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How many watts does a old gibson 21.6 cu ft freezer use

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Tractorman44 is pretty close on his calculation suggestion - and may be sufficient for your needs; however, that is for calculating wattage in a DC circuit (or a purely resistive AC circuit such as a toaster or incandescent light bulb). AC power (wattage) calculations are much more involved and require knowing power factor (the amount of inductive reactance & capacitive reactance) in circuit. The only way to know for sure the amount of wattage used is from the manufacturer specs. It may be expressed as VA (volt amps) or a KVA (kilo volt amps) rating - which is as close to "wattage" in AC circuit as you're going to get.

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Check the nametag on the fridge and take note of the total amperage draw of the unit. That that reading, and multiply it by 120 volts and the resultant answer will the the total wattage of the unit... If you want to get it precise, measure the applied voltage at the receptacle where it is plugged in. Your 120 volt circuit may really be supplying 125 volts or more and that will effect the calculation....though minimally.

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    Sorry Joyce, I wasn't aware that there was no tag with any information available to you. Another simple suggestion would be to ask a maintenance man at your place of employment if he has a tool called a "Clamp-on ammeter" and its companion accessory plug in for measuring the current in a residential circuit. The accessory is merely a split receptacle that you plug the appliance in to and this device is plugged into the wall outlet. The clamp-on ammeter then clips into the split opening in the accessory and the ammeter will then give you the total amp draw of the appliance. Take that amp draw and multiply it by the 120 volts applied voltage and you will get the total wattage of the appliance. Of course the freezer has to be running in order to read its amperage. I know this will probably not be possible for you to accomplish, but it would be a very simple chore for a technician.



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