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Electric Smoothtop

Cooktop

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Contents

 

Important Safety Information

............. 3

Utensil Recommendations ................

5

Cooking on the Smoothtop ................

6

Care and Cleaning ............................

8

Troubleshooting .................................

9

Amana Warranty .............................

12

Part No.36-32066301-0

Thank you for buying an Amana Cooktop!

Please take the time to complete the registration card and return promptly. If registration card is missing, call Amana Consumer Affairs Department. When contacting Amana, provide product information from serial plate. The serial plate is located on the underside of the unit.

Model Number __________________________________

Manufacturing (P) Number _________________________

Serial Number (S/N) ______________________________

Purchase Date __________________________________

Dealer Name ___________________________________

Dealer Address _________________________________

Dealer Phone ___________________________________

Keep this manual and your sales receipt together in a safe place for future reference or if warranty service is required.

For answers to questions or to locate an authorized servicer, call

1-800-NAT-LSVC(1-800-628-5782)inside USA or319-622-5511outside USA. Warranty service must be performed by an authorized servicer.

Amana Appliances also recommends contacting an authorized servicer if service is required after warranty expires.

AsureExtended Service Plan

Amana Appliances offers long-termservice protection for this new cooktop. AsureExtended Service Plan, covering functional parts, labor, and travel charges, is specially designed to supplement a strong warranty.

Call 1-800-528-2682for information.

Parts and Accessories

Purchase replacement parts and additional accessories by phone.

To order accessories for your Amana product, call

1-800-843-0304inside USA or319-622-5511outside USA.

For more information on this and other Amana products, visit our Web site

www.amana.com

or

call Consumer Affairs Department at

1-800-843-0304

Save Time and Money

If something seems unusual, please check “Troubleshooting” section, which is designed to help you solve problems before calling service. If you have a question, call us at

(800) 843-0304or write us at:

Consumer Affairs Department

Amana Appliances

2800 - 220th Trail

Amana, Iowa 52204

Remember to include model number of your appliance and your phone number.

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

!DANGER

DANGER—Immediatehazards whichWILL result in severe personal injury or death.

!WARNING

WARNING— Hazards or unsafe practices whichCOULD result in severe personal injury or death.

!CAUTION

CAUTION— Hazards or unsafe practices whichCOULD result in minor personal injury or product or property damage.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

!CAUTION

DO NOT TOUCH SURFACE UNITS OR AREAS NEAR UNITS—Surfaceunits may be hot though they are dark in color. Areas near surface units may become hot enough to cause burns. During and after use, do not touch, or let clothing touch or other flammable materials contact surface units or areas near surface units until they have had enough time to cool. These areas include the cooktop and backguard.

! WARNING

To avoid personal injury, do not sit, stand or lean on cooktop.

!CAUTION

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.

! WARNING

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.

!Precautions

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

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (cont'd)

ALL APPLIANCES

1. Proper Installation—Besure your appliance is properly installed and grounded by a qualified technician.

2.Never Use Your Appliance for Warming or Heating the Room.

3.Do Not Leave Children Alone—Childrenshould not be alone or unattended in the area where the appliance is in use. They should never be allowed to sit or stand on any part of the appliance.

4.Wear Proper Apparel—Loosefitting or hanging garments should never be worn while using appliance.

5.User Servicing—Donot repair or replace any part of the appliance unless specifically recommended in the manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.

6.Storage in or on Appliance—Flammablematerials should not be stored in an oven or near surface units.

7.Do Not Use Water On Grease Fires—Smotherfire or flame, or use dry chemical orfoam-typeextinguisher.

8.Use Only Dry Potholders—Moistor damp potholders on hot surfaces may result in burns from steam. Do not let potholder touch elements. Do not use a towel or other bulky cloth.

!CAUTION

Do not store items of interest to children in cabinets above a cooktop or on the back of a cooktop—children climbing on the cooktop to reach items could be seriously injured.

SURFACE COOKING UNITS

1.Use Proper Pan Size—Thisappliance is equipped with one or more surface units of different size. Select utensils having flat bottoms large enough to cover the surface unit heating element. The use of undersized utensils will expose a portion of the heating element to direct contact and may result in ignition of clothing. Use of oversized utensils concentrates heat on cooking surface and can cause damage to cooktop. Proper relationship of utensil to burner improves efficiency.

2.Never Leave Surface Units Unattended at High Heat Settings—Boilovercauses smoking and greasy spillovers that may ignite.

3.Glazed Cooking Utensils—Onlycertain types of glass, ceramic, earthware, or other glazed utensils are suitable for cooktop service without breaking due to sudden change in temperature.

4.Utensil Handles Should Be Turned Inward and Not Extended Over Adjacent Surface Units—Toreduce the risk of burns, ignition of flammable materials, and spillage due to unintentional contact with the utensil, the handle of a utensil should be positioned so that it is turned inward, and does not extend over adjacent surface units.

GLASS/CERAMIC

COOKING SURFACES

1.Do Not Cook on Broken Cooktop—Ifcooktop should break, cleaning solutions and spillovers may penetrate the broken cooktop and create a risk of electrical shock. Contact a qualified technician immediately.

2.Clean Cooktop With Caution—Ifa wet sponge or cloth is used to wipe spills on a hot cooking area, be careful to avoid a steam burn. Some cleaners can produce noxious fumes if applied to a hot surface.

VENTILATION HOODS

1.Clean Ventilating Hoods Frequently—Greaseshould not be allowed to accumulate on hood or filter.

2.When flaming foods under the hood, turn the fan on.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

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Utensil Recommendations

What Should I Consider in Cookware?

SELECT

AVOID

 

 

Flat bottomed cookware.

Cookware with rounded or warped

bottoms.

 

 

 

Pans with aluminum disk

Glass, glass-ceramic,enamel

porcelain or cast iron cookware,

bottoms.

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.

handles.

 

 

 

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.

More than

1 inch overhang

Correct size

Can I can?

COOKWARE

 

MATERIAL

USES

 

 

Aluminum

Heats and cools quickly. Use for frying, braising,

and roasting.

 

 

 

Stainless Steel

Heats and cools at moderate rate. Use for soups,

sauces, vegetables, general cooking.

 

 

 

Copper Clad /

Heats and cools quickly. Use for gourmet cooking,

Tin Lined

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.

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Cooking on the Smoothtop

If These Features

are Different from

Yours

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

Surface Elements

! WARNING

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.

! WARNING

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.

! WARNING

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.

Setting Surface

 

 

Element Controls

 

FFO

Push and turn the surface element control knobs in

H

 

I

 

either direction to turn on the surface elements. The

l

 

 

 

outer edge of your pan should always cover the

6

 

element graphic, with a maximum overhang of

l

 

1 inch. Surface elements are located under the

5

 

ceramic cooking surface and radiate heat through

l

4

 

l

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.

O

L

l

2

l

3

Dual Surface Elements

 

OL

 

 

 

FFO

 

Dual surface elements have an inner and outer

I

H

 

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

 

H

I

1 inch. To use inner and outer element

 

 

M

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

D

 

simultaneously, push and turn knob to double lined

 

LO

 

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.

SURFACE ELEMENT

 

CONTROL SETTINGS

WHEN TO USE SETTING

 

 

LO

Use to prepare food at less than boiling

temperatures or to simmer.

 

MED

Use to maintain boiling of larger amounts of food,

low temperature frying.

 

HI

Use to bring food to boiling temperatures. When

food is boiling temperature setting should be

 

 

reduced to LO through MED.

Indicator Lights

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

at (800) 843-0304.

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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 stir-frythe warming zone can keep cooked foods hot as other portions are cooked.

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.

OFF

HI

l

l

MED

LO

l

l

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

175°F on MED-LOsetting

205°F on MED setting

250°F on MED-HIsetting

325°F on HI setting

2.When finished with warming zone, turn control to OFF position.

Temperature Selection

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

 

 

Approximate

Food Item

Heat Setting

Temperature °F

(Element)

 

 

 

Breads/Pastries

LO

145

 

 

 

Casseroles

LO

145

 

 

 

Dinner Plates with Food

LO

145

 

 

 

Eggs

LO

145

 

 

 

Mashed Potatoes

LO

145

 

 

 

Hamburger Casserole

MED-LO

175

 

 

 

Gravies

MED

205

 

 

 

Meats

MED

205

 

 

 

Sauces

MED

205

 

 

 

Cream based soups

MED

205

 

 

 

Stews

MED

205

 

 

 

Vegetables

HI

325

 

 

 

Fried Foods

HI

325

 

 

 

Hot Beverages

HI

325

 

 

 

Soups

HI

325

 

 

 

! CAUTION

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.

Indicator Light

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.

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Care and Cleaning

Cleaning the Cooktop

 

SUGGESTED

 

PART

CLEANING MATERIALS

GENERAL DIRECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

 

Control knobs

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

 

 

in dishwasher.

 

 

 

Cooktop trim

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

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.

PROBLEM

CAUSE

REMOVAL

 

 

 

Brown streaks and

Cleaning with sponge or cloth containing soiled

Normal cleansing (provided above).

specks

detergent water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

scouring brush.

spots

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 30-degreeangle.

 

 

 

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.

abrasions

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.

Cleaning, above.

 

 

 

 

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

 

smoothop

 

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 30-degreeangle. Follow with routine

 

 

 

 

cleaning.

 

 

 

 

 

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

OR

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.

 

smoothtop.

 

Use a nonabrasive nylon pad and gently rub the spot.

 

 

 

 

Wipe off any excess with a damp paper towel, then dry.

 

 

 

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Troubleshooting

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 800-843-0304.

Topic

Possible Cause

Solution

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appliance not working

Power outage

Make sure appliance has power.

Verify that circuit breaker is not tripped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replace fuse but do not change fuse capacity.

 

 

 

NOISE

 

 

 

 

 

Frequent cycling off and on of surface

Normal

Smoothtop burners cycle on and off to maintain proper

units

 

heating temperature.

 

 

 

Cracking or popping sound

Normal

Wet cooking utensils or possible spillage.

 

 

 

APPEARANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gritty dirt or rough surface

Use recommended smoothtop cleaner conditioner.

 

 

 

 

 

on cooking utensils

May be a metal mark. Make sure surface is cool. Use

Scratches

 

 

safety scraper to carefully scrape off the mark. Apply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shiny scratches

smoothtop cleaner conditioner and gently rub with

 

 

 

 

 

 

nonabrasive nylon pad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirt

Use recommended smoothtop cleaner conditioner to

 

 

 

 

 

 

remove dirt from smoothtop.

Discoloration

Water spots/marks

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

paper towel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot sugar or plastic melted to surface

Spills

Allow cooktop to warm slightly. Using a safety scraper,

gently remove soil. Follow with routine cleaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern fading/wearing off

Dirt/film buildup

Use recommended cleaner conditioner to remove build

up and dirt from smoothtop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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