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Onan LT II Transfer Switch JB 7.5

Leon N.

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Re: Onan LT II Transfer Switch / JB 7.5

I guess I still do not understand what you are doing? So, do you wait until the power goes out and then pull the fridge and plug it into the ATS circuit or do you set this up prior to the outage? if the later, then "you" are paying for the juice they draw from your 240 volt tap?

As for your last question, keep in mind, the neutral and the earth ground are bonded together at the utility incoming service panel. So I would assume your ATS would respect that fact and carry the neutral and the ground wire along from the service entrance panel via that 240 volt receptacle. Yes, some single phase 240 volt receptacles are just three-wire plugs, but note in those cases, I believe the neutral is connected to the 240 volt appliance frame or chassis.
 

JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Re: Onan LT II Transfer Switch / JB 7.5

I guess I still do not understand what you are doing? So, do you wait until the power goes out and then pull the fridge and plug it into the ATS circuit or do you set this up prior to the outage? if the later, then "you" are paying for the juice they draw from your 240 volt tap?
Prior to a storm. Yes, I will pay for the utility power for a short duration which is no big deal since I am only supplying minimal power, but it sure beats having to go out into a heavy snow storm foot of snow or during a hurricane with pounding rain and wind, dragging the JB through the weather into position and laying out the lines. I rather setup before hand and let nature take its course. If or when the utility goes out I will be inside a nice warm house while the ATS transfers the load from the non-working utility to the JB and the reverse once the utility power is restored. I am getting too old to be running around outside during storms.

As for your last question, keep in mind, the neutral and the earth ground are bonded together at the utility incoming service panel. So I would assume your ATS would respect that fact and carry the neutral and the ground wire along from the service entrance panel via that 240 volt receptacle. I agree.

JohnnyC
New Jersey
 
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Steve Dawkins

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07/04/2016
Re: Onan LT II Transfer Switch / JB 7.5

As long as the input plug for the ATS stays connected to the MIG welder receptacle, do not bond the neutral and ground in the ATS.

If you want to run the gen & ATS together without the "Utility Input" plug connected to the MIG receptacle (don't know why you would do this, other than metering and power distribution), get another receptacle like the MIG outlet, and jumper the neutral and ground terminals together. Then you can plug the ATS plug into this receptacle for your neutral/ground bond. Mount the "bonding" receptacle on the ATS, and you won't have to worry about losing it. It will also make a conversation piece when people ask why the ATS is plugged into itself.
 

JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Re: Onan LT II Transfer Switch / JB 7.5

As long as the input plug for the ATS stays connected to the MIG welder receptacle, do not bond the neutral and ground in the ATS.

If you want to run the gen & ATS together without the "Utility Input" plug connected to the MIG receptacle (don't know why you would do this, other than metering and power distribution), get another receptacle like the MIG outlet, and jumper the neutral and ground terminals together. Then you can plug the ATS plug into this receptacle for your neutral/ground bond. Mount the "bonding" receptacle on the ATS, and you won't have to worry about losing it. It will also make a conversation piece when people ask why the ATS is plugged into itself.
Excellent suggestion / solution!!

Thanks!
JohnnyC
New Jersey
 

JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Late last week I ran a bi-monthly exercise of my JB and the LTII automatic transfer switch. All went well until the utility power was restored. The ATS did not transfer the load from the generator back to the utility and the JB did not shut down. Basically, the JB would have ran forever until it either ran out of fuel . This did not happen last time I exercised the complete setup. I posted about this in the following post from "what Have You Done to Your Onan Today": https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1428883&postcount=3397

Today I had several minutes to trouble shoot the problem and as I guessed, it was a relay. Specifically the problem relay is the K4 Time Delay Retransfer relay. The relay's delay is adjustable from 2 to 30 minutes and begins the moment when utility power is restored. After the delay time is achieved, the transfer switch will retransfer the load from the generator to the utility power and activate the K5 Stop Time Delay relay which will shut down the generator.

The way I trouble shot the problem was very simple. It is clear that when the K4 relay is activated when utility power is present, 120vac should be present at the K4 relay socket. This was verified as seen in the second picture below. This tells me that the ATS box's wiring and circuitry for this function is working and something may be wrong with the Time Delay Retransfer switch.

My next step was to remove the Time Delay Retransfer switch from the ATS and test. These relays are simple and activated by a 120 vac coil with a timer circuit that is user adjustable. The third picture is not too clear, but I have a line cord plugged into a 120 vac source and attached to the pins of the relay. The picture did not capture the cord as I was trying to focus on the relay and the meter. The timer is adjusted to trip the relay at 3 minutes. It did not trip. I have my volt meter on PC board where the 2 blue wires are soldered to and lead to the relay coil. If the timer circuit was working correctly I would be seeing 120 vac on my meter after 3 minutes. I see nothing.

In conclusion, something in the Time Delay Retransfer relay's electronic circuitry failed and may cost me several hundred dollars to replace. There is no evidence of burnt components and I hit all solder points on the PC board with my solder iron to eliminate the possibility of a cold solder joint. Looks like I will have to find another relay on ebay.

JohnnyC
New Jersey
 

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Vanman

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07/10/2019
Ugh, electronics. Seems to be the Achilles Heel of everything these days.

One of my "old" (1943) Kohlers has an automatic transfer switch built in. It has a time delay retransfer relay as well, but no electronics there! It's all motors and coils and springs and such. :D
 

JT240Z

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10/14/2017
My LTII is a little simpler it seems. No red relays for delays. I'll post pics of the internal some time today.
 

AngrySailor

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01/31/2020
Can you substitute another timer (read more cheaper) to trigger the relay? Or if current is the issue, use it to trigger a small relay to trigger the big relay?
 

EICBob

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07/13/2019
Hi JohnnyC
I may have a time delay relay that I am no longer needing. It is white instead of red, and I am not totally sure of the time range, but you are welcome to have it if you think it will be of any value. I do know that it came from stock at my old job when we decommissioned an old Kohler standby plant.

-Bob
 

JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Hi JohnnyC
I may have a time delay relay that I am no longer needing. It is white instead of red, and I am not totally sure of the time range, but you are welcome to have it if you think it will be of any value. I do know that it came from stock at my old job when we decommissioned an old Kohler standby plant.

-Bob
Many Thanks! I may take you up on your offer and will compensate you.

I highly doubt a Kohler part will be a direct fit, but I can "Frankenstein" the Kohler part to work with the Onan configuration.

The most important thing to ensure compatibility is your relay must work with 120 vac. I can mix and match PC boards and the coil/relay to make it work. Likewise with the relay's base. As for time delay, 1 to 2 minutes is good, but if you are not sure I may be able to modify your relay to work to my specs.

If you can post your relay's part number, I may be able to get information about it over the internet and I may drop in on the Kohler forum on the Stak (do they welcome an Onan guy?).

I posted several pictures below showing my time delay relay. Again the base and over looks don't matter, I just need the electronics that control the time delay and it must be able 120 vac compatible. The rest I can Frankenstein the Onan and Kohler pieces together and make it work.

Thanks,
JohnnyC
New Jersey
 

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EICBob

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Hi JohnnyC
I have 2 time delay relays. One is a 24 volt DC coil and the other is a 120 VAC coil.
See attached pictures. Both relays were used in ATS units in my prior employment.
They both use Octal sockets. One bring an 8 pin and the other a 10 pin.
I recall the 24 VDC relay was in the Kohler and that ATS used all low voltage DC coils.
The 24VDC relay is 1 to 180 second and the 120VAC is 1 to 15 minutes.

-Bob
 

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JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Hi JohnnyC
I have 2 time delay relays. One is a 24 volt DC coil and the other is a 120 VAC coil.
See attached pictures. Both relays were used in ATS units in my prior employment.
They both use Octal sockets. One bring an 8 pin and the other a 10 pin.
I recall the 24 VDC relay was in the Kohler and that ATS used all low voltage DC coils.
The 24VDC relay is 1 to 180 second and the 120VAC is 1 to 15 minutes.

-Bob
Hi Bob, the 24vdc relay has the correct time delay specs, but obviously the wrong circuitry voltage so that won't work. The other relay has the correct circuity voltage:D, but a higher minimum time delay however it will work .
I will have to change the socket configuration as I expected.

I will send you a PM later today. I just seen your reply as I was ready to run out the door to work at 6:00 am.

Thanks,
JohnnyC
New Jersey
 

EICBob

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07/13/2019
Hi JohnnyC
You could always build a small power supply to run the 24vdc relay or use a discarded wall wart to do the same thing. As I recall the ATS running that Kohler, it was not a Kohler branded ATS, had a very nice full wave DC supply built in to handle the relays and some remote monitoring sensors that the TV station required.
Stay dry! :)
-Bob
 

JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Hi JohnnyC
I have 2 time delay relays. One is a 24 volt DC coil and the other is a 120 VAC coil.
See attached pictures. Both relays were used in ATS units in my prior employment.
They both use Octal sockets. One bring an 8 pin and the other a 10 pin.
I recall the 24 VDC relay was in the Kohler and that ATS used all low voltage DC coils.
The 24VDC relay is 1 to 180 second and the 120VAC is 1 to 15 minutes.

-Bob
Hi Bob, hold off from sending anything yet..... I was researching these type of relays and for what Onan (or Ebay sellers of NOS Onan) charges for a single relay that can be as high as $500, I can buy similar from Grainger and other retailers for $60 or LESS. In some cases as low as $28.The ONLY thing I see to be different is the non-Onan branded relays for sale all have octal sockets like yours whereas I need multi-pin square socket type configuration. I am looking for a relay with the correct time delay specs for my needs. I am almost certain I can Frankenstein the new relay with the Onan square socket base for only pennies compared to spending as high as $500 for an NOS Onan branded relay.

I will post more information as I learn more on the replacement relays.

Thanks for your generous offer!:D

JohnnyC
New Jersey
 

EICBob

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07/13/2019
Hi JohnnyC
You and I were doing the same thing, looking at other ways to skin the proverbial relay cat. You are most welcome for the offer, was the least I can do for all the assistance I have received recently on my 2 generator projects.
Good luck on your quest and the offer still stands if you need. :)

-Bob
 

Steve Dawkins

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07/04/2016
Johnny, here are a couple of pages from a timing relay catalog. I have bought many controls from them. This relay won't be stocked, but you can order one through one of their distributors, such as Allied Electronics. The cost will probably be a little over $100.

I don't know if you got the PM I sent regarding repairing your old relay.

The scans didn't upload. File size exceeds site limits.
 
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JohnnyC

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03/18/2020
Johnny, here are a couple of pages from a timing relay catalog. I have bought many controls from them. This relay won't be stocked, but you can order one through one of their distributors, such as Allied Electronics. The cost will probably be a little over $100.

I don't know if you got the PM I sent regarding repairing your old relay.

The scans didn't upload. File size exceeds site limits.
Steve, I did not receive your PM as seen in the screen print below. Maybe you accidently sent it to the wrong person? Or a glitch in the system here? Please try again.

Thanks,
John
New Jersey
 

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