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Do EV Chargers Require Maintenance?

Electrical systems need maintenance like all other parts of your home. Skipping out on basic maintenance will result in you needing to pay for repairs sooner or later. Gambling like this with something as important as your EV charger should not be done. Many drivers are switching to electric vehicles as their primary mode of transportation. If you can’t charge at home, you may not be able to charge your vehicle at all. Here is why each kind of charger on the market needs maintenance.

Level 1 Chargers

Level 1 chargers are the most common for most homes. Most EVs sold today come with a basic level 1 charging cable that plugs into a standard household outlet. While they do take longer, they require very little upfront investment. All you need is an outlet near where you park your car. It is best practice with this type of outlet to have a dedicated circuit for your charger and to replace the outlet regularly due to wear and tear. The cable should also be checked to make sure it is functioning well.

Level 2 Chargers

Level 2 chargers require special equipment and installation, but they also charge much faster. They use a similar circuit to a clothes dryer and need to be installed by an electrician. Since there are more parts, there are more potential points of failure. Yearly maintenance can go over these and make sure it is functioning well. Skipping maintenance can mean a failure of the unit or damage to the batteries of your vehicle. Many EV chargers here in Santa Cruz are installed outside where many people park their vehicles overnight. This can result in damage to EV chargers due to UV and our regular foggy mornings. Maintenace can catch problems early.

Level 3 Chargers

Level 3 chargers are the fastest but they are rarely installed in residential homes. If you do have one at your home or business, they require more maintenance. This is particularly true for ones that are networked or allow for paid use. This is because there are more parts in the unit that can fail and the unit may see more usage in an average year. Regular maintenance keeps these units functioning well.

Your EV Charger Mainenance Source

If you want to keep your EV charger performing at its best, you need maintenance. The pros at Fisher electric can handle any maintenance or repairs your EV charger needs. We can help with installation and all the services your unit will need over its lifetime. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance.

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