A generator is one of the most useful inventions till date. There was a time when people never had the slightest idea that there will be something that will serve you as a backup when the power went out.
But guess what? Now we are here with not just one type of generator, in fact, there are several types of them. It’s not just the type that you have to consider when buying a generator for your house,in fact, you have to consider the size too.
Always remember that you need to consider the wattage of the generator that you are buying. If you’ve got more lamps and lights to power when the light goes out, then of course, the size of the generator will be bigger. These are some basics that you should know if you want to learn how to choose a home generator.
However, that’s not what we are here for today. Today we are here to tell you how to connect a portable generator to your house.
If you’ve bought one already, you need to know that there are several methods to connect it with your house, but the safest one is the (Auto Transfer Switch (ATS) method. This is what we will be explaining in detail today.
Here are the simple steps you have to follow when you want to connect your generator using a changeover switch or a manual transfer.
1- The very first thing you need to do is to install a changeover switch that should be (about 63-100A depends on the load). It should be installed right near the main distribution board in your house.
2- The next thing to do is to connect the main power supply, both neutral and line as incoming with the first upper slots that you can see of the changeover switch.
3-Take a 6 AWG (7/064″ or 16mm2)” cable wire to the slots that are on the lower side of the switch.
4- Take a 3 pin power socket right to the 6AVG wire and install it right onto the wall that’s near the generator. Now take the generator’s 3 pin power plug and insert it inside the socket, which you just installed earlier.
5- You are now all set to supply energy to the appliances in your house when the power runs out.
This is the simple process that you have to follow in order to connect a portable generator to your house. People think that it’s an impossible job for them to do and that it’s dangerous etc.
Well yes, to some extent it is dangerous, but that’s only when you don’t take proper precautionary measures.
You Should Always Read The Manual
No matter what it is, you should be reading the instructions manual that comes along your generator. You see, even if you think you have all the knowledge and information you need, you still should know that each generator is different.
The manual given is for proper instructions that you should be following in any case. You will also find the methods to connect the generator to your house on the manual book, and there will be safety measures mentioned too.
If you think this isn’t the kind of thing you can do by yourself, then opt for professional help. You ask the manufacturer to send one of his team members to install the generator for you.
Now that you know what you should do when you get a portable generator follow the steps mentioned above and install a generator right away to manage power outages.