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Changeover Switch (for portable / home generators) Installation

When you're temporarily without a mains electrical supply and need power for essential loads such as alarms, communications equipment, fridges and freezers, you just can't beat having a portable diesel/LPG generator and fuel on stand by.

A changeover switch allows you to manually and safely isolate the mains electrical supply in one place. Once the mains is isolated, only then will this allow a standby or portable generator to power any downstream essential loads, with no risk of backfeeding electricity to the grid.

At the same time as installing the changeover switch, we will ensure that all the earthing and the existing electrical safety equipment such as MCBs and RCD will continue to work correctly when the loads are being powered by the generator. We will also be pleased to install the sockets where portable / home generators can be plugged in.

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Changeover Switch Installation (for generators)

Identifying the installation area:

We are looking for a space as close as possible to the incoming mains/grid supply meter. Ideally this will also be in a convenient place for you and anyone else that might need to use the switch without mains power and lighting.

In the first instance, if possible please email us a picture or a few pictures of the mains/grid supply meter's location, showing the space and equipment around it and let us know in an accompanying email or phone call about any essential loads and where might be a good place for the changeover switch and any sockets to be installed.

  • Changover switch dimensions: Height: 250mm, Width: 135mm, Depth: 65mm.

Quotation Once we understand the installation area and what's needed for the installation, we will send you a quotation and let you know the earliest date from which the work can be booked in.

Book Installation: Engineers can usually be scheduled to start within 14 days, their names, phone number and the time of their visit will be known to you in advance.

Installation and Commissioning: We will have the grid/mains power supply off for the duration of the installation, depending on the amount of work involved, the installation and commissioning of a changeover switch would usually take between 2-4 hours. We will let you know at the time of quotation if we are likely to need more time than this.

Finishing: When the work is complete we will remove and dispose of any rubbish or packaging, recycling as much as we can.

Changeover Switch, Generator plug socket

Changeover Switch (for portable / home generators) Summary:

Manually isolate the property's electrical system from the grid/mains to allow for portable / home generator use without grid backfeeding.

  • Designed to be installed inline with and close to the incoming mains/grid supply meter
  • 125Amp, Single phase and switched neutral
  • Lockable isolator, suitable for meter tails up to 35mm
  • Large epoxy coated metal case
  • Earthing and safety equipment testing included
  • Pleased to supply and install any required plugs, sockets and cables at the same time

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