Portable Generator Wiring To House
Heath explains some of the ways that a portable generator can be professionally wired to a house.
Portable generator wiring to house. Drill or find access hole. Plugging it in 1. To connect a portable generator to the home electric supply system by manual changeover switch follow the steps below. Easy generator to home hook up.
Turn on the main service breaker assuming the utility power is restored. Always place it just on the outside of the house. Connecting a portable generator to a house no matter what type of generator you have always consult the owner s manual for detailed instructions and safety guidelines prior to operation. Most generators can be plugged into a power inlet box which an electrician can then wire into the house and connect to the electrical panel.
Test your work by first starting up the portable generator. Flip the switches on the transfer switch from line to generator. Connect the main power supply line and neutral as incoming to the first upper slots of changeover switch as shown in fig. Place the generator away from your home.
When the power goes out you connect the generator to the outside wall socket and start the generator you then go inside and use the transfer switch to switch over the house wiring to the generator. Unplug the extension cord first from the genset then from the outlet never unplug the load side of the cable first since it is energized. Shut down the genset. Under no circumstances should you plug a generator into a wall socket known as backfeeding.
First never place the generator indoors or in a garage as it generates carbon monoxide and is fatal. I ve listened to and have even seen people using a double male plug to energize their house during a power outage. 12kw max 9 5kw running. Full panel 50 amp.
Place the generator as far away from your home as you can with the cable. Determine your generator plug type and amperage. You can use a generator transfer switch or a generator interlock to hook up a generator to the house. Match the holes at the end of the generator s cord to the prongs on your hookup.
If you re thinking about doing this job yourself i suggest that you have your electrician run wire capable of carrying 50 amps which means using 6 gauge wire in most homes and jurisdictions even if you re only planning to use a 30 amp portable generator. Plug your attachment cable in to your. And with the power to the house still turned off at the main electrical panel plug the generator into the outdoor receptacle. I think the better and easier way is to use the interlock switch.