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I've just had new smart meters installed - Why can't I see this and my usage data reflected on my account?

  • 18 October 2021
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My new SMETS 2 meters were installed in mid September.  Since then, there has been no change in my account page.  The last entry there was that my electricity and gas were to be supplied from 5 May.  

My smart gas meter does not appear to be sending any data, I’m only getting a feed from the electricity meter.

I would like an idea of my usage, given the state of the fuel industry at the moment, I would at least like to have an idea if I will be in for some nasty surprises downstream.

 

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Best answer by Jess_OVO 19 October 2021, 12:50

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Hey there @Visoflex !

Thanks for the question, this does sound a little strange and I would have expected your gas meter to have started sending in readings by now. Do you have an In-Home Display handy by any chance, and if so does it show any gas usage data? That might help me to figure out whether the gas meter is communicating at all.

If you could snap a few photos of your meters and IHD and pop them in your next reply as well, that would be smashing. I can use these to figure out what you’ve got, which helps to make sure I’m giving the right advice. If you could also fill out your profile for me, that would be great.

Thanks!

There is no gas data at all - hence the query.  I will insert the pictures but as they’re quite large, they’ll have to go in separate replies due to the upload limit.

Installation details.

Electricity meter - Anclara SGM 1411-B
Gas meter - Uniflo G4SZV-2
IHD - Chameleon Technologies s/w v2.2

 

 

 

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Thanks, that’s perfect!

Based on these photos, it almost seems as if the gas meter isn’t connected to anything at all. If it was, your IHD should show it on the home screen. Let’s try a couple of diagnostics here, you’ll be able to use all of the information posted in this thread to help you fill out a Smart Meter Health Check later if you need to contact the Support Team.

If you look at the Comms Hub above the electric meter, you should see five lights that flash/pulse every so often. Please could you tell me which lights pulse and how often they do so. If everything is working as intended, you should be seeing the SW, WAN, HAN and GAS lights pulse once every five seconds.

If you could also wake up the gas meter by pressing any of the buttons and take a photo of the display while it’s lit up (ideally showing everything clearly), that will be really helpful as well. Please include that in your next reply.

Once I have these, I’ll be able to recommend the next steps.

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Hi @Visoflex and Welcome to the OVO online community,

 

Great to see you’ve already met our community volunteer and smart meter trouble-shooter, @Blastoise186.

 

 

Thanks for the question, this does sound a little strange and I would have expected your gas meter to have started sending in readings by now.

 

Just wanted to step in here just to clarify this point. As you mentioned your smart meters were installed in mid-September we’d generally advise that it can take up to 6 weeks from the install date for the meter details to be updated and your usage data to be populated both on your In-Home Display and on the usage pages of your online account or OVO app (download for Android or iOS).

 

There’s more info on this related topic, although I’m sure @Blastoise186  will be able to offer a slightly more technical explanation if you’re still noticing the same communication difficulties in a few weeks time.

 

Do keep us updated as we’re always happy to help and offer advice here where we can. :slight_smile:

 

SW, WAN, HAN and GAS lights on the electricity meter are flashing at 5 second intervals.  Picture of gas meter below.

 

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Perfecto!

Yup, everything looks good to me. Based on the lights, that tells me that the Comms Hub itself is healthy, there’s a healthy WAN connection to DCC (and therefore OVO), the Home Area Network is functioning normally and a gas meter has been detected and is communicating as expected.

As for the gas meter itself, the valve is definitely open as it should be, there’s a strong HAN signal between the gas meter and Comms Hub and no faults have been detected. So my diagnosis is actually pretty good.

I think it’s most likely just a case of your gas meter still being in the commissioning process and it should complete in the next couple of weeks. Once that’s done, it’ll hopefully start reporting usage data to your IHD and sending readings back to OVO. If it doesn’t submit them on your preferred schedule, feel free to let the Support Team know and they’ll get that changed for you.

It looks like you’ve also got the latest hardware revision too. So the Auto-Connect feature should continue trying to commission the gas meter every 55 minutes either until it successfully commissions or triggers a three month timeout.

And I think that’s probably saved you a call too! :D

OK Many thanks for your help.

8 weeks since installation.  No change discernible.

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I’m so sorry we missed this latest update, @Visoflex.

 

As it’s now been over the usual 6 week timeframe when we’d expect your smart meter installation to be properly up and running, something does seem amiss. I’d recommend flagging this one to the Support Team who may advise you to carry out a full smart meter health check to help diagnose the issue.

 

Let us know how you get on with this - We’re always happy to offer smart meter advice here where we can. :slight_smile:

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