Will a 2000 Watt Generator Run an Air Conditioner?

Will a Generator Power an Air Conditioner

A portable generator can be a great investment for when the power goes out, or for outdoor activities such as camping or family events. If you’ve ever wondered if your 2000 watt generator will run an air conditioner, the answer is yes, but only a portable or window air conditioning unit. You can power most small home appliances with a 2000 watt generator very smoothly but your central air system will not run efficiently. Typically, 2000 watts is the maximum output, but their general running wattage is around 1800 watts. That said, be sure to check the power requirements of your specific air conditioning unit. A consultation with a licensed electrician like those at Oliver will help you decide which generator is right for your needs.

Optimal Power Can Be Achieved with A Higher Wattage Generator

When an air conditioner starts, more power is initially required to start the appliance. Once up and running, the power needed at the start will begin to decrease to the normal running wattage. Typically, an air conditioner will use 5 to 8 times the power on startup versus when they are running. A 2000 watt generator will have no problem running a smaller-sized air conditioner, however, if you wanted to run multiple appliances along with the air conditioner, there may not be enough power. A higher wattage unit or a whole-home generator will allow for a larger air conditioner to be powered, or for more appliances to be used simultaneously with the air conditioner.

Household Appliances that Can Run on A 2000 Watt Generator

Although a 2000 watt generator is on the smaller side for generators, it is compact and very convenient for certain situations. Not only will a 2000 watt generator run an window air conditioner, but a generator of that size can also run the following home appliances. *All cannot be run at the same time, but many of these smaller appliances can be powered and run together.

  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laptop
  • Microwave Oven
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Television

Trust the Experts at Oliver for All Your Electrical and Generator Needs

Feel comfortable trusting Oliver for quality generator service in the Delaware Valley and Jersey Shore area. If you are interested in a portable or whole-home generator, Oliver can review your specific needs and provide you with a recommendation and no-obligation quote. Contact us today for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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