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##### Asked by: Archie Ewerts

home and garden home appliances# How many watts does a normal refrigerator take?

**Average Wattage**

**average**21-cubic-foot side-by-side

**refrigerator**-freezer demands about 780

**watts**when in operation. Once you know the

**wattage**demanded by your

**refrigerator**, you can figure out

**how much**the

**refrigerator**costs to run.

Considering this, how many watts does a standard refrigerator use?

Find the voltage and amperage of the **refrigerator**; for instance, you may see "115 V" and "6.5 amps." Multiplying these two numbers tells you how **many watts** your **refrigerator uses** -- in this case, 747.5 **watts**. Smaller **refrigerators** typically **use** about 350 **watts**, while larger models **use** as **much** as 780 **watts**.

**25 cubic**-

**foot fridge**, you might see it vary between 115-130

**Watts**(or over 200

**Watts**if the

**refrigerator**warmed up due to a power outage).

Similarly one may ask, can a 2000 watt generator run a refrigerator?

Speaking of which, one of the most common appliances, either in an RV or at home, that you are likely to always want to be able to **power** is a **refrigerator**. Luckily, with a **2000 watt generator**, you **can** indeed **run** a mid-sized **refrigerator** as long as its energy star rated and uses no more than 1200 of starting **watt power**.

So the average U.S. home (900 kWh/month) in an area that gets five peak sunlight hours per day would need 6,250 **watts**.