Validity of certification
Electricity meters should be changed depending on the validity period of its certification.
According to GOV.UK, the certification period for utility meters is determined by the Office for Product Safety and Standards. Each type of meter has a different certification restriction. As a rule of thumb, it is 10 years for newly approved induction meters and up to 20 years for static meters. For static meters, though, the unit has to be submitted for component reliability model validation based on the Siemens Norm SN29500.
Ideally, your electricity provider will mail you a notification letter informing you about the need to change your electricity meter months in advance.
Faulty electricity meters
If your electricity meter is either moving too fast or too slow or telling the wrong time, it is probably not functioning correctly.
Interestingly, this is quite common among UK households. In fact, government statistics suggest 24 percent of the gas meters tested every year since 2006 (21,243 meters tested in total) were faulty. Additionally, at least 7 percent of the 2,345 electricity meters tested since 2003 were incorrectly installed or not an approved type of meter.
If you suspect your electricity meter or gas meter is not working properly, the best thing to do is to contact your provider immediately or have your utility meters independently tested by a third-party provider.
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