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Author Topic: Elster A100c reading recovery  (Read 889 times)
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« on: June 10, 2020, 12:02:55 PM »


I have an Elster A100c as part of a system which is present in a house I moved into a few years back. The LCD screen failed last year and I have been admittedly been very poor at getting it sorted out. The generation LED was still flashing, so I am keen to try and get a reading via the IrDA before I get it replaced. However, the local solar installation company doesn't have the right kit to do this. And they have suggested sending it off to a specialist to get it recovered.

My thoughts on this are that it would be simply for a meter reading to be taken before removal if the engineer has the required optical reader. I'm also worried about losing the reading if it is disconnected from the system.

Does anyone have any advice or tips on how to deal with this? I think I'm owed hundreds.

Also, recommendations for a replacement. Local company is suggesting a Emlite ECA2 single phase, but am keen to prevent the same problem in future.

Thanks in advance for any input.

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2020, 12:15:42 PM »

Your FIT provider may insist on a photo of the final reading on the meter as its replaced so a specialist reading may make no difference.

The longer you delay having a new one fitted the more you are at risk of losing, especially at this time of year of maximum yield.

You need to speak to your FIT provider to find out what they are prepared to accept, for example, you might find they accept an estimated reading based on last years production. The sooner you sort it out the better.

I would not worry about it happening again in the future, the meters are built to be incredibly reliable and the chances of it happening again are like winning the lottery, you can make a reasonable assumption that it will never happen.

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