Thanks so much guys, building our house in phases so we went 3 phases but think we are only using one at the moment, so as a quick fix I should be able to get a 1 phase generator.Well, phases should be balanced. So a generator just one one phase (and putting your load only on one phase) means your phases won't be balanced anymore. Obviously depends on the load...
THanks mate, thankfully GAs StoveThe only appliance that is wired for 3-phase power in a normal household is an electric stove. You would never (seriously) run that off a generator, so everything else would work fine.
You would also never plug a a generator directly into the distribution board, so when its done properly, a qualified electrician would know what to do...
If you got a 3-phase supply, that means you are using all 3 phases. What you need to do is get the council to change your 3 phase to a single phase.Thanks so much guys, building our house in phases so we went 3 phases but think we are only using one at the moment, so as a quick fix I should be able to get a 1 phase generator.
There is a physical limit to how much current you can draw through a single phase power supply (typically 60-80 amps). A large residence with electric stove, geyser, tumble drier, and room heaters would easily exceed this limit at times.Don't see why a house would need 3 phase at all tbh.
6.1.1 In a multiphase installation, the circuits shall be so arranged that the total load is, as nearly as is practicable, balanced between the phases of the supply.I have 3 phase at home. I'm on prepaid. The meter measures the power of all the phases independently. AFAIK, the load doesn't have to be balanced - all my loads are single phase. I could run everything off one phase if I wanted.
I never said anything about the regulations - was talking about what happens in practice... so I'm not disagreeing with you.6.1.1 In a multiphase installation, the circuits shall be so arranged that the total load is, as nearly as is practicable, balanced between the phases of the supply.
I really, really, don't suck all these things I say out of my thumb. Really, I promise.
And yes, as others have said, you can get max 60A on a single phase. If you need more than 60A (for whatever reason), a three phase installation is a must. I've personally worked in residential houses with elevators and escalators and stuff in them