Meter boxes are an essential part of your home’s electrical wiring system. These metal boxes that house your electrical meter act as the point of reception for electrical currents. In addition to receiving the electricity, these bases also conduct electricity to the electrical panel, which then allows for usage throughout your entire home. Because meter bases are so important to the overall function of your home, it is necessary to make sure they are in good condition and appropriately taken care of and replaced when needed. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we want to show you the signs that may indicate that your meter base needs to be changed, so you can ensure that your electricity stays fully functional.
When to Change Your Meter Base
Because the meter base conducts the electricity from your power company into your home, ensuring that this piece of equipment is properly functioning is very important. Not only can a faulty meter base cause loss of electricity and power surges, it can also lead to higher charges on your electricity bill.
There are many signs that you may need to change your meter base. If your electrical bill suddenly spikes and your meter remains functional, your base could be the culprit of these high charges. If you notice that your electricity becomes spotty or you find yourself frequently needing to reset your circuit breakers, a faulty or old meter base could also cause this issue. If you notice damage to the outside of your meter base, specifically damage that could lead to water or moisture seeping into the meter box, you need to act to replace or repair the base immediately.
In addition to these signs that may indicate the need to replace your meter base, there are also certain circumstances where replacement is encouraged or required. If you are rewiring or remodeling your home, and adding new outlets or wiring points, many laws require the replacement of the meter base to accommodate for the new wiring. If your home is old and you decide to update the wiring, a new meter base is essential to ensure that your electrical needs are met.
Who to Call
If you are planning to remodel, rewire, update your home, or you suspect that your meter base may be the cause of the electrical problems in your home, an electrician should be contacted to handle to problem. Because meter bases are such an essential point of electrical function for your home, and also a spot that can be very dangerous if not handled correctly, calling a professional to examine your meter is the safest option.
At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we can ensure that the meter base is replaced securely, safely, and within the regulations set by the power company. As a locally owned and operated business with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and over 45 years of combined electrical experience among our staff, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is your best choice for all your electrical contracting needs. For more information about replacing your meter base, contact us today!