# How Many Amps Does A Refrigerator Use?

How Many Amps Does A Refrigerator Use?

### About how much power does a refrigerator use:

A typical refrigerator uses about 500-700 watts, depending on its size. The larger the fridge, the more it will draw. Also, under circumstances where you have your fridge sitting in the sun with doors open, or jammed full of food and drinks, it can take several thousand watts to run the compressor alone.

Refrigerators use anywhere from 300-800 Watts based on size and arrangement of contents in the room for both residential and commercial technical support says that refrigerant R22 will be phased out by 2020 so I suggest to stop using this kind of refrigerators because they are not very power efficient compared to other kinds like R134a or R404A.

– Twenty-five hundred watt-hours (25.0 kWh) is equal to a one-kilowatt hour (kWh). Twenty-five hundred watts for an hour is the same as 1 kilowatt (kW) continuously for one hour.

### Can you plug a refrigerator into an extension cord?

Answered by Penny Nom, Electrical Engineer

Technically it is OK to plug a refrigerator into an extension cord, but not if the cord is smaller than 14 wires. A regular household outlet should be 12 wires. Answer- An extension cord used for powering appliances must conform to the current-carrying capacity of the cord raceway following Table 3B of National Electrical Code article 645 Part 1. The table shows that 16A 125V cords are permitted for use on 15A or 20A branch circuits when the length does not exceed 6 feet. If you need more information about your specific situation, consult a licensed electrician.

### How much power does a use?

TV- 100 to 200 watts per hour.

Answer- The average flat-screen TV uses roughly 120 watts when in use. Older tube-style TVs use significantly more power, over four times as much, at 470 watts or more when in use. We have to take the number of hours being used into account when determining actual energy usage. If you leave your TV on all day for eight hours it will use much more energy than if you turn it off after watching it for an hour or two each night.

### Can you plug a freezer into a regular outlet?

Answer – The answer is no you can’t plug a freezer into an outlet it takes too much power and the current would be too high. Most homes only have 15 amps which isn’t enough for a refrigerator. If you did plug it in I think it will blow fuse or trip breaker.

### How many watts does your household use?

Our house runs about 12,000 kW monthly. We live in San Diego so our A/C runs about 8 months out of the year, but honestly just having 1 person home during the day lights up the whole house because we have halogen lighting everywhere.

Because appliances vary in their wattage consumption depending on how often they are used, where at home they are located, the condition of their components, and other factors, it’s hard to give an exact answer. A general estimate is that appliances in America average about 900 watts per hour each.

### What gauge extension cord do I need for a refrigerator?

Answer – It’s very important to use a heavy enough gauge wire for your cord. The general rule is that your wire needs to be 20% longer than the distance from the power source to where you will use it. In this case, as long as your cord goes from the wall outlet to within about 5 feet of where you need it, a 14-gauge cord should be fine. If you have a situation where the fridge is 15′ from the outlet and/or there are multiple outlets over a large area before you get to it, then 10 gauge would probably be advisable.

### What is the difference between a refrigerator and a freezer?

Refrigerators keep food cold but don’t freeze it solid. Freezers keep food frozen, even if the temperature inside rises above freezing outside. Answer- A refrigerator uses a pump called a compressor to circulate a coolant (freon) that removes heat from the inside of the unit and passes it on to the outside.

The refrigerator is not only capable of removing the heat but also lowering the temperature drastically. A freezer on the other hand uses a process called vapor-compression that forces hot gas into a tiny pump where it expands, which in turn lowers its temperature. This cold gas is forced back through a cooling coil to repeat the cycle.

### How does an air conditioner work?

A basic evaporative cooler works like this: A fan sucks outside air through damp pads saturated with water. As the air passes over the water-soaked material, some of its moisture evaporates into the air stream, taking with it latent heat from inside your home.