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How to Upgrade an Electrical Panel and Install a Home Generator


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Planning and Installing a Home Generator System: The complete home electrical system should be considered when installing a home generator system and transfer switch. Upgrading portions of an aging home electrical system is advisable. Here are some key factors that you should consider before attempting such a project.

Electrical Panel and Home Generator

Electrical Question:
I am just about ready to replace my old Federal Pacific breaker panel (a Fire Hazard!) with a new 200amp panel from Siemens. Along with this change I would like to add a generator feed option using a 30amp breaker and an interlock kit that is available from Siemens made specifically for my new panel.

Thanks, Roger

This home electrical wiring question came from: Roger, from Aloha, Oregon.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Roger.

Installing an Electrical Panel and a Home Generator Backup or Standby Power System

Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for installing the generator and transfer switch.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and size of the generator and transfer switch and the available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing electrical wiring within the immediate area that may interfere with the installation of the transfer switch may need to be relocated if necessary.
Important: Installing a generator and transfer switch must be well thought out and performed with a permit with all work being inspected.

Planning and Installing a Home Generator System

Due to the complexity of  the home electrical systems which must be clearly identified and considered I strongly suggest the following when installing a home generator system:
The complete home electrical system should be considered when installing a home generator system and transfer switch. Upgrading portions of an aging home electrical system is advisable.

Here are some key factors that you should consider before attempting a home generator project:

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