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"Defective Ground" after getting new digital meter

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Hi all. New here....I was using a Fry Daddy cooker on my back porch last night and after letting it heat up for 10 minutes like always, I went to use it and it seemed like it had lost electrical power. I plug it in with an extension cord to an outdoor outlet and have for many years (maybe 6 times a year?)

Now this may not be related to my problem....maybe the Fry Daddy is just worn out. But I went and got my plug-in outlet tester and checked the outlet and got a "defective ground" result. So I started testing outlets in the house and got the same result on every one I tested. About a week ago the power company came and replaced my old meter with one of the new digital ones. Could that have anything to do with this? The home was built as a spec house by the builder and is 12 years old. Never had any problems until now.

Thanks in advance.
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Defective ground will not cause the Fry daddy to not work. An open neutral will cause the problem. The defective ground could be the result of the meter change.
I haven't done much research on this so I am curious how the meter change would have any affect on the grounding.
Generally pulling and changing the meter should not. However if they happen to bond the neutral and ground at the meter in this location then maybe somehow the bond got removed. Maybe it shouldn't have been bonded in the meter and the installer removed the bond thinking it was already done in the panel.

Maybe it is a coincidence and i t has nothing to do with the meter. The first thing to do would be to open and inspect the panel. Since it seems to be the whole house I suspect the main bond connection.
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