# How many amps does a small refrigerator draw?

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average

**refrigerator**uses approximately 725 watts of electricity and 15 to 20**amps**, this adds up to approximately 10 percent or more of your utility bill.

Also to know is, how much power does a small fridge draw?

**Compact refrigerators**, typically ranging from 1.7 to 4.4 cubic feet, receive an Energy Star rating when they consume no **more** than 239.42 kilowatt-hours per year for manual defrost versions, or up to 318.4 kWH/year for units with partial automatic defrost.

**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**.

Keeping this in view, how many amps does a typical refrigerator draw?

6 amps

Watts / Volts = **Amps** per hour A slightly different example is a 60 watt **fridge** running on a **12 volt** power source uses 60 /12 = 5 **amps**, but only while the motor runs.