If you are wondering who is responsible for repairing your meter box, you’ve come to the right place. 40 years ago, gas and electric boards owned meter boxes and were responsible for the upkeep of them. Deregulation has changed that, and now it is not the responsibility of gas or energy companies to repair or replace your broken meter box. It is in fact, your responsibility. However, if you live in shared or social housing, the responsibility for the upkeep of a meter box is still unclear.
Why do meter boxes need to be replaced?
Meter boxes can become damaged due to their outdoor placement. Common damage occurs as a result of heavy rain, frost and high winds, vandalism, as well as general wear and tear to the door and unit. Any repair or replacement work on your meter box comes under the responsibility of the property owner.
If your meter box is on its last legs and it is time to replace it, we stock a large range of electric, gas and water meter boxes that can be fitted internally and externally. You may not need to replace the whole meter box, and it may be a simple case of buying a meter box repair kit to update any parts. If you’re unsure what will be best for you, don’t hesitate to drop us a message.
What are the regulations when it comes to repairing meter boxes?
There are sets of regulations that need to be followed when upkeeping your meter box.
Gas meter boxes:
The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations offers advice on how to protect your meter box against damage, as well as offering advice on suitable designs. The Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers states “consumers are responsible for gas meter box upkeep. Gas meter boxes can either be installed by the property owner or the supplier. Once installed the meter box is under the responsibility of the property owner for its maintenance.”
Electric meter boxes:
Similar to gas meter boxes, electric meter box maintenance falls under the responsibility of the homeowner. So, if your electric meter box is damaged or broken, you will need to repair it as soon as possible to prevent any further damage or violation of regulations.