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May 16, 2024

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing EV Chargers at Home

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Install an EV Charger at Home with Confidence

The rise in electric vehicle (EV) ownership brings the convenience of home charging, but the installation process can be riddled with pitfalls for the uninitiated. Here's a guide to help you steer clear of common mistakes and ensure a smooth, safe, and efficient charging setup.

1. Choosing the Wrong Charger

Not all EV chargers are created equal.  It's crucial to select a charger that's compatible with your specific EV model and your home's electrical capacity. Don't automatically assume the highest charging speed is best – consider your daily driving needs and the time you typically have available for charging. Consult with your car dealer or a qualified electrician for guidance.

2. Underestimating Electrical Requirements

EV chargers can put a significant load on your home's electrical system. A common mistake is assuming your existing circuit can handle the demand. Most chargers require a dedicated circuit, and you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. Failing to do so can lead to tripped breakers, power outages, and even electrical fires.

3. Overlooking Permitting and Inspections

Many localities have specific regulations and permitting requirements for EV charger installations. Skipping this step can result in fines and the need to redo work that doesn't meet code. Check with your local building department to understand the necessary permits and inspections.

4. DIYing Without Expertise

While some handy homeowners might be tempted to install their EV charger, it's a job that's best left to qualified professionals. Improper installation can void warranties, create safety hazards, and lead to costly repairs down the line. Look for electricians with experience in EV charger installations.

5. Not Future-Proofing Your Installation

EV technology is rapidly evolving, with faster charging speeds and new connector types on the horizon. When planning your installation, consider future needs. Installing conduit and leaving extra capacity in your electrical panel can make it easier to upgrade your charger later without major rewiring.

Expert Tips for a Successful Installation

  • Get Multiple Quotes: Compare pricing and services from different electricians to ensure you're getting a fair deal.
  • Ask About Warranty and Support:  A reputable installer will offer warranties on their work and be available for troubleshooting.
  • Consider Smart Chargers: Smart chargers offer features like scheduled charging, energy usage tracking, and remote control, adding convenience and potential cost savings.

By avoiding these common mistakes and following expert advice, you can enjoy the benefits of home EV charging with confidence, knowing your installation is safe, efficient, and ready for the future of electric mobility.

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