An automatic transfer switch or an ATS is considerably more expensive than a manual transfer switch. It’s also a lot more complex and harder to install and maintain compared to an MTS.
Why an Automatic Transfer Switch Can Be Daunting
In this section, we’ll delve a little deeper into the disadvantages of automatic transfer switches and why you may reconsider before purchasing them.
The automatic power transfer switch price is the primary reason why a buyer may think twice before purchasing it. Compared to a manual transfer switch which tops at $800 per unit, an ATS may cost up to $2500.
Complexity and Maintenance
Automatic power switches are much more difficult to install compared to their manual counterparts. Unless you’re a qualified professional, installing and wiring an ATS is extremely difficult. Incorrect installation or wiring may lead to disastrous power effects.
Slower Switching Time
Unless you purchase your ATS from a reliable company like Precision Industries, you may experience prolonged switching time that can last up to five seconds.Typically, a reliable ATS takes as little as one second to switch from primary power to emergency backup power.
Due to the difficulty of installation, there’s often a chance for incorrect wiring. The problem with improper wiring is that it may not manifest immediately after installation. This may lead to the illusion of proper activation that may manifest later as accidental activation.
Potential for Power Surges
The accidental activation we mentioned earlier may lead to accidental load on the wiring system. If the wiring isn’t strong enough, dangerous power surges may occur.
Despite having some disadvantages, the truth remains that the advantages of an automatic transfer switch for battery or generator backup outweigh the disadvantages.Further, except for the price, all of the disadvantages arise from faulty or improper installation, something you won’t face if you purchase and install your ATS through Precision Industries. Make sure to pay a visit to our official website to see what we have to offer.