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Generac GenReady 200-Amp Automatic Transfer Switch & Load Center

Generac Guardian Electric Generators and Accessories
Model: 5449
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Generator Ready
Makes a home ready for a home standby generator
Ideal during new construction or major electrical retrofit

Hybrid Panel
Consolidates main load center and automatic transfer switch
Easier and cheaper to install one switch instead of two

Main Load Center
Dimensions are the same as a standard main load center
40 circuit capacity with the use of tandem breakers

200-Amp Automatic Transfer Switch
EZ Transfer Operator restores power up to 18 circuits (30 tandem)
Service entrance rated for easy installation

Designed for Guardian air-cooled and liquid-cooled generators
Will NOT work with other standby generator brands
Single panels are compatible with generators up to 125A/30 kW
Single generators can support multiple GenReady load centers
Product Specs
120/240 Single-Phase
60 Hertz
Rated Amps
125 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
ATS Poles
2 Poles
Maximum Wattage
30000 Watts
UL Listed
Made in USA
49 Pounds
Product Length
43.25 Inches
Product Width
15.63 Inches
Product Height
4 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
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Q: If I purchase the Generac 14KW model 6247 and the Genready Load center 5449, Will I need to purchase any additional items for hook up? Will the battery charger connect to the 5449 center?
by Sam Stowasser from West Virginia on January 31, 2014

A: No additional items will be required from Generac, however, to properly connect the transfer switch to the generators battery charger within the generator controller your installing electrician will need to provide a 120V wire from the switch to the controllers T1 connection. This provides the required 120V to the controllers battery charger so it will operate properly.

Please consult with either a "certified" electrician or local Generac installer for installation assistance as they will be familiar with your local electrical code requirements.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does this have a 200 amp main breaker?

What kind of breakers does it use and if they are special to this device, where can they be purchased?

Also, can this be installed without adding the standby generator at this time and it work properly for normal electric service?


by Monte Fogle from Texas on October 11, 2013

A: Thank you for your interest in Electric Generators Direct!

The Generac 5449, GenReady 200-amp ATS & load center is equipped with a 200 amp main breaker. This panel is Multi-listed for use with Siemens, Square D and GE 1” breakers. These circuit breakers can be purchased at your local electrical supplier, or hardware store.

You will not be required to have the generator installed in order to use this as a primary load center.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can you suggest a generator package that will work with the Model 5449 Panel? Looking for something around 8-12kW. Thanks!
by Andres from Massachusetts on June 03, 2012

A: Any of the individual Generac home standby generators will work with model 5449 transfer are links to the 8kW, 10kW and the 14kW models available.

Generac Guardian Model 5882 - 8kW

Generac Guardian Model 5883 - 10kW

Generac Guardian Model 5884 - 14kW

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can you manually switch the 4559 transfer panel? Thanks.
by Kevin Johnson from Washington on January 23, 2012

A: Model 5449 is an automatic system only and cannot be manually operated. If you are in need of a manual system you should check out the Reliance Controls 200A transfer panels.....see link for details:

Reliance Controls TTV2005C

Please be aware that manual transfer switches are for portable generators only and automatic transfer switches are for permanent home standby systems only.

by Mike, Product Expert
Generac Guardian 5449 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Price (1)
Quiet (1)
Easy To Use (1)
Low Quality (1)
50% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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David W.
Chagrin Falls, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/16/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Lugs Broke Off
My electrician was installing the 3 power leads today and the entire top assembly broke off. This may be a one-off failure, but the time delay to get a replacement is delaying construction. I have a four year old version of this unit in another home and it has worked properly. Lugs breaking off is so fundamental I cannot recommend the Generac model 5440 transfer panel.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price
Cons: Low Quality
David Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
This is a rare occurrence and we would consider it to be a one-off issue. We apologize for any issues you experienced with this transfer switch.
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Don H.
Milton, WV
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/13/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Comfortable
Since installing the generator, approx. 6 weeks ago, we have had 2 power failures, one of which lasted over two hours. Our generator kicked on, automatically within seconds, and we were very comfortable with complete use of all appliances.

We were the only home on our street to have power,. Many of our neighbors are now interested in adding a generator to their home.
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/18/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Single Family Home Use
3500 SF home with gas furnace/ heat pump, gas water heater, electric wall oven. Installed 14kw unit (60 amp output) using natural gas and whole-house transfer switch. Generac equipment is quality stuff -- well designed and well made. Installation instructions are good, but not great. I'm a construction oriented electrical engineer, but some of the installation details were a bit vague. Luckily I hired an electrician who had installed several similar units before, so he knew the ropes.
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Dan K.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/21/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
My installer said it was a great box to install and work with (his first experience with this product) it made our service upgrade a breeze and took up a lot less room.
Dan Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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