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Tesla Charger Tripping Breaker: Everything You Need To Know

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Tesla Charger Tripping Breaker: Causes and Solutions

If you own a Tesla electric vehicle, a Tesla Wall Connector is a convenient solution for charging your car at home. However, some users have reported their Tesla Wall Charger tripping the circuit breaker during the charging process.

In this blog post, we will discuss the possible reasons for this issue and provide some solutions to help you resolve the problem.

Tesla chargers may trip breakers due to overloaded circuits, incorrect breaker size, faulty breakers, loose connections, or incompatible outlets. Solutions include managing power load, correctly sizing the breaker, checking connections, and using suitable outlets. Always consult a professional for electrical issues.

Overloaded Circuit

One of the most common reasons for a circuit breaker tripping is an overloaded circuit. This occurs when a circuit is attempting to draw more electrical load than it is designed to handle. 

Tesla Wall Chargers can draw a significant amount of power, up to 17.2 kilowatts, which can strain the circuit and cause the breaker to trip.

To prevent overloading the circuit, ensure that you don’t have too many other high-power devices or appliances operating simultaneously on the same circuit.

Incorrect Circuit Breaker Size

The circuit breaker for your Tesla Wall Connector should be appropriately sized to handle the charger’s electrical load. If the breaker is too small, it can trip frequently. 

For example, a 50A breaker means your Wall Connector should be set at a maximum of 40A to account for the continuous draw. Ensure that your breaker is properly sized according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Faulty or Sensitive Breaker

A faulty or overly sensitive circuit breaker can also cause tripping issues.

One solution to this problem is to swap the charger breaker with another non-GFCI breaker in your panel to see if the issue persists. If the problem is resolved, consider replacing the faulty breaker with a new one.

Loose Connections

Loose connections in the electrical system can cause issues with the breaker tripping. Check for any loose connections in the circuit, outlet, or Tesla Wall Connector itself. Tighten any loose connections to prevent tripping issues.

Incompatible Outlets

Using an outlet with a rating lower than 15 amps for your Tesla Wall Charger can cause the breaker to trip. Ensure that you’re using an outlet with an appropriate rating, such as a NEMA 14-50 outlet for the Tesla Mobile Connector.

Troubleshooting and Support

If you’re experiencing problems with your Tesla Wall Connector, you can follow the troubleshooting steps provided by Tesla. This process involves logging in to your Tesla Account and completing a few preliminary troubleshooting steps. If the issue persists, Tesla will connect you with a technical support agent to help resolve the problem.

Final Thoughts 

A Tesla Wall Charger tripping the circuit breaker can be a frustrating issue for Tesla owners. Understanding the possible causes and taking the appropriate steps to resolve the problem can help ensure a smooth charging experience. 

Always consult a professional electrician if you are unsure about any aspect of your home’s electrical system, and follow Tesla’s recommendations for troubleshooting and support if necessary.