I bought an 8-yr old house 2 1/2 years ago that has a well and a sump pump
that runs alot when it rains alot. I decided to buy a generator and had an
electrician install a 10-circuit panel transfer switch.
Yesterday we had a 4-hour power outage. After about 3 hours, just before
sunset, I fired up the generator and switched the transfer switch to
generator power for the 10 circuits.
One of the circuits (20A) is for the refrigerator/freezer and some kitchen
outlets. For some reason, there was no power on the refrigerator circuit.
Other circuits that I tried seemed to work. I even turned off every other
circuit to see if an overload might be the problem, but still no power to
When the utility power returned and I switched back, the refrigerator was
The last time there was a power outage about 9 months ago, the refrigerator
was running on the generator, but when the compressor was on, it used most
of the load of the generator.
I have a Briggs & Stratton 5550 W / 8550 Starting Watt gasoline-powered
generator, and a PowerStay by GenTran power transfer switch.
Any thoughts as to the issue?