Frigidaire CFMV156DS User Manual

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Congratulations on your purchase of a new microwave oven! 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 microwave oven and Thank You for choosing our product. We hope you consider us for future purchases.


This Use & Care Manual provides specific operating instructions for your model. Use your microwave oven only as instructed in this manual. 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.

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Read this manual.

It contains instructions to help you use and maintain your microwave oven properly.

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Important Safety Instructions


For your safety the information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion or to prevent property damage, personal injury or loss of life.

Do Not Attempt to operate this microwave oven with the door open sinceopen-dooroperation can result in harmful exposure to microwave energy. It is important not to defeat or tamper with the safety interlocks.

Do Not Place any object between the microwave oven front face and the door or allow soil or cleaner residue to accumulate on sealing surfaces.

Do Not Operate the microwave oven if it is damaged. It is particularly important that the microwave oven door close properly and that there is no damage to the:

1.door (bent)

2.hinges and latches (broken or loosened)

3.door seals and sealing surfaces.

The Microwave Oven Should Not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except properly qualified service personnel.


Important Safety Instructions

Read all instructions before using the appliance.

Read and follow the specific “PRECAUTIONS TO


This appliance must be grounded. Connect only to properly grounded outlet. See “ELECTRICAL GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS” on page 4.

Install or locate this appliance only in accordance with the provided installation instructions.

Some products such as whole eggs and sealed containers —forexample, closed glassjars—areable to explode and should not be heated in this microwave oven.

Use this appliance only for its intended use as described in this manual. Do not use corrosive chemicals or vapors in this appliance. This type of microwave oven is specifically designed to heat, cook or dry food. It is not designed for industrial or laboratory use.

As with any appliance, close supervision is necessary when used by children.

Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly or if it has been damaged or dropped.

This appliance should be serviced only by qualified service personnel. Contact nearest Electrolux Authorized Servicer for examination, repair or adjustment.

Do not cover or block any openings on the appliance.

Do not store or use this appliance outdoors. Do not use this product near water—forexample, near a kitchen sink, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool, or similar locations.

Do not immerse cord or plug in water.

Keep cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not let cord hang over edge of table or counter.

See door surface cleaning instructions on page 13.

To reduce the risk of fire in the microwave oven cavity:

-Do not overcook food. Carefully attend appliance when paper, plastic or other combustible materials are


Important Safety Instructions


Open the bottom of the carton, bend the carton flaps back and tilt the microwave oven over to rest on plastic foam pad. Lift carton off microwave oven and remove all packing materials, Wall Template and Top Cabinet Template, Installation Instruction, Turntable and Turntable Support. SAVE THE CARTON AS IT MAY MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER.

Remove the feature sticker from the outside of the door, if there is one.

DO NOT REMOVE THE WAVEGUIDE COVER, which is located on the right side wall of

the microwave oven cavity. Check to see that there are Installation Instruction, Wall Template and Top Cabinet Template. Read enclosures and SAVE the Use and Care Manual.

Check the microwave oven for any damage, such as misaligned or bent door, damaged door seals and sealing surfaces, broken or loose door hinges and latches and dents inside the cavity or on the door. If there is any damage, do not operate the microwave oven and contact your dealer or ELECTROLUX SERVICER. See Installation Instructions for more details.


This appliance must be grounded. This microwave oven is equipped with a cord having a grounding wire with a grounding plug. It must be plugged into a wall receptacle that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances. In the event of an electrical short circuit, grounding reduces risk of electric shock by providing an escape wire for the electric current.

Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of electric shock.

Electrical Requirements

Check Installation Instructions for proper location for the power supply.

The electrical requirements are a 120 volt 60 Hz, AC only, 15 amp. or more protected electrical supply. It is recommended that a separate circuit serving only the microwave oven be provided.

The microwave oven is equipped with a 3-pronggrounding plug. It must be plugged into a wall receptacle that is properly installed and grounded. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CUT OR REMOVE THE GROUNDING PIN FROM THE PLUG.


1. If you have any questions about the grounding or electrical instructions, consult a qualified electrician or service person.

2.Neither Electrolux nor the dealer can accept any liability for damage to the microwave oven or personal injury resulting from failure to observe the correct electrical connection procedures.

Radio or TV Interference

Should there be any interference caused by the microwave oven to your radio or TV, check that the microwave oven is on a different electrical circuit, relocate the radio or TV as far away from the microwave oven as feasible or check position and signal of receiving antenna.


Important Safety Instructions


This Use and Care Manual is valuable: read it carefully and always save it for reference.

A good microwave cookbook is a valuable asset. Check it for microwave cooking principles, techniques, hints and recipes.

NEVER use the microwave oven without the turntable and support nor turn the turntable over so that a large dish could be placed in the microwave oven. The turntable will turn both clockwise and counterclockwise.

ALWAYS have food in the microwave oven when it is on to absorb the microwave energy.

When using the microwave oven at power levels below 100%, you may hear the magnetron cycling on and off. It is normal for the exterior of the microwave oven to be warm to the touch when cooking or reheating.

Condensation is a normal part of microwave cooking. Room humidity and the moisture in food will influence the amount of moisture that condenses in the microwave oven. Generally, covered foods will not cause as much condensation as uncovered ones. Ventilation openings must not be blocked.

The microwave oven is for food preparation only. It should not be used to dry clothes or newspapers.

Your microwave oven is rated 950 watts by using the IEC Test Procedure. In using recipes or package directions, check food a minute or two before the minimum time and add time accordingly.


Arrange food carefully. Place thickest areas towards outside of dish.

Watch cooking time. Cook for the shortest amount of time indicated and add more as needed. Food severely overcooked can smoke or ignite.

Cover foods while cooking. Check recipe or cookbook for suggestions: paper towels, wax paper, microwave plastic wrap or a lid. Covers prevent spattering and help foods to cook evenly.

Shield with small flat pieces of aluminum foil any thin areas of meat or poultry to prevent overcooking before dense, thick areas are cooked thoroughly.

Stir foods from outside to center of dish once or twice during cooking, if possible.

Turn foods over once during microwaving to speed cooking of such foods as chicken and hamburgers. Large items like roasts must be turned over at least once.

Rearrange foods such as meatballs halfway through cooking both from top to bottom and from the center of the dish to the outside.

Add standing time. Remove food from microwave oven and stir, if possible. Cover for standing time which allows the food to finish cooking without overcooking.

Check for doneness. Look for signs indicating that cooking temperatures have been reached.

Doneness signs include:

-Food steams throughout, not just at edge.

-Center bottom of dish is very hot to the touch.

-Poultry thigh joints move easily.

-Meat and poultry show no pinkness.

-Fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.


Do not pop popcorn in your microwave oven unless in a special microwave popcorn accessory or unless you use popcorn labeled for use in microwave ovens.

Some products such as whole eggs and sealed containers—forexample, closedjars—willexplode and should not be heated in this microwave oven. Such use of the microwave oven could result in injury.

Do not boil eggs in a microwave oven. Pressure will build up inside egg yolk and will cause it to burst, possibly resulting in injury.

Operating the microwave with no food inside for more than a minute or two may cause damage to the microwave oven and could start a fire. It increases the heat around the magnetron and can shorten the life of the microwave oven.

Foods with unbroken outer “skin” such as potatoes, hot dogs, sausages, tomatoes, apples, chicken livers and other giblets, and egg yolks should be pierced to allow steam to escape during cooking.

Avoid heating baby food in glass jars, even with the lid off. Make sure all infant food is thoroughly cooked. Stir food to distribute the heat evenly. Be careful to prevent scalding when warming formula or breast milk. The container may feel cooler than the milk really is. Always test the milk before feeding the baby.

Spontaneous boiling—Undercertain special circumstances, liquids may start to boil during or shortly after removal from the microwave oven. To prevent burns from splashing liquid, we recommend the following: before removing the container from the microwave oven, allow the container to stand in the microwave oven for 30 to 40 seconds after the microwave oven has shut off. Do not boil liquids in narrownecked containers such as soft drink bottles, wine flasks and especially narrow necked coffee cups. Even if the container is opened, excessive steam can build up and cause it to burst or overflow.

Do not defrost frozen beverages in narrow-neckedbottles (especially carbonated beverages). Even if the container is opened, pressure can build up. This can cause the container to burst, possibly resulting in injury.

Hot foods and steam can cause burns. Be careful when opening any containers of hot food, including popcorn bags, cooking pouches and boxes. To prevent possible injury, direct steam away from hands and face.

Do not overcook potatoes. They could dehydrate and catch fire, causing damage to your microwave oven.

Cook meat and poultry thoroughly—meatto at least an INTERNAL temperature of 160˚F and poultry to at least an INTERNAL temperature of 180˚F. Cooking to these temperatures usually protects against foodborne illness.


Important Safety Instructions


It is not necessary to buy all new cookware. Many pieces already in your kitchen can be used successfully in your new microwave oven. Make sure the utensil does not touch the interior walls during cooking.

Use these utensils for safe microwave cooking and reheating:

glass ceramic (Pyroceram® ), such as Corningware® .

heat-resistantglass (Pyrex® )


paper plates

microwave-safepottery, stoneware and porcelain

browning dish (Do not exceed recommended preheating time. Follow manufacturer's directions.)

These items can be used for short time reheating of foods that have little fat or sugar in them:

• wood, straw, wicker


metal pans and bakeware

dishes with metallic trim


non-microwave-safeplastics (margarine tubs)

recycled paper products

brown paper bags

food storage bags

metal twist-ties

Should you wish to check if a dish is safe for microwaving, place the empty dish in the microwave oven and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. A dish which becomes very hot should not be used.

The following coverings are ideal:

Paper towels are good for covering foods for reheating and absorbing fat while cooking bacon.

Wax paper can be used for cooking and reheating.

Plastic wrap that is specially marked for microwave use can be used for cooking and reheating. DO NOT allow plastic wrap to touch food. Vent so steam can escape.

Lids that are microwave-safeare a good choice because heat is kept near the food to hasten cooking.

Microwave oven cooking bags are good for large meats or foods that need tenderizing. DO NOT use metal twist ties. Remember to slit bag so steam can escape.

How to use aluminum foil in your microwave oven:

Small flat pieces of aluminum foil placed smoothly on the food can be used to shield areas that are either defrosting or cooking too quickly.

Foil should not come closer than one inch to any surface of the microwave oven.

Should you have questions about utensils or coverings, check a good microwave cookbook or follow recipe suggestions.

ACCESSORIES There are many microwave accessories available for purchase. Evaluate carefully before you purchase so that they meet your needs. Amicrowave-safethermometer will assist you in


determining correct doneness and assure you that foods have been cooked to safe temperatures. Electrolux is not responsible for any damage to the microwave oven when accessories are used.


Children below the age of 7 should use the microwave oven with a supervising person very near to them. Between the ages of 7 and 12, the supervising person should be in the same room.

As with any appliance, close supervision by an adult is necessary when used by children.

At no time should anyone be allowed to lean or swing on the microwave oven door.

Children should be taught all safety precautions: use potholders, remove coverings carefully, pay special attention to packages that crisp food because they may be extra hot.

Don’t assume that because a child has mastered one cooking skill he/she can cook everything.

Children need to learn that the microwave oven is not a toy. See page 12 for Child Lock feature.


Check foods to see that they are cooked to the United States Department of Agriculture's recommended temperatures.

160˚F - For fresh pork, ground meat, boneless white poultry, fish, seafood, egg dishes and frozen prepared food.

165˚F - For leftover, ready-to-reheatrefrigerated, and deli andcarry-out“fresh” food.

170˚F - White meat of poultry.

175˚F - Dark meat of poultry.

To test for doneness, insert a meat thermometer in a thick or dense area away from fat or bone. NEVER leave the thermometer in the food during cooking, unless it is approved for microwave oven use.

ALWAYS use potholders to prevent burns when handling utensils that are in contact with hot food. Enough heat from the food can transfer through utensils to cause skin burns.

Avoid steam burns by directing steam away from the face and hands. Slowly lift the farthest edge of a dish's covering and carefully open popcorn and oven cooking bags away from the face.

Stay near the microwave oven while it's in use and check cooking progress frequently so that there is no chance of overcooking food.

NEVER use the cavity for storing cookbooks or other items.

Select, store and handle food carefully to preserve its high quality and minimize the spread of foodborne bacteria.

Keep waveguide cover clean. Food residue can cause arcing and/or fires.

Use care when removing items from the microwave oven so that the utensil, your clothes or accessories do not touch the safety door latches.

Part Names


10 11















(Front of microwave oven)



(Rear of microwave oven)


1Microwave oven door with see-throughwindow

2Door hinges

3Waveguide cover: DO NOT REMOVE.

4Turntable motor shaft

5Microwave oven light

It will light when microwave oven is operating or door is open.

6Safety door latches

The microwave oven will not operate unless the door is securely closed.

7Time display: Digital display, 99 minutes, 99 seconds

8Auto-Touchcontrol panel



11Menu label

12Removable turntable

The turntable will rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. Only remove for cleaning.

13Removable turntable support

First, carefully place the turntable support in the motor shaft in the center of the microwave oven floor. Then, place the turntable on the turntable support securely.

14Light cover

15Grease filters

Words in the lower portion of the display will light to indicate what function is in progress.
































Number next to the control panel illustration indicates page on which there are a feature description and usage information.


Before Operating

Before operating your new microwave oven make sure you read and understand this Use and Care manual completely.

Before the microwave oven can be used, follow these procedures:

1.Plug in the microwave oven. Close the door. The microwave oven display will then begin flashing 88:88.

2.Touch the Clear/Off pad.: will appear.

3.Set clock.


Suppose you want to enter the correct time of day 12:30 (A.M. or P.M.).

1.Touch Timer/Clockpad.

2.Enter time 1,2,3,0 and touch Timer/Clock pad again.

This is a 12 hour clock. If you attempt to enter an incorrect clock time, ERROR will appear in the display. Touch theClear/Off pad andre-enterthe time.

• If the electrical power supply to your microwave oven should be padSET.TsTouMin0147THE CLOCK•.y.0 TD (E8.7c 0 Tw (•)T2j 0.66 0D 0.00D0 T.splay.


Operating Instructions

Special Features


The Popcorn setting automatically provides the correct cooking time for most brands of microwave popcorn. You may wish to try several and choose your favorite. Pop only one bag at a time. Unfold bag and place in microwave oven according to directions.

• Suppose you want to pop a 3.5 oz bag (regular) of popcorn.

Touch Popcorn once. The microwave oven starts automatically.

-Touch Popcorn once for 3.5 oz bag (regular).

-Touch Popcorn twice within 2 seconds for 2.85 - 3.5 oz bag (light regular).

-Touch Popcorn three times within 2 seconds for 1.5 or 1.75 oz bag (snack).


To use Popcorn pad, touch within 3 minutes after cooking, opening and closing the door or touching theClear/Off pad.


Reheat automatically computes the correct warming time and microwave power level for foods shown in the chart below.

• Suppose you want to reheat 3 cups of soup.

1.Touch Reheat pad once.

2.Touch number pad 4 to select 1 cup of soup.

3.Touch 2 more times for 3 cups or hold down until the desired quantity appears.

4.Touch START/Plus 1 Minpad.


1.To reheat different foods or foods above or below the quantity allowed on the REHEAT CHART, use manual operation.

2.Reheat can be programmed with More or Less Time Adjustment. See page 12.





1. Dinner Plate

1 plate

Use this setting to reheat precooked foods from the refrigerator. Place meaty portions and bulky



vegetables to outside of plate. Cut large items like baked potatoes in smaller pieces. Flatten foods



such as mashed potatoes and other dense foods. Cover with wax paper or plastic wrap. ONE






After cooking, check that food is very hot throughout and that the bottom center of the plate is



very hot. If not, continue heating using time and power level. Allow to stand, covered, 1 to 2





1 Regular

Touch Reheat and then the number pad 1 once for a regular amount of food: approximately 4 oz



sliced meat or poultry, 1/2 cup potato or rice and 1/2 cup of vegetables or equivalent. REG will



appear in the display.


1 Large

Touch Reheat and then the number pad 1 twice within 2 seconds for a larger amount of food on a



dinner plate. LARGE will appear in the display.


1 Small

Touch Reheat and then the number pad 1 three times within 3 seconds for a smaller amount of



food on a dinner plate. SMALL will appear in the display.




2. Beverage

.5 - 2.0 cups

This setting is good for restoring cooled beverages to a better drinking temperature. Touch



Reheat and then the number 2 pad for a 0.5 cup increase per touch. Stir liquid briskly before



heating and stir carefully at end of cycle to avoid "eruption."




3. Rolls/ Muffins

1 - 8

Use this setting to warm rolls, muffins, biscuits, bagels etc. Large items should be considered as 2



or 3 regular size. Arrange on plate; cover with paper towel. For refrigerated rolls or muffins, it may



be necessary to double the entered amount to ensure the proper serving temperature. For



example, enter quantity of 2 for 1 refrigerated muffin.




4. Soup

1 - 6 cups

Place in a bowl or casserole. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. At end, stir, re-coverand let stand 1 to



3 minutes.





Operating Instructions

Special Features


Cook automatically computes the correct cooking time and microwave power level for foods shown in the chart below.

• Suppose you want to cook 3 medium baked potatoes.

1.Touch Cook pad.

2.Touch number pad 1 to select Baked Potatoes.

3.Touch 2 more times for 3 potatoes or hold down until the desired quantity appears.

4.Touch START/Plus 1 Minpad.

TIPS: Foods can be covered with wax paper or vented plastic wrap. Temperatures of foods covered with plastic wrap tend to be slightly higher than those covered with wax paper.


1.More or less food than the quantity listed in the chart should be cooked following the guidelines in any microwave cookbook.

2.Cook can be programmed with More or Less Time Adjustment. See page 12.

3.The final cooking result will vary according to the food condition (e.g. initial temperature, shape, quality). Check food for temperature after cooking. If additional time is needed, continue to cook manually.





1. Baked Potatoes

1 - 6 med.

Pierce with fork in several places; place on paper towel on turntable. At end of cooking time,



remove from microwave oven, wrap in foil and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.




2. Fresh Vegetables

1 - 6 cups

For beans, carrots, corn and peas, add 1 tablespoon of water per cup. For broccoli, Brussels



sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, cook immediately after washing with no additional water. If



you like tender crisp vegetables, double or triple measured quantity per setting. After cooking,



remove from microwave oven, stir, cover and let stand 3 to 5 minutes before serving.




3. Frozen Vegetables

1 - 6 cups

Add no water. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. After cooking, stir and let stand, covered, for



3 minutes.




4. Frozen Entrees

6 - 17 oz

Use this setting for frozen, convenience foods. It will give satisfactory results for most brands.



You may wish to try several and choose your favorite. Remove package from outer wrapping



and follow package directions for covering. After cooking, let stand, covered, for 1 to 3 minutes.


6 - 8 oz

Touch Cook and number pad 4 once for package weight of6-8oz.6-8 will appear in the





9 - 11 oz

Touch Cook and number pad 4 twice for package weight of9-11oz.9-11 will appear in the





12 - 14 oz

Touch Cook and number pad 4 three times for package weight of12-14oz.12-14 will appear



in the display.


15 - 17 oz

Touch Cook and number pad 4 four times for package weight of15-17oz.15-17 will appear



in the display.