Whirlpool RC8436XA Specifications

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UseAndCare
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A Note To You
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Important SafeQ
Instructions
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Parts And Features
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Using Your Cooktop
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Caring For
Your Cooktop
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If You Need
Assistance
Or Service
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Warranty
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1-800-253-1301
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COOKTOP
MODELS
RC8436XA
RC8430XA
A Note To You
Thank
you
for
buying
a Whirlpool@
appliance.
You have purchased a quality, world-class home appliance. Years of engineering experience
have gone into its manufacturing. To ensure that you will enjoy many years of trouble-free
operation, we have developed this Use and Care Guide. It is full of valuable information on
how to operate and maintain your appliance properly and safely. Please read it carefully.
Also, please complete and mail the Ownership Registration Card provided with your appliance. This will help us notify you about any new information on your appliance.
Your
safety
is important
to us.
This guide contains safety symbols and statements. Please pay special attention to these
symbols and follow any instructions given. Here is a brief explanation of the use of each
symbol.
This symbol will help you avoid actions
Our Consumer
Assistance
Center
is toll-free,
24 hours
a day.
number,
l-800-253-1301,
If you ever have a question concerning your appliance’s operation, or if you need service, first
see “If You Need Assistance Or Service” on page 12. If you need further help, feel free to call
our Consumer Assistance Center. When calling, you will need to know your appliance’s
complete model number and serial number. You can find this information on the model and
serial number plate (see diagram on page 5). For your convenience, we have included a
handy place below for you to record these numbers, the purchase date from the sales slip
and your dealer’s name and telephone number. Keep this book and the sales slip together in
a safe place for future reference.
Model Number
Dealer Name
Serial Number
Dealer Phone
Purchase
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Date
Important
Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, injury to
persons, or damage when using the cooktop,
follow basic precautions, including the following:
General
Read all instructions before
using the cooktop.
l Install or locate the cooktop onl
in accordance with the provide J
Installation Instructions. The
cooktop must be installed by a
qualified installer. The cooktop
must be properly connected to
electrical supply and grounded.
l CAUTION:
Do not store things
children might want above the
cookto . Children could be
burne cpor injured while climbing
on it.
l Do not leave children alone or
unattended in area where the
cooktop is in use. They should
never be allowed to sit or stand
on any part of the cooktop.
They could be burned or injured.
l Do not operate the cooktop if it
is damaged or not working
properly.
l Do not use the cooktop for
warming or heatin the room.
Persons could be %urned or
injured, or a fire could start.
* Use the cooktop only for its
intended use as described in
this manual.
are dark in color. Areas near
surface units become hot
enough to cause burns. During
and after use, do not touch, or
let clothing or other flammable
materials contact surface units
or areas near units until they
have had sufficient time to
cool.
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Do not wear loose or hanging
garments when using the
cooktop. The could ignite if
the touch a i ot surface unit
an cr you could be burned.
* Use only dry potholders. Moist
or damp potholders on hot
surfaces ma result in burns
from steam. b 0 not let
potholder touch hot surface
units. Do not use a towel or
bulky cloth for a potholder.
It could catch on fire.
l Do not heat unopened
containers. They could explode. The
hot contents could cause burns
and container particles could
cause injury.
l Do not store flammable
materials on or near the cookto . The
fumes can create an exp Posion
and/or fire hazard.
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Do not touch surface units or
areas near units. Surface units
may be hot even though they
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When
usina
the
cooktor,
@Select a pan with a flat bottom
that is about the same size as
the surface unit. If pan is
smaller than the surface unit,
some of the heating element
will be exposed and may result
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also improves cooking
efficiency.
Check to be sure glass cooking
utensils are safe for use on the
cooktop. Only certain types of
glass, glass-ceramic, ceramic,
earthenware or other glazed
utensils are suitable for cooktops without breaking due to the
sudden change in temperature.
Never leave surface units unattended at hi h heat settings. A
boilover cou 7d result and cause
smoking and greasy spillovers
that may ignite.
Grease
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Turn pan handles inward, but
not over other surface units.
This will help reduce the chance
of burns, igniting of flammable
materials, and spills due to
bumping of the pan.
Do not use water on grease
fires. Never pick up a flaming
pan. Smother flaming pan on
ran e by coverin with a
wel B-fitted lid, coo9( ie sheet or
flat tray. Flaming grease
outside of pan can be extinuished with baking soda or,
3I available, a multipurpose
dry chemical or foam-type
extinguisher.
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Grease is flammable. Do
not allow grease to collect
around cooktop. Wipe
spillovers immediately.
and
cleaning
Do not repair or replace any
part of the cooktop unless
specifically recommended in
this manual. All other servicing should be referred to a
qualified technician.
Disconnect the electrical
sup ly before servicing the
coo Rtop.
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Parts And Features
This section contains captioned illustrations of your cooktop. Use them to become familiar
with the location and appearance of all parts and features.
Model
RC8436XA
Model
RC8430XA
Control
panel
Left rear
control knob -
Right rear
control knob
Surface unit
indicator light
Left front
control knob -
Right front
control knob
NOTE: Both models shown are also available in white.
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Using Your Cooktop
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In This
Section
Using the surface
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units .. .. . .. .. . ... . .. .. . . .. 6
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Energy saving tips . .. .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. . .. .. ...m...8
To obtain the best cooking results possible, you must operate your cooktop properly. This
section gives you important information for efficient and safe use of your cooktop.
Using
the surface
units
Push in control knobs before turning
them to a setting. You can set them anywhere between HI and OFF.
Surface
unit
markers
The solid dot in the surface unit marker
shows which surface unit is turned on by
that knob.
Surface
unit
indicator
lights
One of the Surface Unit Indicator Lights on
the control panel will glow when a surface
unit is on.
Burn and Fire Hazard
Be sure all control knobs are turned to
OFF and all indicator lights are OFF
when you are not cooking.
Someone could be burned or a fire
could start if a surface unit is accidentally left ON.
Until you get used to the settings, use
the following as a guide. For best results,
start cooking at the high setting; then turn
the control knob down to continue cooking.
SETTING
HI
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Medium
(opposite OFF)
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RECOMMENDED USE
To start foods cooking.
To bring liquids to a boil.
To hold a rapid boil.
To fry chicken or pancakes.
For gravy, pudding and
icing.
To cook large amounts of
vegetables.
To keep food cooking
Before placing a pan on solid element
surface units for the first time, heat on HI
setting for five minutes. The surface units
will give off smoke as the protective coating,
applied at the factory, finishes bonding to the
surface.
Burn and Fire Hazard
Be sure all control knobs are turned to
OFF and the Power On Light(s) is OFF
when you are not cooking.
Someone could be burned or a fire could
start if a surface unit is accidentally left
ON.
Cookware
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Solid
element
surface
units
Solid element surface units are made of
heavy cast-iron to provide even cooking.
Each surface unit has a built-in protective
limiter as a safety feature.
The limiter senses uneven cooking
temperatures
when:
l A pan boils
dry.
l A pan is removed
and the surface unit is
left on.
l The bottom
of the pan is too large or too
small for the surface unit. This will result in
longer cooking times.
l The bottom
of the pan is rounded,
warped, ribbed or dented and does not
make full contact with the surface unit.
The limiter will automatically reduce the heat
level to provide even cooking temperatures
and to protect the surface unit.
NOTE: Solid element surface units stay hot
for a long time. Do not use the HI setting for
long periods of time or leave pans on hot
surface units when cooking is done. Burned
food and damage to the cookware could
result. You may want to turn the surface unit
off a few minutes before you finish cooking.
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tips
Select a pan that is about the same size
as the surface unit.
NOTE: For best results and greater
energy efficiency, use only flat-bottomed
cookware that makes good contact with the
surface units. Do not use cookware with
rounded, warped, ribbed (such as some
porcelain enamelware) or dented bottoms.
You can, however, use the newer cookware available with slightly indented bottoms
or very small expansion channels. This
cookware is specially designed to provide
the good contact needed for best cooking
results.
Also, woks, canners and teakettles with flat
bottoms suitable for use on your cooktop are
now available in most stores that sell
housewares.
The pan should have straight sides and a
tight-fitting lid.
Choose medium to heavy gauge (thickness) pans that are fairly lightweight.
The pan material (metal or glass) affects
how fast heat transfers from the surface unit
through the pan material and how evenly
heat spreads over the pan bottom. Choose
pans that provide the best cooking results.
Handles should be made of sturdy, heatresistant material and be securely attached
to the pan.
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Product Damage Hazard
Do not leave an empty utensil, or one
which has boiled dry, on a hot surface
The utensil could overheat and could
damage the utensil or surface unit.
Home
canning
information
The large diameter of most water-bath or
pressure canners combined with high heat
settings for long periods of time can shorten
the life of surface units and cause damage to
the cooktop.
To protect your range:
l Use flat-bottomed
canners/pans
for best
results. Some canners have ribbed bottoms
(porcelain enamelware) and are not recommended. They do not make good contact
with the surface unit, causing the limiter to
reduce the heat level. This interferes with
the canning process.
Energy
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tips
Although the energy used for cooking is
usually a very small percentage of the total
energy used in the home, cooking energy
can be used efficiently. Here are some tips
to help you save energy when using your
cooking product:
l Use pans with flat bottoms,
straight sides
and tight-fitting lids.
l Match
the pan to the surface unit size.
l Cook with a minimum
of liquid or fat to
help shorten cooking time.
l Preheat
pans only when recommended
and for the shortest time possible.
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Use the largest surface unit for best
results. Also, use a canner/pan which can
be centered over the surface unit and
which does not extend more than one inch
outside surface unit area. Large diameter
canners/pans, if not properly centered, trap
heat and can cause damage to the
cooktop.
Do not place canner on two surface units
at the same time. Too much heat will build
up and will damage the cooktop.
Start with hot water. This reduces the
time the control is set on high. Reduce
heat setting to lowest position needed to
keep water boiling.
To prolong the life of the elements:
- Prepare small batches at a time.
- Do not use elements for canning all
day.
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Start food on higher heat settings, then
set surface unit controfon low or off to
finish cooking. Use retained heat for
cooking when possible.
Turn on the surface unit only after placing
filled pan on the unit.
Plan your meals for the most efficient use
of the cooktop.
Caring For Your Cooktop
In This
Section
Page
Page
Cleaning the solid element
surface units . .. . .. .. . .. .. .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. .9
Cleaning
Your cooktop is designed for ease of care.
You can do most cleaning with items found
around your home. Cleaning your cooktop
whenever spills or soiling occurs will help to
keep it looking and operating like new.
Cleaning
the solid
element
other cooktop
Burn and Electrical
Make sure all controls
cooktop is cool before
servicing.
Failure to do so could
electrical shock.
surface
parts . .. .. . .. .. 11
Shock Hazard
are off and the
cleaning or
result in burns or
units
Burn and Electrical Shock Hazard
Solid element surface units do not glow
red when hot. Make sure all controls are
OFF and the cooktop is COOL before
cleaning.
Failure to do so could result in burns or
electrical shock.
1. Make sure all surface units are off and
cool.
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2. For best results, wipe off surface units with
a damp sponge and soapy water after each
use. Remove burned-on food with a nonabrasive, soap-filled scouring pad. The red
spot in the center of the surface unit will
gradually wash off. This is normal and will
not affect the operation of the surface unit.
3. Dry the surface unit completely after cleaning. Turn on the surface unit for few minutes
to thoroughly dry.
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4. After the surface unit has cooled, use a
paper towel to apply a thin coat of salt-free
oil to the surface units to season and
restore the finish. Wipe excess oil off trim
rings.
5. Then heat 3-5 minutes. Some smoking may
occur; this is normal. If surface units have
dark spots caused by grease and food, the
oil treatment will improve their appearance
but not eliminate the spots,
NOTE: You can apply Optional Electrol@
dressing to the surface units to improve
their appearance.
To obtain order information
for Electrol
dressing (Part No. 814030), write to:
Whirlpool Corporation
Attention: Customer Service Department
1900 Whirlpool Drive
LaPot-te, IN 46350
OR
Call l-800-253-1301
to order. You must
have a major credit card to order by phone.
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Cleaning
other
cooktop
parts
Use the following table to help you clean all other parts of your cooktop
PART
Control
knobs
WHAT TO USE
Sponge and warm,
soapy water
HOW TO CLEAN
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Glass cooktop
surface
Sponge and warm,
soapy water
OR
Paper towel and spray
glass cleaner
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Turn knobs to OFF and pull straight
away from control panel.
Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly. Do not
soak.
Do not use steel wool or abrasive
cleansers. They may damage the
finish of the knobs.
Replace knobs. Make sure all knobs
point to OFF.
Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly.
Do not use steel wool or abrasive
cleansers. They may damage the
finish.
Do not spray cleaner directly on control
panel. Apply cleaner to paper towel.
Use nonabrasive, plastic scrubbing pad
on heavily soiled areas.
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If You Need Assistance
Or Service
This section is designed to help you save the cost of a service call. Part 1 of this section
outlines possible problems, their causes, and actions you can take to solve each problem.
Parts 2 and 3 tell you what to do if you still need assistance or service. When calling our
Consumer Assistance Center for help or calling for service, please provide a detailed description of the problem, your appliance’s complete model and serial numbers and the purchase
date. (See page 2.) This information will help us respond properly to your request.
1. Before
calling
for
assistance
...
Performance problems often result from little things you can find and fix without tools of any
kind. Please check the chart below for problems you can fix. It could save you the cost of a
service call.
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE
CAUSE
SOLUTION
The unit is not wired into a live
circuit with proper voltage.
Wire the unit into a live circuit with
proper voltage. (See Installation
Instructions.)
A household fuse has blown
or a circuit breaker has
tripped.
Replace household fuse or reset
circuit breaker.
A household fuse has blown
or a circuit breaker has
tripped.
Replace household fuse or reset
circuit breaker.
You are not setting the control
knobs correctly.
Push control knobs in before turning
to a setting.
Control knob(s)
will not turn
You are not pushing in before
turning.
Push control knob(s) in before turning
to a setting.
Cooking results
are not what
you expected
The cooktop is not level.
Level cooktop. (See Installation
Instructions.)
The recipe has never been
tested or is not from a reliable
source.
Use only tested recipes from a
reliable source.
The pan used is not the type
or size recommended in the
recipe.
Refer to a reliable cookbook for
recommended pan type and size.
Cooking utensil does not fit
the surface unit being used.
Pan should be the same size or
slightly larger than surface unit being
used.
Nothing
operate
will
The surface
units will not
operate
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2. If you
need
assistance
...
4. If you need
ment parts
Call Whirlpool Consumer Assistance
Center telephone number. Dial toll-free
from anywhere in the U.S.A.:
1-800-253-l 301
and talk with one of our trained consultants.
The consultant can instruct you in how to
obtain satisfactory operation from your
appliance or, if service is necessary, recommend a qualified service company in your
area.
If you prefer, write to:
Mr. William Clark
Consumer Assistance Representative
Whirlpool Corporation
2000 M-63
Benton Harbor, Ml 49022
Please include a daytime phone number in
your correspondence.
3. If you
need
service
*APPLIANCE-HOUSEHOLDMAJOR, SERVICE (L REPAIR
-See: Whirlpool Appliances or
Authorized WhIrlpool Service
(Example: XYZ Service Co.)
. WASHING
DRYERS,
FSP is a registered trademark of Whirlpool
Corporation for quality parts. Look for this
symbol of quality whenever you need a
replacement part for your Whirlpool@ appliance. FSP replacement parts will fit right
and work right, because they are made to
the same exacting specifications used to
build every new Whirlpool appliance.
To locate FSP replacement parts in your
area, refer to Step 3 above or call the
Whirlpool Consumer Assistance Center
number in Step 2.
5. If you are not satisfied
how the problem
was
solved
...
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Whirlpool has a nationwide network of authorized WhirlpoolSM service
companies. Whirlpool
service technicians are
trained to fulfill the product warranty and
provide after-warranty service, anywhere in
the United States. To locate the authorized
Whirlpool service company in your area, call
our Consumer Assistance Center telephone
number (see Step 2) or look in your telephone directory Yellow Pages under:
FSP@ replace...
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Contact the Major Appliance Consumer
Action Panel (MACAP). MACAP is a group
of independent consumer experts that
voices consumer views at the highest
levels of the major appliance industry.
Contact MACAP only when the dealer,
authorized servicer and Whirlpool have
failed to resolve your problem.
Major Appliance Consumer Action Panel
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
MACAP will in turn inform us of your
action.
MACHINES
&
SERVICE & REPAIR
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or
Authorized WhIrlpool Service
(Example: XYZ SePAce Co.)
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WHIRLPOOL”
Electric Cooktop Warranty
LENGTH OF WARRANTY
WHIRLPOOL
FULL ONE-YEAR
WARRANTY
From Date of Purchase
FSP@ replacement parts and repair labor to correct
defects in materials or workmanship. Service must be
provided by an authorized WhirlpoolSM service company.
LIMITED WARRANTY FOR
LIFE OF THE PRODUCT
Second Year Through Life of
Product From Date of Purchase
FSP replacement
WHIRLPOOL
WILL PAY FOR
parts for control knobs.
WILL NOT PAY FOR
A. Service calls to:
1. Correct the installation
of your cooktop.
2. Instruct you how to use your cooktop.
3. Replace house fuses or correct house wiring.
B. Repairs when your cooktop is used in other than normal, single-family
household
use.
C. Pickup and delivery. Your cooktop is designed to be repaired in the home.
D. Damage to your cooktop caused by accident, misuse, fire, flood, acts of God or use of
products not approved by Whirlpool.
E. Any labor costs during limited warranty.
F. Repairs to parts or systems caused by unauthorized
modifications
made to the appliance
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WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so this limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to
state.
Outside the United States, a different warranty may apply. For details, please contact your
authorized Whirlpool distributor or military exchange.
If you need service, first see the “Assistance or Service” section of this book. After checking
“Assistance or Service,” additional help can be found by calling our Consumer Assistance
Center telephone number, l-800-253-1301,
from anywhere in the U.S.A.
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