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Do you need a special outlet for a freezer?

By: Yousef KananiUpdated: March 18, 2021


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Freezer Electrical Requirements. The freezer should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet which has a voltage rating that matches the rating plate. A 115 Volt AC, 60 Hz, 15- or 20-amp fused, grounded electrical supply is required.

In this way, can you plug a freezer into a GFCI outlet?

That "protector outlet" you're referring to is a GFCI, or "Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter" receptacle, and GFCI's are required by building code in garages, kitchens, bathrooms, and on the exterior of new homes. So freezers and refrigerators should never be plugged into GFCI's.

Can I plug a freezer and fridge into the same outlet?

Per most electrical codes (IRC at least), any appliance with a motor, such as a fridge or freezer, should be on a dedicated 20 amp line. This means that ONLY that outlet is on a circuit. Practically speaking, however, as long as the outlet is NOT on a GFCI, it should be OK.

Where should I put my freezer?

Other possible locations for placing a freezer include the kitchen, utility room, basement, garage, and laundry room. When space is limited, you may want to consider locating a freezer in a guest room or outdoor shed.

Is it OK to put freezer in garage?

If you live in a place with a harsh winter, putting a freezer in the garage may not be a good idea. A chest freezer or "deep freezer" isn't always convenient for keeping inside the house, but it is quite common to keep one out in the garage.


Can you plug a refrigerator into a regular outlet?

A standard residential refrigerator connects to a common household outlet. The outlet provides 110 volts of electricity to power the appliance. Most building codes require the refrigerator connect to a dedicated circuit. This means a circuit breaker in the breaker box only powers that appliance and nothing else.

Can you plug freezer into extension cord?

Grounded Extension Cord for Freezer
The power cord on a freezer or refrigerator has a ground pin, so you need a UL® listed 3-wire grounding appliance extension cord, and you must plug the cord into a grounded three-pin receptacle. Never use a damaged extension cord.

Do Chest freezers use a lot of electricity?

Chest freezers are more energy-efficient than upright freezers. Generally, they cost a little more than $4 a month to run when divided. Upright freezers cost around $14 a month to run. Both options come in energy-efficient models, which can further your cost savings.

Can you keep a freezer outside?

Freezers designed to handle temperature fluctuations or extremes are safe to use outside or even in an unheated garage. Outdoor undercounter freezers are perfect for use in an outdoor kitchen or living area, or under the workbench in your shop or garage.

Can you keep a freezer on carpet?

Yes, it is fine to be standing on a carpet. Don't put it in the airing cupboard, it might not get enough ventilation, the coils at the back rely on having some air to function properly.

Is 115v a regular outlet?

Window units with standard, three-prong plugs may be used in regular household receptacles, regardless of whether the air conditioner requires 110-, 115- or 120-volt electricity. No special receptacle is required. However, if the unit has a round plug, you may consider changing the wall receptacle to match it.

Is it safe to keep a freezer in the bedroom?

The short answer is yes . There's no immediate dangerous to having a refrigerator inside of your bedroom. There are some other reasons that may keep you up at night or will be annoying overtime, especially if you spend a good majority of your time in the bedroom. Sleeping next to a fridge is generally not dangerous.

How much ventilation does a freezer need?

All refrigeration appliances require ventilation to ensure correct operation. This is crucial in the case of integrated appliances, where vents are required for this purpose. A minimum of 200cm2 of ventilation must be provided at both the top and the bottom of the cabinetry to allow correct airflow.

Can chest freezer be used as fridge?

If you're wondering whether you can use a freezer as a fridge, the answer is yes. If you're wondering why you'd want to do that, the answer is that it saves energy. The conversion isn't difficult to make and requires simply replacing the freezer thermostat with one for a refrigerator.

How far away from a radiator should a freezer be?

Question What distance should be given from a radiator to my Smeg Fridge - Freezer? Answer Install the appliance at least 3 cm away from electrical or gas cookers and at least 30 cm away from combustion heaters or radiators. The appliance must not be installed near heat sources.

Can you plug two freezers into outlet?

If you need more space to store all your cold and frozen goodies, be sure to check circuit capacity and codes before you plug two refrigerators into just one outlet. If you simply cannot avoid this, you can use a split-wire receptacle to allow the appliances to run on different circuits.

Is there a difference between GFI and GFCI?

GFI is an ground fault interrupting outlet. GFCI is a ground fault circuit interrupter. A typical GFI outlet is the first in a string of outlets, and is the one used to provide GFCI protection to the circuit (i.e. everything connected after that point.)

Do all outlets in garage need to be GFCI?

All receptacles in garage require GFCI protection. According to IRC 2012, all 125-volt, single-phase, 15- or 20-ampere receptacles installed in garages and grade-level portions of unfinished accessory buildings used for storage or work areas shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel.

Can you put a refrigerator on a GFCI?

Residential Kitchen
In a dwelling unit (residential), GFCI protection is only required for kitchen receptacles that serve the countertop surfaces. There's no requirement to GFCI protect receptacles that serve a refrigerator. Unless the fridge is plugged into a countertop receptacle.

What size breaker should I use for a freezer?

Requires a 120 volt individual, properly grounded branch circuit with a 3 prong grounding type receptacle, protected by a 15 or 20 amp circuit breaker or time-delay fuse. Should be on a dedicated circuit. This is recommended for best performance and to prevent overloading house wiring circuits.

Will a refrigerator trip a GFCI?

If a GFCI receptacle is tripping, it most likely the equipment on the circuit, not the GFCI, a fridge or freezer should do just fine on a GFCI protected circuit, BTW as time goes on the exceptions allowing non-GFCI receptacles are slowly going away, so get used to them..