Re: Meter base problem?
No, it cannot cause an increase in your electric bill. Electric meters are passive serial devices, meaning that they measure current passing through them. Electric meters do consume a negligible amount of electricity. If there is nothing using electricity on the downstream side of the meter, there is no current to pass through the meter. A burnt connection will increase the resistance in the line, which will reduce the voltage and therefore the current flowing through the meter.
Originally Posted by danielosko
A burnt connection should be replaced. It is a fire hazard; it can result in overheating and arcing (when a load is applied) which can damage insulating materials in the meter base and potentially cause ignition of nearby materials outside of the meter base. The arcing can also damage sensitive electronic components.
The upper contacts of a meter base are on the utility side of the meter. If, somehow, there is current leakage from the upper contacts, the meter will not measure it. Current leakage on the lower contacts would be measured, as that is on the "downstream" side of the meater.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.