Amana BIGOVEN ACF4205A User Manual

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Owner's Manual

Covering ACF4205A and DCF4205

TMACF4215A, ACF422GA and ACF4225A


Electric Smoothtop Range

Keep instructions for future reference. Be sure manual stays with range.



Important Safety Information

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


Cookware Suggestions ......................


Oven Cooking Methods ......................


Before Using the Oven .......................


Features ...........................................


Displays and Signals ........................


Using the Oven Control ....................




Baking ..........................................




Roasting .......................................


Braising ........................................


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


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


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


Part No.36-32066501-0

Thank you for buying an Amana Range!

Please take the time to complete the registration card and return promptly. If the registration card is missing, call Amana Consumer Affairs Department.

When contacting Amana, provide product information from serial plate found on right side of storage door opening:

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 range. 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.

Questions on cooking, cleaning or usage?

Refer to

Product Assistance at


call Consumer Affairs 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 range.

Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent, or manufacturer about problems or conditions you do not understand.

Recognize Safety Symbols, Words, Labels


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


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.




To reduce risk of the appliance tipping, it must be secured by a properly installed anti-tipbracket(s). To verify bracket has been installed properly, remove the storage drawer or panel and look under the range with a flashlight. Bracket(s) must be engaged in the rear corner of the range.










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


DO NOT TOUCH HEATING ELEMENTS OR INTERIOR SURFACES OF OVEN—Ovenheating elements may be hot though they are dark in color. Interior surfaces of an oven may become hot enough to cause burns.

During and after use, do not touch, or let clothing or other flammable materials touch heating elements or interior surfaces of oven until they have had enough time to cool. Other range surfaces that may become hot enough to cause burns are the oven door, oven cavity, and oven vent.


To avoid personal injury, do not sit, stand or lean on oven door or oven drawer.


To avoid risk of electrical shock, personal injury, or death, verify your range has been properly grounded and always disconnect it from main power supply before servicing.

California Safe Drinking Water and

Toxic Enforcement Act

(Proposition 65)

The Governor of California is required to publish a list of substances known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm and requires businesses to warn customers of potential exposures to such substances.

Some appliances contain or produce a chemical or chemicals which can cause death or serious illness and which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. To reduce the risk from substances during the self-cleancycle make sure this appliance is installed, operated, and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


To avoid fire or smoke damage,

remove any flammable materials from storage drawer. Items like plastic containers and paper manuals can melt or burn.

clean excess spills before starting a self clean cycle.





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 (including paper and plastic) should not be stored in an oven, its storage drawer 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.


1.Use Proper Pan Size—Thisappliance is equipped with one or more surface units of different sizes. 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 range. Proper relationship of utensil to burner improves efficiency.

2.Never Leave Surface Units Unattended—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 rangetop 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.


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



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.





1. Use Care When Opening Door—Lethot air or steam escape before removing or replacing food.

2.Do Not Heat Unopened Food Containers—Build-upof

pressure may cause container to burst and result in injury.

3.Keep Oven Vent Ducts Unobstructed.

4.Placement of Oven Racks—Alwaysplace oven racks in desired location while oven is cool. If rack is removed while oven is hot, do not let potholder contact hot heating element in oven.

5.Protective Liners—Donot use aluminum foil to line oven racks or oven bottoms. Improper installation of these liners may result in a risk of electrical shock, or fire.


1.Do Not Clean Door Gasket—Thedoor gasket is essential for a good seal. Care should be taken not to rub, damage, or move the gasket.

2.Do Not Use Oven Cleaners—Nocommercial oven cleaner or oven liner protective coating of any kind should be used in or around any part of the liner.

3.Clean Only Parts Listed in Manual

4.Before Self-CleaningtheOven—Removebroiler pan, oven racks, and other utensils.

5.Remove All Items From Rangetop and Backguard.


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.

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.

Oven Fires

1.If you see smoke from your oven, do not open oven.

2.Turn oven off.

3.As an added precaution, turn off power at main circuit breaker or fuse box.

4.Turn on vent to remove smoke.

5.Allow food or grease to burn itself out in oven.

6.If smoke and fire persist, call fire department.

7.If there is any damage to components, call an authorized servicer before using range.





• Do not cook food directly on





rangetop surface, always use




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 lift or move range by grasping oven door


handle. This can result in window glass breaking or




Do not slide rough metal objects across rangetop


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




Do not allow pots to boil dry as this can cause


damage to cooking surface and pan.

Do not use rangetop surface as a cutting board.

Do not use range for storage or as a display counter.



Cooking on the Smoothtop

Cooking Safely with Surface Elements


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 notify an authorized servicer immediately.

Setting Surface Element Controls

Push in and turn the surface element control knobs in either direction to turn on the surface elements. Surface elements are located under the ceramic cooking surface and radiate heat through the cooktop. It is normal for the element to cycle on and off during heating. The controls have infinite settings between LO and HI for fine temperature control.

1. Push in and turn surface element control to desired setting.

2. When finished cooking, turn control to OFF position.








Use to prepare food at less than boiling

temperatures or to simmer.


5Use 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 5.


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.

Indicator Lights

Surface element operation is 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 elements have 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 ranges, 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 1-800-843-0304.


Cookware Suggestions

What Should You Consider in Cookware?





Flat bottomed cookware.

Cookware with rounded or warped bottoms.




Glass, glass-ceramic,enamel porcelain or

Pans with aluminum disk bottoms.

cast iron cookware, canners or pressure





Heavy gauge metal cookware.

Light gauge metal cookware.



Handles that are secure, that are not

Cookware with loose or broken handles.

heavy enough to tilt pan.




Proper pan size.

Cookware that is smaller than or 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.








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.



Can I can?

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 range. This can cause the smoothtop to crack, cause failure of the heating elements, and can cause damage to the backguard.

Damage incurred by canning, or attempting to can, using the smoothtop cooktop is not covered under warranty.


Oven Cooking Methods

Oven Cooking Methods




Bake (lower) and broil (upper) elements operate during bake. Bake element is not visible on the oven bottom, but housed underneath the oven bottom. Broil element may cycle on and off during bake and is only used to heat oven quickly and brown top of food. Bake can be used to cook foods which are normally baked. Oven should be preheated.



Upper element operates during broil. Broil can be used to cook foods which are normally broiled. Preheating is not required when using broil. All foods should be turned at least once except fish, which does not need to be turned.


Never leave oven unattended while broiling. Overcooking may result in a fire.

Need help on how tocook that meat?

For your reference we have provided meat preparation, handling safety and cooking suggestions in this manual. These recommendations are furnished by the USDA as well as several meat producer associations. See the individual sections for the information.

Broiling Hints

Remove excess fat from meat before broiling. Cut edges of meat to prevent curling.

Place food on a cold ungreased broiling pan. If pan is hot, food sticks.

All food except fish should be turned at least one time. Begin broiling with skin side down.

Season meat after it has browned.

Broiling does not require preheating.

Begin cooking using suggested rack levels in Broiling section to test broiler results. If food is not brown enough, cook on a higher rack position. If food is too brown, cook on a lower rack position.

Oven door must be fully closed.


Before Using the Oven

Oven Racks and Rack Positions

Your range has 6 oven rack positions to accommodate many types of cooking and cookware.

Position oven rack before turning oven on.

1.Pull rack forward to stop position.

2.Raise front edge of rack and pull until rack is out of oven.

3.Place rack in new rack position.

Curved edge of rack must be toward rear of oven.







Rack Position Guidelines for Baking, Roasting and Braising




Food Type




Puff pastry products, strudels, casseroles, muffins,

small pork loin and Eye of Round roast.


Halved chickens, whole pork tenderloin, Cornish hens,

3pot pies, frozen pizzas, quick breads (corn bread, biscuits)


Roast tenderloin of beef, whole chicken, whole pork loin, roasted vegetables such as acorn or spaghetti squash.

5Whole turkey, capons, tip roasts and dressings Large cuts of roast meats such as top round,

6standing rib roast, crown roast of lamb and boston butts. Baked and sweet potatoes, flat breads and cobblers.

Aluminum Foil


To avoid risk of personal injury, property damage or fire, do not line oven bottom, racks, or broiler pan and grid with aluminum foil.

When placed on the oven bottom or racks, aluminum foil not only creates a hazard, but also affects cooking performance. To minimize spills in the oven, place a shallow pan or cookie sheet underneath food items that drip or spill. The pan must not touch the oven walls, front, or back. DO NOT use aluminum foil, even if it is trimmed to size, as a substitute for a drip pan.

Rack Position Guidelines for Broiling




Food Type




Boneless pork chops, boneless skinless chicken breast,

fish fillets, tuna steaks.





1/2 to 3/4" thick beef or tuna steaks, or pork chops.

London Broil.





1 to 1 1/2" thick steaks, 1 to 2" thick pork chops.

Lobster tails.






12-hourautomatic cancel

¸This safety feature prevents oven from continuing to operate if it has been left on for over 12 hours. If a cooking function continues longer than 12 hours without any options on oven control being touched, this feature turns oven off. Any time an option is touched, 12-hourautomatic cancel is reset.




Possible Meaning




Control failure




Oven over temperature




Sensor open or shorted




Door latch circuit failure




Door has not latched.



Oven temperature control adjustment

Your range is calibrated at the factory for proper temperature. Due to individual variances and preferences, it may be necessary to adjust oven once it has been installed.

When first using the oven, follow recipe times and temperatures. Before adjusting oven baking temperature, test a recipe, such as ready-to-bakebiscuits, by setting oven temperature higher or lower than the suggested temperature. The baking results should help you to decide how much of a temperature adjustment is required.

An accurate digital thermometer is necessary to calibrate the oven. Store purchased oven thermometers do not accurately measure oven temperature. Oven temperature can be increased or decreased by 35 °F. To avoid over adjusting the oven, only adjust the temperature by 5 °F each time.

NOTE: Remove aluminum foil from racks and oven bottom as this will alter oven performance. Check for blocked heat vents. If it still appears oven is not performing as expected, a calibration may be done.

1.Turn oven temperature knob to OFF.

2.Press and hold both arrow pads for approximately 5 seconds.

3.A double digit will display ranging from -35°F to 35 °F.

4.Immediately, press either:

to increase oven temperature by 5 °F

to decrease oven temperature by 5 °F

When temperature is adjusted to a cooler setting, a minus sign (-)will display with the offset temperature.

5.When desired temperature change is displayed, release control and change will be automatically saved after a few seconds. Control will return to time of day display.

Offset temperature change will be retained through a power failure.

Service codes and tones

Electronic oven control is equipped with a self-diagnosticsystem.Self-diagnosticsystem alerts you if there is an error or problem with the unit. If electronic range control sounds a series of short, rapid beeps for over

16 seconds and the display shows an F-code,recordF-codeshown. SomeF-codescan be cleared by disconnecting power to the range for approximately 3 minutes. If the code continues to reoccur disconnect electrical supply to range and contact an authorized servicer.