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Posted: 02/06/19 11:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

HadEnough wrote:

DrewE wrote:

Typically the ATS is connected to shore power by default, with the generator being the priority connection. That is to say, it stays connected to shore power unless energized by power from the generator, at which point it switches over, generally after a brief time delay.


****. That's what I thought. Thanks for confirming that.
Transfer switches fail. If so purchasing a new generator will solve nothing. I just went through this last month. I pulled my 4k Onan and took it in to be repaired only to find the generator works fine.

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colliehauler wrote:

Transfer switches fail.


And when mine went up in smoke, I replaced it with a "dumb" outlet.
Now "I" am the transfer switch.

I consider an automatic transfer switch as just an unnecessary complication......with no good purpose.


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Transfer switches don't cause a generator to not output power. Mine is not working fine. It doesn't produce power, unfortunately

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HadEnough wrote:

Transfer switches don't cause a generator to not output power. Mine is not working fine. It doesn't produce power, unfortunately
Sorry didn't catch that.

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Problem almost solved.

So the Cummins guys knew a shortcut to access the back of the control panel without removing the gender from the TC.

With that trick, it's clear the circuit breaker had a meltdown. The circuit breaker being bad would allow the genset to keep running while not putting out any AC power.

So, for $44 I ordered the breaker. I'll install it next week when it arrives.

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HadEnough wrote:

Transfer switches don't cause a generator to not output power. Mine is not working fine. It doesn't produce power, unfortunately


That is true.....assuming that you are testing for power output at the right place.

That assumption might not be true.

Edit: And given your last post, it appears that you were NOT testing at the right point to see if the genset was actually making power.

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Wrapping up for anyone with an Onan running great that won't produce AC power...

I was able to pry the generator up enough to access the torx screws holding the control panel. That allowed access to the circuit breaker.

One of the connectors to the circuit breaker wasn't making good contact and created huge resistance.That melted something inside the breaker and singed the wires connecting to the breaker.

I replaced the breaker and made sure the contacts were good.

It's fixed. Used the air conditioning off it today.

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Good job. Thanks for posting the solution.


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Sam Spade wrote:

HadEnough wrote:

Transfer switches don't cause a generator to not output power. Mine is not working fine. It doesn't produce power, unfortunately


That is true.....assuming that you are testing for power output at the right place.

That assumption might not be true.

Edit: And given your last post, it appears that you were NOT testing at the right point to see if the genset was actually making power.


It appears you need to read more closely. If testing the wires inside the generator is the wrong place, what's the right place?

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HadEnough wrote:


However, it stopped producing electricity now.


Your first post did not indicate where you were testing for voltage.
And the far side of a breaker is NOT "at the generator"......as you later discovered.

No need for an argument but you jumped to a conclusion and were almost ready to spend BIG bucks.....based on a bad assumption.

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