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Transfer Switch Installation


As a homeowner in the Washington Park neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island (Zip code: 02905), it is important to have a reliable and safe electrical system in your home. With B&K Electric, you can rest assured that your electrical needs are in good hands. Our family-owned and operated business has been providing quality electrical services in Cranston, Warwick, and the greater Providence area for over seventeen years. We take pride in our excellent customer service and community involvement, and we strive to be your go-to electrician for all your home or business needs. One crucial aspect of maintaining a safe and efficient electrical system in your home is the installation of a transfer switch. In this article, we will discuss what a transfer switch is, why it is important, and the process of getting one installed in your home.

What is a Transfer Switch?

A transfer switch is an electrical device that allows you to safely switch power between your utility power and a backup power source, such as a generator. In simpler terms, it transfers the flow of electricity from your main power source to your backup power source and vice versa. This is especially useful during power outages, as it ensures that certain appliances and circuits in your home have a constant power supply.

Why is a Transfer Switch Important?

You may be wondering why a transfer switch is necessary when you already have a generator. The truth is, using a generator without a transfer switch is not only dangerous but can also damage your appliances and electrical system. Without a transfer switch, you would have to manually connect and disconnect your appliances to and from the generator, which can result in electric shocks and power surges. These can permanently damage your appliances, and in some cases, even cause fires. A transfer switch eliminates this risk by providing a safe and easy way to switch between power sources.

Additionally, using a generator without a transfer switch can also backfeed, meaning electricity can flow back into the utility lines which can be extremely dangerous for those working on the lines. It can also disrupt power supply for your neighbors. A transfer switch prevents this from happening by isolating your home from the utility lines when the generator is in use.

The Installation Process

Now that we know the importance of a transfer switch, let us discuss the installation process. Keep in mind that this is a job best left to a licensed electrician for safety and efficiency purposes. B&K Electric has a team of skilled and experienced electricians who can handle the job with ease.

The first step in the installation process is to determine the appropriate size and type of transfer switch needed for your home. This will depend on factors such as the power requirements of your appliances and the size of your generator. Our electrician will do a thorough assessment of your home to determine these factors and recommend the right transfer switch for you.

Once the appropriate transfer switch is selected, our electrician will work with you to determine the best location for the switch. This is usually near your electric meter and will require some space for installation. Our electrician will also ensure that the switch is easily accessible in case of emergency.

Next, our electrician will shut off the main power supply and install the transfer switch, connecting it to your utility lines, and to your generator. They will also install a subpanel which will allow you to control which circuits receive power from the generator. This will ensure that only essential appliances and circuits are powered during an outage, preventing overload and potential damage.

Finally, our electrician will test the transfer switch to ensure proper function and walk you through how to use it in case of power outages. They will also provide you with any necessary maintenance information for the transfer switch.

Wrapping up

Installing a transfer switch in your home is a crucial step in maintaining a safe and efficient electrical system. Not only does it protect you and your home from potential hazards, but it also ensures that you have a reliable source of power during outages. At B&K Electric, our expert electricians can guide you through the process of selecting and installing the right transfer switch for your home. Let us help you keep your home powered and safe.


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