Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 292
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Boor Outstanding product and Manufacturer!
I bought the Reliance Controls 31410CRK Transfer Switch Kit after we endured a 45-hr power outage, using a new generator and several extension cords. I bought this type because I wanted load meters and I wanted some circuits left on the power line so I could tell when power is restored.
It is easy to install; however, I had mine installed professionally as part of a project to replace my house incoming power and install a new load center. The electricians were impressed with the unit and insisted on trying it out with my generator before they left. The kit has all the parts you need, except for the wiring between the AC inlet and the panel. This is unique based on your installation.
The company's customer support is outstanding. I wanted to change the (4) 20A circuit breakers to 15A breakers. I explained my plan, and they shipped the (4) breakers free of charge (next day UPS) if I sent the unused ones back to them. I ended up leaving the unit as originally built, so I returned the same circuit breakers back to them.
Only 1 complaint - the chart for mapping the circuit breaker loads is on top of the unit, where you cannot reach to read it. I printed labels and stuck them to the front of the unit.
August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rudy Well built with easy to follow instructions.
I purchased this product because i did not want to back feed my generator the wrong way and i wanted to feed my house safely especially if i am not home and my family needs to hook it up. It took longer to mount the unit to the wall than it did to wire the load center. I have only used the switch twice and both times were for testing. I am looking forward to the first power outage to see how well it will perform. The hardest part of the project was balancing the load for my appliances (not all appliance information is readily available).
I purchased the larger panel (10 circuit) because the difference in price was small and while i didn't use all the circuits i have room to add if needed. I especially like the watt meters to track my power consumption.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Snydog Great transfer switch!
The switch had easy instructions and the wires were labeled making for an easy installation.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GiJoe Ready for the next Power Outage.
So it turns out I had to wait a while (like a good majority of you, after Sandy) to get a hold of this device. I ordered a 10-circuit kit (for a 8000W generator) and a transfer switch by itself for a 10kW unit. First I mounted the unit on a plywood panel (relatively easy to do) and then I did all the wiring myself. I have never done any electrical installation myself, so that being said, the accompanying installation info, and the DVD was a great help. Also, there are other detailed installation videos on YouTube which can be referred to. A few pics of the 8000W unit installation is included herein. After installation, I had an electrician look at the installation and certified that it was done correctly.
I highly recommend this product for the quality, and price.
January 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by James Very simple to use.
I had to surface mount mine in a pantry so I removed to flex and put a hole in the back of the box. Than feed down through the top of the panel. I also let a print out with instructions for it's use so whoever is there should have no problems hooking up the gen and running.
December 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIY4me Exactly what I needed
I bought this for use with a 7000 watt portable propane generator.
It's rated up to 8000 watts and has a 10 circuit capacity - 4 x 20 amp and 6 x 15 amp arranged in two banks of 5. The instructions are simple and the flexible configuration allowed me to configure more circuits than I expected.
I purchased the additional 10 gauge romex and conduit to run the provided generator socket to a convenient location.
The manual gives all the necessary specifications for the cabling and safe operation requirements.
Front panel is divided in two sides each having line/off/generator switches, individual circuit trips and the benefit of 2 meters showing power use on each bank of 5 switches. This is very useful when testing because it shows how balanced the circuits are and allowed me to increase the load within the safety rating by allocating additional circuits and appliances for improved load and better use.
I would have liked to see an additional straight Greenfield connector for the main breaker box. In my case I couldn't use the provided 90 degree elbow.
Overall a very good product with simple and clear installation instructions for the DIY'er but those unfamiliar with electrical wiring should employ a qualified electrician because you will be working in a distribution panel which contains live connections even when powered off!.
June 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NJGuy Pro item with a do-it-yourself install
I purchased this item for use with a large 7500 watt portable generator. This kit came with the 10 circuit transfer switch, a 30 amp cord, the 30 amp power inlet box & an instilation CD (which I didn't even need because the paper instructions were crisp & clear!). All you need is a little of planning ahead of time. Planning out which circuits you will need, calculating the wattage and calling your electrical inspector as to find out if you will need conduit for the 10-3 from the switch to the inlet box outside (which was needed for me). Don't forget your electrical duct conduit seal!
All the branches of red and black wires were labeled VERY clearly...A thru J. Can't go wrong.
I did, however, encounter a small problem which required somewhat quick thinking. I used a 1" KO at the bottom of my panel and fed the plethera of red, black, white & green wires thru. My 200 amp panel breakers were all at the TOP of my panel and the red transfer switch wires were not long enough to reach them. Luckily I had 10 new breakers on hand, so I just pulled the old ones and put the new breakers at the bottom of the pannel so that the red transfer wires could all reach the proper breakers. After that, A-J went quickly.
The 10-3 wire in conduit was easy to run thru any of the 3 available KO's to any of the 4 KO's on the power inlet box mounted outside. Duct seal, conduit and exterior screws completed the install.
Afterall, I am very satisified with the product. I am also glad that I got this 10 circuit item vs the 6 circuit one. 3 various lighting circuits, furnace, sump pump, 2 TV circuits, internet and 2 refrigerators. Took the handle ties off so the two 20amp double poles are now two single poles. Had no use for double pole circuits in my case.
As for the item itself...the metal box was not damaged; wires were not frayed at all; nothing bent; overall very sturdy product. I am not an electrician so install, testing & clean-up took roughly 5 hours...and I took my time.
Next hurricane/superstorm I will be ready, thanks to Reliance!
December 12, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Timmy Easy installation, fast delivery, sturdy product
The transfer switch is very solid and weighty. The construction seems very good and they didn't skimp. The lengths of the wires were good, I had to cut most of them down to size and none were too short. The written instructions are very easy to understand which is a rarity these days. The included DVD was excellent, it showed every step involved in the installation. The video should spend a little more time on the dangers of working in an open electrical panel even when the main breaker is off, you can kill yourself instantly if you make the wrong mistake. You can find this video on the company's website if you want to see what in involved before buying it.
With this transfer switch you cannot change the circuit breakers. You get six single pole 15 amp and four single pole 20 amp circuits. You can connect two of the 20 amp or two of the 15 amp switches if you want to power a double pole circuit. If the six 15A and four 20A circuits fit the needs of the circuits that you want to power then this switch is good for you. If you need more or less of the 15A or 20A circuits then you should get a different transfer switch that allows you to customize the breakers. Also keep in mind that the 30A rating on this transfer switch does not mean that there is a 30A circuit in the switch. It just means that the transfer switch can handle 7500 watts of power (if your generator has a 30A outlet then it will work with this switch).
The watt meters in this switch are very small and are hard to read. It will give you a general idea of the power consumption but I don't think they are very precise. Their most important function is to tell you if you are balancing the power load on each side of the switch (circuits A-E are on the left side and F-J are on the right). If you really want to know how much power your appliances are consuming, get a handheld watt meter. If you use the handheld watt meter around your house before you buy a generator it will give you a good idea of how much power you need and it will help you get the right size generator.
The 10ft. Cord was too short for my needs since my power inlet box is close to some windows. I ordered a longer one. If your inlet box isn't near a door or window then 10 feet might be fine but I would guess that most people would want a longer length of cord. I would have paid more for a kit that came with a longer one. Keep security in mind also, you might want to have you generator near something that you can lock it to so it doesn't disappear when you need it most and what you lock it to might not be next to the inlet box.
You will need to buy some 10AWG or 8AWG building wire to attach the transfer switch to the inlet box. 10AWG wire is orange, 8AWG is black. You need to buy 4 fasteners (wood screws or masonry) to attach the transfer switch to the wall and 3 fasteners to attach the inlet box to the outside of your home. You also need 2 wire clamps, one to attach the building wire to the knockout in the transfer switch and another for the knockout in the inlet box. You will probably also need some clamps to attach the building wire to the walls and/or ceilings when running it from the transfer switch to the inlet. Depending on your municipality and where you run the building wire, you may also need conduit.
Overall this is a very good transfer switch. I could have ordered it from an online-only store and not paid tax but I didn't want to ship it back if there was a problem. By ordering it online from Home Depot I knew I could return it to my local store. The online price at Home Depot was very competitive anyway. Home Depot delivered it quickly despite being backordered. Installation was very easy and my transfer switch works. I am very satisfied with the purchasing experience and the product. When the next power outage hits, the party is at my house.
February 12, 2013