Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 103
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RoadNoise Don't know why I didn't do this sooner!
Go to the Reliance Controls website and download the installation videos for this product and you CAN NOT go wrong! I was a bit intimidated about working directly on the main circuit box but the videos showed very simply how to go through the installation. I under 2 hours I had it completely installed, and with my 5550 watt generator I'm able to run practically my whole house, including heat and/or central A/C with the flip of a switch!! I really should have done this years ago.
March 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by motodcf Great product, really well thought out
I purchased this and a 5500/6500 watt generator on Thursday 10/25/2012 prior to Hurricane Sandy arriving. I tested and ran the generator while I completed the wiring of the switch.
The instructions were thorough and accurate. The work only took a couple of hours including time to chase my toddler (helper). If you can wire a light switch you can complete this work.
The only parts not included in the kit are the 10/3 wire from the inlet plug to the transfer switch and the required cable adapters.
Once the storm hit and the power went out it was one pull to start the generator and 30 sec. to flip the transfer switches. I am running on generator power as I type this and have been since Monday night with no problems at all.
October 31, 2012