Refrigerator - Electrical Requirements and Breaker Size
Electrical Requirements and Breaker Size for refrigerators, compact refrigerators, wine chillers, beverage centers, double-drawer refrigerators and standalone icemakers are as follows:
A 115-volt or 120-volt, individual, properly grounded branch circuit with a 3-prong grounding type receptacle, protected by a 15 or 20 amp circuit breaker or time-delay fuse.
Should be on a dedicated circuit. This is recommended for best performance and to prevent overloading house wiring circuits.
Refrigerators should be on a dedicated circuit. However, the exact running amperage or wattage may be needed for determining use on generators and other similar applications.
The rating plate on the unit has this information. View refrigerator rating plate locations.
To determine wattage, use the equation: Volts x Amps = Wattage.
Start-up amps and watts are usually 3 times more than the running amps or watts.
For model specific electrical requirements, consult the Installation Instructions.