Why rely on a car that runs on standard gas when you can now buy an electric vehicle (EV) or a hybrid? While a hybrid combines electricity and gas, an EV allows you to skip pesky trips to the gas station. While you can use charging stations around the city, it’s more convenient to have a charger at home. Whether you have already installed one or plan to add one, see what your EV maintenance checklist should include.
Inspect the Charger
Routine maintenance always starts with a quick inspection. The more you use the charger, the more you grow accustomed to some of its minor problems. You might know you need to wiggle a cord in a specific way, or you overlook the cracks in the housing. It’s also helpful to keep a logbook on hand and write down any concerns you have or issues you have. Focus on anything that makes it hard to use the charger. Don’t forget to ensure that it’s safe to use.
Keep it Cleaning
Keeping an EV charger clean doesn’t require a lot of tools or time. All you need is some mild soap, water, and a few towels. Mix a few drops of dish soap or detergent with water in a bucket. Dip the towel into the solution and wring out the excess water until it’s damp to the touch. Rub the towel over the housing and any other hard surfaces. You can then wipe off the soap with a towel dipped in clean water and let the charger dry. Use canned or compressed air to clean out the ports.
Update the System
Updating the system ensures that it’s safe to use. Once you set up the charger, connect it to your home’s WiFi. After a power outage, verify it is still connected. The charger manufacturer will release updates on a scheduled basis in the coming months and years. Skipping even one update can damage the system and void your warranty. When you inspect it, verify it is still getting any required updates.
Run a Temperature Check
Extreme temperature changes can impact your EV charger. When it’s too hot or too cold, it can cause the charger to break down. If you install the system in your garage or outside, check on the temperature daily or every few days. You may need to add a fan or a heater to regulate the temperature of the space.
If you want to avoid the hassles of finding a Level 1 or Level 2 charging station for your EV, install one in your home. With the right maintenance, your charger will work for years and save you money on the cost of using outside stations. Keeping it clean, inspecting the system, updating it, and testing the temperature will all help. Schedule EV services with Wire Works in Lansing, MI to get help taking care of your charger.