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Does Your Electric Vehicle Charger Need Maintenance?

Maintenance is important for any appliance or machine. This means, of course, that it’s also important for your electric vehicle charger. The amount of maintenance you will need depends on the type of EV charger you have. Level 1 and level 2 charging stations usually require less maintenance than level 3 charging stations. It’s important that all receive some kind of regular tune-up, however. Here are the kinds of maintenance you’ll want for your EV charging station.

Change the Outlets

The outlets on an EV charging station last several years. Their efficiency tends to gradually decline as they are exposed to hot, humid, or cold weather. After a few years, you’ll want an electrician to install a new one. This maintenance service will keep your electric vehicle charging efficiently and quickly.

Replace the Cordset

The cordset will also give out after some use, and you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Like any wire, cordsets have a limited lifespan and will cease to be effective after a few years.

Replace Worn-Out Components

Level 2 charging stations have more parts than level 1 charging stations, and these parts can get worn out after years of use. Our electricians can inspect your EV charger and determine which parts need to be swapped out and replaced.

Maintenance for Level 3 EV Chargers

Level 3 charging stations require far more maintenance because they have filters, cooling systems, and other components. In addition, they are often hooked up to a network that allows you to charge your vehicle remotely. If your level 3 EV charger is a networked charger, you will also have to maintain the touchscreen buttons and the software. Most residential homes have Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations. Level 3 charging stations are often for public use or for businesses.

What Are the Signs an EV Charger Needs Maintenance?

Although an EV charger should last you roughly about 10 years, you may see some decreasing efficiency if it needs a tune-up. One obvious sign is visible damage. If the outlet or cordset is damaged, call one of our electricians to replace it.

Another sign is if your vehicle is taking longer to charge than the estimated average for that level. There may be a problem with your voltage, or your EV charger may need a repair.

We Can Help

There are only two public charging stations in Gary, Indiana, which means you’re better off having one installed in your home. Having one at home means you won’t have to wait in line to charge your car. You can simply charge it overnight while you sleep. At Cruz Electric, we can help you find the right charger for your needs, and we can help you install it professionally.

Contact Cruz Electric to find out more about our EV charger installation and maintenance services.