Is the EZ Generator Switch UL(Underwriter Labortories Certified and Approved?
Yes! Our switch went through a vigorous and lengthy process to earn the coveted UL seal of approval. To read more about our UL certification visit: UL Certified Switch
How do I know if my generator has a floating neutral?
With the generator OFF, use a continuity tester: Place one prong in the neutral side of the 120 volt receptacle (larger slot) and one on the frame in a good clean location, like a bolt, but not on the paint of the frame. Do you get continuity? If you do, your neutral is bonded to the frame. Want learn more? Watch our video: What’s The Difference Between a Bonded and Floating Neutral Generator?
Is this switch for the entire house or would you need one for each circuit?
No, the switch is for individual circuits that the consumer feels are essential during a power failure. This is the result of the most economical way to energize “just what you need”. A “whole house” transfer switch of the manual style would cost approximately $600 for the product alone not inclusive of installation and additional parts needed to make the transfer complete.
What is the difference between a ground and neutral?
Neutral carries the UN-balance of a load back to the source and therefore always has current on it. There is an exception to this, however it doesn’t apply here so we will not discuss it. The ground is there for “fault current” and has no current on it UNLESS there is a problem. It is a mechanical bond to prevent you from receiving a shock.
Why does my GFCI trip on my generator?
It’s seeing a path or leakage to ground on either the hot leg side or the neutral side. The GFCI will not allow it’s neutral to be connected with another neutral that has been grounded. It needs to see the neutral treated like a “Hot Leg” …not touching anything.
Where do I install an EZ GENERATOR SWITCH?
Electrically, it doesn’t get any easier. Install it at your electrical panel or install it at right along side of your desired application.
Will it back feed into my service?
Do I need to ground my Generator?
Each generator must be properly grounded. Please refer to your instructions supplied with your generator.
What is the best order to connect to my EZ Generator switch when the power goes out and the order to disconnect power from my generator when power is restored?
ALWAYS follow this order it is the safest Power outage:
1) Place your EZ Generator switch into the “generator power” position
2) install properly sized extension cord into inlet
3) plug extension cord into your generator
4) With your switch OFF on your generator start your unit
5) turn your switch on at your generatorUpon power resuming:
1) Shut down your generator and place switch on your generator into the off position
2) Remove your extension cord
3) Place your EZ Generator Switch back into the normal mode.
Who can install it?
We always recommend it installed by a qualified person with the knowledge of the task at hand.
I have a steam system in an older home, will it work for me?
EZ Generator Switch is compatible with any system that is operated from 120 volts.
Can we install more than one EZ GENERATOR SWITCH?
There is no limit on the amount of EZ Generator Switches you may install. Your generator size and the amount of outlets on your generator will determine this. E-mail us for specific questions.
How do we determine what size generator we need?
Each application is different, however most homes that operate gas or oil burners for either heat or hot water require very little wattage, less than you think. You can look at the nameplate rating on your unit or motor, the amperage required is always listed. Then, it’s just simple math to determine your generator size:120 volts x ampere rating listed = wattage
We add 125% for motor start up, this is the initial draw your generator will see.
120 volts x 3 amps (listed on nameplate of motor) = 360 watts running power
125% x 360 watts = 450 watts.
Add the original 360 watts plus 450 watts = 810 watts of start up power
*** Approximately a 800 watt generator would run the HEAT in this home****
To learn more about what size generator you may need, please check out Sizing Up The Perfect Generator
Is the EZ Generator Switch compatible with solar inverters?
Yes, most companies prefer their neutrals ungrounded. Treat this as a bonded neutral generator.