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 fridge to go bad. 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 fridges requires.

Warning: If using a gas or propane generator, keep it outdoors at least 15 feet away from the building.

What the fridge needs from a generator

Generators are a lifesaver when it comes to outages, but they come in different sizes and supply different amounts of power. Because of this, you'll need to know the wattage and amps required to power your fridge and make sure the generator can handle it along with anything else connected to the generator.

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 refrigerator compartment. If the amps are not listed, you can do some simple math to determine the amps that are used. Just divide the wattage by volts. In the US, all regular outlets are 120 volts, so you can divide by that. (Watts / Volts = Amps)

Once you figure out how much power your fridge requires, you'll know what kind of generator to use. Most small recreational generators (up to 2000 watts) can power your fridge for a short period of time, generally a few hours. But many of them will not have a power regulator, so power may not be consistently delivered to the unit. This “dirty” power can damage your refrigerator. There are a few different ways to "clean" the power from a generator:

  • Use a generator that has a built-in inverter

  • Attach an inverter to the generator

  • Use a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

Using a generator to keep your refrigerator up and running while the power is out can be safe and easy. Follow these recommendations so the fridge can perform its best and not risk damage while power is being restored.

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