Reliance Transfer Switch Kit - 6 Circuit, Model# 31406CRK
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
fear of frying
The transfer switch was recommended by a church member that got tired of tripping over extension cords as I did. I am not oposed to tackling any home projects...except electricity. I was pleasantly suprised with the clarity of instructions and precise details which made the install much less threatening than I had feared. I have not had a power outage yet so I cannot testify to the operation, but so far so good.
October 8, 2012
Great Product and easy
I purchased this switch to use with a Gererac GP6500 generator. The installation process was very easy for anyone who has some basic electronics knowledge. It took about 2 hours to complete. The instructions and video were excellent and very easy to understand and follow. I recommend this product to anyone who would like to be able to power most of their important circuits when the power is out.
September 9, 2012
Easy Install for Generator Transfer Switch
I have been investigating transfer switch kits and this one seemed to be the best quality. Initial cost was a little high for me but I caught it on sale. I have some basic knowledge of house electrical and felt confident working in my house service panel. If you are the slightest bit unsure of yourself when working with 110/220v then don’t risk it and find an electrician.
But the directions were straight forward and the parts in the kit were of good quality. The only issues I had was finding room in a full service panel. In order to maximize the length of the circuit wires coming from the transfer switch you want to enter in the center of the service panel, although I didn’t have a choice there. I had to find the next one inch knock-out, which was to one side of the box. The circuit wires from the transfer switch still had plenty of length.
When you number/label your circuits on the transfer switch I suggest writing the corresponding number, with a paint pen, on the circuit breaker in the service panel. Every time I had to remove the service panel cover all the circuit labels went with it. It’s a pain to count up and down the rows and the little numbers on the wires from the transfer switch are hard to see once installed. This way you can track a circuit very fast and safely without probing a wire bundle looking for a circuit number.
The remote mounted generator port was the main selling feature for me. My service panel is on the complete opposite side of the house as where I need to plug in my generator. This was the only extra cable I needed to purchase.
I didn’t use the 220v bridged circuits on the transfer switch and just turned them all into 110v circuits. Also, once I installed my home generator transfer switch we have never had a power outage sense, go figure.
August 20, 2012