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What is the cost of an electricity meter tail upgrade?

  • 1 December 2020
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How much do OVO change to have meter tails upgraded from 16mm2 to 25mm2?

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Best answer by Transparent 2 December 2020, 16:19

Well since these two sets of tails both require the wire seals to be broken on the meter as well as the Service Fuse, it will certainly have to be OVO who do the work.

If you were upgrading from a traditional meter to a Smart Meter then one set of tails would be free of course. The ones to the Consumer Unit would very likely be at nominal additional cost.

However, it were my installation, then I’d certainly go for having a separate 100A double-pole isolator between the meter and the Consumer Unit, which is priced at £158 on the Price-list, here.

 

separate double-pole isolator switch

This isolator would in future allow a qualified electrician to work inside the Consumer Unit without needing to “pull the Service Fuse” and then get your regional Distribution Network Operator to test and re-instate it. I assume that this isolator cost would include the tails upgrade as part of the work.

Could you also please fill out your Forum Profile page? That’s where I look to see what type of meter you have and which DNO region you’re in. Thanks.

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Thanks for posting, @andyhadfield 

 

Our guide on engineer jobs and costs doesn’t list this meter tail upgrade. It needs an update. 

 

The guide we made on who owns what stipulates:

 

Distribution Network Operator (DNO) responsibilities

  • Meter tails before the cutout

OVO responsibilities

  • Meter tails between cut-out to meter and between meter and isolation switch - they carry current between pieces of equipment

 

Can you confirm what bit of work you need doing so we can point you in the right direction? If it’s OVO, it might be best to call us for this upgrade booking (please come back and confirm the costs): 0330 303 5063

Hi, both the cables going into the meter and out of the meter require upgrading to 25mm.  This will allow me to get the DNO to upgrade the main fuse from 160A to 100A.

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Well since these two sets of tails both require the wire seals to be broken on the meter as well as the Service Fuse, it will certainly have to be OVO who do the work.

If you were upgrading from a traditional meter to a Smart Meter then one set of tails would be free of course. The ones to the Consumer Unit would very likely be at nominal additional cost.

However, it were my installation, then I’d certainly go for having a separate 100A double-pole isolator between the meter and the Consumer Unit, which is priced at £158 on the Price-list, here.

 

separate double-pole isolator switch

This isolator would in future allow a qualified electrician to work inside the Consumer Unit without needing to “pull the Service Fuse” and then get your regional Distribution Network Operator to test and re-instate it. I assume that this isolator cost would include the tails upgrade as part of the work.

Could you also please fill out your Forum Profile page? That’s where I look to see what type of meter you have and which DNO region you’re in. Thanks.

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However, it were my installation, then I’d certainly go for having a separate 100A double-pole isolator between the meter and the Consumer Unit, which is priced at £158 on the Price-list, here.

 

Niceeeee you really are the best in the business at this. 

 

@andyhadfield isolator switch time? 

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