# How many amps does a refrigerator draw on startup?

**Refrigerator Starting**Current

**amps**which lasts only about one-half second. Also, the running current is significantly less than the nameplate value.

Besides, how many watts does a refrigerator use on startup?

For your **refrigerator** alone I would suggest allowing between 2,500 to 3,000 **Watts**, and if it was me I would go for the 3,000. You **do** not need to add starting **watts** to start up **watts**. The starting load is the maximum required.

**will**require 6.8

**amps**to operate. A

**refrigerator will**use roughly half of the available

**amperage**of a standard

**15**-

**amp circuit**, and over one third of a 20-

**amp circuit**.

Subsequently, one may also ask, how many amps does a refrigerator compressor draw?

Refrigerator amps mean the amount of electrical energy used by a refrigerator compressor to cool down the compartment. For most domestic fridges, the amperage ranges between 3 and 5 in the case of **120** V. You need a dedicated 15 – 20 amp circuit as the starting amperage is significantly more.

If you're using a **1000 Watts generator** for camping trips, I always recommend using a 12V DC **refrigerator** with a deep cycle battery. You **can** charge the battery with no problem using a **1000 Watts generator** and you have the benefit of keeping your **refrigerator running** even when the **generator** is switched off.