I'm not sure about start current. Most of the refrig I've measured, run
about 4 to 5 amps, under load. Defrost can be 3 to 6 amps, been a while
since I measured one.
Christopher A. Young
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Likely be 3-6 times normal current. Normal current should be 1.5- 2.5 amps.
Defrost mode is what consumes higher steady current, and the compressor is
I measured with killowatt. I thought they drew more, like 6 amps. Even my
old 70's fridge is only about 2.5 amps. My newer 90's will draw 12-13 amps
on defrost, or 1500 watts. Killowatt will also measure true power.
I am looking at real world scenarios, i.e. would generator "X" supply the
required current to "start" my fridge? Without damage to either,
obviously. So, if there is a 30 Amp current for 1 nanosec, that probably
wouldn't mean anything, would it?
I understand that you're asking real world questions. You do need to
size a generator for inrush expectations, which last longer than a
nanosecond. Your fridge will not start if you don't.
However, you don't need to start everything you have at the same time,
nor run everything at the same time. You can watch TV in the dark, and
unplug the fridge while you use the microwave:
Furnace is natural gas, hot water circulator drawing 0.76 Amp.
Thermostat etc shouldn't draw much, I think.
Microwave is 900 watt, but it is a convection oven as well GE model 1490
Your help is appreciated!
Most of the Generac units I installed in homes some years ago were 8,000
watt natural gas powered automatic standby generators and it
was enough to power what you are referring to. Of course I installed
as large as 40kw for some customers but my favorite Generac was the
10kw 4cyl liquid cooled engine unit that ran at 1,800rpm which made
it very quiet and long lasting. ^_^
Well, I've lived here almost 14 years, and things have gotten worse. In
the last 2 years we've had 3 outages of around 48 hours each. We did
fine through those, but it wasn't too cold during those. Our hot water
heater is natural gas only, no electric power required. Stove top the
same. But we are over 65, and I am not looking forward to a bad storm
with real cold weather. Hence the questions.
On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:30:33 -0500, The Daring Dufas
Me either. I'm certainly not going back! I'll visit the kid in the summer
(July 4, from 3:00-4:00PM).
Seriously, my knees and feet are 90% better since I moved to the South.
Insteaad of many weeks each year of severe pain (several days unable to walk)
I have a couple of days a year of bearable pain.
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