A transfer switch closes off the power line between your home’s electrical system and the grid during the event of a power outage. Instead, the power line between the generator and your home’s system is opened. When power returns, the line from the gird is restored. Thus, a transfer switch offers a solution to prevent backfeeding. Every transfer switch has a three position button, which prevents accidently backfeeding by ensuring that the generator line is properly disconnected before the main switch is turned in.
Thus, transfer switches are a quick, convenient, and easy way to connect your generator to your mains. There is also no need for any external electrical panel or multiple extension cords since the switch is installed near the electrical meter.
The installation of transfer switches should only be left to a professional team so that you do not expose yourself to any risks.
OC Electrician is skilled in the installation of transfer switches of all types. Find out more information about the services that we offer by dialing (714) 450-0277.
Types of Transfer Switches
Manual Transfer Switches
Used for both powering portable or standby generators, manual switches are hardwired to the control panel. Whenever there is a power outage, you will have to turn on and turn off this switch by yourself.
Automatic Transfer Switches
As the name implies, this switch turns on the generator automatically when the line voltage falls down. Once power is restored, the generator is turned off. Automatic transfer switches are mostly used with standby generators. They can be used with portable generators only if an electrical starter is featured.
We will first evaluate your generator unit, and accordingly decide which of the above two options is more suitable for you. Find out our opinion by placing a call at (714) 450-0277.
Pre-wired transfer switches
A pre-wired transfer switch is equipped with all the wiring needed for connecting it to the main panel. The only thing which has to be done is to wire the switch to the breakers which represent the circuits you want to power.
The inlet box is wired to a transfer switch with a cord and mounted on an outside wall. The option prevents the need of connecting an extension cord to the generator every time.
Outdoor transfer switches
An outdoor transfer switch is built such that it remains protected from the outside weather. It is installed near the main breaker panel.
Maintenance and Testing
Transfer switches have to be installed on a regular basis so as to ensure that you will be provided with power in case you are not connected to the grid any more.
At Orange County Electrician, we have a skilled team which will regularly inspect and maintain your transfer switch. Reach out to use for more information.
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OC Electrician will help you decide a suitable transfer switch by assessing your power requirements, electrical system, and generator. Thanks to our skilled and licensed team, we can install any transfer switch in a safe and secure manner.