Amana AKT3040 User Manual
Covering models AKT3020, AKT3630, AKT3040 and AKT3650
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Important Safety Information
Utensil Recommendations ................
Cooking on the Smoothtop ................
Care and Cleaning ............................
Amana Warranty .............................
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What You Need to Know about Safety Instructions
Warning and Important Safety Instructions appearing in this manual are not meant to cover all possible conditions and situations that may occur. Common sense, caution, and care must be exercised when installing, maintaining, or operating cooktop.
Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent, or manufacturer about problems or conditions you do not understand.
Recognize Safety Symbols, Words, Labels
WARNING— Hazards or unsafe practices whichCOULD result in severe personal injury or death.
CAUTION— Hazards or unsafe practices whichCOULD result in minor personal injury or product or property damage.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
DO NOT TOUCH SURFACE UNITS OR AREAS NEAR
To avoid personal injury, do not sit, stand or lean on cooktop.
During and after use, do not touch, or let clothing or other flammable materials touch heating elements or interior surfaces of cooktop until they have had enough time to cool.
To avoid risk of electrical shock, personal injury, or death, make sure your cooktop has been properly grounded and always disconnect it from main power supply before servicing.
•Do not cook food directly on cooktop surface, always use cookware.
•Do not mix household cleaning products. Chemical mixtures may interact with objectionable or even hazardous results.
•Do not put plastic items on warm cooking areas. They may melt and stick.
•Do not slide rough metal objects across cooktop surface. Scratching or metal marking can result.
•Do not leave fat heating unless you remain nearby. Fat can ignite if overheated by spilling onto hot surfaces.
•Do not allow pots to boil dry as this can cause damage to cooking surface and pan.
•Do not use cooktop surface as a cutting board.
•Do not use cooktop for storage or as a display counter.
In Case of Fire
Fires can occur as a result of over cooking or excessive grease.
Though a fire is unlikely, if one occurs, proceed as follows:
Surface Element Fire
1.Smother the fire with a nonflammable lid or baking soda, or use a Class ABC or BC extinguisher. Not water. Not salt. Not flour.
2.As soon as it is safe to do so, turn the surface controls to OFF. Turn off power at main circuit breaker or fuse box.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (cont'd)
2.Never Use Your Appliance for Warming or Heating the Room.
3.Do Not Leave Children
6.Storage in or on
7.Do Not Use Water On Grease
8.Use Only Dry
•Do not store items of interest to children in cabinets above a cooktop or on the back of a
SURFACE COOKING UNITS
1.Use Proper Pan
2.Never Leave Surface Units Unattended at High Heat
4.Utensil Handles Should Be Turned Inward and Not Extended Over Adjacent Surface
1.Do Not Cook on Broken
2.Clean Cooktop With
1.Clean Ventilating Hoods
2.When flaming foods under the hood, turn the fan on.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
What Should I Consider in Cookware?
Flat bottomed cookware.
Cookware with rounded or warped
Pans with aluminum disk
porcelain or cast iron cookware,
canners or pressure cookers.
Heavy gauge metal cookware.
Light gauge metal cookware.
Handles that are secure, that are
Cookware with loose or broken
not heavy enough to tilt pan.
Cookware that is smaller than or
Proper pan size.
greater than heating element size
by 1 inch.
Flat bottomed wok.
Wok with a ringstand on bottom.
Flat Pan Test
For best cooking results, use a pan with a flat bottom. To determine if pan has a flat bottom.
1.Rotate a ruler along bottom of pan. If pan is not flat, gaps between bottom of pan and edge of ruler can be seen.
2.A small groove or mark on a pan does not affect cooking times. However, if a pan has a gap, formed rings, or an uneven bottom, it does not cook efficiently and in some cases may not boil liquid.
1 inch overhang
Can I can?
Heats and cools quickly. Use for frying, braising,
Heats and cools at moderate rate. Use for soups,
sauces, vegetables, general cooking.
Copper Clad /
Heats and cools quickly. Use for gourmet cooking,
wine sauces, egg dishes.
Canning is not recommended with any of the Amana smoothtop ranges or cooktops due to the intense heat and large cookware required to can.
The heat generated by the canning cookware overheats both the elements and the smoothtop of the cooktop. This may cause the smoothtop to crack, cause failure of the heating elements, and may cause overheating of the surrounding walls.
Damage incurred by canning, or attempting to can, using the smoothtop cooktop is not covered under warranty.
Cooking on the Smoothtop
If These Features
are Different from
These examples are intended to show the variety of features that are available in the product line. If your cooktop does not have all the options that are shown, it is not a mistake. The information provided applies to several of the models in the product line.
Cooking Safely with
To avoid risk of serious personal injury, property damage, or fire, do not leave surface elements unattended while in operation. Grease and spillovers can ignite causing a fire.
To avoid risk of electrical shock or serious personal injury,
•never cook on a broken smoothtop cooking surface. Spillovers can penetrate broken surface and cause electric shock.
•never clean broken cooktop.
Cleaners can penetrate broken surface and cause electric shock.
If smoothtop cooking surface breaks, discontinue use and contact an authorized servicer immediately.
To avoid serious personal injury, do not use a damp or wet cloth to clean up spills on a hot or warm cooktop. Moist or damp cloths on hot surfaces may result in burns from steam.
Push and turn the surface element control knobs in
either direction to turn on the surface elements. The
outer edge of your pan should always cover the
element graphic, with a maximum overhang of
1 inch. Surface elements are located under the
ceramic cooking surface and radiate heat through
the cooktop. The controls have infinite settings
between LO and HI for fine temperature control.
1.Push in and turn surface element control to desired setting.
•You will see the element turn on and off while you are cooking. This is the element cycling to maintain proper temperature.
2.When finished cooking, turn control to OFF position.
Dual Surface Elements
Dual surface elements have an inner and outer
element that can be set according to the pan size.
The outer edge of your pan should always cover
the element graphic, with a maximum overhang of
1 inch. To use inner and outer element
simultaneously, push and turn knob to double lined
side of knob and desired heat setting. To use inner
element only, push and turn knob to single line side of knob and desired heat setting. When finished, turn control to OFF position.
WHEN TO USE SETTING
Use to prepare food at less than boiling
temperatures or to simmer.
Use to maintain boiling of larger amounts of food,
low temperature frying.
Use to bring food to boiling temperatures. When
food is boiling temperature setting should be
reduced to LO through MED.
Surface elements are indicated by an indicator light that glows when the element is turned on. The location and number of indicator lights vary with each model. After a surface control is turned off, the surface indicator light will continue to glow until surface temperature has cooled to approximately 145°F. The length of time the light remains on will vary. If there is more than one surface element light, do not expect the lights to shut off at the same time.
After you cook...
...remember to establish a cleaning routine for your smoothtop. Cooktops can be sensitive to certain cooking spillovers. Unlike conventional cooktops, smoothtops should not be cleaned with a wet dishcloth when wiping down other counters. Daily care is quick, easy and can prevent damage. To purchase Amana recommended cleaning products, contact our Consumer Affairs department
Cooking on the Smoothtop (cont'd)
Using the Warming Zone
Some cooktops are equipped with a convenient warming zone. The warming zone is designed to keep hot foods hot until serving time. When cooking such foods as pancakes, fried chicken, or even
All food placed on the warming zone should be covered with aluminum foil or a lid to maintain quality. For best results, when warming pastries or breads, cover should have a vent to allow moisture to escape. Do not use plastic wrap or plastic lids to cover food. The plastic could melt onto the surface and be very difficult to clean.
Cookware should be restricted to utensils designed for use with a smoothtop cooktop. Cookware used on the warming zone should also not exceed the pattern of the element by more than one inch or be taller than six inches.
1.Push in and turn surface element control to desired setting. Warming zone element approximate temperatures are:
•145°F on LO setting
•205°F on MED setting
•325°F on HI setting
2.When finished with warming zone, turn control to OFF position.
To decrease the likelihood of food borne illness, hot foods should be kept at a minimum of 140°F. Use a meat thermometer to verify foods kept on the warming zone are at this temperature. Use the chart below to approximate what heat setting to begin using for a particular food. Adjust as necessary depending on the maintained temperature of the food.
Warming Zone Recommended Settings
Dinner Plates with Food
Cream based soups
Always use potholders or oven mitts when removing food from the warming zone as cookware and plates will be hot.
Warming Zone Utensil Recommendations
Because the warming zone is a part of the smoothtop cooktop, it is recommended only to use utensils designed specifically for use on the smoothtop (see Cookware Suggestions section). Using cookware not designed for use with a smoothtop may result in poor cooking performance, damage to the smoothtop, or damage to the cookware. Cookware should not be wider than 8 inches around or taller than 6 inches in height.
The warming zone has its own indicator light. It turns on when the control is set. The indicator light will remain on after the knob is turned to an off position if the surface is still warm (approximately 145 °F). When the glass of the cooktop has cooled down sufficiently, the indicator light will then shut off.
Care and Cleaning
Cleaning the Cooktop
GENERAL DIRECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Mild soap and water
Pull off knobs. Wash gently but do not soak. Dry and return controls to cooktop,
making sure to match flat area on the knob to the flat area on shaft. Do not place
Soap and water
Clean cooktop trim with damp cloth and soapy water. If necessary, clean with
nonabrasive cleaners or pads. Dry thoroughly when finished to avoid rusting. Do
not use harsh powders, oven cleaners, scouring pads, or steel wool.
Smoothtop cleaner conditioner
Follow cleaning directions on package and below.
Caring for the Smoothtop
For routine cleaning, allow top to cool before cleansing. Wash surface with a dampened cloth and smoothtop cleaner conditioner. Use another clean damp paper towel to wipe off the cleaner. Use a dry paper towel, buff the smoothtop to make sure all the cleaner conditioner is removed. The smoothtop cleaner conditioner provides a thin layer of protective polish that helps prevent scratching. Do not use a harsh cleanser or steel wool pad. For specific problems, see below.
Brown streaks and
Cleaning with sponge or cloth containing soiled
Normal cleansing (provided above).
Clean area with smoothtop cleaner conditioner with
Blackened, burnt on
Spatters or spillovers on a hot cooking area or
clean damp paper towel, nonabrasive nylon pad, or
accidental melting of plastic like a bread bag.
If spot is not removed, on cool cooktop carefully scrape
area with a safety scraper held at a
Fine brown gray lines,
Course particles, like salt, become embedded in
top if trapped under pan. Using abrasive
Fine scratches are not removable but can be minimized
fine scratches or
cleaning materials. Scratches from rough
by daily use of smoothtop cleaner conditioner.
ceramic, glass, or ceramic coated cookware.
Smearing or streaking
Using too much smoothtop cleaner conditioner
Follow label instructions carefully. See Routine
or using a soiled dish cloth.
Metal or silver/gray
Remove marks before top is used again. If marks are
marks, may appear to
Sliding or scraping metal utensils across top.
not removed by normal cleaning, use a safety scraper at
be in or under
a 30° angle and cooktop cleaner conditioner to carefully
scrape off the mark.
Turn control to LOW setting long enough to soften
Pitting or flaking
Boilovers of sugar syrup on a hot smoothtop can
spilled material. Wipe up excess spill with dry cloth.
Allow top to cool and carefully scrape area with a safety
cause pitting if not removed immediately.
scraper held at a
Mix smoothtop cleaner conditioner with water and apply
Condensation from cooking can cause minerals
thick paste to stained area. Scrub vigorously. If stain is
not removed, reapply cleaner and repeat process
found in water and acids in food to drip onto
Hard water spots
smoothtop and cause gray deposits. Spots are
make sure the surface is cool and put a small amount of
often so thin they appear to be in or under
white vinegar on the spot and let it sit a few minutes.
Use a nonabrasive nylon pad and gently rub the spot.
Wipe off any excess with a damp paper towel, then dry.
You may save time and money by checking items below before calling for service. List includes common concerns that are not the result of defective workmanship or materials. If your question is not explained below, contact Amana Consumer Affairs Department at
Appliance not working
Make sure appliance has power.
Verify that circuit breaker is not tripped.
Replace fuse but do not change fuse capacity.
Frequent cycling off and on of surface
Smoothtop burners cycle on and off to maintain proper
Cracking or popping sound
Wet cooking utensils or possible spillage.
Gritty dirt or rough surface
Use recommended smoothtop cleaner conditioner.
on cooking utensils
May be a metal mark. Make sure surface is cool. Use
safety scraper to carefully scrape off the mark. Apply
smoothtop cleaner conditioner and gently rub with
nonabrasive nylon pad.
Use recommended smoothtop cleaner conditioner to
remove dirt from smoothtop.
Make sure surface is cool. Put a small amount of white
vinegar on the spot and let sit for a few minutes. Rub with
nonabrasive nylon pad. Wipe off any excess with damp
Hot sugar or plastic melted to surface
Allow cooktop to warm slightly. Using a safety scraper,
gently remove soil. Follow with routine cleaning.
Pattern fading/wearing off
Use recommended cleaner conditioner to remove build
up and dirt from smoothtop.