What Types of Appliances Will a 3,000-Watt Generator Run?

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A 3,000-watt generator can run a large range of home appliances, including heavy-duty things such as a refrigerator, an electric furnace, a microwave and a television. In general, appliances require a higher wattage amount when they are first started up; during operation, the running wattage typically drops significantly. Theoretically, a 3,000-watt generator can run many appliances simultaneously, though each needs to be activated separately.