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.