Frigidaire PLMB209DC User Manual

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Microwave Oven



Welcome & Congratulations ....


Important Safety Instructions ..


Part Names ................................


Before Operating .......................


Manual Operation ......................


Operating Instructions..............


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


Service Call Check ....................


Specifications ............................


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


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Welcome & Congratulations

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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.

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

Model Number: __________________________________________________________________

Serial Number: __________________________________________________________________

Purchase Date: __________________________________________________________________


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Before you call for service, there are a few things you can do to help us serve you better.

Read this manual.

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

If you received a damaged Microwave Oven... immediately contact the dealer (or builder) that sold you the Microwave Oven.

Save time and money.

Check the section titled "Service Call Check”. This section helps you solve common problems that might occur. If you do need service, you can relax knowing help is only a phone call away. A list of toll-freecustomer service numbers is included in the back of this manual. Or call Frigidaire Customer Services at1-800-944-9044,24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

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.


To reduce the risk of fire, burns, electric shock, injury to persons, or exposure to excessive microwave energy when using your appliance, follow basicprecautions, including the following sections.

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 5.

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 15.

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 placed inside the microwave oven to facilitate cooking.

-Remove wire twist-tiesfrom paper or plastic bags before placing bag in microwave oven.

-If materials inside the microwave oven should ignite, keep microwave oven door closed, turn microwave oven off and disconnect the power cord or shut off power at the fuse or circuit breaker panel.

-Do not use the cavity for storage purposes. Do not leave paper products, cooking utensils or food in the cavity when not in use.

Liquids, such as water, coffee or tea are able to be overheated beyond the boiling point without appearing to be boiling. Visible bubbling or boiling when the container is removed from the microwave oven is not always present. THIS COULD RESULT IN VERY HOT


To reduce the risk of injury to persons:

-Do not overheat the liquid.

-Stir the liquid both before and halfway through heating it.

-Do not use straight-sidedcontainers with narrow necks. Use awide-mouthedcontainer.

-After heating, allow the container to stand in the microwave oven at least for 20 seconds before removing the container.

-Use extreme care when inserting a spoon or other utensil into the container.

If the microwave oven is installed as a built-in,observe the following instructions:

-Do not mount over a sink.

-Do not store anything directly on top of the appliance surface when the appliance is in operation.

If the microwave oven light fails, consult a ELECTROLUX AUTHORIZED SERVICER.



Important Safety Instructions



• All packing materials from inside the microwave oven cavity; however, DO NOT REMOVE THE WAVEGUIDE COVER, which is located on the right cavity wall. Read enclosures and SAVE the Use and Care Manual.

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

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 AUTHORIZED SERVICER.



You will use the microwave oven frequently so plan its location for ease of use. It’s wise, if possible, to have counter space on at least one side of the microwave oven. Allow at least 2 inches on the sides, top and at the rear of the microwave oven for air circulation.


Important Safety Instructions


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.

All microwave ovens are rated by using the IEC Test Procedure as 1200 watts, except for the CPLMB209DC which is 1100 watts. 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.

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.

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 14 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

The 7-digitInteractive Display spells out operating steps and shows cooking hints. When HELP is lighted in the display, touch theHELP pad to read a specific hint which may assist you.

1.One touch door open button Push to open door.

2. Microwave Oven door with see-throughwindow

3. Safety door latches

The Microwave Oven will not operate unless the door is securely closed.

4.Door hinges

5.Door seals and sealing surfaces

6.Turntable motor shaft

7. Removable turntable support

Carefully place the turntable support in the center of the Microwave Oven floor.

8. Removable turntable

Place the turntable on the turntable support securely. The turntable will rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. Only remove for cleaning.

9. Ventilation openings (rear)

10.Microwave Oven light

It will light when Microwave Oven is operating or door is open.

11.Waveguide cover: DO NOT REMOVE.

12.Auto-Touchcontrol panel

13.Time display: 99 minutes, 99 seconds

Number next to the control panel illustration indicates page on


which there are a feature description and usage information.


Before Operating


Operating Instructions

Special Features


Electrolux’s Sensor is a semi-conductordevice that detects the vapor (moisture and humidity) emitted from the food as it heats. The sensor adjusts the cooking times and power level for various foods and quantities.

Using Sensor Settings:

1.After microwave oven is plugged in, wait 2 minutes before using SENSOR COOKING.

2.Be sure the exterior of the cooking container and the interior of the microwave oven are dry. Wipe off any moisture with a dry cloth or paper towel.

3.The microwave oven works with foods at normal storage temperature. For example, popcorn would be at room temperature.

4.Any SENSOR COOKING selection can be programmed with More or Less Time Adjustment. See page 14.

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

6.During the first part of SENSOR COOKING, food name will appear on the display. Do not open the microwave oven door or touch Clear/Off during this part of the cooking cycle. The measurement of vapor will be interrupted. If this occurs, an error message will appear. To continue cooking, touch theClear/Off pad and cook manually.

When the sensor detects the vapor emitted from the food, remainder of cooking time will appear. Door may be opened when remaining cooking time appears on the display. At this time, you may stir or season food, as desired.

7.If the sensor does not detect vapor properly when popping popcorn, the microwave oven will turn off, and the correct time of day will be displayed. If the sensor does not detect vapor properly

when cooking other foods, ERROR will be displayed, and the microwave oven will turn off.

8.Check food for temperature after cooking. If additional time is needed, continue to cook manually.

9.SENSOR COOKING can only be entered within 3 minutes after cooking, opening and closing the door or touching the Clear/ Off pad.

10.Each food has a cooking hint. Touch Help pad when the HELP indicator is lighted in the display.

Covering Foods:

Some foods work best when covered. Use the cover recommended in the SENSOR COOKING CHART for these foods.

1.Casserole lid.

2.Plastic wrap: Use plastic wrap recommended for microwave cooking. Cover dish loosely; allow approximately 1/2 inch to remain uncovered to allow steam to escape. Plastic wrap should not touch food.

3.Wax paper: Cover dish completely; fold excess wrap under dish to secure. If dish is wider than paper, overlap two pieces at least one inch to cover.

Be careful when removing any covering to allow steam to escape away from you.


You can cook many foods by touching just one pad. You don’t need to calculate cooking time or power level.

• Suppose you want to reheat canned chili.

Touch Reheat pad.

When sensor detects the vapor emitted from the food, remainder of reheating time will appear.






1 package

Use only popcorn packaged for microwave oven use. Try several brands to decide which




you like. Do not try to pop unpopped kernels.



- 3.5 oz bag

Touch Popcorn pad.





4 - 36 oz

Place in dish or casserole slightly larger than amount to be reheated. Flatten, if possible.




Cover with lid, plastic wrap or wax paper. Use covers such as plastic wrap or lids with




larger quantities of more dense foods such as stews. After reheating, stir well, if




possible. Re-coverand allow to stand 2 to 3 minutes. Foods should be very hot. If not,




continue to heat with variable power and time.




Baked Potato

1 - 8 med.

Pierce. Place on paper-towel-linedturntable. After cooking, remove from microwave




oven, wrap in aluminum foil and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.





Fresh Veggie: Soft



Wash and place in casserole. Add no water if vegetables have just been washed. Cover



- 2.0 lb

with lid for tender vegetables. Use plastic wrap for tender-crispvegetables. TouchFresh

Brussels sprouts


- 2.0 lb

Veggie pad. After cooking, stir, if possible. Let stand, covered, for 2 to 5 minutes.



- 2.0 lb


Cauliflower (flowerets)


- 2.0 lb


Cauliflower (whole)

1 med.




- 1.0 lb




- 2.0 lb


Baked apples

2 - 4 med.