Upright & Chest Freezer - Electrical Requirements and Breaker Size

Here is the information about the electrical and breaker size requirements for GE and Hotpoint Freezers:

  • Upright and chest freezers require a 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.

  • The freezer should be on a dedicated circuit. This is recommended for best performance and to prevent the overloading of house wiring circuits.

Freezers should be on a dedicated circuit; however, sometimes the exact amperage or wattage is needed for use on a generator or other similar application.


The rating plate on the unit has the exact running amperage.

View the rating plate locations on an upright freezer.

View the rating plate locations on a chest freezer.

  • To determine the running wattage, use: volts x amps = wattage.

  • Note: The start-up amps and watts are usually 2 times more than the running amps or watts.


For model specific electrical requirements, please consult the Installation Instructions for the freezer model you own.