Refrigerator Problems

southforksouthfork Registered Users Posts: 43 ✭✭
All of the power outages here in California has everyone buying Gen sets I've heard of a lot of problems with mother boards in refrigerators . What's going on here to small of generator ? 
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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,478 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fridges can be a tough load on smaller generators, which can have pretty wide variations in voltage etc to begin with. 

    Pity there aren't more inverter type fridges available in US/Canada.  With much lower startup loading, they'd be more generator friendly.  I don't know if this is the issue, but brown-outs are hard on loads.
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  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 31,142 admin
    Ran my in-laws' home for several days on a Honda eu2000i with a extended runtime fuel cap and 5 gallon gas can (something like 2-3 gallons per day) because of wild fire warning power shut down. 2x "modern" (computer based) refrigerators plus a garage freezer, a 1/3rd HP fish pond pump, pond air compressor, and a few other small things around the home...

    Genset was new in box (bought 6+ years ago for emergency backup).... At first, had to run with ECO mode switch off... But after a day running (and adding pond water pump), could run with ECO mode one just fine (originally would stall when hit with fridge compressor load).

    No problems.

    A Honda eu2200i (new version), or eu3000i should run everything (within reason) just fine.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • Graham ParkinsonGraham Parkinson Registered Users Posts: 57 ✭✭
    We run our LG 19 Cu ft side by side fridge (purchased from Lowes Canada), bottom freezer Inverter Fridge on our Ryobi 700 Watt propane generator no problem at all (also a gazillion LED lights)

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  • southforksouthfork Registered Users Posts: 43 ✭✭
    edited January 16 #5
    We run our LG 19 Cu ft side by side fridge (purchased from Lowes Canada), bottom freezer Inverter Fridge on our Ryobi 700 Watt propane generator no problem at all (also a gazillion LED lights)
    Nice to hear we just purchased a 24 cf LG . bottom freezer from Best Buy .
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