I've been getting a lot of contradictory information from my local electrical contractors on my way to get an estimate for installing a manual transfer switch between my generator and my breaker panel. I need to clear the picture and hope someone can help me:
I have an off-the-rack Lowe's bought "Troy-Built" 5500W portable gasoline generator and want to install a transfer switch so I can by-pass the house's main breaker and run the generator to supply temporary juice when undergoing extended loss or power.
So far I have gotten the following advice (and prices):
- Install a 6-circuit manual transfer switch for 0
- Install the same as above for ,200 to ,800, depending on what's involved
- Told my generator cannot work with a transfer switch
- Told I'd be better off using a Square D Interlock kit instead of the
- Told *never* to use GE Interlock (or any other brand) and stick with manual transfer switches instead, whether 6- or more circuits
All the above info provided by 5 different state-certified, licensed contractors that operate in my local area.
So, I have learned nothing except I need independent advice.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!