kskier
I am a Home inspector and came accross this set up the other day and I need some help understanding it. It is a 200 amp service with a Ronk 7205a manual transfer switch and a Generac generator. I have never seen a set up like this. The main service comes into the Ronk transfer switch first, then it goes into a 200 amp panel with a 200 amp main breaker in it. This set up is located in the attached garage. There are only 2 double 30 amp breakers and 2-15 and 2-20 amp breakers in this 200 amp panel. Then the the main wire comes out of this panel and into the basement, where there is another 200 amp panel with the rest of the circuits in it. While I was there, the power went out, but I didn't hear the generator kick in. Come to find out that the propane had been shut off to the generator. I turned the propane on and started the generator, but still no power. The homeowner then threw the throw switch on the Ronk transfer switch and then there was power. The street power came back on, but then the generator kept running. The home owner then went back over and threw the switch on the Ronk transfer switch to the off position and manually shut the generator off. I asked them how they knew that street power came back on and they told me that when a light bulb that is located next to the ronk transfer switch comes on, they know the street power came back on???? I am stumped! If the generator is still running, can it put power into the panel along the street power? How can you have 2-200 amp panels? Is the panel in the gargage the main and the one in the basement the subpanel? Shouldn't the transfer switch be located after the main panel? They also have no operating instructions on the transfer switch or the generator.......crazy.....
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