An automatic transfer switch senses when utility power flowing to your home is interrupted, and automatically manages your home’s transition to backup power. Your local Briggs & Stratton dealer can help you find the right generator model and transfer switch combination that best fits your home.

Accessories are an optional addition that help maximize the performance of your Briggs & Stratton standby generator system. During the generator installation period is a good time to work with your dealer to determine which accessories may be best for your home’s backup power needs.


Automatic Transfer Switches

An automatic transfer switch is a device that senses when utility power flowing to your home is interrupted, and automatically manages your home’s transition to backup power. National Electrical Code requires a device like this if two types of power are going to feed the house. The Symphony® II transfer switch features patented controls that have the ability to manage up to two central air conditioners in addition to your whole house.

Choose the Right Transfer Switch for Your Home

All generator systems require an Automatic Transfer Switch. They are available in 5 sizes: 50 Amps, 100 Amp, 150 Amp, 200 Amp and Dual 200/400 Amp. Your home's electrical service will determine the size you need, for example:

  • 100 Amp service is very common in older homes, while 200 Amp service is common in newer homes.
  • 400 Amp Service is typically used in large luxury homes and small businesses, commonly using two 200 Amp split distribution.

Even if you don’t know what electrical service your home has, there are two common places where the information can be located:

Electrical Panel

Inspect your electrical panel for a label that indicates its amperage rating. The electrical panel will be located where the rest of your home’s utilities are located such as the furnace, water heater or a separate panel installed on a wall where your utility power enters your home.

Main Breaker

Look at the amperage rating on your main breaker, located in your electrical panel. The main breaker is the largest breaker you have and should have its capacity written on it or adjacent to it. With Briggs & Stratton’s complete line of automatic transfer switches, you can take charge before the power goes out. A transfer switch is the brains behind the system, creating a direct line of communication between utility power and the generator. All generator systems require the purchase and installation of a transfer switch.

Home Standby Generator Transfer Switches

Below are the transfer switches available for Briggs & Stratton home standby generators. Remember, your home's electrical service will determine the size you need.


Monitoring

Finally, there’s no need to run outside to check on your standby generator when a storm is looming. Briggs & Stratton monitoring systems are popular generator accessories that make it more convenient than ever to stay on top of your generator’s current status without ever leaving the comfort of your living room.

InfoHub™ Wireless Generator Monitoring

InfoHub™ generator monitoring is true next-generation wireless monitoring for your standby generator system. Compatible with any Briggs & Stratton standby generator manufactured after 2005. InfoHub allows you to receive alerts and notifications straight to your computer, tablet or smart phone about your generator’s status, maintenance needs or service reminders. Learn more about InfoHub for Standby.

Remote System Status Panel for Generator Monitoring

Wired and mounted in the home, the Remote System Status Panel provides simple visual cues alerting you to generator issues that need to be addressed. The permanently mounted Remote System Status Panel is available for standby generators between 8kW and 20kW.

Basic Wireless Generator Monitor

The Basic Wireless Monitor gives you easy, trouble-free monitoring. The wireless monitor can easily be moved around your house, so you know your generator’s status without ever having to go outside. The Basic Wireless Monitor is available with the 8-10kW and 16-20kW standby generator systems.

Wireless Router

The Wireless Router is a small extender that can be used to expand the range of your generator’s wireless network. The router is compatible with the Basic Wireless Monitor in homes where the generator is placed farther than 200 feet from the house. The router can be plugged into any standard outlet within the home.


Cold Weather Accessories

Cold weather generator accessories keep your standby generator ready to perform like normal when the temperature dips below 30°F outside. Your dealer can help suggest the best cold weather kit for your system upon generator installation or you can choose from the options below:

Cold Weather Kits

As the temperature goes down, the thermostat-controlled battery warmer and oil heater begin to protect your home standby generator from freezing. Each cold weather kit includes a battery warmer for your home standby generator and two oil heaters. Kits are available for specific standby generator system models from 8kW to 25kW*.

Engine Block Heater

Engine block heaters, available for Briggs & Stratton 25kW, 35kW and 48kW* models, help keep larger standby generator engines warm, making it easier for them to start in cold weather as low as negative 20°F. Each kit includes an engine block heater and bracket.

240 Volt Internal Battery Warmer

The internal battery warmer helps keep your engine at an ideal temperature for starting. They are thermostatically controlled and turn on when the temperature reaches 30°F. The 240 volt internal battery warmer is designed for our 8kW to 20kW* standby generator models.

240 Volt Internal Engine Oil Warmer

Engine oil warmers help keep your engine at an ideal temperature for starting. They are thermostatically controlled and turn on when the temperature reaches 30°F. The oil warmer is designed for our 8kW to 20kW* standby generator models.


Maintenance Kits

Standby generator maintenance kits keep your system running at peak performance.

8kW1 Maintenance Kit

Includes an air filter, spark plug, oil filter, funnel and oil.

10-12kW1 Maintenance Kit

Includes an air filter, two spark plugs, oil filter, funnel and oil.

10kW1 Maintenance Kit

Includes an air filter, two spark plugs, oil filter, funnel and oil.

16-20kW1 Maintenance Kit

Includes an air filter, two spark plugs, oil filter, funnel and oil.

30-35kW1 Maintenance Kit

Includes an air filter, four spark plugs, oil filter, funnel and oil.

45kW1 Maintenance Kit

Includes an air filter, 8 spark plugs, oil filter, funnel and oil.

Contact a Briggs & Stratton Dealer to find a cold weather kit for your standby generator.


Power Management Modules

A module is a small electrical switch that uses Symphony® II Power Management technology to turn the power on and off to a selected appliance at the direction of the transfer switch. Module options include 50 amp (120V-240V), low voltage (air conditioner) and dual low voltage.

Modules can be placed anywhere throughout the home for a customized installation. One or two modules should be sufficient for most homes. Additional modules can be used if needed to manage up to eight high-wattage appliances. Modules are purchased as an accessory.

Low Voltage Module

Briggs & Stratton low voltage modules are synced with your standby generator system’s Symphony® II transfer switch to manage the power flowing to your home’s high-wattage appliances during a power outage. The module can be installed inside of your home and does not require any additional wiring. The module comes with a 3-year limited warranty*.

50 Amp Module

Synchronized with your system’s Symphony® II transfer switch, the Briggs & Stratton 50 amp module manages generator output with any 120- or 240-volt home appliances, like your stove, oven and electric heat, during a power outage. The module can be installed inside of your home and does not require any additional wiring. The standby generator module comes with a 3-year limited warranty*.

Low Voltage Dual Module

Synchronized with the Symphony® II transfer switch, the Briggs & Stratton low voltage dual module controls any two thermostatically-controlled appliances (like two AC units) during a power outage. The module can be installed inside of your home and does not require any additional wiring. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty*.


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