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All about the

Use&Care

of your Cooktop

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S

Welcome & Congratulations....................................

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Care & Cleaning (Cleaning Chart)..........................

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

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Care & Cleaning...................................................

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

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Before You Call ...................................................

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Surface Cooking...................................................

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Major Appliance Warranty.....................................

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www.frigidaire.com USA 1-800-944-9044

www.frigidaire.ca Canada 1-800-265-8352

A .Rev 2009) (January 318203624

Welcome & Congratulations

Product Registration

Register Your Product

The PRODUCT

REGISTRATION CARD should be filled in completely, signed and returned to Electrolux Home Products.

Serial Plate Location

Cooktop Serial

Plate Location

Please record your model and serial numbers below for future reference.

Model Number:

Serial Number:

Purchase Date:

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Electrolux Home Products

P. O. Box 212378

Augusta, GA 30917

©2009 Electrolux Canada Corp. All rights reserved

Printed in United States

Congratulations on your purchase of a new appliance! At

Electrolux Home Products, we are very proud of our product and are completely committed to providing you with the best service possible. Your satisfaction is our number one priority.

We know you’ll enjoy your new appliance and Thank You for choosing our product. We hope you consider us for future purchases.

please CAREFULLY read and save these instructions

This Use & Care Manual contains general operating instructions for your appliance and feature information for several models. Your product may not have all the described features. The graphics shown are

representative. The graphics on your appliance may not look exactly like those shown. These instructions 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.

NOTE

Please attach sales receipt here for future reference.

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Important Safety Instructions

Read all instructions before using this appliance. Save these instructions for future reference.

Definitions

This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety

messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.

WARNING

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

CAUTION

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

IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT indicates installation, operation or maintenance information which is important but not hazard-related.

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.

CAUTION

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.

WARNING

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 foam-typeextinguisher.

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.

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Important Safety Instructions

IMPORTANT

Do not attempt to operate the cooktop during a power failure. If the power fails, always turn off the cooktop. If the cooktop is not turned off and the power resumes, the cooktop will not operate and an error message will be displayed.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING YOUR COOKTOP

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. Only use aluminum foil as recommended for baking if used as a cover placed on the food. Any other use of protective liners or aluminum foil may result in a risk of electric shock or fire or short circuit.

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 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.

Do not slide pan across the cooktop surface. They may scratch the cooktop surface.

Do Not Let Pans Boil Dry. This may cause permanent damage in the form of breakage, fusion, or marking that can affect the ceramic-glass cooktop. (This type of damage is not covered by your warranty).

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE

The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act requires the Governor of California to publish a list of substances known to the state to

cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to warn customers of potential exposure to such substances.

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About the Ceramic Glass Cooktop

The ceramic cooktop has radiant surface elements located below the surface of the glass. The design of the ceramic cooktop outlines the area of the surface element underneath. Make sure the diameter of the pan matches the diameter of the element outline on the cooktop (See Figs. 1 & 2).

Heat is transferred up through the surface of the cooktop to the cookware. Only flat-bottomcookware should be used.

The type and size of cookware, the number of surface elements in use and their settings are all factors that will affect the amount of heat that will spread to areas beyond the surface elements. The areas surrounding the elements may become hot enough to cause burns.

Fig.1 - 30” Model - Cooktop Appearance

Fig. 2 - 36” Model - Cooktop Appearance

About the Radiant Surface Elements

The element temperature rises gradually and evenly. As the temperature rises, the element will glow red. To maintain the selected setting, the element will cycle on and off. The heating element retains enough heat to provide a uniform and consistent heat during the off cycle. For efficient cooking, turn off the element several minutes before cooking is complete. This will allow residual heat to complete the cooking process.

NOTE

Please read detailed instructions for ceramic glass cooktop cleaning in the General Care & Cleaning section andBefore You Call checklist section of this Use and Care Guide.

SETTING SURFACE CONTROLS

Locations of the surface radiant elements

Your cooktop is equipped with radiant surface radiant elements with different wattage ratings. The ability to heat food quicker and in larger volumes increases as the element wattage increases.

The radiant surface elements are located on the 30” cooktop as follows:

One 9 inch radiant element located at the right front position.

One dual 5 or 7 inch radiant element located at the right rear position.

Two 7 inch radiant elements located at both the left front and rear positions.

One mid-positionradiant element located between left front and rear elements. Connects with front element to form Bridge element.

30” cooktop

The radiant surface elements are located on the 36” cooktop as follows:

One small 6 inch radiant element located at the center rear position.

One dual 5 or 7 inch radiant element located at the right rear position.

One 9 inch radiant element located at the left front position.

Two 7 inch radiant elements located at both the left front and rear position.

One mid-positionradiant element located between left front and rear elements. Connects with front element to form Bridge element.

36” cooktop

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setting surface controls

The Electronic Surface Element Control (ESEC)

The Electronic Surface Element Control (“ESEC”) feature includes digital display windows. The ESEC feature provides a numeric digital setting for the radiant surface element positions on the cooktop. These settings work the same way as normal knob setting indicators work except the settings are displayed in digital windows (Figs. 1 thru 4).

The available ESEC Display Settings

The ESEC control provides various heat levels from Hi (Fig. 2) toLo (Fig. 4) and OFF (Fig. 1). The settings between9.5 and3.0 decrease or increase in increments of .5 (1/2). The settings between3.0 and1.2 are Simmer settings which decrease or increase in increments of .2 (1/5) toLo (Figure 4; lowest Simmer setting)

for more precise settings at lower heat levels. Use the Recommended Surface Setting Chart to determine the correct setting for the kind of food you are preparing.

ESEC Power Failure Indicator Message (PF)

When the range is first plugged in or when the power supply to the range has been interrupted, the ESEC control will display the message "PF" (Power Failure; See Fig. 5). After a few seconds the"PF" message will disappear from the display.

ESEC Hot Element Indicator Message (HE)

After using any of the single or dual radiant element positions the cooktop will become very hot. Even after turning the control knob to OFF, the cooktop will remain hot for some time. The ESEC control monitors the temperature of the cooktop and displays the message “HE” (hot element) warning when the cooktop is still too hot to touch (See Fig. 6). If theHE message appears in the window, the control can still be turned on again for use.

ESEC Error Indicator Message (Er)

An error message will be displayed (glowing “Er”) at power up (or after a power failure) if ANY of the surface control knobs were left in the ON positions (See Fig. 7). If a power failure should occur, be sure to set all of the surface control knobs to the OFF position. This will reset the surface controls.

Once the surface controls have been set to the OFF positions, the surface controls should return to normal operation. If the surface controls do not function and the “Er” message remains in any display after following these procedures, contact your authorized servicer for assistance.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

5.0

Fig. 3 Fig. 4

Fig. 5

He

 

Fig. 7

Fig. 6

 

Control knobs shown are typical only.

Surface cooking settings

Use the chart to determine the correct setting for the type of food you are preparing.

Note: The size and type of cookware used will influence the setting needed for best cooking results.

Recommended Setting for Surface Element

Setting

Type of Cooking

 

 

HIGH (HI)

Start most foods; bring water to a boil

 

and pan broiling.

 

 

MEDIUM HIGH

Continue a rapid boil; frying, deep fat

(8-10)

frying.

 

 

MEDIUM (6)

Maintain a slow boil; thicken sauces

 

and gravies; steaming vegetables.

MEDIUM LOW

Keep foods cooking; poaching and

(2 - 4)

stewing.

 

 

LOW (LO)

Keep warm, melting and simmering.

 

 

NOTE

Radiant elements have a limiter that allows the element to cycle on and off, even at the HI setting. This helps to prevent damage to the ceramic smooth top. Cycling at the HI setting is normal and can occur if the cookware is too small for the radiant element or if the cookware bottom is not flat.

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Operating the Single Surface Radiant Elements

The cooktop has 2 or 3 SINGLE radiant surface elements: the RIGHT FRONT position and the LEFT REAR position, and the center rear position (on the 36” model only). The left rear element may also be used with the Bridge element (Figures 1 and 2).

To Operate the Single Radiant Surface Elements

1.Place correctly sized cookware on the radiant surface element.

2.Push in and turn the surface control knob in either direction to the desired setting (Figure 3).

3.Turn the knob to adjust the setting if desired. Start most cooking operations on a higher setting and then turn to a lower setting to finish cooking. Each surface element provides a constant amount of heat at each setting. A glowing red surface heating area extending beyond the bottom edge of the cookware indicates the cookware is too small for the surface heating area.

4.When cooking has completed, turn the surface control knob to OFF before removing the cookware.

NOTE

The surface “Element On” indicator lights will glow when one or more elements are turned on. A quick glance at these indicator lights when cooking is finished is an easy check to be sure all surface elements are turned off.

NOTE

See Recommended Setting for Surface Element table on page 6.

CAUTION

Do not place plastic items such as salt and pepper shakers, spoon holders or plastic wrappings on cooktop when it is in use. These items could melt or ignite. Potholders, towels or wooden spoons could catch fire if placed too close to the surface elements.

CAUTION

Do not allow aluminum foil, or ANY material that can melt to make contact with the ceramic glass cooktop. If these items melt on the cooktop they will damage the ceramic cooktop.

Setting surface controls

Figure 1

Figure 2

 

Control knob

 

shown is

Figure 3

typical only.

CAUTION

Radiant surface elements may appear to have cooled after they have been turned off. HE (Hot Element) message will turn on and will continue to glow until the glass cooktop has cooled down to a moderate level.The glass surface may still be hot and burns may occur if the glass surface is touched before the indicator light has turned OFF. The message may remain on even though the controls are turned OFF.

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Setting surface controls

Operating the Dual Surface Radiant Element

The cooktop is equipped with a dual radiant surface element located at the right rear (See Figures 1 & 2) position. Symbols around the knob are used to indicate which coil of the dual radiant element will heat. The symbol indicates that only the inner coil will heat (Fig. 5). Thesymbol indicates that both inner and outer coils will heat (Fig. 6). You may switch from either coil setting at any time during cooking.

To Operate the Dual Surface Element

1.Place correctly sized cookware on the dual surface element.

2.Push in and turn the control knob as shown in Figure 3 for smaller cookware or in Figure 4 for larger cookware.

3.Turn the knob to adjust the setting if needed. Start most cooking operations on a higher setting and then turn to a lower setting to finish cooking. Each surface element provides a constant amount of heat at each setting. A glowing red surface heating area extending beyond the bottom edge of the cookware indicates the cookware is too small for the surface heating area.

4.When cooking has completed, turn the surface control knob to OFF before removing the cookware.

NOTE

The surface “Element On” indicator lights will glow when one or more elements are turned on. A quick glance at these indicator lights when cooking is finished is an easy check to be sure all surface elements are turned off.

NOTE

See Recommended Setting for Surface Element table on page 6.

CAUTION

Do not place plastic items such as salt and pepper shakers, spoon holders or plastic wrappings on cooktop when it is in use. These items could melt or ignite. Potholders, towels or wooden spoons could catch fire if placed too close to the surface elements.

CAUTION

Do not allow aluminum foil, or ANY material that can melt to make contact with the ceramic glass cooktop. If these items melt on the cooktop they will

damage the ceramic cooktop.

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Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

Figure 4

Control knobs shown are typical only.

Fig. 5

Fig. 6

CAUTION

Radiant surface elements may appear to have cooled after they have been turned off. HE (Hot Element) message will turn on and will continue to glow until the glass cooktop has cooled down to a moderate level.The glass surface may still be hot and burns may occur if the glass surface is touched before the indicator light has turned OFF. The message may remain on even though the controls are turned OFF.

Operating the Bridge Surface Radiant Element

The cooktop is equipped with a “BRIDGE” surface element located at the left front and middle (See Figures 1 & 2) positions. The Bridge can be used when cooking with rectangular (like a griddle) or oval shaped cookware. The element will maintain an even temperature setting across both portions of the Bridge. If needed for normal cookware, the Bridge element can work like a single element without the Bridge (See Figure 5). The symbol indicates that only the front potion will heat (Fig. 3). Thesymbol indicates that both front and middle portions will heat (Fig. 4). You may switch from either coil setting at any time during cooking.

To Operate the Bridge Surface Element:

1.Place correctly sized cookware on the Bridge surface element.

2.Push in and turn the control knob as shown in Figure 3 to heat the front portion of the Bridge element for normal shaped cookware or in Figure 4 for larger or rectangular shaped cookware.

3.Turn the knob to adjust the setting if needed. Start most cooking operations on a higher setting and then turn to a lower setting to finish cooking. Each surface element provides a constant amount of heat at each setting. A glowing red surface heating area extending beyond the bottom edge of the cookware indicates the cookware is too small. Please note that not all cookware will fit the Bridge element correctly.

4.When cooking has completed, turn the surface control knob to OFF before removing the cookware.

The BRIDGE element may also be used in combination with the left rear single element (See Figure 7). Because these elements have 2 different controls, one element can be used to cook while the other element may be used to keep food warm.

NOTE

The surface “Element On” indicator lights will glow when one or more elements are turned on. A quick glance at these indicator lights when cooking is finished is an easy check to be sure all surface elements are turned off.

NOTE

See Recommended Setting for Surface Element table on page 6.

Setting surface controls

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

 

Figure 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 5

Figure 6

Front portion

Front & Middle

only

portions

Figure 7

Front & Middle

plus Left Rear

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SURFACE COOKING

Selecting Surface Cooking Cookware

Cookware should have flat bottoms that make good contact with the entire surface heating element. Check for flatness by rotating a ruler across the bottom of the cookware (See Figure 1).

Figure 1

Be sure to follow the recommendations for using cookware as shown in Figure 2.

CORRECT

INCORRECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Flat bottom and straight

• Curved and warped pan

 

 

 

 

 

bottoms.

 

 

sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Tight fitting lids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Weight of handle does

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not tilt pan. Pan is well

• Pan overhangs unit by

 

 

balanced.

 

 

 

 

 

more than one-halfinch.

• Pan sizes match the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

amount of food to be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

prepared and the size

• Pan is smaller than the

 

 

of the surface element.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

element.

• Made of material that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

conducts heat well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Easy to clean.

• Heavy handle tilts the

• Always match pot

 

 

 

 

 

pan.

 

 

diameter to element

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

surface diameter.

Figure 2

 

NOTE

The size and type of cookware used will influence the setting needed for best cooking results.

Cookware Material types

The cookware material determines how evenly and quickly heat is transferred from the surface element to the pan bottom. The most popular materials available are:

ALUMINUM - Excellent heat conductor. Some types of food will cause it to darken (Anodized aluminum cookware resists staining & pitting). If aluminum pans slide across the ceramic glass cooktop, they may leave metal marks which will resemble scratches. Remove these marks immediately.

COPPER - Excellent heat conductor but discolors easily. May leave metal marks on ceramic glass (see Aluminum above).

STAINLESS STEEL - Slow heat conductor with uneven cooking results. Is durable, easy to clean and resists staining.

CAST IRON - A poor heat conductor however will retain heat very well. Cooks evenly once cooking temperature is reached. Not recommended for use on ceramic cooktops.

PORCELAIN-ENAMELon METAL- Heating characteristics will vary depending on base material. Porcelain-enamel coating must be smooth to avoid scratching ceramic cooktops.

GLASS - Slow heat conductor. Not recommended for ceramic cooktop surfaces because it may scratch the glass.

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