Electric cars are the wave of the future as gas prices continue to skyrocket. More and more people are realizing the benefits to owning an electric car and trading in their gas guzzlers in favor of one of these cars that requires charging before it will result in any real savings. Charging stations are becoming more popular, but for the most part, people will need to charge their cars at home. Which brings up another issue—can you plug an electric car charger into your existing outlets?
While the immediate answer is yes, there are a couple of things you need to take into consideration before you unplug the radio in your garage and plug in your car charger. Depending on how you answer the following questions, you may need an electrician in Pasadena.
1-Is the outlet capable of handling a charger? This will depend on the kind of charger you have purchased for your car. The chargers commonly used at home will require a 240-volt outlet. This is probably not something you currently have in your garage. You will likely need the services of an electrician. Pasadena residents can rely on The Electric Connection to install a new outlet dedicated to charging your car.
2-Is the outlet reliable and in good working condition? This is typically not something you can verify simply by looking at the outlet. If the breaker trips when your charger is operating, it is a good indicator you need the help of a professional. Considering how much the charging stations cost, and not to mention the cost of your home, it is best to have an electrician come out and do an electrical inspection to ensure the outlet can handle the charging station. You do not want to risk an electrical fire due to a faulty outlet.