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Question DetailsAsked on 9/27/2016

how much is an average cost to replace the interior of a metwer due to burnt lungs

it's an electric meter at the home.

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Hah hah - sorry, I just got this image of an animated meter and base like the furniture in Disney's Beauty and The Beast movie or the vehicles in Cars - with a grinning meter, but with it coughing because it has burnt lungs.

OK - I am over it - you mean LUGS - which could mean the mounting lugs that the wires hook into, or the pin lugs that the meter plugs into. Either way, the following previous similar question with answer should give you a good ballpark - though costs will be more in the very few extremely high priced labor areas where electricians and plumbers and such are working the rate up from the lower half of the $100's/hour (and minimum trip charge) to as much as $300'ish. And of course actual equipment cost will depend on contractor markup as well if he supplies it - some mark up 10-25% over wholesale, others put a majority of their profit in markups and mark materials up 100-300%, so if this is not an emergency (out of power) situatiomnn you might want to get several electricians to bid on it.

This assumes you are not in one of the locales where a specific brand meter base is mandated by the utility, which can run into the several hundred $ per base because the utility mandates only that brand and model so they bump the price way up - makes you think someone is getting quite a kickback when they do that. Normally that occurs with city-owned utilities though I remember ConEd and SoCalEd used to do that too.

Also assumes that the utility told you about the problem, and that the base is your problem, not theirs. Some utilities have the termination point (where their responsibility ends) at a pole or transformer, some at the entry to the meter base, some at the exit from the meter base - so in some cases the meter (commonly) or meter base (rarely) is their responsibility.

If you are talking the meter pin lugs that the meter plugs into - do you have to replace the meter itself as well (commonly if arcing at the lugs, the lugs and connecting wires or meter also have to be replaced due to damage from the arcing). Could be typically $50-100 range for a new meter itself (plus markup), except a few specific electronic brands required by some utilties which run into the $200-250 range for the meter only, if that is not their responsibility.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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