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The ABC’s of Electric – Transfer Switch

Backup generators are become more popular in the Chicagoland area as homeowners look to keep the power running during prolonged outages. If you are considering installing a whole house standby generator or even using a portable generator, you’ll want to make sure that you have an automatic transfer switch (ATS) installed. A transfer switch is an important safety device that links the generator to the home’s service panel. It works by switching electrical load between the generator and the utility source. The switch works automatically and is triggered when it senses one of the sources has lost or gained power.

Without a transfer switch dangerous current could be sent back to the generator to appliances in the home and even endanger utility workers. It is recommended that a qualified electrician install the transfer switch.

Have questions about transfer switches or other electrical systems in your home? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. We can help answer all your questions.

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