How To Connect Generator To House Without Transfer Switch
A transfer switch is essential as it safely connects the generator and your house's electrical wiring. When you have this installed in your electrical service panel site, the transfer switch enables the generator to run safely without damaging any electrical circuits. However, because it comes at a high price, people try to look for other ways on how to connect generator to house without transfer switch.
The Alternative To Transfer Switch
Generators can still function without a transfer switch, but it is risky and poses safety hazards. If you can't afford to buy transfer switch for now, here's how to connect generator to house without transfer switch.
Things you need:
- Interlock kit - This is an alternative, which is much cheaper than the transfer switch.
- Breaker - Choose a breaker that's compatible with your generator.
- Electrical Wires - This is needed for connection. Make sure to get colorful wires.
- Tools - This includes the wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and drill
What to do:
Step 1. Safety is always a priority. It is always the first step when installing something, no matter how big or small you are dealing with to use safety measures. Wear safety goggles or glasses and gloves for safety precautions. Make sure not to attach your generator to the circuit breaker in your fuse box, as this can cause fire hazards.
Step 2. Locate the generator plug type and amperage. These are usually located need the generator's plug. Once you have the amperage details, proceed in setting the material accordingly.
Step 3. Drill a hole in the wall. Look for a good spot outside your house where you can put the generator. Make sure that it's away from your living room or bedrooms so you won't get distracted by its noise. Once you find the right location, get your drill, and make a hole in the wall. This hole is how the wires from the generator will access your house. Create a hole big enough for your wires to fit in comfortably.
Step 4. Set up the power inlet box. Attach it on the outside wall making sure that it's few feet away from the hole.
Step 5. Check the conduit if it fits perfectly, glues it and allow it to dry.
Step 6. Work with the wirings. Attach the wires to the plug one at a time and tighten the terminals using your screwdriver.
Step 7. Push the wiring into the house. Once you have secured the wiring, place the conduit body cover, and seal the gaps.
Step 8. Turn off the main power breaker. Open your breaker box, take out one knockout then insert the conduit adapter. Then start pulling the wires through the conduit into the power breaker box.
Step 9. Install the wires in the power breaker and cover it back once done.
Connecting generator to house without a transfer switch can be complicated, especially if you are not familiar with electric wirings. If you don't know how to do this, it would be best to ask help from an electrician rather than doing it on your own.