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# How many amps does a refrigerator draw?

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A typical 16-cubic-foot, frost-free refrigerator draws 6 amps of electricity and uses 750 watts. The amps are determined by dividing the watts by 120 volts in the United States. The amps of a specific refrigerator are easily calculated based on the watts listed on the manufacturer's label.

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An amp is a measure of the flow rate of electricity. Electrical codes determine circuit breaker and wire size based on amps. Overloading a circuit causes overheating of wires and creates a fire hazard. When multiple appliances operate on the same circuit, the sum of the amps for each appliance should add up to less than the rating of the circuit breaker and wire.

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A refrigerator draws a certain amount of amps, and using the real value to compare to the expected value is important in addressing issues when the appliance is not working properly. Figuring out the amp draw of your refrigerator is a simple process that takes less than an hour. It requires an amp meter, a breakout cord and a flashlight.

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Energy consumption depends on the size of the refrigerator. Models of 1.7 to 4.4 cubic feet with manual defrost consume no more than 239.42 kilowatt hours per year. Partial automatic defrost models consume no more than 318.4 kilowatt hours per year.

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A standard, frost-free, 16 cubic foot refrigerator uses 725 watts. Since most refrigerators have a range of settings, the total watts used vary depending on the setting.