How To Run Your Pump With A Generator

Done properly you can run your well pump with the generator during power outages.  The best way to do this is with an option switch that allows you to run a generator or utility company power.  In one position the switch runs normally with utility company power.  In the opposite position you can safely power the pump with the generator.  If necessary, in an emergency if you do not have the option switch you can rewire the pump disconnect to power it with a generator.  If you’re not familiar with electrical wiring do not attempt this. For those in need of help we can install option switches and power cords to run your generator and pump water safely. Always remember when the power goes out the best way to protect your pump and other electronics/motors is to turn the power off and only turn it back on when the electric company power is stable.  Leave one breaker that controls a light circuit on, so you can tell that power has returned.  Once power has been on for several minutes it should be safe to turn on the remaining breakers. — David Nequette

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