MODULAR
DOWN DRAFT
COOKTOP
!rs. Freezers.
Refrlgeralor-freezers.
Ice Makers,
DIshwashers.
Built-In
Ovens
and Surface
Unlls,
Ranges.
MIcrowave
Ovens.
Trash Compactors.
Roam Air Condltloners.
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Contents
Page
BEFORE YOU USE YOUR COOKTOP
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
PARTS AND FEATURES
USING YOUR COOKTOP
Surface Unit Indicators
Using the Control Knobs
Using the Surface Units
Using the Vent System
Using the Grill
CHANGING COOKTOP MODULES
USING OPTIONAL MODULES
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2
4
5
5
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6
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8
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Page
9
Using the Griddle Module
10
Using the Rotisserie
Using the Smoothtop
Module
11
Accessory
Canning Kit
12
CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR
COOKTOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..I2
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IF YOU NEED SERVICE OR ASSISTANCE
1. Before Calling for Assistance
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2. If You Need Assistance
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3. If You Need Service
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4. If You Have a Problem
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Before you use your cooktop
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Read this”Use and Care Guide” carefully
for important
use and safety
information.
You are personally
responsible
for making sure that your cooktop...
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is installed by a qualified
installer.
is properly
installed
and leveled
in a countertop
and cabinet
that can
support the weight.
is installed in an area protected
from the weather.
is properly connected
to the correct electric supply and properly grounded.
[See “Installation
Instructions.“)
is vented according
to manufacturer’s
instructions, with no restrictions.
is properly
maintained.
is used only for jobs expected
of home cooktops.
is not used by children or anyone unable to operate it properly.
See the”lnstaIlation
Instructions”for
complete
information.
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Parts and features
Model
RC8900XMH
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MOD ULE
SPLATTER
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FRONT CHROME
REFLECTOR BOWL
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KNOB
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CONTROL KNOB
VENT SYSTEM
CONTROL
PANEL
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‘MODEL
AND SERIAL
NUMBER PLATE
SYSTEM
Copy your Model and Serial Numbers
When you need service or call with a question, have this information
ready:
1. Complete
Model and Serial Number (under
the right module on the back wall).
2. Purchase date from sales slip.
Copy this information
in these spaces. Keep
this book, your warranty and sales slip together
in a handy place. There is no warranty registration to return. Proof-of-purchase
is all that is required for in-warranty
service.
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here.. .
Model Number
Serial Number
Purchase Date
Service Company
Phone Number
Using your cooktop
Surface
Unlt
Indicators
Left
Rear
Surface
Unit
Control
‘2
1. Surface
Surface
or module
Front
Surface
*nit
Control
or Grill
Control
unit indicators
unit indicators show the surface
operated
by that control knob.
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Right
Rear
Surface
Unit
Control
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Grill
Control
Front
Surface
Unlt
Signal
Light
Vent
System
Control
unit
The solid dot shows the surface unit that is controlled
by
that knob.
The solid box shows that a
module, such as a grill, can
be controlled
by that knob.
The solid dot inside the box
shows the surface
unit controlled if a surface unit module is installed.
2. Using the control
knobs
or
PUSH IN
Turn to
setting.
Control knobs must be pushed
in before
turning them to a setting. There is a click at HI,
LO and OFF, but they can be set anywhere
between
HI and OFF.
The signal light will glow when any surface
unit or module is ON. Be sure the light is OFF
when you are not cooking.
Using the surface
units
Use only flat-bottomed
utensils for best results and to prevent damage
Specialty
items with rounded or ridged bottoms (woks, ridged bottom
kettles) are not recommended.
Until You get used to the settings,
Use HI to stort
foods cooking
or
to bring liquids to
a boil.
Surtace
units will not turn
red if good contact is made with
bottom of pan.
3.
use the following
Use MED-HI
to
hold a rapid boll
or to fry chicken
or pancakes.
to the cooktop.
canners or tea
as a guide.
Use MED for gravy,
puddings,
and icings or to cook
large amounts
of
vegetables.
Use MED-LO
to
keep food cooking after starting
it on a higher
setting.
Use LO to keep
food warm
until
ready to serve. Set
the heat higher or
lower
within
the
LO band to keep
food at the temperature
YOU
want.
FILTERS MUST BE IN PLACE FOR PROPER SAFE
OPERATION.
THE EXHAUST FAN SHOULD BE ON FOR MOST
COOKING OPERATIONS.
The built-in fan removes
cooking
vapors,
odors and smoke from foods prepared
on the
cooktop.
The fan should always be ON when
using the grill module.
Turn the exhaust
fan
control knob clockwise
to turn the fan ON.Turn
counterclockwise
to turn the fan OFF.
Using the vent system
DO NOT PUT HANDS IN VENT BOX WHEN FAN
OR CONTROLS
ARE ON. INJURY COULD
RESULT.
NOTE: The vent system
may come
on au-
4. Using the grill
Before using the grill for the first time:
A.
Wash, rinse and dry grill.
Use warm sudsy water.
. DO NOT use metal scouring
pads or
abrasive
cleaners.
They will damage
the non-stick coating on the grill.
Lightly wipe with cooking
oil to prevent
meats from sticking.
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B.
Approximate
Preheat
grill cooking
the grill for 10 mlnutes
times
Approxlmate
Cooklng
Tlme
Slde 2
Side 1
on HI.
Control
Setting
FOOD
Steak (%i’-%“)
Rare
Medium
Well-done
Steak (13%“)
Rare
Medium
Well-done
HI
HI
HI
5 Min.
6 Min.
B Min.
4 Min.
6 Min.
B Min.
HI
HI
HI
5-7 Min.
9-11 Min.
12-I 5 Min.
5 Min.
10 Min.
12 Min.
Other:
These foods must be turned and rearranged
cooking
to provlde
even cooking
results.
Hamburgers
HI
HI
Hot Dogs
HI
Pork Chops
HI
Spare Ribs, Barbecued.
MED-HI
Lamb Chops
HI
Chicken
Pieces
MED-HI
Ham Slice
HI
Lobster Tails
HI
Garlic Bread
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Baste with barbecue
CAUTION:
sauce
2.
Foods cooked
on the grill can spatter.
It is
important
to clean
all parts after each use.
See page
14.
The heating
element
for the grill cleans
itself. Do not put in water.
Takethegrillaparttocleanandtoremove
and store. Do not stack when
4.
Do not coverthe
grill completely
with meat.
Leave
space
between
the food
items to
proper smoke and steam removal.
allow
Use only
can
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nylon
or plastic
the non-stick
storing.
utensils.
Metal
finish.
Trim fats from meat before grilling to prevent excessive
smoke and flare-up. Meats
which normally
have a high fat content
will
7.
scratch
produce
more
Min.
Min.
Min.
Min.
Min.
Min.
Min.
Min.
Min.
The use of metal forks and tongs
can scratch
the non-stick
coating. Use with care.
3.
5.
20-25
12-l 5
25-30
50-60
25-35
45-60
20-25
20-25
2-3
last 15-20 minutes.
Hints and tips:
1.
as necessary
smoke
and
flare-up.
Fat
meats cook faster than lean meats.
If meat begins to cook too quickly. turn the
grill control knob to a lower setting.
during
Total
Total
Total
Total
Total
Total
Total
Total
Total
Changing cooktop modules
The cooktop
modules will work on either side of the cooktop.
are OFF and the modules are cool before removing
them.
Surface
1.
sure all controls
unit modules
To remove,
lift slightly
by the handle.
2.
With both hands, pull
module toward you to
unplug it.
2.
Push terminal into place
until it’s plugged
in.
Terminal
1.
Make
To replace,
terminal
receptacle.
line up the
with
the
3.
Lift out and set aside
Lower the front with the
handle.
Grill
module
1.
To remove,
lift off grills.
2.
Lift heating
element
slightly
and
pull toward
you.
3.
Lift out splatter shield.
4.
Lift and remove
the
grease well,
being careful not to sbill
fat
dri’ppings.
1.
To replace,
lower
the
grease well
into opening.
2.
Put in splatter shield.
3.
Plug heating element
terminal into
receptacle.
4.
Place grills
over
heating element.
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All grill parts must be cleaned
after each
fat spoilage
and odors. See page 14.
use to avoid
excessive
smoke,
flare-ups,
Using optional
modules
Optional modules will work on
either side of the cooktop.
The proper control to use for the
griddle
module
in different
installations
is as shown.
Using the griddle
NOTE: Make sure the grill controls are OFF and the grill is cool
before installing
griddle.
1.
To install,
the grills.
remove
2.
Before using the griddle
for the first time:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
1.
Slide the griddle
into place
with
drain slot at rear.
Wash, rinse and dry griddle.
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Use warm sudsy water.
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DO NOT use metal scouring
pads or abrasive
cleaners.
They will damage
the nonstick coating on the griddle.
Lightly wipe with cooking
oil to
season. You don’t have to grease
the griddle every time you use it.
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or butter.
Preheat on HI, then switch to desired setting.
Add food. Use only nylon or
plastic
utensils.
Metal
can
scratch the non-stick coating.
Turn off the element when cooking is finished. Leaving it ON can
damage
the griddle.
To remove,
lift
front slightly
by
both front corners
and set aside.
Note: Make sure
griddle
is cool
before removing.
Approximate
Preheat
the griddle
Food
Sausage Patties
Bacon
Ham Slice
Hamburger
Fish Sticks
Hot Dogs
Buns
French Toast
Grilled
Sandwiches
Pancakes
Eggs
griddle
2.
cooking
for 10 minutes
Control
Setting
Replacethegrills
times
on HI.
Approximate
Cooking
Time
Side 2
Side 1
HI
HI
MED-HI
HI
MED
MED-HI
MED-HI
MED
3 Min.
6 Min.
6 Min.
5 Min.
5 Min.
3 Min.
3 Min.
4 Min.
1-2 Min.
5-6 Min.
5 Min.
3-4 Min.
5 Min.
Total
2-3 Min.
MED-HI
MED-HI
MED-LO
3 Min.
I%-2 Min.
3 Min.
3 Min.
1-2 Min.
1 Min.
B Min.
Using the rotisserie
The rotisserie
Grill Module.
has 5 parts. It is used with the
NOTE: Make sure the grill controls are OFF
and the grill is cool before installing
rotisserie.
Motor
j%LLacle
1.
2.
To install, remove
the grills.
Lift and pull out
the heating element.
3.
Set in rotisserie
rack.
TeYinai
4.
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Plug in the heating element.
5.
Lift grease well
slightly and slide
side baffles into
place.
Install rotisserie
motor as shown.
6.
To put meat
on spit
1.
2.
3.
4.
Put fork on the spit pointing away from the
handle.
Push spit through meat so the weight is balanced around the center.
Put the second
fork on the spit pointing
toward the meat.
Push both forks into the meat and tighten
the thumbscrews.
1. To remove, slide
out the side
baffles.
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2.
Lift and pull out
the heating element. Note: Make
sure element is
completely
cool
before removing.
5.
6.
7.
3.
Push the pointed end of the spit all the
into the motor socket.
Put the handle end of the spit into the
slot.
Plug in and turn on the rotisserie motor.
on the Grill Module. See page 11 for
gested cooking times.
Remove motor
and rotisserie rack
and set aside.
4.
5.
way
rack
Turn
sug-
Plug in the heating element.
Replace grills over
heating element.
Approximate
No preheat
minimum
rotisserie
cooking
times
required.
Food
Control
Settlng
Minutes/
Pound.
Internal
Temperature
Beef Roast
Well-done
Pork Loin Roast.
Leg of Lamb
Chicken,
med.
Cornish Game Hen
HI
MED-HI
HI
HI
MED-HI
45 Total
65 Total
45 Total
120 Total
60 Total
170
185
180
190
190
Be sure grills are removed
during rotissing.
Roasts of approximately
33% pounds are the most suitable
roasts will greatly
increase
cooking
times.
for rotissing.
F
F
F
F
F
Larger
Using the smoothtop
1.
To install, line up
the terminal
with
the receptacle.
2.
Push terminal
place
until
plugged
in.
into
it’s
3.
Lower smoothtop
into place.
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To remove,
slightly
by
handle.
2.
With both hands,
pull module
toward you to unplug it
3.
Lai;;dEut
lift
the
Cooking
on the optional
most the same as cooking
There are three differences
a bout:
1. The cookware
you use.
2. What to expect.
3. Thecareand
cleaning.
smoothtop
on surface
you should
is alunits.
know
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Cookware...
For best
used.
results, proper
cookware
must be
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and
set
Do not use the smoothtop
module
for
canning.
Bottoms must be perfectly flat, with NO ridges,
rims, patterns, dents, roughness or scratches.
-Pans
with uneven
bottoms
cause
poor
cooking
results and may damage
the
smoothtop.
-Nicks
and scratches
on a pan can damage the smoothtop.
Bottoms must be clean. Heating a soiled
can leave a stain on the smoothtop.
pan
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Sliding aluminum
pans or foil, and copper
pans, on the smoothtop
can leave marks,
Aluminum marks can be removed if they are
not heated.
See page 14 for cleaning
and
caring suggestions.
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Cooking...
The glass will take longer to heat up than a
regular surface unit. It will also take longer to
cool down. Turn off the unit a few minutes before you are finished cooking.
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Avoiding
damage
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Do not use the smoothtop
as a cutting
board.
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Sugary
spills can cause pitting
on the
surface.
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Spilling cold water on a hot surface may
crack it. Do not use a cracked
smoothtop.
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Dropping
heavy or hard objects
on the
cooktop can crack it. Be careful with heavy
skillets. Don’t store jars or cans above the
smoothtop.
See the special smoothtop
cleaning
suggestions on page 14.
Care and Cleaning...
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Always clean the smoothtop
after cooking.
Avoiding
stains
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Use a special smoothtop
cleaner/conditioner every time you use the Smoothtop
Module.
Follow the package
directions
carefully.
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Wipe the smoothtop
with a clean, damp
paper towel before you use the smoothtop. (Do not use a sponge or cloth. A little
leftover soap or soil can stain the smoothtop when heated.)
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Use only clean cookware.
Accessory
canning
kit (Part no. 242905)
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 regular
surface
units and cause
damage
to the cooktop
Cleaning and caring
Control
panel and knobs
pull knob straight
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If you plan to use the cooktop
for canning, we recommend
the installation
of a
Canning
Krt. The kit includes
one heavy
duty
8” surface
unit and necessary
switches. Order the kit from your Whirlpool
Dealer or Tech-Care
Service Company.
for your cooktop
1. First make sure knobs are set on OFF then
3.
Avoid spillovers. Use pans with tall sides.
Don’t let covers drip on the smoothtop.
Wipe up any spills with a wet cloth, when
the unit is cool enough not to steam. The
longer you cook with a spillover
on the
unit, the harder it will be to remove.
Clean off metal marks (from copper or aluminum) right away. If heated
they may
never come off.
off.
Wash knobs in warm
well and dry.
2.
Use warm soapy water and a soft cloth to
wipe the panel. Rinse and wipe dry.
4.
Push the knobsstraight
they point to OFF.
,
soapy
water.
Rinse
backon.
Makesure
Surface
units and reflector
bowls
Replacing
Removing
1. Be sure surface units are OFF.
1.
2.
Be sure surface
2.
Line up opening
in the reflector
the surface unit receptacle.
bowl with
3.
Hold the surface unit as level as possible
with the terminal
just started
into the
receptacle.
4.
While pushing the surface unit terminal into
the receptacle,
lift a little on the edge of
the unit nearest the receptacle.
When the terminal
is pushed into the receptacle
as far as it will go, the surface
unit will fit into the reflector bowl
units are OFF and COOL.
Lift the edge of the unit opposite the receptacle just enough
to clear the reflector
bowl.
5.
3.
Pull the’surface
receptacle
unit straight
4.
Lift out the reflector
bowl.
away
from the
Reflector bowls reflect heat back to
the utensils on the surface units. They
also help catch spills. When they are
kept clean, they reflect heat better and
look new longer.
If a reflector
bowl gets discolored,
some of the utensils used may not be
flat enough. Or some may be too large
for the surface unit. In either case, some
of the heat that is meant to go into or
around a utensil goes down and heats
the reflector bowl. This extra heat can
discolor it.
Cleaning
PART
Surface
Units
cooktop
WHAT TO USE
Do not clean
HOW TO CLEAN
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Reflector
Bowls
Hot soapy water
or dishwasher
Grill Module
Grill
Warm soapy
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water
Heating Element
Do not clean
Splatter Shield
Hot soapy water.
Griddle
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Grease Well ond Frame
Warm soapy water and
plastic scouring
pad
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Worm soapy
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water
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Rotisserie
Rock and Spit
Warm soapy water and.
plastic scouring
pads
Motor
Soft cloth; warm soapy water
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Smoothtop
module
Cleaning
Cleaner/conditioner
Avoid staining (See page 12)
Stain cleaning
Mild cleanser
(Bar Keepers
Friend)
Plastic scouring
pad
Paste or powder
cleanser
and water
Plastic scouring
pad
Moist sponge and automatic
dishwasher
detergent
Single-edge
razor blade in a
holder
Always use cleaner/conditioner
the vent system
Before cleaning
the vent system, turn the
fan and all controls to OFF.
1. To clean, remove the vent grill and wipe
clean
soapy
2.
3.
4.
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modules
with a damp
cloth or wash in warm
water.
Do not use metal scouring
pads or harsh cleansers.
Do not place in
dishwasher.
Lift filter and turn slightly to remove. They
can be cleaned
in warm soapy water or in
a dishwasher.
Wipe the vent box with a damp cloth to
clean. Spills should be sponged
out.
Install filters, being sure they are angled
over the exhaust fan and touching
at the
center.
Wash, rinse and dry well.
Do not use harsh cleansers
Wash, rinse and dry well.
Do not use metal scouring
cleansers.
Soil burns off.
Do not put in water.
Wash, rinse ond dry well.
Use plastic scouring
pads
areas.
Wash, rinse and dry well.
Clean after each use.
Dishwasher
safe.
Clean after
Wosh, rinse
Do not use
cleaners.
Use plastic
Wash, rinse
Clean after
each use.
and dry well.
metal scouring
scouring
pads
and dry well.
each use.
for stubborn
pads
or harsh
if needed.
Do not put in water.
Unplug before cleaning.
Wipe clean after each use.
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Follow package
directions
Do not put in water.
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Scrub lightly
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pads or harsh
carefully.
until stains are gone.
Keep paste damp with wet paper towel for
30 to 45 minutes, then scrub lightly with
plastic scouring
pad.
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(Wear rubber
gloves.]
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scrape off the soiled area, then
use one of the above cleaning
methods.
after removing
a stain.
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If you need service or assistance, we suggest you
follow these four steps:
and talk with one of our trained Consultants.
1. Before calling for
The Consultant
can instruct you in how to obassistance..
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Performance
problems often result from litle
things you can find and fix yourself without
tools of any kind.
If nothing operates:
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Is the cooktop wired correctly to a live circuit
with the proper voltage?
(See Installation
Instructions.)
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Have you checked
the main fuse or circuit
breaker box?
If surface units will not operate:
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Have you checked
the main fuse or circuit
breaker box?
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units plugged
in all the way?
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Do the control knobs turn?
If surface unit control knob or knobs will not
turn:
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Did you push in before trying to turn?
If cooking results aren’t what you expected:
Surface units
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Is the cooktop level?
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Are you using pans recommended
on
page 6?
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for in the recipe?
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Do the cooking
utensils have smooth, flat
bottoms?
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Do the cooking
utensils fit the surface unit
being used?
Grill
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Did you leave space
between
the food
items?
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Was the grill preheated
forthe properamount
of time?
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Was food partially frozen or very cold before
grilling? Cooking time will be longer.
If venting results aren’t what you expected:
Is the exhaust fan turned ON?
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cooktop
surface units and module
parts clean?
They must be cleaned
after
each use.
l Are the vent
filters clean and in place? Replacement
filters [Part No. 786220) can be
ordered from Whirlpool Dealers or TECH-CARE
Service Companies.
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Is the vent duct or outside opening
blocked?
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Is there a draft in the room where the cooktop is installed?
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Has the meat fat been well trimmed?
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2.
If you need assistance*.
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Call the Whirlpool
COOL-LINE i service assistance telephone
number. Dial free from:
Continental
U.S. . . . . . . . . . (800)253-1301
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. . . . . . . . (800)253-1121
tain satisfactory
operation
from your appliance or, if service is necessary,
recommend
a
qualified
service company
in your area.
3.
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Call our COOL-LINE service assistance
telephone number (see Step 2) and talk with one
of our Consultants, or if you prefer, write to:
Mr. Guy Turner, Vice President
Whirlpool Corporation
Administrative
Center
2000 US-33 North
Benton Harbor. Ml 49022
If you must call or write, please provide: model
number, serial number, date of purchase,
and
a complete
description
of the problem.
This
information
is needed
in order to better respond to your request for assistance.
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