Five Questions to Ask Your EV Charger Installer

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Spending more doesn’t always mean a better product. But when you spend tens of thousands of your hard-earned dollars on a new electric vehicle, why would you bargain shop for the very thing that will power it?

Connected Technology has installed over 2,000 electric vehicle charges in the great Sacramento area. Our consistent referrals are because of our honest and qualified technicians who serve our customers. But don’t take our word for it! We understand and often recommend that you get an additional opinion. Here are five questions to ask your installer before choosing which company is right for you.

Are you qualified to install EV chargers?

Installing an electric vehicle (EV) charger may seem like a simple task, but it is a task that should be handled by a licensed electrician. Why? Well, for starters, a professional electrician has the expertise and experience required to ensure that the installation is done correctly and safely. When you hire a licensed electrician to install your EV charger, you can have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done right, and you won’t have to worry about any potential safety hazards.

Do I need an EV charger permit?

It’s important to keep in mind that the law requires you to obtain a permit before installing an EV charger. Not only does this ensure your safety and that of your home, but it is also beneficial to consider the warranty of the EV charger. Obtaining a permit means that the installation adheres to safety codes and electrical requirements. Additionally, should anything go wrong with your EV charger, having a permit will help prove that it was installed correctly and within regulations. Ultimately, obtaining a permit ensures a safe and reliable installation, protecting the well-being of you, your family, and your home. Connected Technology handles the permitting process for our customers.

When it comes to installing an EV charger, placement is key. Not only can it affect the convenience of charging your vehicle, but it can also have an impact on the price. Think about placing it in an area that is easily accessible but also away from potential hazards like water or flammable materials. If you plan to use your EV charger daily, ensure it’s situated in a spot that is convenient for you to access. By choosing the right location for your EV charger you may also save money by avoiding the need to install additional expensive electrical infrastructure. Be sure to ask how the placement affects the cost. 

Do I need a dedicated circuit for the charger?

While not all chargers require a dedicated circuit, it’s important that the installer understand electrical load consequences to prevent any impact on other electronics in your home. Having a dedicated circuit installed ensures that the charger will function properly without any interference from other electrical devices. Plus, it adds an extra layer of safety to your home’s electrical system. 

What warranty is included with the EV charger and what does it cover? 

Warranties vary between the different brands of chargers. The best warranty we have come across is the Tesla. Tesla has chargers specifically for their cars, but also now carries a J1772 adaptable charger to cover the rest of the market. At four years of parts and labor, you really cannot beat their warranty. Connected Technology provides a standard one-year part and labor warranty on all projects. Many of our CAT Plan members enjoy a lifetime warranty with continued membership.