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Can I Install an EV Charger Myself

The electric vehicle, or EV for short, is not a new concept or something you would only see in a science fiction movie. In recent years, EVs have exploded in popularity and more consumers are purchasing them than ever before.

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The idea that you can travel several hundred miles on a single charge for pennies on the dollar has piqued the interest of millions of car buyers. You’ve likely seen dedicated areas for charging EVs in the parking lots of malls, amusement parks, and even grocery stores. Brands like Tesla have charging stations strewn throughout the country with more being built every week.

The other place you may have seen an EV charger is at your neighbor’s house. Many EV owners like the idea of traveling in their car, returning home, and recharging their vehicle from their own driveway or garage.

If you are considering buying an EV or if you already own one but do not have a charger at home, you may wonder if it is something you can install yourself. Unfortunately, the answer to this question for most consumers is “no.” Unless you are an experienced electrician, installing an EV charger is likely outside your scope of knowledge.

But worry not. Denny’s Electric Service is here to provide some information on EV charger installation and to tell you that [we can do it for you!(/en-us/residential-services/car-charging-capabilities/)! There are a few big reasons why you probably do not want to install an EV charger yourself. Read on to find out why.

1. Safety

If you are not a seasoned electrician, doing your own electrical work can be dangerous. Installing an EV charger should only be handled by a knowledgeable, experienced, and certified electrician that understands home electrical systems and EV chargers.

Denny’s Electric Service has been in business for over three decades and has installed EV chargers in countless homes since they have gained popularity. An EV charger must be installed properly, otherwise you run the risk of starting a fire, shocking yourself, or damaging your car or home electrical system.

2. Cost

The cost of an EV charger, its components, cabling, and wiring may be more than you expect. If you attempt this project yourself, you may be unpleasantly surprised by the final cost of all the parts, especially when you may need to buy special tools, too.

You don’t want to end up in a situation where you purchase all the pieces but are unable to finish the job. Whether it’s from damaging a component or finding yourself unsure about the steps, you don’t want all your investment to result in nothing.

While hiring an experienced electrician may end up costing you more upfront, you will rest easy knowing that the job is done correctly and safely.

3. Regulations, Compliance, and Warranties

When you choose to hire a professional electrician to install your EV charger, certain assurances come along with it. You can rest assured that the work will be done up to code and abide by all regulations. In some instances, the manufacturer may even require that your EV charger be installed by a professional in order to maintain a warranty.

While it may be disappointing to hear that you may not be able to DIY install an EV charger, we know that you will not be disappointed with our work. Denny’s Electric Service can ensure that you do not have to worry about the hassle of self-installation. Whether you need an EV charger installed or any other of our residential services, Denny’s Electric Service is the right company for the job. Call us today at 610-775-9735 to schedule an appointment.

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