Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 105
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gary Easy to install, highly recommend paying close attention to installation manual.
October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheHandyman I bought this transfer switch just prior to Hurricane Matthew. Having just moved into a new home, I forgot that this house didn't have a transfer switch like our previous home did. That one was installed by an electrician friend and as a handyman (not a licensed electrician), I always tell clients that any work in the box is "above my pay grade" not to mention, Illegal for me to perform. But given that we were under a hurricane warning, getting an electrician to the house would have been next to impossible. I had read the reviews and at the risk of being repetitious, all the reviewers who said it couldn't have been easier were right on the money. Clear directions, anyone with a basic understanding of home improvement/d.i.y. can handle this. Good exercise too in understanding just how many watts I'm pulling on each circuit (when you are asked to balance the load). The hurricane came and went, we were lucky, only lost power for about 15 minutes so I never had the chance to "battle test" it, other than after installation I did check it's operation and everything went smooth as silk. Did take me about 3 hours, but that was from start to finish - including identifying every outlet/receptacle/appliance on each circuit PLUS running the wires in the wall for a cleaner look install. Can't say enough good things about this product. Wish Home Depot carried the next size up (8 circuits) as that would have served my needs better. With Energy Smart lights/appliances/electronics, my generator rating of 7000 could have easily handles the additional 2 circuits. Great buy though, ready for next time!
October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Geno Excellent product
Installation requires someone handy with tools. It took me 4 hours to install, most of the time was spend drilling/sawing/hammering a 1" hole into the back of the existing panel mounted in an outside wall, with the transfer switch mounted on the inside, behind the power panel.
When wiring make sure the power is off, I even taped over the screws that are on the hot side, at the box input from the power company.
Since my generator is 120V only both circuits are in parallel, there was no need to balance.Gen output is 4KW max, a Sportsman LP. Power for a handful of lights, all LED plus 2 refrigerators is under 500 watts down to less than a hundred when both fridges are cycling.
Had to extend some of the wires.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Florida123 Great price and excellent product
Easy to install, great instructions and how to videos on their website. If you live in an area prone to losing power and you need to run a generator, this switch will make your life easier. No more open doors with extensions running through or listening to the generators noise.
Glad I finally got off my butt and installed this switch.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by joseph Engineering
Very good item with good information.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by matt Easy For DIY's - HDK Model Recommended
NOTE: If you have a generator that only puts out 120 volts, only 3 of the 6 circuits can be used (you can't split 120v) or power a 240v circuit in your home . An output option of 240v must be available from your generator, which is usually marked on a switch.
When Superstorm Sandy hit I was without power for 5 days and vowed, "Never again," so I purchased a generator, but extension cords running everywhere during a 1-day power outage the following summer was a problem and I realized it wouldn't help my furnace, if it were winter.
There are two versions of this 6-circuit transfer kit. The CRK and HDK models are identical with the exception of the circuit breakers. The CRK model uses round breakers provided by Reliance, while the HDK model uses standard breakers found in any hardware store. If a breaker went bad (no matter how unlikely) I wanted to be able to have a standard breaker replaced in minutes, rather than days waiting for a replacement breaker from Reliance. Therefore, I recommend purchasing the HDK model.
I have an older home (purchased a few months before Sandy arrived), with 100 amp service, and I use a 5000W generator. Most of my time was spent checking the main panel to verify the outlets and lights corresponding to the circuits as marked on the panel (not all were correctly marked). I also had to change the plug on the 10' cord to the 20 amp, which is provided in the kit. After installing another small backer board to the wall, on which to mount the Reliant Transfer Panel, I was ready to proceed.
Measuring twice (often, 3 times) and cutting once made mounting the outside service box a simple task. I have no 240v circuits, so I separated the two switches on the transfer panel that were tied together, No instructions for that - you rotate the "sleeve" in the middle of the switches and the threaded bar will exit out one end.
A FEW TIPS:
1. Have a light source ready when you turn off the main breaker, if your installation area isn't really well lit from natural light.
2. REMEMBER! Your house service panel isn't completely safe even when you turn off the main breaker. Those two thick wires coming into the panel are from the outside. They are still "live" and can kill you. Respect them.
3. Have all the tools you'll need with you.
4. Double check your connections BEFORE turning the power back on.
The wiring instructions are ALMOST idiot proof if you aren't color blind, but if your eyesight isn't great, finding the corresponding letters on each of the red and black wires can be daunting - especially the "E" and "F" wires. I got out my reading glasses and taped together each corresponding pair down low inside the main panel box after running the wires into it. I realized that after I trimmed some to the length I needed, the marked portion of the wire would end up on the floor.
The actual wiring and wire nutting inside the panel took less than a 1/2 hour. Overall, I spent about 5 hours getting everything installed from start to finish.
The power meters on the Transfer Panel that show the draw from each of the circuit splits (A-C-E and B-D-F) are useful and clued me in that I was too heavy on one side (I forgot a freezer unit was plugged in on the same side as my refrigerator). I just switched it with a circuit from the other side that was drawing far less power.
I'm extremely satisfied with this kit. A friend spent over $7000 for an automatic, self-diagnosing system that he had to have a professional install, but I'm willing to spend the two minutes starting my generator and flipping switches manually for only $300.
November 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brotzy Easy to install
Easy to,follow instructions. Put inside above my Main CB Panel. Took about an hour to mount box and run wires. Ran 6/4 Romex NM from outside plug. Easy to understand operation of transfer switches. Marked everything well. My wife even understands it. Test with generator for 30 min. No issues........
October 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John200mph Easy install - safe and legal way to run a portable generator during power outages.
Straight forward installation; no surprises. Should take about two to three hours to install if you have a surface mounted panel and surface mount this switch and conduit. I decided to flush mount the switch since the subpanel I was connecting to was flush mounted. I opted not to purchase the flush mount kit; instead I recessed the switch using a 1X backer board. I then brought the sheetrock right to the box and finished it.
This is a great kit for the DYIer, as long as you got a basic understanding and respect of your electrical system.
July 21, 2014