Backfeeding is the process of having electric power flow opposite its typical direction. People backfeed if they do not have a transfer switch to connect between the emergency power generator and the main electrical panel. If you find yourself in a power outage and you do not have a transfer switch, here is how you can backfeed your emergency power generator to your house.
- Turn off the main breaker switch before anything else. This step is very important, because you have to make sure that everyone, your home and the linemen that are working and doing their best to fix the problem to make the power go back. This is not something you can forget as it may cause serious damage, and might even kill somebody if disregarded.
- Turn of all the breakers in your breaker box panel. After turning off the main breaker, do not forget to turn off the breaker box. Also, take note of all the breakers and which part of the house it is assigned, so that you will know which one to switch on later after the generator is set up.
- Set up your emergency power generator outside. It is imperative that your emergency power generator is set up outdoors because it produces deadly fumes that are very harmful, it is noisy, and it has to be exposed in a well-ventilated area so that build-up of the harmful fumes in an enclosed area will be prevented. Make sure thought that it will be an area that will not be exposed to rain or snow.
- Assemble the extension cords that you will use. Make sure that you use heavy duty, outdoor extension cords. The length should be sufficient to cover the distance from where the emergency power generator is positioned outside the house, to where your 220 house plug is located inside the house.
- Power on your emergency power generator. Start the generator and make sure that it is completely powered up and running smoothly before you plug in the power cord. Then turn the breakers that you took note of earlier, turning on only those that are necessary, like the refrigerator, heater, etc.
Once the power is back on, just reverse the process. It helps to know about the process now, instead of being totally clueless on what to do when there is already a power outage. If you are not really inclined to doing this stuff, it will be much safer to have an electrician help you out in setting up your power generator to ensure everyone’s safety.