Why is my SMETS2 gas meter not sending readings?


I've recently had a new smart meters installed. The electric one is working fine, but the gas meter has failed to send a single smart reading. So far I've had to submit manual readings.

Does anyone know how to re-sync the two meters so Gas readings are automatically sent to OVO?

I've got some of the 2nd generation meters.

I am talking to OVO about the issue but they are being very slow, and whenever I do get a response they keep referring me back to fixes for the older style smart meters.




Best answer by Nancy_OVO 26 February 2019, 13:29

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You’re welcome.

Hopefully the engineer can figure out what’s happening and get things kickstarted. You never know, it might be an easy fix if you’re lucky!

If you ever need help again, you’re more than welcome to stop by anytime and we’ll be here if you need us. :)

Thank you for your reply. I have now spoken to someone at OVO and they are sending someone out to look at the meter.

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Howdy @marilyn53 !

Sorry about the trouble there. Do you remember exactly when your Smart Meters were installed by any chance? If you could provide us with a few photos as well, that helps me to double check exactly what you’ve got - sometimes we can provide a few extra tips that depend on what they are.

It can take up to six weeks for newly installed Smart Meters to fully commission, for which the clock usually starts on the date they’re first installed. This allows time for the meters to be registered with OVO and with the DCC, download and install any pending firmware updates, pull down the config settings (such as your tariff rates) and do a bunch of other self-tests in the background. It has been known for electricity meters to rapidly start sending in meter readings, but gas meters tend to need more time as they only wake up and perform a heartbeat roughly every 30 minutes or so - any faster than that could drain the internal battery a lot sooner than it should. This can result in the gas meter taking longer to start communicating with OVO.

With that being said though, there’s definitely a couple of things I can help you to check, just to make sure the gas meter is definitely talking to the Comms Hub above the electric meter. I’ll walk you through those once I know what you’ve got.

Hope this helps! We’ll be here if you need us. :)


I had a SMETS2 Electricity and Gas meter installed a couple of weeks ago. The electric meter is sending readings, but the gas meter is not. What is the point of having a smart meter if it is dumb and I have to keep sending in readings for it? I had an email from OVO to say they were going to take daily readings, but the gas meter is still not sending readings. Please can you help. Thank you.

I did receive a call from OVO today who said that they had done something behind the scenes on their system and that I should shortly see the gas meter reads, but I will wait and see… they are calling me back on Monday to check.


Thanks @Tim_OVO and @Transparent for your input.

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Erm, @Tim_OVO … that page concerns itself solely with SMETS1 meters made by Secure.

@RichardOsborn has SMETS2 meters installed less than a month ago.

Given the timing, I suspect the newly inflicted issue with IHD connectivity is most likely related to the firmware update and downloading his actual tariff data as it is brought onto the new Billing System.

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So unlikely is this selective data-retardation that it is necessary to stipulate a test interval of 24 hours - a unit of time so vast in comparison to the speed of light, that a sufficiently strong signal would reach an IHD placed at a distance over four times greater than the orbit of Pluto!

@RichardOsborn this page might be a handy page to confirm your options, whilst the engineers look into things at our end…. keep us updated on any fixes!

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Ah… but @RichardOsborn, let’s remember that @Amy_OVO is a Moderator, not an engineer.

The Moderators are carefully selected. They must exhibit an ability to foresee solutions in directions where none actually exist.

Moderators are free-thinkers. They must rise above factors that so hinder us mere mortals. Not for them are the laws of physics or the uni-directional nature of time.

Amy’s mind is unfettered by the requirement for electromagnetic radiation to carry data uniformly from the Communications Hub to the IHD. Rather, she stretches imagination to an extent that defies all laws of probability, and thus deduces the infinitesimally small possibility of gas data being retarded within the stream of photons reaching your IHD.

So unlikely is this selective data-retardation that it is necessary to stipulate a test interval of 24 hours - a unit of time so vast in comparison to the speed of light, that a sufficiently strong signal would reach an IHD placed at a distance over four times greater than the orbit of Pluto!


Who are we, mere customers, to challenge the thought processes by which an esteemed Moderator bends the laws of mathematics, space and time?

Where would OVO be if its Social Media Team were constrained to operate according to common rules of logic?

What despair would haunt you should you fail to close the distance between your  IHD and Electricity Meter, and thus miss the miracle of gas data appearing upon its display?!


We may be sure that the entire company of the Forum waits with baited breath until the 24 hours has elapsed and Amy’s attention is once more drawn towards the status of your IHD.

And until that morrow, let us cast off all doubts and application of physical laws. Let us forsake the notion that we exist within four dimensions of space-time, the Standard Model or string-theory.

Let us stand with that Great Company of Seers, who are OVO’s chosen Team of Moderators, and grasp the moment offered to us - to see as Amy sees, and by sheer determination in the face of all that is reasonable, combine our collective presumption in pursuit of implausible solutions to your stated problem.



Thank you @Amy_OVO  - there is no problem with the electricity meter to IHD signal, so would it really make any difference moving the IHD any closer to the electricity meter?



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The best course of action, @RichardOsborn, whilst the team investigate, is to place the IHD as closely to the electricity meter as possible for at least 24 hours, this will help the signal strength between the IHD and the meter. 



Hi. We had our Smart Meters fitted 3 weeks ago. All was working fine on electric and gas meters until last week and now the gas reading is no longer being received - the IHD shows zero gas use for the last week, which is not correct. The electric readings seem fine.

We have reported this to OVO who are investigating, but is there any way of resetting the connection between the gas and electric meters?


Thanks @BenS_OVO 

Fingers crossed.

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Hey @neilje12 


As the meter went in last week there is a period of time when out systems need to be updated with the new details - Usually takes around 5 working days. 

You’re new meter is communicating with us so fingers crossed there will be no further issues.




@BenS_OVO @Tim_OVO @Amy_OVO 


I now have a new electricity meter (7 Nov) which is communicating with my IHD but still not sending readings to OVO (not that I can see anyway). Can one of you have a look at this for me please?



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I’m really sorry to hear about the delayed reply, @neilje12, please reach out to our team on Facebook, Twitter or give them a call. You can reach our Customer Care team 9-5 Monday-Friday on 0330 303 5063. They’ll be able to look into this today. 


@Tim_OVO @BenS_OVO  

Is anyone at OVO listening?? Please see my post above.

Where is the reply to my email - it is now several days late. So much for 48 hours turnaround.

Getting really annoyed now.


@Tim_OVO Sent the email 4 days ago on 16th. Got this automated reply

Thanks for your email – we have people answering emails 7 days a week to ensure you get a speedy response to your query.We will get in touch with you within 48 hours and to ensure we can resolve your query as soon as possible, we may call you to discuss the email further. The number will display as withheld.

Well it's now 4 days later and STILL no reply. What is going on?

Sending email now.


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Such a faff, @neilje12 - sorry to hear this!


It does sound like a communication issue now, rather then the meters not being commissioned. Brace yourself for a load of checks to diagnose this and other issues. If you’ve got a ‘SMETS2’ meter:


  • Is the WAN light flashing every 5 seconds, 3 seconds or 1 second?
  • Is the HAN light flashing every 5 seconds, 3 seconds or 1 second?
  • Is the HAN Wifi symbol missing on either meter or the IHD?
  • Are any of the lights on the comms hub flashing every second?
  • Is the meter clocking usage?
  • Where is your electricity meter situated? E.g. inside, outside, in a metal box, near thick walls, the basement or anywhere that could be blocking signal.
  • Where is your gas meter situated? E.g, outside in a brown box in the ground, inside under the stairs
  • Are you in a good/medium or bad mobile signal in your area and next to the meter?


Send over these results in a message on webchat via the Help Centre.


I was originally booked to have my smart meters installed On 10 June but when the guy came out it was raining heavily so he couldn't do it, which was fair enough. It was rebooked for 17 June and went ahead as planned - only problem was it couldn't be commissioned on that day as he couldn't connect to OVO servers (or something like that). Eventually got a commissioning date of 5 Aug and I booked an engineer to call. 5 Aug came and went and no engineer. Called OVO and it turns out that it hadn't been booked in properly by the person doing it and the engineer request hadn't been sent to the commissioning company. Very annoying. Called OVO and told there were no appointments and I should call at the end of August. Seriously? Called and got a date for 26 Sep. Guy came out and commissioned the meter. Gas and electric readings were sent to OVO for a few days and then it dropped down to just gas readings. I can also not use the IHD for electric which is very annoying as I like the "Now" function. That brings my story up to date, trying to get these meters to do what they're supposed to do - something they did briefly. Oh, forgot to say that although the gas us sending daily readings and is showing half hourly on my account, for previous days usage the IHD displays usage in £s as the same figure as kWh so is useless for previous days. I'm hoping that @BenS_OVO can help.
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Wow, @neilje12 - you are highly favoured to receive a response from a member of OVO's technical teams at 8pm. 😉

I don't think @BenS_OVO will be making a habit of this... unless his "work" involves sitting in a Bristol bar all evenings, using his laptop to write to us on the Forum!

If you've only just had a SMETS2 meter installed, then all sorts of things will go on over the ensuing days whilst off-site commissioning occurs.

No you can't issue an "Initialise" command yourself. That would breach the SMETS security system.

But I'm not convinced that the system does need re-initialising. There will be software updates and data uploads made over the next couple of weeks, any of which will invoke a number of different levels of "restart" command.

You'll know that the commissioning sequences have concluded because you'll be able to read your daily usage stats on your My OVO page.
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Hey @neilje12

I'm really sorry you're having a bit of a time of it with your elec readings.

Let me have a look once I'm back at the office tomorrow and I'll see what the issue is. At the very least we can add some up to date reads to your billing account.

I'll PM you shortly for your details.

Is there a fix which the customer can initiate without the stupid "wait 3 months" scenario? I am more than happy to do it myself. As someone else on here mentioned, I updated my meter readings over Facebook but these were not reflected in my account. I'm really fed up with this all now.
Thanks @Transparent for your in depth reply, you seem to really know your stuff and honestly I’m appreciative of your responses.

I have one question I’m sure you can help me with. I read somewhere else on this forum that the smart gas meter communicates to the electricity meter, then the electricity meter sends the information out to both my IHD and off to OVO eventually. If this is the case then why to this day can I see my current gas usage on both my IHD and on my OVO app but I cannot see any of my readings for my electricity for the past few weeks? My IHD won’t even give me an option to view electricity anymore it’s just stuck on gas. Surely if the meters are set up to function in this way then my information is being sent out but only for the gas so I would assume my electricity meter does in fact have communication. It’s clocking the usage correctly on the meter display. Is there anything I can do myself with my meter buttons? Is there any kind of re-connect button sequence I can press? 😄

Like I said I can can see my usage on the electricity meter itself but now I have smart meters I have NO option on the app or online so submit my readings anymore, and OVO are not receiving my readings from the meter automatically so how do I tell OVO my usage so I’m billed correctly?

there must be something I can do to fix this 😄🙈

The identical issue I am facing.
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Hey @neilje12 thanks for posting your question. I've moved it here and I think the details on this thread might help.

If not comment below and we can help further.