As a building inspector NO you may not, the power company has to install it. You may need a permit depending on the type of generator, if gas lines are installed to run the generator. However for the switch alone there is not a reason in NC for the inspection department to inspect it as it is only an alteration to the power companies meter. In other words you are covered by the UL rating on the devise. But no untrained person should ever pull a meter. The fire department does not even pull a meter to fight an electrical fire. Without proper safety devices power can ARC from the lugs in the meter base through you to the ground. DONT DO IT call the power company and find out if they allow it before you buy.
Little confused here. Two say yes it comes with cord and two say no. Does it come with a standard 20 foot power cord for the respective generator or do I have to buy a Generlink Cord???????
Duke Energy told me "no way" will they allow this transfer switch to be hooked up to there outside meter. I bought a Reliance 10 circuit 30 amp manual transfer switch instead. Works great but cost over $900 to have installed.
If you are the owner, in most states owner can get permit and also inspection. In The Fort Myers area it is $78. Check your area and some electric companys will install. If you are timid at all around electricity, call an electrician.
The simple answer is "no". The receptacle will never be hot while the utility is energized because if it were, this could allow the generator to be tied directly to the utility. This could be catastrophic for the generator or worse. Essentially, only one source (the utility or receptacle) can serve the house at one time. The is the main purpose of the transfer switch.
Yes, contact GenerLink
My county did not require a permit. You would need to check with the county/city and power company you reside in.
I contacted the company as RD suggested (quick response and answered all of my questions, btw) and was told that there have been a few cases where the GenerLink sensed an issue and then blocked utility power, but they have never had a case where both utility and generator were blocked. Typically if the GenerLink blocks out utility it will still work on generator. A few possible causes of “an issue” included “over voltage from the power company, faulty voltage regulator on the generator, bugs (ants, spiders can cause damage).” Bugs inside the utility meter I assume and I didn’t understand why a bad voltage regulator on the generator would cause a block of the utility power, but that’s ok. I hope this info helps others
Gary, Thank you for your interest in the GenerLink transfer switch. The power cord that is provided with the GenerLink is a proprietary cord with the NEMA locking 20 or 30 amp plug for your generator. Please contact our office at 800-886-3837 to verify your power provider guidelines for the GenerLink.
Yes they are. I'm in Saint John Area and just had one installed. NB power plus Electrical inspector and Electrician, w/ permit..just need another ice storm