it will show as if you have used less and less useage and then the system will catch up send someone out to swap meters and a computer will give an estimate on how much you will owe by estimation i believe. just call your service provider.
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your electric bill is under $24??? wtf?
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:05 PM   #19
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Sorry for your loss.
You know, I'm almost sad to see it come to an end. Kind of bittersweet, though. I hope you saved a picture of the old meter in the family bible.
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