Frigidaire 318200603 User Manual

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Versión en español




Important Safety Instructions ...................



Selecting Surface Cooking .............Utensils


Setting Surface Controls .............................



Indicator Lights (Coil .....Elements Models)


Ceramic Glass Cooktop (Some Models)


Types of Heating ...............Units Used


Hot Surface Indicator ....................Light



Special Caution for Aluminum Foil


and Aluminum Cooking ...........Utensils


Things to Remember .............................



Use and Care of ............Glass Surface


General Cleaning ....................................




Avoid Service Checklist ........................



Notes ........................................................





Warranty ..............................................





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P/N 318200603 (9909) Rev. C

Product Registration

Register Your Product

The PRODUCT REGISTRATION CARDshould be filled in completely, signed and returned to the Frigidaire Company.

Thank you for choosing this appliance. The information contained within this

Owner's Guide will instruct you on how to properly operate and care for your cooktop. Please read through the information contained in your literature pack to learn more about your new appliance.

Record Your Model and Serial Numbers

Record in the space provided below the model and serial numbers found on the serial plate located on the burner box under the cooktop or inside the burner box.

Model Number: _____________________________________________________

Serial Number: _____________________________________________________

Date Purchased: ____________________________________________________

This Owner's Guide contains general operating instructions for your cooktop and feature information for several models. Your cooktop may not have all the described features.

Note: The instructions appearing in this Owner's Guide are not meant to cover every possible condition and situation that may occur. Common sense and caution must be practiced when installing, operating and maintaining any appliance.

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This guide contains important safety symbols and instructions. Please pay special attention to these symbols and follow all instructions given. Here is a brief explanation of the use of these symbols.

This symbol will help alert you to situations that may cause serious bodily harm, death or property damage.

This symbol will help alert you to situations that may cause bodily injury or property damage.

Remove all tape and packaging wrap before using the appliance. Destroy the carton and plastic bags after unpacking the appliance. Never allow children to play with packaging material.

Proper Installation. Be sure your appliance is properly installed and grounded by a qualified technician in accordance with the National Electrical Code No. 70 - latest edition in the United States, or CSA C22.1, Part 1 in Canada, and local code requirements. Install only per installation instructions provided in the literature package for this appliance.

Ask your dealer to recommend a qualified technician and an authorized repair service. Know how to disconnect the electrical power to the appliance at the circuit breaker or fuse box in case of an emergency.

User Servicing. Do not repair or replace any part of the appliance unless specifically recommended in the manuals.

All other servicing should be done only by a qualified technician to reduce the risk of personal injury and damage to the appliance.

Never modify or alter the construction of an appliance such as removal of panels, wire covers or any other permanent part of the appliance.

Storage on Appliance. Flammable materials should not be stored near surface units. This includes paper, plastic and cloth items, such as cookbooks, plasticware and towels, as well as flammable liquids. Do not store explosives, such as aerosol cans, on or near the appliance. Flammable materials may explode and result in fire or property damage.

Do not store items of interest to children in the cabinets above the appliance.Children climbing on the cooktop to reach items could be seriously injured.

Do not leave children alone. Children should not be left alone or unattended in the area where an appliance is in use. They should never be allowed to sit or stand on any part of the appliance.

DO NOT TOUCH SURFACE UNITS OR AREAS NEAR THESE UNITS. Surface units may be hot even 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 or other flammable materials touch these areas until they have had sufficient time to cool. Among these areas are the cooktop and areas facing the cooktop.

Wear Proper Apparel. Loose-fittingor hanging garments should never be worn while using the appliance.Do not let clothing or other flammable materials contact hot surfaces.

Never use your appliance for warming or heating the room.

Do Not Use Water or Flour on Grease Fires. Smother the fire with a pan lid, or use baking soda, a dry chemical or foamtype extinguisher.

When heating fat or grease, watch it closely. Fat or grease may catch fire if allowed to become too hot.

Use Only Dry Pot holders. Moist or damp pot holders on hot surfaces may result in burns from steam. Do not let the pot holders touch hot surface units. Do not use a towel or other bulky cloth instead of a pot holder.

Do Not Heat Unopened Food Containers. Buildup of pressure may cause the container to burst and result in injury.


Know which knob controls each surface unit.

Clean the appliance regularly to keep all parts free of grease that could catch fire. Exhaust fan ventilation hoods and grease filters should be kept clean. Do not allow grease to accumulate on hood or filter. Greasy deposits in the fan could catch fire. When flaming food under the hood, turn fan on. Refer to hood manufacturer's instructions for cleaning.

Use Proper Pan Size. This appliance is equipped with one or more surface units of different sizes. Select utensils having flat bottoms large enough to cover the surface unit. The use of undersized utensils will expose a portion of the surface heating unit to direct contact and may result in ignition of clothing. Proper relationship of utensil to element will also improve efficiency.

Utensil Handles Should Be Turned Inward and Not Extend Over Adjacent Surface Units. To reduce the risk of burns, ignition of flammable materials, and spillage due to unintentional contact with the utensil.

Never Leave Surface Units Unattended. Boilovers cause smoking and greasy spillovers that may ignite, or a pan that has boiled dry may melt.

Protective Liners. Do not use aluminum foil to line any part of the appliance. Use of protective liners or aluminum foil may result in a risk of electric shock or fire.



Glazed Cooking Utensils. Only certain types of glass, glass/ ceramic, ceramic, earthenware, or other glazed utensils are suitable for range top service without breaking due to the sudden change in temperature. Check the manufacturer's recommendations for cooktop use.

Do Not Use Decorative Surface Element Covers. If an element is accidentally turned on, the decorative cover will become hot and possibly melt. Burns will occur if the hot covers are touched. Damage may also be done to the appliance.


Do Not Immerse or Soak Removable Surface Heating Elements. Surface heating elements should never be immerse in water. Heating elements clean themselves during normal operation.

Make Sure Drip Pans or Drip Bowls Are in Place. Absence of these pans or bowls during cooking may subject wiring or components underneath to damage.


Do Not Clean or Operate a Broken Cooktop. If cooktop should break, cleaning solutions and spillovers may penetrate the broken cooktop and create a risk of electric shock. Contact a qualified technician immediately.

Clean Cooktop with Caution. If a 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 harmful fumes if applied to a hot surface.

Do Not Place Hot Cookware on Cold Cooktop Glass. This could cause glass to break.


Selecting Surface Cooking Utensils

For best results and energy conservation, choose cooking utensils that have these characteristics:

Pans should have flat bottoms that make good contact with the entire surface element. Check for flatness by rotating a ruler across the bottom. There should be no gaps between the pan and ruler.

Note: Always use a utensil for its intended purpose. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Some utensils were not made to be used in the oven or on the cooktop.


Flat bottom and straight sides.

Tight fitting lids.

Weight of handle does not tilt pan. Pan is well balanced.

Pan sizes match the amount of food to be prepared and the size of the surface element.

Made of material that conducts heat well.

Easy to clean.

*Specialty pans such as lobster pots, griddles and pressure cookers may be used but must conform to the above recommended cookware requirements.


Curved and warped pan bottoms.

Pan overhangs unit by more than 2.5 cm (1”).

Heavy handle tilts pan.

Pan is smaller than element.


Setting Surface Controls

NOTE: Control knob shown is typical only.

1.Place the pan on the surface element.

2.Push in and turn the surface element control knob to desired setting.

3.The surface signal light will glow when one or more elements are turned on. Always turn the element off before removing the pan.

The suggested settings found in the chart below are based on cooking in medium-weightaluminum pans with lids. Settings may vary when using other types of pans.

Note: The size and type of utensil used, and the amount and type of food being cooked will influence the setting needed for best cooking results.


Type of Cooking




Start most foods, bring water to a


boil, pan broiling.




Maintain a slow boil, thicken sauces


and gravies, steam vegetables.




Keep foods cooking, poach, stew.



MIN or 1

Keep warm, melt, simmer.



Do not place plastic items such as salt and pepper shakers, spoon holders or plastic wrappings on top of the cooktop when it is in use.These items could melt or ignite. Pot holders, towel or wood spoons could catch fire if placed too close to the element.

Indicator lights (coil elements models)

Some models have an indicator light for each heating unit, other models have an indicator light for each pair of heating units, also some other models have an indicator light for all heating units.

The indicator light glows as soon as a heating unit is turned on. Check if the indicator light glows when the control knob of the individual heating unit is turned on. If the knob is set to a very low temperature setting, the indicator may glow and yet, the heating unit may not be heating at all. If this happens, turn the knob to a higher setting until the heating unit comes on.

When cooking is finished, a quick glance at the indicator lights in an easy check to be sure all the control knobs have been turned OFF.

Ceramic Glass Cooktop (some models)

The ceramic-glasscooktop has electric heating coils located below the ceramic glass surface. The design of the glass cooktop outlines the area of the surface heating unit below. Most importantly, make sure the diameter of the pan matches the diameter of the surface unit. Heat is transferred up through the surface of the cooktop. Onlyflat-bottomedpans should be used. The type and size of the cookware, number of surface units in use and the settings of the surface units are factors that will affect the amount of heat that will spread to areas surrounding the units. The areas surrounding the units may become hot enough to cause burns.

The cooktop should not be used as a cutting board or work surface. Dropping heavy or hard objects on the cooktop may crack it. Pans with rough bottoms may scratch the cooktop surface. Placing foods directly on the smoothtop surface (without cooking utensils) is not recommended as difficult cleaning will result and foods may smoke and cause a potential fire hazard. Never use the griddle or similar cooking sheet on the ceramic glass cooktop.


Depending on model, two types of heating units may be found under the ceramic glass cooktop:

regular (single coil) radiant elements of various diameters or shapes, plus expandable type (double coils) radiant elements of various diameters or shapes.

halogen elements of various diameters or shapes.


Ceramic Glass Cooktop (some models) (continued)



The ceramic glass design shows the location of the heating surfaces.

Control knobs are used to set the heat power levels; knobs need first to be pressed in when at OFF position, then turned to the desired heat settings.

A glowing red surface unit extending beyond the bottom edge of the cooking utensil indicates the utensil is too small for the unit. The control knob does not have to be set exactly on a particular mark. Use the marks as a guide and adjust the control knob as needed. The hot surface and surface indicator lights will glow.


This heating unit combines the characteristics of a small and a large regular radiant heating unit. Its principal advantage is to allow small and large utensils to be used on the same heating unit, therefore increasing the cooktop flexibility.

Heat power levels are adjusted by a special control knob that has a dual set of graduations; for small utensils use the small graduations; the inner surface only will be heating. For larger utensils use the larger graduations; the whole surface will be heating.

The hot surface and surface indicator lights will glow when the heating unit is turned ON.


The halogen element is similar to the radiant element with the addition of a halogen lamp to the heating coil The lamp immediately heats up and glows bright red when the element is turned on. Cook time is improved.


Halogen Control Knob

10-StepHalogen Element (some models)

The control for this type of element can be set in 10 different heating positions. Each position causes the element to operate continuously at a fixed power output ”MIN or 1“ is the lowest setting, ”MAX or HI“ is the highest.

Infinite Step Halogen Element (some models)

The control for this type of element can be set anywhere between positions ”MIN or 1“ and ”MAX or HI“.

Infinite Step

Halogen Control Knob


Some models have an indicator light located on the ceramic glass cooktop that glows as soon as the glass begins to warm up. When the heating unit is turned off, it will continue to glow as long as the glass remains warm enough to cause burns. Other models have 4 hot surface indicators (one per element) arranged in a cluster. Their location is as shown in the illustration.

(Typical 30" cooktop shown)


Ceramic Glass Cooktop (some models) (continued)



1)Aluminum foil

Use of aluminum foil will damage the cooktop. Do not use under any circumstances.

2)Aluminum utensils

The melting point of aluminum being much lower than that of other metals, care must be taken when aluminum pots or pans are used. If allowed to boil dry, not only will the utensil be ruined, but also permanent damage in the form of breakage, fusing or marking may affect the ceramic glass surface.


1.AVOID using bleach and do not use ammonia to clean the ceramic surface.

2.Do not put plastic items on warm cooking areas.

3.Never slide oven racks across cooktop surface. They may scratch or metalmark the cooktop.

4.If cooktop should break, do not use cooktop or attempt to clean it. Call your authorized service technician immediately.

5.Never use a trivet or metal stand between the cooking utensil and the ceramic cooktop. The ceramic surface may be scratched, metal marked or etched by such items.

6.Sugary spills can cause pitting of your cooktop surface. Therefore, you must begin cleaning the spills while the cooktop is still hot. Use caution when following the steps below.

a)Turn off all surface units and remove all pans immediately.

b)Wearing an oven mitt, use a razor blade scraper to scrape the hot spill out of the cooking zone to a cooler area on the cooktop.

c)Allow the cooktop to cool.




To Prevent

To Remove





Fine ”brown

Coarse particles (salt,

Clean cooktop after

Tiny scratches are not removable.

lines“ (tiny

sand, sugar or grit)

every use.

They can be minimized by

scratches or

between bottom of


continual use of cleaner creme.

abrasions which

cookware and cooktop


Such scratches do not affect

have collected

that are not removed




before cooking.




Using incorrect cleaning

Daily use of cleaner










Metal marking

Sliding or scraping

Do not slide cookware

Apply cleaner creme

(mark or black

metal utensils or oven

across cooktop.

with dampened paper


shelves across cooktop.


towel to a cooled surface.





Brown streaks

Cleaning with a

Use cleaner creme

Use a small amount of cleaner

and specks.

sponge or dishcloth

with clean, damp paper

creme with clean, damp paper


that has been used




for other kitchen tasks.







NOTE: Due to the high intensity of heat generated by the surface elements, the glass surface will turn green when the element will be turned off. This phenomenon is normal and the glass will come back to its original white color after it has completely cooled down. (White glass cooktops only).


Ceramic Glass Cooktop (some models) (continued)



Some cleaning materials may contain an ingredient which can damage the cooktop. Use recommended materials only (see below). Cleaner creme should be used regularly. First use recommended products listed below, then use cleaner creme.

Use only recommended cleaning products and follow these basic cleaning suggestions.

1.BEFORE THE COOKTOP IS USED. Thoroughly clean and saturate the cooktop with cleaner creme.

a)Dampen clean paper towel and clean unit.

b)Wipe off with another clean, damp paper towel; then wipe dry.

2.For normal daily cleaning, apply a dab of cleaner creme in the center of each unit-areato be cleaned. Start with approximately 1/8 teaspoon. (Apply more if needed). Then, proceed as stated above in (a and b).

3.Make sure bottom of cookware and cooking area are clean and dry.

4.Select heat settings and cookware large enough for food and liquid. This stops boilovers and spattering.

5.Wipe up food spills and spatters before they burn into surface.

IMPORTANT : Regularly use cleaner creme. If you run out of cleaner creme, use one of the cleansers listed. Be sure to get a new supply of cleaner creme.

Never mix cleaning products! Mixtures may interact, with damaging or hazardous results.


1.Baking soda.

2.Non-impregnatedplastic and nylon pads.

3.For burned on material, scrape with single-edgedrazor blade, held at a 30° angle.

4.Ceramic glass cleaning cream.


1.Avoid pads, that can leave marks and scratches.

2.Avoid heavy-dutycleansing powders, these can scratch, depending on their abrasiveness and cleaning pressure applied.

3.Avoid chemical oven cleaners. These can etch the cooktop surface and are caustic.

4.Avoid rust stain removers containing hydrofluoric acid.

5.Avoid using bleach and don’t use ammonia.


Problem: A gray brown stain that is not removed when using cleaner creme.

Cause: Condensation, when cooking, often collects and drips from cookware. The minerals found in water supply and foods may cause a gray or brown film to develop on cooktop. This film is so thin it cannot be felt and appears to be under cooktop.

To Prevent: Daily and proper use of cleaner creme.

To Remove:

Wet surface with water and sprinkle on cleaner creme.

Scrub with clean, damp paper towel until stain disappears.

Clean remaining paste away with damp paper towel.

Apply dab of cleaner creme and polish with a clean paper towel.


Do not use cleansers on a heated surface. Fumes could be hazardous. Wait for area to cool before cleaning.

Do not use cleaner creme to clean porcelain, paint or aluminium.


General Cleaning

Prior to cleaning the coil elements make sure they are cold and that control knobs are set at OFF.

Never immerse the coil elements in water.

Never leave covers on the coil elements as they could be permanently damaged if turned on by accident.

Cleaning Various Parts of Your Cooktop

Before cleaning any part of the cooktop, be sure all controls are turned OFF and the cooktop is COOL. REMOVE SPILLOVERS AND HEAVY SOILING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REGULAR CLEANING WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MAJOR CLEANING LATER.


How to Clean

Aluminum (Trim Pieces)

Use hot, soapy water and a cloth or paper towel. Dry with a clean cloth.

Glass, Painted and Plastic

For general cleaning, use hot soapy water and a cloth. For more difficult soils andbuilt-upgrease,

Control Knobs, Body Parts, and

apply a liquid detergent directly onto the soil. Leave on soil for 30 to 60 minutes. Rinse with a damp

Decorative Trim

cloth and dry. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners on any of these materials; they can scratch or dull the


finish. Commercial glass cleaners recommended for glass cooktops may also be used.

Control Panel

Wipe the control panel clean after each use. Before cleaning the control panel, turn all controls to


OFF and remove the control knobs. To remove, pull each knob straight off the shaft. Clean using hot,


soapy water and a cloth. Be sure to squeeze excess water from the cloth before wiping the panel;


especially when wiping around the controls. Excess water in or around the controls may cause damage


to the appliance. To replace knobs after cleaning, line up the flat sides of both the knob and the shaft;


then push the knob into place.

Surface Elements and Drip

Surface elements can be unplugged and removed to make cleaning the drip bowls easier. The surface


elements clean themselves when they are turned on. Food spilled on a hot element will burn off. Food


spilled on a cool element can be cleaned with a damp cloth—anyremaining soil will burn off the next


time the element is used. NEVER IMMERSE A SURFACE ELEMENT IN WATER. To remove surface


elements and drip bowls, follow the instructions under General Cleaning.


To clean drip bowls, wash in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher. Rinse and dry while still warm.


Hard-to-remove,burned-onsoils can be removed by soaking the drip bowls for about 20 minutes


in a slightly diluted liquid cleanser or a solution made of equal parts ammonia and water. A nylon


scrubber may be used after soaking. DO NOT use abrasive cleansers or steel wool, as they will scratch


the surface. Always rinse with clean water and polish, and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. To


replace drip bowls and surface elements, follow the instructions under General Cleaning.

Porcelain Enamel

Gentle scouring with a soapy scouring pad will remove most spots. Rinse with a 1:1 solution of clear


water and ammonia. If necessary, cover difficult spots with anammonia-soakedpaper towel for 30


to 40 minutes. Rinse with clean water and a damp cloth, and then scrub with a soap-filledscouring


pad. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Remove all cleaners or the porcelain may


become damaged during future heating. DO NOT use spray oven cleaners on the cooktop.

Chrome (brushed)

Cover stubborn spots with an ammonia-soakedpaper towel for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse with clean

Decorative Trim

water and a cloth. A soapy, nylon mesh scouring pad may be used carefully on stainless steel; not


on chrome. Cleaners made especially for stainless steel, chrome or copper are also recommended.


Do not use metal-typescouring pads on brushed chrome. This could cause the brushed chrome to


change to a yellowish tint. Rinse all cleaners before operating cooktop. Bluish stains may result due


to heat combining with the cleaning material and they cannot be removed.

Ceramic -Glass

See Ceramic-Glass Cooktop in this Owner's Guide.




General Cleaning (Continued)

To Remove and Replace Surface Elements and Drip Bowls

Be careful not to bend terminal ends when replacing elements after cleaning.

Before cleaning the cooktop, be sure the controls are turned toOFF and the cooktop is COOL.

To Remove

1.Lift up edge of surface element across from terminal end just enough to clear the edge of the drip bowl.

2.Gently slide the surface element out of the terminal plug.

3.Lift the drip bowl up and out.

To Replace

1.Line up the opening of the drip bowl with the terminal plug.

2.Hold the surface element as level as possible and slide the terminal end through the opening and into the terminal plug.

3.Be sure the surface element is level to reduce the hazard of pans sliding off the element.

To Raise the Top for Cleaning

1.Grasp the sides and lift from the front. Some models may have a lift-uprod to support the top in its raised position. Lift the top only high enough to allow the support rod to fit into place, then gently lower the cooktop onto the raised rod.

2.Clean underneath using a clean cloth and hot, soapy water.

3.Gently lower the cooktop into the frame. If your model has a support rod, lower the support rod, then gently lower the cooktop into the frame.

When lowering thelift-upcooktop, grasp the sides with fingertips only. Be careful not to pinch fingers.DO NOT drop or bend the cooktop when raising or lowering. This could damage the surface.

Avoid Service Checklist

Before you call for service, review this list. It may save you time and expense. The list includes common occurrences that are not the result of defective workmanship or materials in this appliance.






Entire cooktop does not operate.

House fuse has blown or circuit breaker has tripped. Check/reset breaker or replace fuse.


If the problem is a circuit overload, have this situation corrected by a qualified electrician.






Service wiring not complete. Contact installation agent or dealer.






Power outage. Check house lights to be sure. Call local electric company.





Surface element does not heat.

No power to appliance. Check/reset breaker or replace fuse. If the problem is a circuit


overload, or improper connection of the armored cable supplied with the appliance, have


this situation corrected by a qualified electrician.






Too low heat setting. Turn control to a slightly higher setting until element comes on.






Incorrect control is on. Be sure to use correct control for the element to be used.




Surface element too hot or not hot

Incorrect control setting. Raise or lower setting until proper amount of heat is obtained. Dial


markings are an indicator of relative heat settings and will vary slightly.






Lightweight or warped pans being used. Use only flat, evenly balanced, medium or


heavyweight cookware.






Voltage is incorrect. Be sure appliance is properly connected to the specified power source.