Transfer Switch & Standby Generator Parts: How Generators Work

MILWAUKEE (January 10, 2013) - If you’re considering buying a standby generator or already have one installed, it is important to understand how your generator system works. GE only uses the highest quality generator parts and innovative transfer switch technology to help ensure that you can rely on your GE home generator during severe weather and power outages. 

Here is a quick guide to help you understand how the transfer switch and generator parts in your GE home generator keep your lights on and house running during a blackout. 

Transfer Switch Technology from GE
Unlike a portable generator, GE home standby generator systems automatically deliver power to your home when your primary power source fails. Transfer switches make this possible. 

The automatic transfer switch featuring Symphony™ II Power Management is permanently installed either inside your home or outside of your home and monitors your connection to utility power. When the power goes out, your home generator will automatically turn on and the Symphony™ II Power Management technology will manage the power to appliances and other high wattage items in your home. As a unique feature of GE Symphony™ II Power Management, the transfer switch will measure the appliances power usage and provide power to the most important appliances. 

When the power comes back on, the transfer switch returns your home to utility power. The basic wireless monitor in your home, available on the 8kW, 10kW, 17kW, and 20kW products, will alert you of the generator’s status throughout this process. This all takes place without any work from you or any need to leave the house.

>>Learn more about GE Generator Systems transfer switch technology

Symphony™ II Module
The transfer switch is like the brain of your standby generator, deciding what appliances to turn on or off. The Symphony™ II module, on the other hand, is like the hand flipping a switch because it connects directly to appliances to turn them on/off as directed by the transfer switch computer. 

Remote modules are small electrical switches that connect to the existing wiring inside your home. GE Generator System modules include low voltage, dual low voltage and high voltage options. Most homes only need one or two generator modules to manage their power needs, though additional GE modules are available to power up to 8 home appliances. 

During generator installation, a qualified GE Dealer will customize the placement of your generator modules to establish a power grid within your home.