Before investing in a 6000 watt generator or to make the most use of your existing one you want to know what it will run.

Assuming you have enough amps too, a good 6000 watt generator should be able to run big devices like a 2-ton central air, a hot water heater, or an air compressor separately.

You can also run multiple smaller appliances and tools at once.

An example of a combination a 6000 watt generator should be able to run together is a 2-ton central air, refrigerator, dishwasher, and electric grill.

It is important to note that these are rough general guidelines that may not apply to the brands of devices you have.

Additionally, you want to make sure you have a 6000 watt inverter generator for more sensitive electronics.

Lastly, you can find a helpful (but again imperfect) table with the watt needs of different appliances and tools below.

## What electronics a 6000 watt generator can run

Below you can find a table with what electronics 6000 watt generators can run. However, there are a few additional things to keep in mind.

The first one is that even when two generators have 6000 peak watts, they can still vary in terms of the amounts of running watts and amps they offer and whether they are inverters or not.

You want to take these details into account to make sure your 6000 watt generator can run the appliances and tools below safely.

I will assume your 6000 watt generator is an inverter, has a 240 volt 30 amp outlet, and offers at least 5000 running watts.

The second thing to keep in mind is that individual brands of these electronics categories can still vary in terms of the watts they need.

Lastly, you should look at these appliances and tools separately.

To run multiple of them at once with your 6000 watt generator you want to check the next article section too.

Appliance Or Tool | Running Watts | Additional Starting Watts | Total Starting Watts |
---|---|---|---|

Coffee Maker | 600 Watts | 600 Watts | |

Incandescent Light Bulbs | 60 Watts | 60 Watts | |

Refrigerator | 800 Watts | 1400 Watts | 2200 Watts |

800 Watt Microwave Oven | 1300 Watts | 1300 Watts | |

Electric Frying Pan | 1500 Watts | 1500 Watts | |

Electric Grill | 1650 Watts | 1650 Watts | |

Slow Cooker | 270 Watts | 270 Watts | |

Toaster | 1200 Watts | 1200 Watts | |

Blender | 400 Watts | 450 Watts | 850 Watts |

Air Fryer | 1600 Watts | 1600 Watts | |

Pressure Cooker | 1200 Watts | 1200 Watts | |

Electric Oven | 3500 Watts | 3500 Watts | |

Window Air Conditioner (10,000 BTU) | 1500 Watts | 700 Watts | 2200 Watts |

11,000 BTU RV Air Conditioner | 1010 Watts | 590 Watts | 1600 Watts |

Central Air (2 ton) | 1500 Watts | 3000 Watts | 4500 Watts |

Sump Pump (⅓ HP) | 800 Watts | 500 Watts | 1300 Watts |

Flat Screen TV | 120 Watts | 120 Watts | |

Dishwasher | 220 Watts | 320 Watts | 540 Watts |

Radio | Up to 200 Watts | Up to 200 Watts | |

Portable Fan | 40 Watts | 80 Watts | 120 Watts |

Laptop | 250 Watts | 250 Watts | |

Printer | 600 Watts | 600 Watts | |

Garage Door Opener | 720 Watts | 720 Watts | 1440 Watts |

Cell Phone Charger | 25 Watts | 25 Watts | |

Radiant Heater | 1300 Watts | 1300 Watts | |

Hair Dryer | 1800 Watts | 100 Watts | 1900 Watts |

Vacuum Cleaner | 1400 Watts | 1400 Watts | |

Hot Water Heater | 4500 Watts | 4500 Watts | |

Iron | 1200 Watts | 1200 Watts | |

Electric Drill | 600 Watts | 300 Watts | 900 Watts |

Bench Grinder | 1400 Watts | 1100 Watts | 2500 Watts |

Circular Saw | 1400 Watt | 900 Watts | 2300 Watts |

Table Saw | 1800 Watts | 2700 Watts | 4500 Watts |

Air Compressor | 1600 Watts | 2900 Watts | 4500 Watts |

## How much can a 6000 watt generator run at once?

If you are interested in or have a 6000 watt generator you likely want to run more than just a laptop or radio.

To figure out how much a generator of this power level can run at once, you need to go through a few different steps.

The first ones are:

- List the appliances and tools you want to run at once with your 6000 watt generator.
- Research (or even better measure) the power needs of these electronics. Keep in mind that the table above is helpful but not perfect.
- Add up all the running watts of the appliances and tools on the list. If your result is higher than 6000 watts, you already know you will need to use fewer devices or a stronger generator.

After these initial steps, there are two ways you can go depending on how precise you want to get.

The more detailed steps that require a bit more calculating are:

- Rank your electronics from highest starting watts to lowest.
- Do a thought exercise where you turn on each device and make sure you stay under 6000 peak watts and the number of running watts you have.
- If there is a step where you go over the power capacities, you will have to remove devices from the list.

A rougher way to estimate how much your 6000 watt generator can run at once is:

- Add up all the running watt amounts on the list. Add the highest amount of additional starting watts to this.
- If this total sum is more than 6000 watts, you will need to run fewer appliances and tools at once.

If you follow these steps, you will likely conclude that a 6000 watt generator can run a combination like a 2-ton central air, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, coffee maker, and laptop at once.

At least if you start these up in certain orders and your brand models consume “normal” amounts of watts.

## FAQ about running specific devices with 6000 watt generators

The table of appliances and tools above is relatively complete but you may wonder about running other specific devices with your 6000 watt generator.

### Can a 6000 watt generator power a whole house?

Whether or not a 6000 watt generator can power a whole house depends more on your safety precautions, adapters, and what devices there are inside of the house.

To figure out whether this applies to your situation you want to check what devices a 6000 watt generator can run at once and go over the safety guidelines.

### Will a 6000 watt generator run central air?

Whether a 6000 watt generator can run central air depends on the size of your system.

A 4-ton central air will often require around 5200 starting watts and 3000 running watts so a 6000 watt generator will regularly be able to run this.

### Will a 6000 watt generator run a furnace?

It is hard to make general statements about whether a 6000 watt generator can run a furnace because these can vary a lot in terms of watts needs.

### Will a 6000 watt generator run a welder?

A 6000 watt generator will be able to run many types of welders since these often require around 6000 peak watts.

At the same time, there will also be welders that are too big for this generator power level.

### Will a 6000 watt generator run my well pump?

Assuming a 1/3 HP well pump needs about 2200 starting watts, a 6000 watt generator will be able to run one of these.

### Will a 6000 watt generator run my heat pump?

Similar to many appliances and tools, heat pumps can vary a lot in terms of watts needs.

For example, a 6000 watt generator would be able to run a heat pump that only needs 4500 peak watts.

### Will a 6000 watt generator run an RV?

Whether a 6000 watt generator can run an RV depends on the appliances and tools inside an RV.

That being said, 6000 watt generators often have 30 amp outlets that are relatively easy to connect to RVs and have a lot of power.

In turn, a 6000 watt generator can typically run RVs with a nice amount of electronics inside.