Tesla Wall Charger Tripping Breaker (8 Ways To Fix)

For charging your Tesla safely and without getting the risk of a short circuit, you connect your Tesla wall connector with a breaker.

This breaker trips ensures the safety of the electrical system and your Tesla when the electrical circuit powering the charger has exceeded the maximum current load that the breaker is designed to handle.

If you are facing the same problem as a Tesla wall connector tripping breaker, you are not alone. Many people have faced the same issue including us. So we researched and found out all the possible causes and solutions for this problem.

In this article, I will be going to explain these causes and solutions in detail.

Let’s get started…

Tesla wall charger tripping breaker – causes and solutions

Now I am going to explain all the causes and their solutions in detail.

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1. Check the breaker 

When your breaker trips, the first thing you should do is check the breaker itself. There could be several problems with the breaker that could cause the tripping problem.

The first problem that could cause the breaker to trip is that the breaker is not compatible with the Tesla wall connector. So make sure that your breaker is compatible with the charger. The breaker data slime using the wall connector is 60 amps. If your wall connector is less than 60 amps you need to replace it with a 60 amp circuit breaker.

Another reason for tripping your breaker is the use of low-quality circuit breakers. Chinese circuit breakers are cheap and weak. They don’t perform as effectively as the original and high-quality breakers. Throw these cheap breakers and install new and high-quality breakers.

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it could also be a thermal trip. A thermal trip means that the breaker of your wall connector trips due to the heating up of the breaker next to it. Ensure that the breakers next to the wall connector breaker are not under heavy load.

A faulty breaker could also be a reason why your Tesla wall connector is tripping the breaker. If you suspect that the breaker is faulty replace it with a new one.

2. Check for loose connection 

 The second thing you should check while your Tesla wall connector is causing problems is the wiring. Lose-damaged wiring can also cause a Tesla wall connector tripping breaker.

Check the wiring of the vehicle, if you suspect any fault or notice that the wire has been burned, you need to replace it with a new one

 If you see that your wire is naked, fix it. Or if you notice that your wire is loose from the ends then reconnect it tightly. 

 Ensure that your wires are properly sized for sixty amps circuits and meet the national electrical codes requirements of at least six AWG copper wires. Undersized wires can cause the breaker to trip.

 3. Check for the outlet

 When the wall connector is continuously creating this problem, the first thing you should check the outlet of the charger. Make sure the outlet is capable of handling the charging current that your Tesla required.

If the outlet is not capable of handling the charging current it can cause the Tesla wall charger to trip breaker. Make sure that the outlet should not lower than 15 amps.

The use of an outlet that is capable of handling the charging current of your Tesla can solve this problem. 

 Ensure that the wiring is properly connected and the outlet is properly installed. If this outlet is not properly installed, contact the electrician and ask him to install it properly. Do not try to install it by yourself without proper safety measures and tools.

4. Check the ground wire

 lose or damaged ground wire could be a potential cause of Tesla’s facing this problem. The ground wire is a very crucial element of your Tesla charger.

Take a look at the ground wire and make sure it is properly connected to the ground terminal of your Tesla charger. If you notice that the wire has been loosened, reconnect it properly and tightly.

If you suspect black sports on the wire it means that the wire is burnt. Or if there are any breaks on the wire, replace it with a new one. Make sure to use high-quality wires. 

5. Check for other appliances

 Another reason for the tripping breaker could be that the other appliance is also using the same circuit breaker as the wall charger.

Ensure that there are no other high-powered appliances or devices connected to the same circuit such as air conditioners, electric heaters, etc. 

 If high-powered appliances are connected to the same circuit breaker, disconnect it and connect it to the other high-quality circuit breaker.

6. Reduce charging speed

 There is a possibility that the charging speed of your Tesla charger is more than the circuit breaker could handle. Reducing the charging speed can fix the Tesla wall charger issue. 

 Many Tesla chargers have adjustable charging rates which can prevent the breaker from tripping.

 7. Overloaded circuit

 An overloaded circuit can also cause your Tesla wall charger to trip the breaker. Make sure that your circuit is not overloaded. If so, contact your electrician and ask him to inspect and fix the circuit.

8. Connect Tesla Customer Support 

If all the above-mentioned causes and their solutions didn’t fix the problem and your breaker still trips, you should connect with Tesla customer support. A professional technician will assist you and help you in fixing this problem

 Final thoughts

So far we have discussed all the possible causes and solutions for the problem Tesla wall charger tripping breaker. The problems and solutions are explained in this article. The solutions include

  1. Check if the breaker is compatible.
  2. Ensure that your breakfast is not weak.
  3. Check for a thermal trip.
  4. Replace the breaker with a new one.
  5. Ensure that the wires are connected tightly.
  6. Ensure that the wires are properly sized.
  7. Ensure that the outlet is compatible.
  8. Ensure that the ground wire is fine and connected properly.
  9. Ensure that no other appliances are using the same breaker.
  10. Ensure that the circuit is not overloaded.
  11. Reduce the charging speed.

We have discussed all these in detail and answered some questions that you might have in your mind.

If you have something to share with us about this topic feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Can I upgrade my breaker to handle the load of the Tesla wall charger?

Yes, updating the breaker to handle the load of the Tesla wall charger is possible in some cases, however, it depends upon the electrical capacity of your home.

Is there a recommended breaker size for the Tesla wall charger?

Yes, Tesla recommends a 60 amp circuit breaker for their wall connectors.

Are there alternative charging options for my Tesla if the wall charger keeps tripping the breaker?

Yes, there are a few alternative charging options i.e. Tesla mobile connecter and Tesla supercharger.

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