Features of the Oven - Appliances Connection

Microwave Oven
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Safety Information . . . . . . . . .2–6
Operating Instructions
Automatic Features . . . . . . . . . .13
Microwave Terms . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Other Features . . . . . . . . . . .16–18
Oven Features . . . . . . . . . . . . .7, 8
Power Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Sensor Features . . . . . . . . . .13–15
Time Features . . . . . . . . . . . .9–12
Owner’s Manual
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Care and Cleaning . . . . . .18, 19
Troubleshooting Tips . . . . . . .20
Things That Are Normal . . . . . .20
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . .Back Cover
Product Registration . . . . . .21, 22
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Write the model and serial
numbers here:
Model # __________________
Serial # __________________
You can find them on a label
inside the oven.
49-40434
09-04 JR
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
For your safety, the information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion, electric shock, or
to prevent property damage, personal injury, or loss of life.
PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID POSSIBLE EXPOSURE
TO EXCESSIVE MICROWAVE ENERGY
(a) Do Not Attempt to operate this oven with the door
open since open-door operation can result in harmful
exposure to microwave energy. It is important not to
defeat or tamper with the safety interlocks.
( b) Do Not Place any object between the oven front face
and the door or allow soil or cleaner residue to
accumulate on sealing surfaces.
(2) hinges and latches (broken or loosened),
(3) door seals and sealing surfaces.
(d) The Oven Should Not be adjusted or repaired by
anyone except properly qualified service personnel.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
When using electrical appliances basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following:
■ Read and follow the specific precautions in the
Precautions to Avoid Possible Exposure to Excessive
Microwave Energy section above.
■ This appliance must be grounded. Connect only to a
properly grounded outlet. See the Grounding Instructions
section on page 4.
■ Be certain to place the front surface of the door three
inches or more back from the countertop edge to avoid
accidental tipping of the appliance in normal usage.
■ Do not mount this appliance over a sink.
■ Do not mount the microwave oven over or near any
portion of a heating or cooking appliance.
■ Do not store anything directly on top of the microwave
oven surface when the microwave oven is in operation.
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Troubleshooting Tips
(c) Do Not Operate the oven if it is damaged. It is
particularly important that the oven door close
properly and that there is no damage to the:
(1) door (bent),
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■ Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged power
cord or plug, if it is not working properly, or if it has
been damaged or dropped. If the power cord is
damaged, it must be replaced by General Electric
Service or an authorized service agent using a power
cord available from General Electric.
■ Do not cover or block any openings on the appliance.
■ Use this appliance only for its intended use as described
in this manual. Do not use corrosive chemicals or vapors
in this appliance. This microwave oven is specifically
designed to heat, dry or cook food, and is not intended
for laboratory or industrial use.
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Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual.
■ This microwave oven is not approved or tested for
marine use.
■ See door surface cleaning instructions in the Care and
cleaning of the microwave oven section of this manual.
■ Do not store this appliance outdoors. Do not use this
product near water—for example, in a wet basement,
near a swimming pool, near a sink or in similar
locations.
■ This appliance must only be serviced by qualified service
personnel. Contact nearest authorized service facility
for examination, repair or adjustment.
■ Keep power cord away from heated surfaces.
■ Do not immerse power cord or plug in water.
■ As with any appliance, close supervision is necessary
when used by children.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Operating Instructions
■ Do not let power cord hang over edge of table
or counter.
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
■ To reduce the risk of fire in the oven cavity:
—Do not overcook food. Carefully attend appliance
when paper, plastic or other combustible materials are
placed inside the oven while cooking.
—Remove wire twist-ties and metal handles from paper or
plastic containers before placing them in the oven.
—Do not use the oven for storage purposes. Do not leave
paper products, cooking utensils or food in the oven
when not in use.
Troubleshooting Tips
—If materials inside the oven ignite, keep the oven door
closed, turn the oven off and disconnect the power cord,
or shut off power at the fuse or circuit breaker panel.
If the door is opened, the fire may spread.
—Do not use the Sensor Features twice in succession on
the same food portion. If food is undercooked after
the first countdown, use ADD 1 MINUTE for additional
cooking time.
WARNING!
ARCING
If you see arcing, press the STOP/RESET pad and correct the problem.
■ Metal, such as twist-ties, poultry pins or goldrimmed dishes, in the microwave.
■ Metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
■ Recycled paper towels containing small metal
pieces being used in the microwave.
■ Foil not molded to food (upturned edges act
like antennas).
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Arcing is the microwave term for sparks in the oven.
Arcing is caused by:
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Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
FOODS
■ 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—for example, closed jars—are able
to explode and should not be heated in this
microwave oven. Such use of the microwave
oven could result in injury.
Operating Instructions
■ 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 oven and could start a fire. It increases the
heat around the magnetron and can shorten
the life of the 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.
■ SUPERHEATED WATER
Troubleshooting Tips
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 LIQUIDS SUDDENLY BOILING OVER
WHEN THE CONTAINER IS DISTURBED OR A
SPOON OR OTHER UTENSIL IS INSERTED INTO
THE LIQUID.
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-sided containers with
narrow necks.
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— After heating, allow the container to stand in
the microwave oven for a short time before
removing the container.
— Use extreme care when inserting a spoon or
other utensil into the container.
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■ 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. The container may feel cooler
than the formula really is. Always test the formula
before feeding the baby.
■ Don’t defrost frozen beverages in narrow-necked
bottles (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 oven.
■ Cook meat and poultry thoroughly—meat to 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.
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■ Cookware may become hot because of heat
transferred from the heated food. Pot holders
may be needed to handle the cookware.
■ “Boilable” cooking pouches and tightly closed
plastic bags should be slit, pierced or vented as
directed by package. If they are not, plastic could
burst during or immediately after cooking,
possibly resulting in injury. Also, plastic storage
containers should be at least partially uncovered
because they form a tight seal. When cooking
with containers tightly covered with plastic wrap,
remove covering carefully and direct steam away
from hands and face.
■ Use foil only as directed in this guide. TV dinners
may be microwaved in foil trays less than 3/4″
high; remove the top foil cover and return the
tray to the box. When using foil in the microwave
oven, keep the foil at least 1 inch away from the
sides of the oven.
■ Plastic cookware—Plastic cookware designed for
microwave cooking is very useful, but should be
used carefully. Even microwave-safe plastic may
not be as tolerant of overcooking conditions as
are glass or ceramic materials, and may soften or
char if subjected to short periods of overcooking.
In longer exposures to overcooking, the food
and cookware could ignite.
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2
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Do not permit children to use plastic
cookware without complete supervision.
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING—Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of electric shock.
If the outlet is a standard 2-prong wall outlet,
it is your personal responsibility and obligation
to have it replaced with a properly grounded
3-prong wall outlet.
Do not under any circumstances cut or remove
the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
We do not recommend using an extension cord
with this appliance. If the power cord is too
short, have a qualified electrician or service
technician install an outlet near the appliance.
(See EXTENSION CORDS section.)
For best operation, plug this appliance into its
own electrical outlet to prevent flickering of lights,
blowing of fuse or tripping of circuit breaker.
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This appliance must be grounded. In the event of
an electrical short circuit, grounding reduces the
risk of electric shock by providing an escape wire
for the electric current.
This appliance is equipped with a power cord
having a grounding wire with a grounding plug.
The plug must be plugged into an outlet that is
properly installed and grounded.
Consult a qualified electrician or service technician
if the grounding instructions are not completely
understood, or if doubt exists as to whether the
appliance is properly grounded.
Troubleshooting Tips
Follow these guidelines:
Use microwave-safe plastics only and use
them in strict compliance with the cookware
manufacturer’s recommendations.
Do not microwave empty containers.
Operating Instructions
Make sure all cookware used in your microwave
oven is suitable for microwaving. Most glass
casseroles, cooking dishes, measuring cups, custard
cups, pottery or china dinnerware which does not
have metallic trim or glaze with a metallic sheen can
be used. Some cookware is labeled “suitable for
microwaving.”
■ If you are not sure if a dish is microwave-safe,
use this test: Place in the oven both the dish
you are testing and a glass measuring cup filled
with 1 cup of water—set the measuring cup
either in or next to the dish. Microwave 30–45
seconds at high. If the dish heats, it should not
be used for microwaving.
If the dish remains cool and only the water in
the cup heats, then the dish is microwave-safe.
■ If you use a meat thermometer while cooking,
make sure it is safe for use in microwave ovens.
■ Do not use recycled paper products. Recycled
paper towels, napkins and waxed paper can
contain metal flecks which may cause arcing
or ignite. Paper products containing nylon or
nylon filaments should be avoided, as they may
also ignite.
■ Some styrofoam trays (like those that meat is
packaged on) have a thin strip of metal embedded
in the bottom. When microwaved, the metal can
burn the floor of the oven or ignite a paper towel.
■ Do not use the microwave to dry newspapers.
■ Not all plastic wrap is suitable for use in microwave
ovens. Check the package for proper use.
■ Paper towels, waxed paper and plastic wrap
can be used to cover dishes in order to retain
moisture and prevent spattering. Be sure to
vent plastic wrap so steam can escape.
Safety Instructions
MICROWAVE-SAFE COOKWARE
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
ADAPTER PLUGS
Operating Instructions
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected infrequently.
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions,
we strongly recommend against the use of an adapter plug.
However, if you still elect to use an adapter, where local codes
permit, a TEMPORARY CONNECTION may be made to a properly
grounded 2-prong wall receptacle by the use of a UL listed adapter
which is available at most local hardware stores.
(Adapter plugs not
permitted in Canada)
The larger slot in the adapter must be aligned with the larger slot in
the wall receptacle to provide proper polarity in the connection of
the power cord.
TEMPORARY
METHOD
Align large
prongs/slots
Ensure proper ground
and firm connection
before use.
CAUTION: Attaching the adapter ground terminal to the wall receptacle cover screw does not ground
the appliance unless the cover screw is metal, and not insulated, and the wall receptacle is grounded
through the house wiring.
You should have the circuit checked by a qualified electrician to make sure the receptacle is properly
grounded.
When disconnecting the power cord from the adapter, always hold the adapter with one hand. If this
is not done, the adapter ground terminal is very likely to break with repeated use. Should this happen,
DO NOT USE the appliance until a proper ground has again been established.
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected frequently.
Troubleshooting Tips
Do not use an adapter plug in these situations because frequent disconnection of the power cord places
undue strain on the adapter and leads to eventual failure of the adapter ground terminal. You should have
the 2-prong wall receptacle replaced with a 3-prong (grounding) receptacle by a qualified electrician
before using the appliance.
EXTENSION CORDS
A short power supply cord is provided to reduce the risks resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping
over a longer cord.
Extension cords may be used if you are careful in using them.
If an extension cord is used—
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The marked electrical rating of the extension cord should be at least as great as the electrical rating of
the appliance;
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The extension cord must be a grounding-type 3-wire cord and it must be plugged into a 3-slot outlet;
The extension cord should be arranged so that it will not drape over the countertop or tabletop where
it can be pulled on by children or tripped over unintentionally.
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If you use an extension cord, the interior light may flicker and the blower sound may vary when the
microwave oven is on. Cooking times may be longer, too.
READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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About the features of your microwave oven.
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Safety Instructions
Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.
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Operating Instructions
Features of the Oven
Door Latches.
Troubleshooting Tips
Window with Metal Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed while keeping
microwaves confined in the oven.
Removable Turntable. Turntable and support
must be in place when using the oven. The
turntable may be removed for cleaning.
Removable Turntable Support. The roller
ring support must be in place when using
the oven.
Touch Control Panel Display.
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Door Latch Release. Press latch release to
open door.
NOTE: Rating plate, oven vent(s) and oven light are located
on the inside walls of the microwave oven.
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You can microwave by time, with the sensor features or with the auto feature.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the features of your microwave oven.
Cooking Controls
Troubleshooting Tips
Time Features
Press
Number Pads
WARM
POPCORN
Press once, twice, or three times
Enter
Amount of cooking time
Amount of warming time
Press START
POWER LEVEL
Press one to ten times
INVERTER DEFROST
ADD 1 MINUTE
Press one to ten times
TIMER
Press START
Options
3.5 oz., 3.0 oz.,
or 1.75 oz.
More/Less time
Food weight up to 6 lbs.
Press START
Amount of time
Sensor Features
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Press
DINNER
BREAKFAST
LUNCH/SNACK
SIDE DISH
Press until food appears
in display
REHEAT
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Enter
Press START
Press START
Press START
Press START
Options
More/Less time
More/Less time
More/Less time
More/Less time
Press START
More/Less time
About changing the power level.
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Select the power level before entering the
cooking time. Press POWER LEVEL until the
desired power level appears in the display.
The maximum programmable cooking
time at Power Level 10 is 30 minutes. For
Power Level
P10 (High)
P9
P8
P7 (Med.-High)
P6 (Medium)
P5
P4
P3 (Med.-Low) Defrost
P2
P1 (Low)
Here are some examples of uses for various
power levels:
P10
High for fish, bacon, vegetables, boiling
liquids, etc.
P7
Medium high for gentle cooking of meat
and poultry, baking casseroles, and
reheating
P5
Medium for slow cooking and tenderizing
for stews and less tender cuts of meat
P2 or Low for defrosting
P3
other Power Levels, the maximum cooking
time is 99 minutes and 99 seconds.
Variable power levels add flexibility to
microwave cooking. Power Level 7 (P7) is
microwave energy at 70% of full power.
Power Level 3 (P3) is microwave energy at
30% of full power. Most cooking will be
done on High (P10), which gives you 100%
of power.
Troubleshooting Tips
About the time features.
To Cook by Time
Stage Cooking
The microwave is automatically set for
Power Level 10 (High). It can be changed
for cooking flexibility. At Power Level 10,
the maximum programmable cooking time
is 30 minutes. Maximum cooking times
for Power Levels 1 to 9 are 99 minutes
and 99 seconds.
You can program up to 5 cooking stages:
1
2
Enter the cooking time using the
number pads.
3
Press START.
Press POWER LEVEL until the desired
power level appears in the display
window.
2
Set the cooking time using the
number pads.
3
Repeat steps 1 and 2. (For additional
stages, repeat steps 1 and 2).
4
Press START.
Each cooking stage time will count down
in the display. The microwave will beep 2
times between each stage. At the end of the
sequence, the microwave will beep 5 times.
You may open the door during the cooking
time to check the food. Close the door and
press START to resume cooking. The
microwave will beep 5 times to signal that
the cooking time is completed.
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Press POWER LEVEL until the desired
power level appears in the display
window. Skip this step if you wish to
use Power Level 10.
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Operating Instructions
Press
Once
Twice
3 times
4 times
5 times
6 times
7 times
8 times
9 times
10 times
A high setting (P10) will cook faster but
food may need more frequent stirring,
rotating, or turning over. A lower setting will
cook more evenly and need less stirring or
rotating of the food.
Safety Instructions
Power Level
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the time features.
Cooking Guide for Timed Cooking
Use High power level (P10) unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Comments
Asparagus
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen spears)
10-oz. package
5 to 8 min.,
Med-High (P7)
4 to 7 min.
Beans
(fresh green)
(frozen green)
(frozen lima)
1 lb. cut in half
10-oz. package
10-oz. package
10 to 14 min.
4 to 8 min.
4 to 8 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
16 to 21 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
(fresh spears)
(frozen, chopped)
(frozen spears)
1 bunch (11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
1 bunch (11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
10-oz. package
10-oz. package
5 to 9 min.
7 to 10 min.
4 to 7 min.
4 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
1 medium head (about 2 lbs.)
6 to 9 min.
5 to 9 min.
In 11⁄2- or 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 2- or 3-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Carrots
(fresh, sliced)
(frozen)
1 lb.
10-oz. package
4 to 8 min.
3 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Cauliflower
(flowerets)
(fresh, whole)
(frozen)
1 medium head
1 medium head
10-oz. package
7 to 10 min.
7 to 14 min.
3 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Corn
(frozen kernel)
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Corn on the cob
(fresh)
1 to 5 ears
11/4 to 4 min.
per ear
In 2-qt. glass baking dish, place corn. If corn is in
husk, use no water; if corn has been husked, add
1/4 cup water. Rearrange after half of time.
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
3 to 6 min.
2 to 3 min.
per ear
Place in 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish.
Cover with vented plastic wrap. Rearrange after
half of time.
Mixed vegetables
(frozen)
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
Peas
(fresh, shelled)
(frozen)
2 lbs. unshelled
10-oz. package
7 to 9 min.
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed, white)
4 potatoes (6 to 8 oz. each)
9 to 11 min.
Peel and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in 2-qt.
casserole with 1/2 cup water. Stir after half of
time.
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
2 to 4 min.
Pierce with cooking fork. Place in the oven, 1″
apart, in circular arrangement. Let stand 5 minutes.
Spinach
(fresh)
10 to 16 oz.
3 to 6 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
(frozen, chopped and leaf)
10-oz. package
3 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
Squash
(fresh, summer, and yellow) 1 lb. sliced
3 to 5 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(winter, acorn or butternut) 1 to 2 squash (about 1 lb. each)
5 to 9 min.
Cut in half and remove fibrous membranes. In
2-qt. glass baking dish, place squash cut-side-down.
Turn cut-side-up after 4 minutes.
Cabbage
(fresh)
(wedges)
(frozen)
(fresh, whole, sweet
or white)
10
In 1-qt. casserole.
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You can use this feature in two ways:
■ Each time the pad is pressed, it will add
one minute to the time counting down.
Press up to 10 times to add 10 minutes of
cooking time.
■ It can be used to set one minute of
cooking time.
1
Press ADD 1 MINUTE, up to 10 times.
2
Press START.
The oven will beep 5 times when cooking
is completed.
Safety Instructions
Add 1 Minute
Popcorn
To use the Popcorn feature:
Follow package instructions. Place the
package of popcorn in the center of the
microwave.
2
Press POPCORN:
Once for 3.5 oz. bag.
Twice for 3.0 oz. bag.
3 times for 1.75 oz. bag.
3
Press START.
Warm
This feature can be programmed as a
final cooking stage, after one or more
cooking times have been entered.
It cannot be used in combination with
Sensor or Auto features.
If the brand of popcorn you use
consistently overcooks or underpops,
you can add or subtract 10 to 20 seconds
to the popping time.
Press the MORE/LESS pad:
Once
Adds 10 seconds
Twice Adds 20 seconds
3 Times Subtracts 10 seconds
4 Times Subtracts 20 seconds
5 Times Reverts to original setting
1
2
Press WARM.
3
Press START.
Enter the warming time, up to 30
minutes.
Troubleshooting Tips
This feature will keep food warm up to 30 minutes
after cooking.
Operating Instructions
Use only with prepackaged
microwave popcorn weighing
1.75 to 3.5 ounces.
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How to Adjust the Popcorn Program to
Provide a Shorter or Longer Cook Time
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Safety Instructions
About the time features.
To Soften and Melt
Cream Cheese
The following are a few examples of how to soften
or melt food items using various Power Levels and
cooking times.
To soften 8 oz. of cream cheese, remove
wrapper and place the cream cheese in a
microwave-safe dish.
Brown Sugar
To soften 1 cup of brown sugar, place sugar
in a microwave-safe dish with a slice of
bread. Cover with lid or plastic wrap.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
Select POWER LEVEL P10 (High).
Enter 20 to 30 seconds.
Press START.
Refrigerated Butter
To soften 1 stick (1/4 lb.) of refrigerated
butter, remove wrapper and place the
butter in a microwave-safe dish.
1
2
3
Select POWER LEVEL P2.
Enter 1 minute.
Press START.
To melt 1 stick (1/4 lb.) of refrigerated
butter, place in a microwave-safe dish. Cover
with lid or vented plastic wrap.
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Troubleshooting Tips
1
2
3
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Select POWER LEVEL P6 (Medium).
Enter 1 to 11⁄2 minutes.
Press START.
1
2
3
Select POWER LEVEL P3 (Med.-Low).
Enter 1 to 2 minutes.
Press START.
Ice Cream
To soften 1 quart of ice cream, place.
1
2
3
Select POWER LEVEL P3 (Med.-Low).
Enter 45 seconds.
Press START.
Check often to prevent melting.
About the automatic features.
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Defrosting Tips
Use INVERTER DEFROST for meat, poultry,
and fish.
■ Place food in a microwave safe dish.
INVERTER DEFROST automatically sets the
defrosting time and power levels for even
defrosting results. Use for meats, poultry
and fish weighing up to 6 pounds.
■ Place roasts fat-side down. Place whole
poultry breast-side down.
■ Drain liquids during defrosting.
Press INVERTER DEFROST.
Standing Time
Using the Conversion Guide below,
enter food weight. For example,
press pads 1 and 2 for 1.2 pounds
(1 pound, 3 ounces).
After defrosting, most meats should stand 5
minutes to complete defrosting. Large
roasts should stand for about 30 minutes.
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Press START.
OR, if you wish to program standing
time, press TIMER, enter standing time,
and press START. See the Standing Time.
Standing time can be programmed to
count down at the end of the defrost cycle.
See the section Timer on page 17 for details.
When the oven beeps two times, TURN OVER
appears in the display. Turn food over,
rearrange foods or remove defrosted meat.
Shield warm areas with small pieces of foil.
Operating Instructions
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2
Safety Instructions
INVERTER DEFROST
Conversion Guide
If the weight of food is stated in pounds and ounces, the ounces must be
converted to tenths (.1) of a pound.
Enter Food Weight (tenths of a pound)
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.2
.3
.4
.5
.6
.7
.8
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Troubleshooting Tips
Weight of Food in Ounces
1–2
3
4–5
6–7
8
9–10
11
12–13
14–15
More/Less
Press START.
To adjust Popcorn, press the
MORE/LESS pad:
Once
Adds 10 seconds
Twice Adds 20 seconds
3 Times Subtracts 10 seconds
4 Times Subtracts 20 seconds
5 Times Reverts to original setting
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Use the MORE/LESS pad to adjust Sensor cooking
and Popcorn program cooking times.
For Sensor cooking, press the
MORE/LESS pad:
Once
Adds approximately 10% more time
Twice Subtracts approximately 10% time
3 Times Reverts to original setting
Press START.
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Safety Instructions
About the sensor features.
Humidity Sensor
The Sensor Features detect the increasing humidity released during cooking. The oven
automatically adjusts the cooking time to various types and amounts of food.
Do not use the Sensor Features twice in succession on the same food portion—it may result
in severely overcooked or burnt food. If food is undercooked after the countdown, use the
number pads to add more cooking time. Cooking preference varies with individuals. After
using the Sensor Reheat or Sensor Cooking pad, you may want to adjust for a different
cooking time. The MORE/LESS pad allows you to add or subtract 10% to 20% cooking
time to the program. See page 13 for details.
Operating Instructions
■ The proper containers and covers are essential for best sensor cooking.
Covered
■ Always use microwave-safe containers and cover them with lids or vented plastic wrap.
Never use tight sealing plastic containers—they can prevent steam from escaping and
cause food to overcook.
Vented
Dry off dishes so they don’t mislead
the sensor.
Consumer Support
Troubleshooting Tips
■ Be sure the outside of the cooking containers and the inside of the microwave oven are
dry before placing food in the oven. Beads of moisture turning into steam can mislead
the sensor.
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Sensor cooking allows you to cook food
without setting a time.
Choose the Sensor Cooking feature for
your food type:
After the time remaining countdown, use
the ADD 1 MINUTE feature for additional
reheating time.
BREAKFAST:
Oatmeal, sausage, omelets
How to Change the Automatic Settings
LUNCH/SNACK:
Soup, frozen entrées, pizza, or pocket
sandwiches
SIDE DISH:
Potatoes, fresh, frozen or canned
vegetables, white or brown rice.
DINNER:
Frozen dinners, pasta, stew, ground meat
and fish filets.
1
Place covered food in the oven.
Press the food pad until the food
category appears in the window.
2
Press START. The oven beeps 2
times when steam is detected. Time
remaining begins to count down in the
display window. The oven will beep 5
times at the end of the countdown.
After using this feature a few times, you
may find that food is undercooked or overcooked. You can adjust the cooking time for
some foods to suit your personal taste.
Operating Instructions
NOTE: Do not use this feature twice
in succession on the same food
portion—it may result in severely
overcooked or burnt food.
Do not open the oven door until time is
counting down. If the door is opened,
close it and press START immediately.
To reduce time by 10%:
Press the MORE/LESS pad two times.
To add 10% to cooking time:
Press the MORE/LESS pad one time.
NOTE: Do not use this feature twice
in succession on the same food
portion—it may result in severely
overcooked or burnt food.
1
Place covered food in the oven. Press
REHEAT.
2
Press START. The oven beeps 2
times when steam is detected. Time
remaining begins to count down in the
display window. The oven will beep 5
times at the end of the countdown.
Do not open the oven door until time is
counting down. If the door is opened,
close it and press START immediately.
It is best to use Time Cooking for these
foods:
■ Bread products.
■ Foods that must be reheated uncovered.
■ Foods that need to be stirred or rotated.
■ Foods calling for a dry look or crisp
surface after reheating.
After using this feature a few times, you
may find that beverages are not hot
enough. Press the MORE/LESS pad once
for 10 seconds or twice for 20 additional
seconds. Press the MORE/LESS pad before
the START pad.
After the time remaining countdown, use
the ADD 1 MINUTE feature for additional
reheating time.
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After removing food from the oven, stir,
if possible, to even out the temperature.
Reheated foods may have wide variations
in temperature. Some areas may be
extremely hot.
Some Foods Not Recommended for
Use With Reheat
Troubleshooting Tips
Reheat
The Reheat feature should be used to heat
previously cooked foods, such as a plate of
leftovers.
Safety Instructions
Sensor Cooking
Safety Instructions
About the other features.
Stop/Reset
Use the STOP/RESET pad to clear the
memory. During cooking, press once to
stop the cooking process. Press twice to
cancel all cooking instructions.
Options Features
Operating Instructions
The OPTIONS pad allows you to establish
and set preferred non-cooking features.
These features include: Child Lock, Word
Speed, Language Choice and more. See the
chart below.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Number Pad
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To access and change the various
OPTIONS features:
1
2
Press OPTIONS.
3
Select and press the number for the
desired setting, 1 or 2, or 1, 2 or 3.
Press the number of the desired
feature, 0 through 9.
Option
Choices (* indicates default setting)
LANGUAGE
1. English display*
2. Français display
3. Espanõl display
LB/KG
1. LB. Weight display in ounces/pounds*
2. KG. Weight display in grams/kilograms
WORD
SPEED
1. Fast scrolling speed
2. Medium scrolling speed*
MENU
ACTION
1. ON Step-by-step programming instructions displayed
2. OFF Instructions not displayed*
CHILD
LOCK-OUT
1. ON Oven is locked, will not operate
2. OFF Lock-out cancelled*
BEEP
ON/OFF
1. ON Beep sound on
2. OFF Beep sound turned off*
REMINDER
BEEP
1. ON Reminder beep sounds every 15 seconds
2. OFF Reminder beep turned off*
DAYLIGHT
SAVINGS TIME
1. ON Time of day advances one hour
2. OFF Time returns to original setting*
CLOCK
ON/OFF
1. ON Time of day is displayed*
2. OFF Time of day is not displayed
DEMO
MODE
1. ON Oven is In-Store Demo mode
2. OFF Not in Demo mode
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Safety Instructions
Clock
Press to enter the time of day.
1
2
3
Press CLOCK.
Enter the time of day.
Press CLOCK.
Press CLOCK to check the time of day during
any cooking program.
Timer
1
2
Press TIMER.
3
Press START.
Opening the door will not stop the
countdown. This time will continue to
count down if the oven door is opened.
Enter the amount of time, in minutes
and seconds, using the number pads
(up to 99 minutes and 99 seconds).
Delay Start
Enter the desired cooking time using
the number pads.
5
Press START.
You can program the oven to start at a later time.
1
2
Press TIMER.
3
Press the POWER LEVEL pad to set the
desired power level. Skip this step for
power level 10 (P10).
Enter the amount of delay time, in
minutes and seconds, using the
number pads (up to 99 minutes
and 99 seconds).
Stand Time
You can program the oven for a standing time after
cooking or defrosting is completed.
Press the POWER LEVEL pad to set the
desired power level. Skip this step for
power level 10 (P10).
2
Enter the desired cooking time using
the number pads.
3
Press TIMER.
4
Enter the amount of cooking time, up
to 99 minutes and 99 seconds.
5
Press START.
The Stand Time will count down. When each
stage finishes, the oven will beep 2 times. At
the end of the program, the oven will beep
5 times. To cancel the Stand Time, press
STOP/RESET.
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1
The Delay Start time will count down. The
oven will automatically start at the set time.
To cancel the Delay Start time, press
STOP/RESET.
Troubleshooting Tips
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Operating Instructions
This feature operates as a kitchen timer. it can also
be used to program a delay start, or a standing time
after cooking is completed.
Time will count down in the display
window. The oven will beep 5 times to alert
you when the time is up.
Safety Instructions
Microwave terms.
Term
Definition
Arcing
Arcing is the microwave term for sparks in the oven. Arcing is caused by:
■ metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
■ foil that is not molded to food (upturned edges act like antennas).
■ metal such as twist-ties, poultry pins, gold-rimmed dishes.
Operating Instructions
■ recycled paper towels containing small metal pieces.
Covering
Covers hold in moisture, allow for more even heating and reduce cooking time. Venting plastic wrap or
covering with wax paper allows excess steam to escape.
Shielding
In a regular oven, you shield chicken breasts or baked foods to prevent over-browning. When microwaving,
you use small strips of foil to shield thin parts, such as the tips of wings and legs on poultry, which would
cook before larger parts.
Standing Time When you cook with regular ovens, foods such as roasts or cakes are allowed to stand to finish cooking or
to set. Standing time is especially important in microwave cooking. Note that a microwaved cake is not
placed on a cooling rack.
Venting
After covering a dish with plastic wrap, you vent the plastic wrap by turning back one corner so excess
steam can escape.
Care and cleaning of the microwave oven.
Troubleshooting Tips
Helpful Hints
An occasional thorough wiping with a solution of baking soda and water keeps
the inside fresh.
Unplug the cord before cleaning any part of this oven.
How to Clean the Inside
Walls, Floor, Inside Window, Metal and Plastic Parts on the Door
Some spatters can be removed with a paper towel; others may require a damp cloth.
Remove greasy spatters with a sudsy cloth, then rinse with a damp cloth. Do not use
abrasive cleaners or sharp utensils on oven walls.
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To clean the surface of the door and the surface of the oven that come together upon
closing, use only mild, nonabrasive soaps or detergents using a sponge or soft cloth.
Rinse with a damp cloth and dry.
Never use a commercial oven cleaner on any part of your microwave oven.
Removable Turntable and Turntable Support Ring
To prevent breakage, do not place the turntable into water just after cooking. Wash it
carefully in warm, sudsy water or in the dishwasher. The turntable and support ring can
be broken if dropped. Remember, do not operate the oven without the turntable and
support ring in place.
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Safety Instructions
How to Clean the Outside
Do not use cleaners containing ammonia or alcohol on the microwave oven. Ammonia
or alcohol can damage the appearance of the microwave oven. If you choose to use a
common household cleaner, first apply the cleaner directly to a clean cloth, then wipe
the soiled area.
Stainless Steel
Do not use a steel-wool pad; it will scratch the surface.
To clean the stainless steel surface, use a hot, damp cloth with a mild detergent suitable
for stainless steel surfaces. Use a clean, hot, damp cloth to remove soap. Dry with a dry,
clean cloth. If food soil remains, try a general kitchen cleaner. For hard-to-clean soil, use
a standard stainless steel cleaner such as Bon-Ami® or Cameo®.
Control Panel and Door
Wipe with a damp cloth. Dry thoroughly. Do not use cleaning sprays, large amounts of soap
and water, abrasives or sharp objects on the panel—they can damage it. Some paper towels
can also scratch the control panel.
Operating Instructions
Apply cleaner with a damp sponge. Use a clean, hot damp cloth to remove cleaner. Dry
with a dry, clean cloth. Always scrub lightly in the direction of the grain. After cleaning, use
a stainless steel polish, such as Stainless Steel Magic®, Revere Copper and Stainless Steel
Cleaner® or Wenol All Purpose Metal Polish®. Follow product instructions for cleaning the
stainless steel surface.
Door Surface
It is important to keep the area clean where the door seals against the microwave oven.
Use only mild, non-abrasive detergents applied with a clean sponge or soft cloth. Rinse well.
If the cord becomes soiled, unplug and wash with a damp cloth. For stubborn spots, sudsy
water may be used, but be certain to rinse with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly before
plugging cord into outlet.
Troubleshooting Tips
Power Cord
Consumer Support
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Troubleshooting Tips
Save time and money! Review the chart below and you
may not need to call for service.
Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Oven will not start
A fuse in your home may be blown
or the circuit breaker tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker.
Power surge.
• Unplug the microwave oven, then plug it back in.
Plug not fully inserted into wall
outlet.
• Make sure the 3-prong plug on the oven is fully
inserted into wall outlet.
Door not securely closed.
• Open the door and close securely.
Door not securely closed.
• Open the door and close securely.
START pad not pressed after
entering cooking selection.
• Press START.
Another selection entered
already in oven and STOP/RESET
pad not pressed to cancel it.
• Press STOP/RESET.
Cooking time not entered after
pressing POWER LEVEL.
• Make sure you have entered cooking time after
pressing POWER LEVEL and before pressing START.
CLEAR/OFF was pressed accidentally.
• Reset cooking program and press START.
Food weight not entered after
selecting INVERTER DEFROST.
• Make sure you have entered food weight after
selecting INVERTER DEFROST.
Oven was paused accidentally.
• Press START to restart the cooking program.
During the Sensor cooking
program, the door was opened
or STOP/RESET was pressed
before steam could be detected.
• Close the door and press START immediately.
Steam was not detected in
maximum amount of time.
• Use ADD 1 MINUTE for more cooking time.
“LOCK” appears on the
display
The control has been locked.
(When the control panel is locked,
LOCK will be displayed.)
• The child lock-out has been initiated. Press the
OPTIONS pad, then select 5 (CHILD LOCK-OUT) and
press 2 to cancel lock-out.
Food amount too large
for Sensor Reheat
Sensor Reheat is for single
servings of recommended foods.
• Use Time Cooking for large amounts of food.
Control panel lighted, yet
oven will not start
SENSOR ERROR message
appears on display
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Before you call for service…
Things That Are Normal With Your Microwave Oven
■ Steam or vapor escaping from around
the door.
■ Light reflection around door or outer case.
■ Dimming oven light and change in
the blower sound at power levels other
than high.
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■ Dull thumping sound while oven is
operating.
■ TV/radio interference might be noticed
while using the microwave. Similar to
the interference caused by other small
appliances, it does not indicate a problem
with the microwave. Plug the microwave
into a different electrical circuit, move the
radio or TV as far away from the microwave
as possible or check the position and signal
of the TV/radio antenna.
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