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3 Dangers of a Wrongly Installed Home EV Charging Station

Dec 1, 2023 | Blog | 0 comments

As the saying goes, we often “don’t know what we don’t know.” New products, technology and services sometimes hit the marketplace faster than consumers and even sales advisors can understand their full functionality, leaving consumers unaware of what questions to ask or what pitfalls to be on the lookout for. The same is true for a home EV Charging Station when wrongly installed.

Today, the average electric car salesman remains poorly equipped by corporate to advise customers fully on the vehicle they’re taking home, how to charge it and what NOT to do to avoid safety issues down the line.

And, unfortunately, the same is true for the average electrician.

The Gulfstar Electric team has had the good fortune of being able to help train vehicle sales reps in the Tampa Bay area to alleviate this situation. Ensuring the electric vehicle (EV) community stays safe and well-advised remains one of our highest priorities at Gulfstar.

Why Hire a Specialty Electrician for Your Electric Car Charger Installation?

One of the biggest investments you’ll make in this life, next to your home, is your car.

There are a few ways an EV Charger Installation can go very wrong, and unfortunately you may not know it’s wrong until it’s too late—i.e. charger failure, vehicle failure or damage to your home. As you plan for an electric car charger installation, here are 3 important factors to consider:

  1. Safety and fire hazards can’t be ignored.

The first and most obvious reason for picking a specialist electrician to install your electric car charger is safety. Utilization of the correct tools, a higher grade of materials, the right wire and breaker sizes and proper installation steps will ensure the safety of your charger, your home and your new car.

It’s understandable that you may be looking for a fair price on your install, but keep in mind that the best, safest, most aesthetic and durable work is rarely the cheapest.

At Gulfstar, we work hard to keep costs low and will never price gauge. In fact, due to our focus on EV we guarantee the best installation experience and value for the price.

We can do this because our materials procurement systems and installation staff are dialed into a level of efficiency unmatched by any other electrician in the Tampa area.

  1. Picking a Non-Specialist Electrician means you’re depriving yourself of a better installation experience.

The knowledge and training that an EV Charging specialist electrician will have equates to an all-around better installation experience. A “jack of all electrical” just won’t be able to deliver the same quality of service.

A general electrician may be unclear on electric vehicle-related National Electric Code (NEC) requirements or lack key training and experience pertinent to the world of EV charging. Further, there is a strong chance he or she won’t be aware of manufacturer specs as outlined by the makers of both the electric vehicle and the charger you purchased. They won’t be able to assist with guiding you on your parking plan or charger placement, advise regarding charge speeds or vehicle-specific information, and the list goes on.

As EV Charging Specialists, the Gulfstar Electric team has put years of focus and effort into refining our installation technique and procuring the best and safest materials for your install. Our team is highly skilled and trained to meet and exceed your expectations on each project with concierge-level service from start to finish.

Because we are so hyper-focused on quality, we guarantee our work longer with stronger warranties than any other electrician in our region.

  1. Do you want an ugly install, or something that looks like it was meant to exist in your home?

Aesthetics are all-too-often ignored by non-specialist electricians due to materials shortages or time constraints. Despite this, leaving behind work that looks clean and sharp is in fact part of the National Electric Code (NEC)—and for good reason.

An electrician who is also an EV Charging Specialist will make choices around this. At Gulfstar, we take our time, hand-bend all conduit, use more durable materials, leave your home tidier than we found it and ensure a better EV charger installation overall.

Is There Something Wrong With My Home EV Charging Station?

If your EV Charger is not working properly or looks like it was sloppily installed, it could be a bad sign. Cutting corners on aesthetics and workmanship indicates other steps could be missing or incorrectly done. If you have an electric car charger installed and are worried it was done wrong, here are a few signs to be on the lookout for.

SIGNS TO WATCH FOR:

  • The breaker controlling your EV Charger is tripping. (Note: Stop using the charger and call an electrician for further inspection. This could be a simple fix, or it could be something more serious. Do not flip the breaker back on until you’ve had it professionally inspected.)
  • Code violations such as exposed or unsheathed wires, conduit hanging (not properly strapped or fastened to the wall), and so on.
  • Your outlet becomes very hot when you use it. (Warm is normal, hot is not.) This is a very prominent sign that the outlet installed is not industrial grade. A professional inspection would be required to determine this and upgrade you to the appropriate part accordingly.
  • Your charging cable or handle becomes very hot when you use it. (A warm cable or nozzle is normal. Very hot is a bad sign, however.) If your charging station, cable or nozzle is hot to the touch, stop using it until it can be professionally inspected.
  • There are signs of melting, burning or overheating such as burn marks, the smell of burning is present, sizzling sounds, or oxidation on or around your outlet, charging station, electrical panel.
  • Charging speeds are slower than they should be for your model of electric car.
  • Your plug-in charger is stuck inside the outlet.

Especially if recent news reports concerning electric car safety has you on edge, go with your gut. If you are experiencing one or more of the above indicators, please stop using your charger and call a professional.

We are Tampa Bay’s First EV Charging Specialist

If you’re local to the Tampa Bay area (Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County), our we look forward to working with you! Gulfstar has completed well over 10,000 installations locally. We are certified and preferred by all leading EV industry brands, including:

  • Qmerit
  • Tesla
  • Enphase
  • Chargepoint
  • Rivian
  • Juicebox
  • Wallbox
  • Porsche
  • Mercedes
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Chevy

Contact Gulfstar Electric by calling our office, or fill out a Work Request Form today!