October 14, 2018
October 14, 2018
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Even a caveman can do it!, August 21, 2015
By cosman –
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This review is from: Reliance Controls Corporation 31406CRK 30 Amp 6-circuit Pro/Tran Transfer Switch Kit for Generators (7500 Watts). (Lawn & Patio)
The transfer box was a piece of cake to install. The video really speaks for it’s self. My dad was a union electrician and I gofered for him growing up so I do have some pretty good experience. But I am telling you even a cave man can install the transfer box. I installed the outlet on the outside of my house and pulling off and cutting the vinyl siding and installing the vinyl box was the bitchiest part of the job. That and running the wire to the main panel/transfer switch. Make sure you run enough wire into the outlet box because the 10 gauge wire is tough to bend and push into the box AND make room for the back of the plug. Wiring the 10-3 cable into the transfer switch is nothing more than wiring a simple outlet. Again, the video is self exploratory.
I threw up a piece of plywood next to my main box to put the transfer box on as you can see in the picture. It was then easy to line up the transfer switch to the main box. I had my son help me as a couple of extra hands and eyes are needed. I had him check each wire I installed and needed him to read the letters on the wires. Even with reading glasses it is hard to see! Plus an extra flashlight really helps out. Obviously make sure you switch off the main and remember that there is still live power up at the top of the panel. If you are using breakers up top be extra careful.
The transfer switch took me less than an hour to install. The outlet box and running the wire took close to 3 hours. It was about a 35 foot run to the switch. You may want to install the outlet box first and do the hook up on another day. Make sure your silicone around the box if it is outside. Also, when you are done wiring the transfer switch, use some wire ties to clean up the installation. It will impress your friends!
After installation, keep the main off and make sure the switches on the transfer box are all the way down in the off line position. Go plug in the cable to your generator and outlet, start the generator and let it run for around 5 minutes. Then go and flick the switches on the transfer box one at a time to the Gen position and SLOWLY. Best to do switch 1 and 4, 2 and 5, 3 and 6 in this order This will balance the load. Go check everything and make sure they have power. When done, turn off the generator, unplug and then go turn off the switches. Then turn back on the main.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It’s how you connect the generator to your house: safe, easy, effective., December 22, 2017
By Eric F (San Diego, CA USA) –
This has been terrific for us, and seems like a really safe, cost effective, and easy way to use generator power. I have a Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start that sits outside and plugs into this product’s plug that’s on my outside wall.
This product, basically, gets wired into 4 circuits (15 or 20 amps). Go around the house and pick which four circuits you care about. For us it was our heater, fridge (and surrounding outlets), living room lighting/outlets, and hot water heater. There’s also a 220 circuit, but we didn’t run that because we just didn’t need it.
When the power goes out: (a) start generator (b) plug generator into outlet (c) go to this product and switch from “line” to “gen”. Now those circuits you previously picked run off the generator. When the power comes back, just do those four steps in reverse.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Very High Quality Product, February 13, 2015
By Charlie (Lynchburg, VA) –
I cannot say enough good things about this product and this company. I purchased this transfer switch in July of 2014 to go along with my new Westinghouse WH6500E portable generator. I am reasonably handy, and have done a small amount of electrical projects before, but by no means am I a professional. I did all the setup, installation, and wiring myself. My setup includes the portable generator with a 30 amp power cord feeding into a Reliance Controls power inlet box mounted on the house. I then installed permanent 10 gauge building wire between the power inlet box outside and the transfer switch mounted inside next to my panel. For the most part it was all very straightforward and I expected to have no problems.
After initial setup I got the generator running to do a quick test. Long story short, there was a problem, and I could not run off the generator power. I struggled for 6 months to figure out what was wrong. I did various tests, but did not want to break down and pay an electrician, so I continued to hunt for the issue myself. After 6 months, I finally decided to call Reliance customer support. I was impressed to get connected to a very helpful lady from Racine, WI. Imagine that, good ole US of A customer support! She was extremely helpful, and was happy to give me her email address so I could send pictures of my setup for diagnostic purposes. We communicated via phone and email over the course of 2 days, and she quickly helped determine my issue after having me run 2 tests.
The problem was entirely mine, the Reliance Controls transfer switch works flawlessly. In fact, the problem I had was a clamp that was too tight on my building wire, and was causing a short. I had arc marks on the transfer switch due to my wiring short. That did not phase the Reliance Controls transfer switch at all. The breakers on the switch and the generator worked as they should. Everything is fixed and working correctly now, thanks to the great customer service at Reliance Controls. This product is extremely robust and well designed. I would recommend this to anyone!
A couple of lessons learned from my experience. Professional electricians would obviously already know this stuff, but I was learning as I went.1) Be careful not to over tighten cable clamps, it’s easy to do.2) The power inlet cord gave me some issues. You need to make sure you really get the cord at the inlet box pushed in and turned as far as it will go. It may take a slight bit of force, but if you don’t, you may only get one side of the power coming through.3) The instructions are slightly misleading for the wiring of the watt meters in the transfer switch. Make sure you only have 1 side of the black wire and 1 side of the red wire passing through each of the watt meters.
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