How to Cancel the Alarm on a Prepaid ZESA Electricity Meter

To cancel the alarm on a prepaid ZESA electricity meter, all that you need to do is the following;

  1. Go to your ZESA electricity meter and flip open the clear plastic cover.
  2. Press 812 using the buttons that are on the meter.
  3. Press the enter button when done.

Designed to instill fear

That’s it! That’s how to silence the alarm on a prepaid ZESA electricity meter. Note that these instructions may be different depending on the type of meter that’s in your home. The instructions should be on the front of the meter, however. ZESA prepaid electricity meters were introduced a while ago, to the consternation of many.

However, they are now something that most of us have now gotten used to. The good thing about them, in any case, is that you only get to pay for what you use. There is a certain fairness to the entire system. Whether you are a Minister or an ordinary Zimbabwean, you are not going to get away with not paying your bills once you have a prepaid meter installed.

However, one of the things that you will discover is that the ZESA prepaid electricity meters were designed strike the living fear into you to get you to top-up on your electricity on time. For one thing, ZESA technicians install the meters in places where they are visible to the entire household.

And when you are about to run out of electricity, the thing has a button that turns prominently red. Not only that, but most of the prepaid ZESA electricity meters that are out there have an alarm that sounds continuously when the remaining electricity has fallen below a certain threshold. Fortunately, it’s possible for you to cancel the alarm on a prepaid ZESA electricity meter.

Should you cancel the ZESA meter alarm?

Cancelling the warning tone on my ZESA prepaid electricity meter is something that I do every once in a while. That’s because I know that there is usually two days worth of electricity in there when the alarm begins to sound. You should, however, be careful. Running completely out of electricity is a recipe for interesting things, as I mention in this article. For one thing, you will not be able to topup your electricity if the meter is not connected to an electric outlet. Meaning you will have to go next door to in order to do this.


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