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Running refrigerator and box freezer on a small generator

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#1 mada

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:03 PM

I live on a small island and we loose power here and there. Kind of a hassle as I have a big family and there's usually a lot of food in the fridge/freezer.

I Just bought a small yamaha EF2000iS (2,000 Watt) Generator and I have a few questions:

I have a GE Monogram fridge (model #ZISS420NRESS), can I run that off this generator?

I also have a small box freezer that I'd also like to run (ge compact chest freezer 7) Think this little yamaha generator can run both along with a small light or two?

I was also told that i can't use an extension cord with a fridge running on a generator, but not sure if that's accurate and don't think it is... but looking to see if anyone has any info on that

Any help appreciated!

Edited by mada, 01 July 2012 - 12:27 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:57 PM

I don't think that generator will work.
The start-up requirements for a Fridge is huge ..
How long is the power OFF, before it comes back ON ?
A few hours should be no problem.. if the Doors aren't opened very long.
You could ask the other residents on that island that are in the same boat :whistling:
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:49 PM

That generator is on the small side by about 2000 watts..........before you bought the generator, did you add up all the watts needed to start the refrigerator and freezer and a light bulb or two????................ Depending on the current draw of the units, about 15 to 17 amps. each, for a second or two, the generator will struggle to start the compressor(s)....The compressor will start, but it will do damage to the start windings.....( The next problem will be " the food is warming up" = failed compressor.).......If by chance both refer and freezer start at the same time, the current draw could be as high as 30+ amps ( 3600+ watts ) .................... A 5000 watt generator is a decent size to have, plug in one of the units first and then the other.....To test this theory of an under sized generator, start the generator, plug in your ' a light or two', plug in the refer and the freezer at the same time......did the lights dim much????..................... I myself am looking for a generator to purchase....(Propane for long term fuel storage )............ got a well ( 240volts )..one refer .....one freezer...... one sewage pump.........The refer and freezer will stay plugged in but I will plug in and unplug the well pump and the sewage pump as needed..........5000 to 6000 watts will give enough juice....Plus, just in case the neighbor lady needs a light or two... Extension cords can be used, they just need to be rated correctly.... keep the Generator outside, a 12 ga cord for up to 20 to 30 feet, use two out lets on the generator, one outlet for each unit.................. READ your manual............DO not plug your generator into the breaker panel.....Use a switching system, manual or automatic




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