Quick tip: Can test unit without starting the generator. Don't attach the generator to the house circuit at all. This product worked as advertised. An interlock is a fantastic solution if you have a relatively new panel capable of supporting an interlock most new ones can, though you might have to buy the actual components to do it online. I want to connect it to a generator during power outages, which are frequent here. The Power has gone off ave of 2x a Winter , but only for a few Hours at most.
There are many variations of this including different types of plugs and wiring methods, I have done this many times and have had several pass electrical inspections. I would suggest the traditional generator for the whole house, or portion of the house circuits , unless you have very delicate electronics. The liability issues are enormous. I have 3 wire 10 receptical existing from the circuit box over to where my generator sets it is exhausted outside. Lounging with the wife and cat with a cold beer in an illuminated, cool dry room while all the lawyers, lobbyists, professors and doctors who are my neighbors are sweating miserably in the dark - is pretty nice, I must confess. My main concern is getting a generator that is compatible with the sensitive electronics in the furnace.
Only other piece of advice I can think of is to make sure the exhaust is properly vented. I feel much better knowing I have the capability to connect the furnace to my generator. You likely don't have to worry about running the furnace and damaging the controls. That's what I did for my electric water heater last summer when power was out for a couple days; I disconnected it from the hard wiring, installed a 12 ga whip and male plug, and used my most biggest extension cord. My question is, can I connect my furnace directly to the generator? My question is what are the pros and cons of the two different methods? You may want to remove the breaker box cover for easier access and in order to make room for the new incoming wires from the generator. A way is to use a manual transfer interlock which will prevent two breakers from being on at the same time.
This is part of a series of and articles we are writing. Provide details and share your research! Not the answer you're looking for? Anybody got an idea on this that might meet with codes? Rick Thanks for offering this very good site. Thanks, Jeff Furnaces often are on a 20 amp breaker. The fridge stayed on the whole time. Each appliance will list on a label somewhere how many watts or amps the appliance uses. Connect a slave cable from one unit to the other, and connect the communication cable so they can share the load.
Pick your connected loads carefully and for the short periods of the power outage, you will not be inconvenienced to any extent. What I did is simple, inexpensive, permanent, and I am rather certain totally legal. Some ignitors are finicky about having a good ground, was a common problem to have to redo ground wires and terminals but usually not so with residential furnaces. Maybe ten lights; since your generator will need ample reserve to keep from stalling when the refrigerator cycles over. Actually it would probably bog the generator down pretty good.
Do you have any ideas. Even if youre not at home the power is transferred automatically and restored when utility power is available again. Also look for contractor rated, and I like the ones that light up when power is present, that can be handy. If you have much of a generator, I would seriously look at it. Then I wired a heavy duty cord and plug to the junction box on the furnace with the proper strain relief to protect the cord going through the box.
You also run the risk of someone accidentally unplugging the furnace. Or, you could actually cut the line and put a connector rugged on the line. When the power is out you simply disconnect the furnace from the and connect it to a extension. Although it is slightly more expensive, it is probably the safest and legally permitted. Now I got myself wondering. These are perfect for the home owner who needs bare bones utility back up.