Generator / Transfer Switch Operation Cutler
There are 3 basic steps. The process is the same, whether for
test purposes or for actual power failures.
1. Get the
generator started without any electrical load.
- If necessary, move generator to
proper location for operation. (Remove any coverings.)
- Connect safety ground wire between
ground rod and generator.
- Check oil level. (Low oil
level will cause sensor to prevent generator from running.)
- For gasoline models, fill tank with
gasoline. Wipe off any spillage.
- Plug twist-lock extension cord into
generator and weatherproof outlet box. They only need a small
turn (clockwise to lock.)
- Pull choke lever for initial
- For electric start: Turn key if it
is a key start, or turn the manual switch to [On] and push the [Start]
- Otherwise, pull cord to start
engine. Be sure switch is [On].
- Once motor is started, push choke
lever back in to normal position.
- Allow motor to run for 5 minutes or
so to warm up. Idle control should be [On].
2. At the Transfer Switch by
the circuit breaker box, switch circuits over from the utility feed to
the generator feed.
- Shut-off double 60 amp breaker (this
disconnects utility power from the panel).
- Slide bar across to block the 60 amp
breaker and turn on the double 30 amp breaker (this connects the
generator power to the sub-panel.)
- Monitor the load meters on the
sub-panel to see how much power is being used. Each meter should
not exceed ½ the rated (running or constant) rating of the
generator. The 2 meters do not have to register identical amounts.
- If the load meters show too much
power being used for the generator, or to prevent items from being
powered, shut off individual circuit breakers.
3. When finished with the
test, or utility power is back on:
- Shut-off double 30 breaker, slide
bar to block the 30 amp breaker and turn on the double 60 amp
breaker. All other breakers should be on.
- Turn off generator.
- Unplug the twist-lock extension
- Disconnect ground wire at generator.
- Allow the unit to cool completely
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