Meter Base Services in Rowlett, TX and the Dallas Metroplex
Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities, probably more than you realized before you purchased your home. For example, did you know that you’re responsible for your home’s electric meter base?
Even though the city controls your meter, if your meter base is out of date or damaged, it’s your responsibility to replace it. That’s where the experts at W3 Electric come in. If you need any type of meter base services, give us a call today at (972) 793-0733 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What is a Meter Base?
A meter base is the waterproof protective housing around your electrical meter. It’s usually located on the side of your house and looks like a small, metal, gray box.
Meter base maintenance takes seconds and should not be skipped. You probably have not thought about your electric meter base since buying your home, but they play a crucial role in your home’s electrical setup.
Why are Electrical Meter Bases Important?
Electrical meter bases are what transport power to your home’s electrical panel from the electrical company. They are also important because they protect the electrical meter and all the wiring inside from every kind of weather.
Their waterproof design keeps out all rain and ensures your home has reliable power. That’s why cracks and other damage to your meter base are important to fix as soon as possible. If your meter base is broken, damaged, or inaccessible, the power company can cut off power to your house until you fix it.
W3 Electric Offers a Variety of Trusted Electrical Services
- Electrical Installation
- Electrical Repair
- Electrical Wiring
- Electrical Updates & Upgrades
- Lighting Installation & Repair
- Breaker Panel Services
- Outlet & GFCI Installation
- Ceiling Fan Installation
- Whole House Surge Protection
- Whole Home Generator Installation
- Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Installation
- Smoke Detector Installation
When to Replace Your Meter Base
Just because your meter base is malfunctioning doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. It may be able to be repaired and continue working. Unfortunately, many people do not pay much attention to their meter base and only notice problems once they get bad enough to affect the power inside their homes.
If you catch issues with your meter base early, they are more likely to be repaired. You should check on your meter base regularly and visually inspect it for any damage or signs of malfunction. If you notice any of the following red flags, it’s time to call the professionals at W3 Electric.
- Partial power outages
- Flickering lights
- Your meter base is hot to the touch
- The meter base is cracked
- The interior is corroded
- The display is not working
- Error message on the display
A hot meter base indicates meter base wiring problems. If meter base wiring is to blame, it could be a fire hazard and should be addressed immediately. You should also go ahead and replace your meter base if it is old or outdated. If your meter base is rated for 60A or 100A, it is good to upgrade to a more modern 200A electric meter base.
How Much Does a Meter Base Cost?
Since the meter base is such a critical piece of equipment, many people expect a bigger price tag. But thankfully, meter bases are relatively inexpensive and last for many years. Depending on your situation and personal needs, a meter base typically costs between $100 and $300 to buy and install. Of course, your situation will dictate what you need.
Meter Base Installation
Meter base installation does not take long and can be completed in one afternoon. Despite what you might read online, you should not try to DIY your meter base installation.
Since you’re dealing with your entire home’s power supply and exposed wiring, call in the pros for this one. There are different types of meters, and you might not have the one you think you do. You risk doing more damage and spending more money in the end by undertaking installation alone. Don’t risk your home or your insurance.
What About Smart Meters?
Smart meters have become commonplace in many cities across the country. You may already have one without even knowing it. They make it easier to see your energy usage, and many people prefer the accuracy of billing. Whether you have a smart meter or not, W3 Electric can install and service your meter base.
Of course, since it’s a different kind of meter, the installation and repair process is slightly different, which is another reason you shouldn’t try to DIY it. If you do not have a smart meter but are ready to make the switch, we can do that too.
The W3 Electric Difference
Don’t trust just anyone with your meter base installation if you think you need a new meter base. Our knowledgeable and licensed team has dealt with every meter base problem there is and can answer any questions you have. If you have questions like “what is a meter base replacement going to cost?” we’ll answer them honestly.
When you trust W3 Electric, we know that means you’re trusting us with some of the most important things in your life: your home and your family. We offer honest competitive pricing, and we’re always happy to explain any issues that we find. If our licensed experts don’t see any issues, we will tell you that, too.