Smart Meters – Beware and advice needed?

Smart Meters – Beware and advice needed?

8:15 AM, 18th July 2019, About 3 years ago 14

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I have just received a letter from Eon saying they have “issued a safety warning notice stating that the boiler is unsafe to use” in a house I rent out. They wanted to shut the boiler down, but the tenant (a very good one) refused to accept the notice or allow them to shut it down because the reason is ridiculous and both “engineers” who visited admitted they are not gas-safe registered, but I can’t confirm that.

The tenant wanted a Smart meter and apparently it is just a plug in one and all the engineers did was switch the boiler of and back on again???? Not had a chance to visit yet ,but it all seems a little strange.

The boiler is a modern Potterton balanced flue type which was only serviced a few months ago along with Gas Safety Certificate for house which all passed ok. Also, recently Potterton very kindly came and replaced a faulty component in the boiler and left a safety check list which included the flue and all was good.

The Eon “engineers” are claiming that the flue is unsafe, where it goes through the ceiling into the loft, it has a gap of one mm max gap around the flue probably plaster shrinkage. They did not go into loft to investigate further. My gas engineer always checks in loft to make sure all ok.

I was also Corgi registered for many years before semi retiring and know this flue should not fail a safety check, my gas engineer who I know and trust 100% says that is totally ridiculous, but of course I can’t ignore it.

I would like advice on what to do next, because this could actually be an offence with the issue of the safety certificate plus if these so-called engineers are not gas-safe registered how can they issue an unsafe notice.

Other LL’s need to be made aware of this and have any others had the same problem?.

Thank you for help.




17:38 PM, 20th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Badger at 20/07/2019 - 16:04
Not just smart meters ...they also fit normal meters, re wire after cannabis and drug farm illegal with courts for warrant entry. ..bring in the gas and electric utilities to rectify unsafe situations ...usually in after work time because they legally need to stay on site.
It’s not a nice job most of the time but has to be done. So much bad press about these meters but there are a lot of people unaware that they are wasting money .....and are happy after the install.

Michael Barnes

13:03 PM, 21st July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Richard at 20/07/2019 - 17:38
"but there are a lot of people unaware that they are wasting money"

Yes, I suppose it is for those people that the "smart meters save money" campaign is intended, not those of us in the know who find it patronising.

Able Services

11:00 AM, 29th January 2021, About A year ago

This is something I have just found out. My ex-tenant had a Smart Meter fitted, firstly without my permission. Now the house is back in my possession, changing the meter back to a pay monthly is not funny. You can only go to the big 6 suppliers i.e. British Gas, Scottish Power. They will then check the Smart Meter side to see if their system works with it or not. If it is 'no', the day they take over the supply they send someone out to change the Meter. I have been trying to get it switched since November 2020. Companies I tried did not inform me, it was only after speaking to Which Switch they told me what to do. So best of luck if you have or had this problem.

Able Services

11:05 AM, 29th January 2021, About A year ago

The other thing I forgot to mention is:- my property is empty. I go and do jobs, use a little hot water. The gas boiler is on a frost stat setting, it is using over £12.00 per day. How can this be a cheaper method for people who have no money. If you go into a credit balance they loan you £15.00 but you then pay interest on it. The standing charge per day is 36.18p. If anyone has to use this, I feel sure they add up more debt.

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