How to Install a Transfer Switch (with Pictures)

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The panel of the house will be fed directly from this switch and must be first in line from the panel.

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If you see a reading, you have something that is drawing power.

In addition to building the power supplies, Generac also manufactures accessories such as transfer switches. An automatic transfer switch automatically swaps to a back-up power supply when the electricity to the home is not functioning correctly. Most Generac automatic standby generators come with a pre-wired automatic transfer switch. This means the only wiring necessary will be to connect the transfer switch to your home.

A transfer switch is wired into your breaker box.

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Supplies Gather your supplies. For the sake of this build we are going to assume you have a 30 amp plug on your generator – like the one shown. If your have one different please adjust your supplies. Buy a UL rated device that fits your specific breaker box. These have been tested and validated to work. Many insurance companies and jurisdictions require the UL rating.

Install Breaker Retainer Now it is time to lock down that breaker from moving.

Poor Man’s Transfer Switch Poor man’s transfer switch I needed a transfer switch on my house to hook up my generator. I couldn’t just hook up with a cord either – my generator is amps! I have amp service on my house my main breaker – in breaker box – is so I looked for a simple way to connect. I hooked this up at my meter box. Yes, I had to pull the meter to do this it just plugs in , but I simply called the power company and asked them to re-tag the meter.

Here is a before-and-after view of the connection: The exclusion bar keeps you from running both the mains and the generator at the same time. This is VERY important to safeguard utility workers. In this example, I simply mounted an aluminum bar on a bolt through the cover.

They are adding a second transfer switch in another part of the building which will be connected the same generator. This one will be a Amp unit. Since each transfer switch’s normal utility power is fed from a different set of transformers, we need to be able to start the generator from either transfer switch. I figure that simply connecting the 2-wire remote start lines together in parallel should do the trick.

Is this a feasible solution?

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When you supply electricity to the home from any external source, you need to avoid exporting power back into the grid. Therefore you need a device that can safely connect your house wiring either to the utility lines, or to your generator. Such a device is called power transfer switch. It comes in two flavors- manual and automatic. Automatic switches are used with fixed standby generator systems. They are either included in the set or the system manufacturer provides you with a few choices to pick from.

Therefore their selection is pretty much straightforward. There are different types of manual switches to choose from. This is the cheapest way to safely retrofit transfer equipment into your existing electrical box. The mechanical interlock is basically a system of slide plates. You will also need to install a double-pole breaker for the generator line, and an outdoor inlet.

The connections have to be done by a licensed electrician, which may cost several hundred dollars plus a permit. The basic transfer procedure is as follows: An installed Siemens interlock kit.

Our electrical panel does not have room to connect to the backup electrical generator system I hope you can give me some practical advice. We have a Cutler-Hammer CH series panel. We are in the process of hooking up an auxiliary generator. Our electrician tells me that our panel is full and to get a panel with at lest 24 circuits.

You will see a wire that runs from your home to the base, supplying electricity to your home.

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The purpose of a Transfer Switch is to disconnect the load of the building from the Utility connection. If generator power was supplied to a building without disconnecting the Utility, a Back Feed would occur on the Utility lines. When a Back Feed runs through a step-down transformer it has the opposite result and amplifies the voltage making it dangerous and even deadly to Linemen working on your downed power line.

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