An overheating meter socket, also referred to as a “hot socket,” is one of the most dangerous things we can find when testing meters. Hot sockets can cause numerous safety hazards, the most serious of which are electrical fires, which could often be avoided by taking a little extra time and care to find and address these issues. At Aardvark Electric, Inc., we have extensive experience in handling overheated meter socket repairs in Atlanta and beyond.
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When there are loose connections in the meter socket, the poorly channeled electricity can cause the meter to overheat. The longer these overheating meter sockets are left untreated, the greater the danger becomes. Indeed, these problems are the cause of as many as 1,000 electrical fires every year. The good news is, hazards like these can be avoided by ensuring you bring in expert professionals to perform proper meter testing using the correct equipment.
Some of the most common causes of hot sockets include:
Loose connections: This can happen as a result of improper installation or over time due to wear and tear. When the connection is not tightened properly, the resulting micro-arcs cause it to overheat.
Wear and tear on the terminal: In a majority of meter bases, spring-loaded jaws are used to hold the meter in place. The more the meter is removed and replaced, the springs grow slack and the same micro-arcs are liable to occur.
Temperature fluctuations: When the meter housing expands and contracts with the weather, it can cause the jaws to lose tension and result in a loose connection.
Homeowners experiencing this problem often report that their lights have begun to flicker or dim on a regular basis. However, rather than attempting to confirm this diagnosis on your own, it is strongly recommended that you bring in a team of experts who are trained to safely deal with electrical systems.
A qualified professional may look for the following signs of damage:
Damage to the jaws, which may include discoloration, pitting, or poor tension on the spring
Discolored meter blades
Energy meter registering an above-average output
If you are concerned about the safety of your meter, getting routine testing and maintenance from our skilled team is the best way to go. At Aardvark Electric, Inc., we strive constantly to offer the highest quality customer service and workmanship available anywhere.
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