The BEST Way To Connect A Generator To Your House

Are you tired of worrying about power outages ruining your day?

Do you want to be prepared for those unexpected blackouts? A generator can be a lifesaver, but connecting it to your house can seem like a daunting task. Fear not! In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the best way to connect a generator to your house, step by step.

Before You Begin

Before we dive into the process, make sure you have the following:

  • A suitable generator for your home’s electrical needs (consult with an electrician if unsure)
  • A transfer switch or automatic transfer switch (more on this later)
  • A circuit breaker panel or fuse box
  • A backup generator connection kit (available at most hardware stores)

Step 1: Prepare Your Generator

Before connecting your generator to your house, make sure it’s properly installed and maintained. Check the owner’s manual for specific instructions. Here are some general tips:

  • Place the generator in a well-ventilated area, away from windows and doors.
  • Ensure the generator is level and secure to prevent oil spills.
  • Connect the generator to a transfer switch or automatic transfer switch.
  • Turn off the main electrical breaker or fuse that supplies power to your house.

Step 2: Install the Transfer Switch or Automatic Transfer Switch

A transfer switch or automatic transfer switch is crucial for safe and efficient generator operation. These devices automatically disconnect your home from the grid when the generator is turned on and reconnect when it’s turned off. You can purchase a transfer switch at most hardware stores or online.

For manual transfer switches:

  1. Identify the main electrical panel or fuse box.
  2. Locate the circuit breaker or fuse that supplies power to your house.
  3. Disconnect the circuit breaker or remove the fuse.
  4. Connect the transfer switch to the circuit breaker or fuse box.

For automatic transfer switches:

  1. Install the automatic transfer switch in your main electrical panel or fuse box.
  2. Connect the generator cord to the transfer switch.
  3. Set the switch to automatic mode.

Step 3: Connect the Generator Cord

Connect the generator cord to:

  1. The transfer switch (if manual) or automatic transfer switch (if installed).
  2. The main electrical panel or fuse box.
  3. The backup generator connection kit (if using).

Make sure all connections are secure and tightened properly.

Step 4: Test Your System

Turn on the generator and check that:

  1. The lights and appliances in your house are working as usual.
  2. The generator is providing power without any issues.
  3. The transfer switch or automatic transfer switch is functioning correctly.

I was impressed with the quick and professional installation process.

John DiGregorio


Additional Tips and Considerations

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific generator and equipment.
  • Make sure you have a sufficient power supply for your home’s electrical needs.
  • Consider installing a whole-house surge protector to protect your appliances from power surges.
  • Keep your generator well-maintained and regularly inspected by a licensed electrician.


Connecting a generator to your house may seem intimidating, but with these steps and pictures, you’ll be well on your way to having a reliable backup power source. Remember to always prioritize safety, follow manufacturer guidelines, and consult with an electrician if you’re unsure about any part of the process.

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