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The SMETS2 Smart Meter Health Check (MHC) - DIY tutorial series

  • 10 September 2020
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The SMETS2 Smart Meter Health Check (MHC) - DIY tutorial series
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Updated on 14/09/20: If your Secure Liberty smart meter has an issue, diagnose it here. If your SMETS2 IHD has an issue, diagnose it here

 

Your guide to the SMETS2 Smart Meter Health Check (MHC)

 

 

If you think there are issues with your SMETS2 meters, you can do a Smart Meter Health Check (MHC) to gather the information, and work out what the issue is. 


The SMETS2 smart meter health check

There are currently two manufacturers of SMETS2 meters that we will be installing: Aclara (Flonidan for gas) and Honeywell. They are similar in shape and style but the placement of the buttons, meter serial number and WAN lights may differ. Aclara have two versions of their electricity meter V1 and V2.5. We will be moving onto installing only V2.5, but V1 has already been installed in some homes. There are only small differences between the two versions (images found near the bottom of this guide) and there are other versions of SMETS2 meters that are being installed by other suppliers.
 

1. Are the Meter Serial Numbers (MSNs) correct?

We first need to make sure that the meter(s) we are dealing with are correct (mistakes can sometimes be made, meaning the wrong MSN is listed on an account). 

 
Where can I find the serial number on a smart meter?
 

Electricity: The MSN for an S2 electricity smart meter can be found near the meters barcode above the display. The Aclara version of the SMETS2 will start with either 17M, 18M, 19M and next year 20M. The Honeywell meters will start with either 17K, 18k, 19K and next year 20K.

Gas: The MSN for a gas smart meter can be found below the display. It will start with G4F. For Honeywell, it will start with G4K.

Have this MSN to hand if you can’t diagnose any issues from the health checks below. As our Support team will need to check it matches. 


2. Are the meters commissioned?

On the electricity smart meter communications hub (at the top) if the HAN light is not flashing, this would indicate that it has not been commissioned. Further to this, on the screen itself, a commissioned meter would have a signal bar and "HAN" written on it to indicate connection.

Our Support team can also do some checks for this. Proceed to the next steps.


3. Is there a WAN connection?

These are the lights on the comms hub for SMETS2 found on the electricity meter:
 

Lights on the communications hub 



SW - Represents the status of the comms hub's software
WAN - The comms hubs ability to communicate with us
MESH - Communication through another S2 comms hub (will be more applicable when there are more S2 smart meters)
HAN - Communication of elec meter, gas meter, and IHD with the comms hub
GAS - Gas meter HAN connectivity
 
What lights are flashing and how often? - Please note that this is very different to SMETS1


Low - every 5 seconds - everything is fine here
Medium - every 3 seconds - searching for connectivity  
High - every 1 second -  connectivity issue
Off - connectivity issue

Please check your electricity meter and confirm what the LED light labelled 'WAN' is doing. The lights are on the communication hub (blue arrow in pic below, thanks @Transparent), which is above the electricity meter (red arrow in pic below).

If the lights are showing flashing every three seconds, this indicates an issue for our Support team to be advised about. 

When fitting SMETS2 meters in low WAN areas engineers will fit an aerial to the meter, if they have, there will be a box (yellow arrow in pic below) sticking out of the comms hub and a wire connecting to the a small (T1) or large (T2) external aerial. So if there are WAN issues and an aerial has been fitted, make sure you find out which size has been installed. Please bear in mind that if you have a larger aerial already installed, there is nothing more we can do to improve WAN.
 

 

T1 aerial (6"):

T1 aerial (6")



T2 aerial (12"):

T2 aerial (12")

 

4. Is there a HAN connection?

The best way to check HAN is on each of the components that connect to the HAN. 

 


If any of these symbols are missing from the respective components then it indicates they are not connected to the HAN. 

In addition, on the comms hub, the HAN or GAS light may be flashing every second or not at all if there is an issue with the HAN. A medium flashing HAN light on the comms hub (5 flashes, pause and repeat) indicates a HAN set up and connected with devices. 


5. Is the meter clocking usage?


Aclara (Flonidan for gas)

  • Electricity: There’s 2 buttons on an electricity meter. Pressing B will cycle through all the menus on the meter screen and pressing A will cycle through all the sub menus. To take an electricity reading, you will need to press A - TOU rate 1 will be the electricity reading. For economy 7 members, TOU rate 2 will show the rate 2 reading.
  • Gas: Gas meters have A, B and C. Pressing C will give you the menu and A & B will allow you to scroll through the options. The balance section is where you can check the reading (when you wake up the meter it should automatically default to the reading screen). Screen 1 - readings, active tariff price, standing charge, export reads, meter mode.


Honeywell

  • Electricity: Press the top button once or twice to access the reading. 
  • Gas: Press the middle button once or twice to access the reading. 



Aclara V1 Elec
 

Aclara V1 Elec


Aclara V2.5 Elec

 

Aclara V2.5 Elec


Flonidan Gas
 

Flonidan Gas

 


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A few points to add to what @Tim_OVO ’s writing here:

Honeywell is now a division of Elster. Most other websites seem to call these “Elster meters” even if they actually say Honeywell on the front. The two names are interchangeable.

SMETS2 Gas Meters: AFAIK most of the SMETS2 sites installed by OVO to date have Uniflo gas meters made by the Dutch company, Flonidan. Could you please clarify this, Tim? You’re suggesting that OVO is only supplying Honeywell gas meters.

MESH network communications. There’s actually a sizeable installed base of Communications Hubs with Mesh networks. I have one because I live in a rural area! The Mesh indicator flashes to indicate that the network is alive. It doesn’t tell you anything about whether data is being transferred across it.

 

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Honeywell is now a division of Elster. Most other websites seem to call these “Elster meters” even if they actually say Honeywell on the front. The two names are interchangeable.

SMETS2 Gas Meters: AFAIK most of the SMETS2 sites installed by OVO to date have Uniflo gas meters made by the Dutch company, Flonidan. Could you please clarify this, Tim? You’re suggesting that OVO is only supplying Honeywell gas meters.

 

Thanks @Transparent - this is correct. I’ll be posting a tutorial as part of this DIY series on Monday, all about S2 smart meters. We’ll go into a bit more detail about Honeywell/Elster, and about Aclara (elec) and Flonidan (gas) meters then. 

 

For now, I’ve updated this topic to include Flonidan rather then Aclara for those gas meters. :) 

 

Also, tomorrow I’m posting 2 tutorial topics on In Home Displays. One giant guide about the multiple IHD versions for S2 (and the different ways to diagnose and fix connectivity issues). One about the S1 Pipet IHD. I have updated our existing S1 Chameleon IHD guide here today!

 

This should really help us get to grips with these different versions, issue indicators, fixes. @Transparent I think you’ll like the S2 IHD guide….. :blush:

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Oh and I’ve fixed this topic so the images work now! 

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