Manual Transfer Options • Generator Seatte, Bellevue & Tacoma

For an economical solution to power outage issues, a gas or liquid propane powered portable generator may be what you are seeking. Please remember that these generators cannot be used indoors. You must start this type of generator manually. These generators are louder and do produce less power. For a good and versatile solution, many homeowners do choose the manual portable generator for their power outage needs.

For longer power outage needs and to make sure your power outage does not affect your household, a residential automatic standby generator may fit your need. The chart below is a great way to weigh the benefits and costs of each backup power option.

Click here for our Comparison of Automatic/Standby Generators and Manual Portable Generators

One option is Manual-transfer-Bracket (This is our most popular)

Once you have purchased your portable generator, we can install manual lockouts in many brands of electrical panels to add the ability to safely connect your generator. Installation of an exterior remote outlet makes easy to plug you generator in without running your cords inside to your panel.

*****This method allows the user to change back and forth between different circuits that are to be powered during an outage!!!*******

Once the generator is running, you can choose which circuits to energize by simply flipping the breakers back and forth!!!

Installation includes:

  • Transfer bracket
  • Wiring to remote outlet
  • Remote 30 amp twist lock outlet (in some cases 50 amps is needed)
  • Generator 30 amp breaker

 WA Electric can provide a free assessment for generator Installation

  • Bracket available for electrical panel
  • Breaker space in panel
  • Panel location
  • Power inlet location

Brands include: Siemens ITE, Murry, Westinghouse, Thomas & Betts, Cutlet Hammer, Challenger, Square D, Bryant, Crouse Hinds, General Electric

Another option is a Manual transfer switch (our 2nd most popular choice)

  • A manual transfer switch is installed next to the main electrical panel and connected to the circuits you’ll want running during a electrical outage
  • This option works well and is common but keep in mind that you will be limited to usually 6/8 circuits permanent generator circuits
  • When the power goes out, you simply crank up the generator and run a single power cord from it to a transfer switch.
  • Once the generator is running, you can choose which circuits to energize by simply flipping the switches

5 tips to choosig the right portable generator click here

  • Click on the above link for information about the 30/50 rule, calculating size, generator wattage, most common size, and brand of generator needed.