Connect your Samsung fridge to a generator

An open refrigerator with interior lights on the in middle of a power outage or blackout

Power outages are stressful enough as it is - the last thing you want is for all the food in your refrigerator to spoil. Luckily, you can connect your fridge to a generator to keep your groceries nice and cold. However, there are some things you should take into consideration first, like how much power your fridge requires.

Warning: When using a gas or propane generator, keep it outdoors at least 15 feet away from your home and surrounding buildings.

Find the wattage and amperage for your fridge

Using a generator to keep your refrigerator up and running while the power is out can be a lifesaver. Since generators come in different sizes and supply different amounts of power, you’ll need to know the wattage and amperage required to power your fridge. Follow our recommendations so your fridge can perform its best and not risk damage while power is being restored.

If you aren't sure about the fridge's amperage and wattage, you can find it on the same label as the model code. This is usually located on the inside left wall of the fridge compartment. However, if the amps are not listed, you can divide the wattage by volts. 

In the US, all regular outlets are 120 volts, so you can use the following equation: Watts / Volts = Amps

Samsung Refrigerator Label inside the fridge

Note: When calculating the watts and amps, keep in mind any additional devices or appliances that may also be connected to your generator.

Select the right generator for your fridge

Once you figure out how much power your fridge requires, you'll know what kind of generator to use. For instance, most small recreational generators (up to 2000 watts) can power your fridge for a few hours.

Some generators do not have a power regulator, which means power may not be consistently delivered to the unit. This “dirty” power can damage your fridge. There are a few different ways to "clean" the power from a generator that does not have a power regulator:

  • Use a generator that has a built-in inverter

  • Attach an inverter to the generator

  • Use a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

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