EV chargers are increasingly commonplace in homes across the country because they provide a convenient way of charging your electric vehicle at home. That is, until they stop working as they should. EV chargers are designed to last up to 10 years. If yours stops working properly, take these steps to determine the problem:
- Inspect the outlet for any noticeable problems.
- Check the connecting cable for damage, and make sure that it is properly plugged in.
- Confirm that you still have internet access.
- Check the charger app settings.
- Make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped.
If you still can’t figure out the problem, it the EV charger itself may be the culprit. Here are some warning signs that you need to get your charger repaired.
The Fan Isn’t Working Properly
EV chargers get hot as they’re doing their job of recharging your car’s battery. For this reason, they have a built-in fan to cool them down and allow heat to disperse. If you notice that the fan isn’t running properly, it may be a sign that you need to have the charger repaired.
There Are Obvious Signs of Damage
Dents, cracks, corrosion, or other outer damage can be enough to prevent the charger from working at full capacity. The charger may need to be replaced, or it might be possible to get it fixed with a few simple repairs. If you notice exposed wires, it’s a good idea to call an electrician.
There’s Weather-Related Damage
Extreme heat and cold can cause a host of problems including overheating, exposed wires, loose wire connections, and snow-related damage. Some of these problems can be especially dangerous. So, it’s best to call an electrician.
It Takes Too Long to Charge Your Vehicle
If you charge your car at the same time every day, and you notice that it suddenly stops charging as quickly as it used to, there may be a problem. The average home-use EV charger is a 240-volt, 40-amp, level 2 charger. There are different reasons for fluctuations in the flow of electricity. There could be a problem with the electrical connections, charging during on-peak hours, or a malfunction in the charger itself.
Keep Your Car Running Smoothly All Year Long
Our electricians are here to help ensure that your car is ready whenever you are. If you’re having problems with an EV charger, call or visit us at Excel Electric today. Let’s keep your car charged up and ready to hit the road!