Reliance Transfer Switch Kit - 6 Circuit, Model# 31406CRK
This switch was very easy to install and worked as advertised. The included DVD was very helpful and easy to follow. Ran through the generator hookup
procedure with my wife to familiarize her with the
operation of switch, no problems!
July 17, 2014
Ice Storms be Damned!
I was prompted to look into Generator interfaces after we suffered through 6 days of power outages due to a huge ice storm at Christmas 2013.My Grandkids spent Christmas Eve out of their house while their Dad (my youngest son) struggled with several generators and many extension cords trying to keep his house pipes from freezing up and splitting. Jury rigging an interface to the furnace was both inconvenient and dangerous. Thousands of households were in the same predicament and many suffered serious damage and loss because of lack of heat and power.
On seeing that this type of storm is probably not going to be uncommon in the future I decided to research, find and install a transfer switch that would allow me to switch to backup generator power safely and conveniently.
The Reliance Transfer Switch Model #31406CRK fit the bill perfectly! The unit arrived a few days after I ordered it and after reading the clear and very detailed instruction booklet and after watching the extremely informative DVD I was ready to install the switch.
As per directions, I spent some time doing an energy audit and identified the circuits I wanted to isolate and power via my 6250 watt generator. I installed the weatherproof external interface for the extension cord (which was provided) and ran a circuit to the transfer switch using 10awg cable. I mounted the 6 circuit transfer switch beside my main panel and within about 1 hour after doing the installation of all the above, I had interfaced the transfer panels 6 circuits with the ones I wanted to power during a power outage. Our furnace, fridge, gas range kitchen, living room bathroom and bedroom lights along with our TV and computer were hooked up to the new panel. In an emergency all I need to do is start the generator, plug in the heavy duty extension cord and switch the identified circuit from load to Gen.
Simple, convenient and safe! Well done!
June 1, 2014
Excellent Transfer Switch
I purchased this unit and installed it myself in few hours. I am very pleased with this model, as 6 circuits is really all I needed. After deciding where to mount the outside plug nearest the panel, mounted transfer kit, ran wires and wired to panel. Instructions are good and videos on youtube from Reliance are perfect. Explain it perfectly. After installing the unit, 3 weeks later we experienced an ice storm at 2am and lost power. I started my generator (5600 watts) after hooking up the cord to the house and flipped the switches. The sump pump, the two refrigerators, furnace and tv and family room lights all came on. It was awesome to have power as the water in the sump was already breaching the hole. That sump ran for a good 15 minutes to pull out all that water. Power came on 6 hours later, would have definitely had a wet basement. 6 circuits is plenty for our 2600 sq.ft. home. Heat, light, television, fridge's, sump and furnace. All you need.
April 26, 2014
Easy to install, DVD lays out installation directions in a clear to understand format. The kit has everything but the 10-3 wire needed to run receptacle. If you are going to run the wire outside (buried) get 10-3 UF-B. Bought the flush mount kit, which is not included, so the Transfer Switch box did not protrude for aesthetics, but even if it were to be installed on the wall surface it would not have been very obtrusive. It's a must have for running power to your home circuits. Saves a lot of hassle running extension cords, particularly if the weather is nasty outside. Good overall choice.
February 4, 2014
Purchased this after hurricane Sandy devistated Long Island. The kit was very easy to install with basic electric knowledge. I highly recommend this product to anyone with a smaller generator looking to electrify the six most important circuit in your home during a disruption of service.
February 4, 2014
Easy and simple to install
I found this transfer switch very easy to install with the help of the video. I am more than satisfied with this product.
September 17, 2013
I purchased the Reliance Transfer Switch kit after buying my generator to avoid extension cords running through the house during a power outage. This product is very easy to set up and comes with everything you need except the 10 gauge wire to mount the outlet where the generator will be plugging in. I've been using it for about 2 months and it works very well. I also like the meter to let you know how many watts you are currently using.
September 17, 2013
Great product, hope to never use it.....
After reading all the reviews, decided to buy it. I had a electrician install it (quicker and I know its installed right). Wished I had this after Hurricane Charlie, I can run the basic items in my house without extension cords everywhere. The load meters on the unit and outdoor connection are really nice.
September 13, 2013
Easy to Install
I've had a portable generator for a few years but tired of stringing extension cords around the house when needed. As a homeowner with a desk job, I found this device was easily installed after watching the DVD that is part of the kit. Now I can't wait for the next storm so I can try it!
February 7, 2013
Reliance Controls 6Circuit Manual transfer switch
I purchased this product to address the frequent power outages in my town over the last several years. The worst was recently during last winter and Hurricane Irene. Installation was relatively easy but does require prior knowledge in household wiring a bit beyond a do it yourselfer. I recommend a licensed electrician to at least supervise installation for the sake of safety and adhering to electrical codes. That said the product is superb in transfering power to selected circuits through the external input terminal. The watt meters are handy in monitoring the generator output as load in selectively put on. Overall an excellent product. I only wish they would also provide input plug terminals choices compatible with generator output terminals. I had to purchase separately compatible plugs as the one provided does not fit the generator output terminal. (RV type generator output, only L25/30 plug provided in kit)
October 15, 2012