Why We Need to Know Your Generator Type: Bonded or Floating Neutral

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Why do we need to know your generator make and model? There are two types of generators, bonded neutral and floating neutral. Let’s discuss bonded neutral generators; for two reasons both code & safety we must switch the neutrals. The code states a neutral shall be bonded at the first means of disconnect or in a generators case at the unit. The simple reason is we want all neutral carrying conductors to be bonded at one location to avoid transient voltages being introduced into the ground system where they don’t belong. As a result EZ Generator Switch designs the only transfer switch in the United States that also switches the neutral for bonded neutral generators. Floating neutral generators are simple; their neutral has yet to be bonded to ground. As a result we connect the neutral to the neutrals from the existing service which is bonded at the Panel and/or the first means of disconnect.

It is for these reasons we need to identify what type of generator you own before we produce your switch. If your generator make and model is not listed on our Buy Now page, please Contact Us with this information and we will help determine the type of switch you need.