Operating instructions | Frigidaire 318068140 Cooktop User Manual

Open Burner Units
Porcelain Enamel Cooktop
G u i d e
318068140 (0006) Rev. B
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This Owner's Guide contains general
operating instructions for your cooktop
and feature information for several models.
Your cooktop may not have all the
described features.
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Important Safety Instructions
Grounding Instructions
Liquefied Pretroleum (Propane) Gas Conversion
Flame Size
Proper Burner Adjustments
Setting Surface Controls
Selecting Surface Cooking Utensils
Specialty Pans & Trivets
Canning Tips & Information
General Cleaning
Cleaning Various Parts of your Cooktop
To Raise and Lower the Top for Cleaning
To Remove and Replace the Burners
Avoid Service Checklist
Note: The instructions appearing in this Owner's Guide 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.
If the information in this manual is not
followed exactly, a fire or explosion may result causing
property damage, personal injury or death.
© 2000 White Consolidated Industries
All rights reserved
• Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors
and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
• Do not try to light any appliance.
• Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone
in your building.
• Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor's
phone. Follow the gas supplier's instructions.
• If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire
— Installation and service must be performed by a qualified
installer, servicer or the gas supplier.
Read all instructions before using this appliance.
Save these instructions for future reference.
This guide contains important safety symbols and instructions. Please pay special attention to these symbols and follow all
instructions given. Here is a brief explanation of the use of these symbols.
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.
• Remove all tape and packaging wrap before using the
cooktop. Destroy the carton and plastic bags after
unpacking the cooktop. Never allow children to play with
packaging material. Do not remove the model/serial plate
attached to the cooktop.
CAUTION Do not store items of interest to children
in the cabinets above the cooktop.
• Do not leave children alone—Children should not be
left alone or unattended in the area where an appliance
is in use. They should never be allowed to sit or stand on any
part of the appliance.
• Proper Installation—Be sure your appliance is properly
installed and grounded by a qualified technician in
accordance with the National Fuel Gas Code ANSI Z223.1
latest edition in the United States, or in Canada CAN/
CGA B149.1, and CAN/CGA B149.2, and the National
Electrical Code ANSI/NFPA No. 70—latest edition in the
United States, or in Canada CSA Standard C22.1,
Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, and local code
requirements. Install and/or adjust only per installation
instructions provided in the literature package for this
NEAR THESE BURNERS. Surface burners may be hot even
though the flames are not visible. Areas near surface burners
may become hot enough to cause burns. During and after
use, do not touch or let clothing or other flammable materials
touch these areas until they have had sufficient time to cool.
Among these areas are the cooktop and the surfaces facing
the cooktop.
• Wear Proper Apparel—Loose-fitting or hanging
garments should never be worn while using the
appliance. Do not let clothing or other flammable materials
contact hot surfaces.
Ask your dealer to recommend a qualified technician and an
authorized repair service. Know how to shut off gas supply at the
meter and disconnect the electrical power to the cooktop at the
circuit breaker or fuse box in case of an emergency.
WARNING Never use your appliance for warming or
heating the room.
• User Servicing—Do not repair or replace any part of the
appliance unless specifically recommended in the
manuals. All other servicing should be done only by a
qualified technician. This may reduce the risk of personal
injury and damage to the cooktop.
• Do Not Use Water or Flour on Grease Fires—Smother
the fire with a pan lid, or use baking soda, a dry
chemical or foam-type extinguisher.
• Never modify or alter the construction of a cooktop by
removing panels, wire covers, or any other part of the
• When heating fat or grease, watch it closely. Fat or
grease may catch fire if allowed to become too hot.
• Use Only Dry Pot holders—Moist or damp pot holders
on hot surfaces may result in burns from steam. Do not
let the pot holders touch the flame or burners. Do not use a
towel or other bulky cloth instead of a potholder.
WARNING Stepping or leaning on this cooktop can result in
serious injuries and may also cause damage to the cooktop. Do
not allow children to climb or play around the cooktop.
• Storage on Appliance—Flammable materials should
not be stored on the cooktop, near surface burners. This
includes paper, plastic and cloth items, such as cookbooks,
plasticware and towels, as well as flammable liquids. Do not
store explosives, such as aerosol cans, on the cooktop.
Flammable materials may explode and result in fire or
property damage.
• Do Not Heat Unopened Food Containers—Buildup of
pressure may cause container to burst and result in
• Know which knob controls each surface burner. Always
turn the knob to the LITE position when igniting the burners.
Visually check that the burner has lit. Then adjust the flame
so it does not extend beyond the edge of the utensil.
• Never Leave Surface Burners Unattended at High Heat
Settings—Boilovers cause smoking and greasy spillovers
that may ignite, or a pan that has boiled dry may melt.
WARNING Use Proper Flame Size—Adjust flame size
so it does not extend beyond the edge of the utensil. The
use of undersized utensils will expose a portion of the burner
flame to direct contact and may result in ignition of clothing.
Proper relationship of utensil to flame will also improve
• Protective Liners—Do not use aluminum foil to line surface
burner pans. Only use aluminum foil as recommended for
baking if used as a cover placed on the food. Any other use
of protective liners or aluminum foil may result in a risk of
electric shock or fire or a short circuit.
WARNING Do not use stove top grills on your top
gas burners. If you use a stove top grill on a gas burner, it
will cause incomplete combustion and can result in exposure
to carbon monoxide levels above allowable current standards.
This can be hazardous to your health.
• Glazed Cooking Utensils—Only certain types of glass,
glass/ceramic, ceramic, earthenware, or other glazed
utensils are suitable for cooktop service without breaking due
to the sudden change in temperature. Check the
manufacturer's recommendations for cooktop use.
• Use Proper Pan Size—This appliance is equipped with one
or more surface burners of different sizes. Select utensils
having flat bottoms large enough to cover the surface
burner. The use of undersized utensils will expose a portion
of the surface burner to direct contact and may result in
ignition of clothing. Proper relationship of utensil to the
surface burner will also improve efficiency.
• Do Not Use Decorative Surface Burner Covers. If a burner
is accidentally turned on, the decorative cover will become
hot and possibly melt. You will not be able to see that the
burner is on. Burns will occur if the hot covers are touched.
Damage may also be done to the cooktop or burners because
the covers may cause overheating. Air will be blocked from
the burner and cause combustion problems.
• Utensil Handles Should Be Turned Inward and Not
Extend Over Adjacent Surface Burners—To reduce the
risk of burns, ignition of flammable materials, and spillage
due to unintentional contact with the utensil, the handle of
the utensil should be positioned so that it is turned inward,
and does not extend over adjacent surface burners.
Grounding Instructions (electric ignition models only)
WARNING This appliance is equipped with a 3-prong grounding plug for your
protection against shock hazard and should be plugged directly into a properly
grounded receptacle. DO NOT cut or remove the grounding prong from this plug.
For personal safety, this cooktop must be properly grounded. For maximum
safety, the power cord must be plugged into a 120V—60 Hz. outlet that is
correctly polarized and properly grounded.
If a two-prong wall receptacle is the only available outlet, it is the personal
responsibility of the consumer to have it replaced with a properly grounded threeprong wall receptacle installed by a qualified electrician.
WARNING Avoid fire hazard or electrical shock. Do not use an adaptor plug,
an extension cord or remove grounding
prong from electrical power cord. Failure
to follow this warning can cause srous injury, fire or death.
Grounding type
wall receptacle
Do not, under
any circumstances,
cut, remove,
or bypass the
grounding prong.
Power supply
cord with 3-prong
grounding plug
Liquefied Petroleum (Propane) Gas Conversion
WARNING Severe shock or damage to the cooktop may occur if the cooktop is not installed by a qualified installer or electrician.
Your cooktop is factory set for use with Natural Gas. Do not use Liquefied Petroleum (propane) Gas.
1- The conversion must be performed by a qualified service technician in accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions and all codes and requirements of the authority having jurisdiction.
2- Failure to follow instructions could result in serious injury or property damage.
If you wish to convert your cooktop to use Liquefied Petroleum (propane) gas, see "Installation Instructions for
the Conversion Procedure".
Flame Size
For most cooking, start on the highest control setting and then turn to a lower
one to complete the process. Use the chart below as a guide for determining
proper flame size for various types of cooking. The size and type of utensil used
and the amount of food being cooked will influence the setting needed for cooking.
For deep fat frying, use a thermometer and adjust the Surface Control knob
accordingly. If the fat is too cool, the food will absorb the fat and be greasy. If the
fat is too hot, the food will brown so quickly that the center will be undercooked.
Do not attempt to deep fat fry too much food at once as the food will neither
brown nor cook properly.
*Flame Size
Type of Cooking
High Flame
Medium Flame
Low Flame
Start most foods; bring water to a boil; pan broiling
Maintain a slow boil; thicken sauces, gravies; steam
Keep foods cooking; poach; stew
Never extend the flame beyond the
outer edge of the utensil. A higher flame
simply wastes heat and energy and
increases your risk of being burned by
the flame.
* These settings are based on using medium-weight aluminum pans with
lids. Settings may vary when using other types of pans.
Proper Burner Adjustments
The color of the flame is the key to proper burner adjustment. A good flame is clear, blue and hardly visible in a well-lighted room.
Each cone of flame should be steady and sharply defined. Adjust or clean burner if flame is yellow-orange. To clean burner, see
instructions under General Cleaning.
Setting Surface Controls
To Adjust Low or "Simmer" Setting (some models)
The burner flame, at low setting, can be adjusted if it is too high or too low; refer to
the installation instruction for adjustment procedure.
To Adjust Standing Pilot Model (some models)
Each burner lights automatically either an electric or a standing pilot, depending on
your model. Standing pilots must be lit initially. To light the standing pilot, open gas
supply shutoff valves, lift the cooktop from the front edge and hold a match near the
pilot. Standing pilots will remain lit when the burners are turned off; because of that,
the porcelain enamel cooktop can be hot even if burners are not used; refer to
Installation Instructions for proper pilot adjustment. Models with electric ignitors light
automatically each time a control knob is turned to the LITE position.
To operate the Surface Burner:
1. Place cooking utensil on burner.
2. Push in and turn the Surface Control knob to LITE. Note: All electronic ignitors will
click at the same time. However, only the burner you are turning on will ignite.
3. Visually check that the burner has lit.
4. After the burner lights, turn the control knob to the desired flame size. The control
knobs do not have to be set at a particular mark. Use the guides and adjust the flame
as needed. DO NOT cook with the control knob in the LITE position. (The electronic
ignitor will continue to click if left in the LITE position.)
Electric Ignition Models (some models)
In the event of an electrical power outage, the surface burners can be lit manually. To
light a surface burner, hold a lit match to the burner head, then slowly turn the surface
control knob to LITE. Use caution when lighting surface burners manually.
Note: One of the knobs shown above
is similar to the knobs on your
Surface burner in use when an electrical power failure occurs will continue to operate
CAUTION Do not operate the burner for an extended period of time
without cookware on the grate. The finish on the grate may chip without cookware
to absorb the heat.
CAUTION Do not place plastic items such as salt and pepper shakers, spoon
holders or plastic wrappings on top of the cooktop when it is in use. These items
could melt or ignite. Potholders, towels or wood spoons could catch fire if placed too
close to a flame.
Selecting Surface Cooking Utensils
For best results and energy conservation, choose cooking utensils that have these characteristics:
Curved and warped pan bottoms.
Flat bottom and straight sides.
Pans should have flat bottoms. Check
for flatness by rotating a ruler across
the bottom. There should be no gaps
between the pan and ruler.
Tight fitting lids.
Weight of handle does not tilt
pan. Pan is well balanced.
Note: Always use a utensil for its intended purpose. Follow manufacturer's instructions. Some utensils were not made
to be used in the oven or on the cooktop.
Pan sizes match the amount
of food to be prepared.
Note: Do not use griddle over more than
one burner. That can damage your
cooktop and that can result in exposure
to carbonmonoxide levels above allowable current standards. That can hazardous to your health.
Easy to clean.
Specialty Pans & Trivets
Pan overhangs unit by more than
one inch or 2.5 cm.
Heavy handle tilts pan.
Made of a material that
conducts heat well.
Flame extends beyond unit
* Specialty pans such as lobster pots, griddles and pressure cookers may be used
but must conform to the above recommended cookware requirements.
Woks with flat bottoms suitable for
use on your cooktop are available in
most cookshop or hardware stores.
Round-bottomed woks (with a
support ring that does not extend
beyond the burner unit) may also be
used. The metal ring was designed to
support the wok safely when it is
filled with large amounts of liquids
(soup making) or fat (frying).
DO NOT use a wok if it is equipped with a
metal ring that extends beyond the
burner unit. Because this ring traps heat,
the surface unit and cooktop surface
could be damaged.
Wire trivets: Do not use wire trivets. Cookware bottoms must be in direct
contact with the grates.
DO NOT use two burner units to heat one large pan such as a
roaster or griddle, or allow cooking utensils to boil dry. The bottom surface of the
pan in either of these situations could cause discoloring or crazing of the appliance cooking surface, and damage to the grates and burner units.
Canning Tips &
Canning can generate
large amounts of steam. Use extreme
caution to prevent burns. Always raise
the lid to vent steam away from you.
1. Use tested recipes and follow instructions carefully. Check with your local
Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service or a manufacturer of glass jars for
the latest canning information.
2. Use flat-bottomed canners only. Heat is spread more evenly when the
bottom surface is flat.
3. Center canner on the burner grate.
4. Start with hot water and a high heat setting to reduce the time it takes to
bring the water to a boil; then reduce the heat setting as low as possible to
maintain a constant boil.
5. It is best to can small amounts and light loads.
Prevent damage to cooktop and burner grates:
1. Do not use water bath or pressure canners that extend more than one inch
beyond the edge of the burner grate.
2. Do not leave water bath or pressure canners on high heat for an extended
amount of time.
3. Alternate surface units between each batch to allow the units and
surrounding surfaces to cool down. Try to avoid canning on the same burner
unit all day.
Safe canning requires that harmful micro-organisms are
destroyed and the jars are sealed completely. When canning in a water bath
canner, a gentle but steady boil must be maintained continuously for the required
General Cleaning
Cleaning Various Parts of Your Cooktop
Before cleaning any part of the cooktop, be sure all controls are turned OFF and the cooktop is COOL. Remove spillovers and
heavy soiling as soon as possible. Regular cleaning will reduce the number of major cleanings later.
How to Clean
Aluminum (Trim Pieces) &
Use hot, soapy water and a cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.
Glass, Painted and Plastic
Control Knobs, Body Pieces,
and Decorative Trim
For general cleaning, use hot soapy water and a cloth. For more difficult soils and built-up
grease, apply a liquid detergent directly onto the soil. Leave on soil for 30 to 60 minutes.
Rinse with a damp cloth and dry. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners on any of these materials;
they can scratch.
Control Panel
Before cleaning the control panel, turn all controls to OFF and remove the control knobs. To
remove, pull each knob straight off the shaft. Clean using hot, soapy water and a cloth. Be
sure to squeeze excess water from the cloth before wiping the panel; especially when
wiping around the controls. Excess water in or around the controls may cause damage to
the appliance. To replace knobs after cleaning, line up the flat sides of both the knob and
the shaft; then push the knob into place.
Stainless Steel, Chrome
Decorative Trim
Gentle scouring with a soapy nylon pad will remove most spots. Rinse with a 1:1 solution of
clean water and ammonia. Cover difficult spots with an ammonia soaked paper towel for
30 minutes, scrub with a nylon pad and rinse with clean water. Cleaners made especially
for stainless steel or chrome are recommended. Bluish stains on these materials are caused
by overheating and cannot be removed. Remove all cleaners or the finish may be damaged
during future heating. DO NOT use spray oven cleaners on the cooktop.
General Cleaning (continued)
To Raise and Lower the Top for Cleaning
The cooktop is hinged and can be raised to clean the area underneath. Be sure all cooktop controls are turned to OFF and burner
grates are cool.
1. Remove controls knobs, burner grates and spillover bowls. Set aside.
2. Grasp the front of the cooktop and lift. Some models have a swing-up rod to support the cooktop in its raised position.
3. Clean under the cooktop.
4. Lower the top gently after lowering the support rod (some models).
5. Replace bowls, grates and control knobs.
WARNING When lowering the top, grasp the sides with fingertips only. Be careful not to pinch fingers. Also, DO NOT drop
or bend the cooktop when raising or lowering. This could damage the surface.
WARNING DO NOT turn on the burners when the cooktop is raised for cleaning. Be sure that the top is completely lowered
and securely in place before turning on the burners.
To Remove and Replace Burners
The burners on your cooktop may be removed for cleaning. Be sure all controls are
turned to OFF and burner grates are cool before removing cooktop burner units.
Figure 1
To Remove Burners
1. Remove the shipping screws from the support bracket. See illustrations for location
of screws.
2. Grasp the burner head and tilt it to the right to release the tab from the burner
support (A in Figure 1).
3. Lift the end of the burner assembly. Then pull away from the front of the cooktop to
free the air shutter from the gas valve orifice (B in Figure 1).
If your cooktop is equipped with a standing gas pilot, use caution when removing
burner. The flash tube may be hot because it is located near the pilot.
Check the lighter and burner ports (Figure 2). If they are clogged, use a wire or needle
to clear them.
To remove burned-on food, soak the burners in a vinegar and water solution for
20-30 minutes. For stubborn stains, scrub with soap and water or a mild abrasive cleanser
and a damp cloth. Do not wash burners in a dishwasher.
To Replace Burners
1. Slide the air shutter over the gas valve orifice (Figure 1).
2. Lower the burner assembly and hook the tab in the slots in the burner support.
Make sure it is properly seated and level.
3. Be sure both tabs are in the correct slots, the burner sits level and straight, and the
flash tube forms a straight line from the igniter to the burner (Figure 2).
4. Replace shipping screws if desired. These screws are not necessary for the operation
of the burner. They stabilize the burner during shipping of the appliance. Retain the
screws for later use in the event the range is moved.
Figure 2
Avoid Service Checklist
Before you call for service, review this list. It may save you time and expense. The list includes common occurrences that are not
the result of defective workmanship or materials in this appliance.
Surface burners do not light.
Surface Control knob has not been completely turned to LITE. Push in and turn the
Surface Control knob to LITE until burner ignites and then turn control to desired
flame size.
Be sure gas supply valve is open.
Gas-air mixture needs a straight line to travel. Be sure burner is properly seated in its
support (open bruners only).
Burner ports are clogged. With the burner off, use a small-gauge wire or needle to
clean ports.
Power cord is disconnected from outlet. Be sure cord is plugged securely into outlet.
Electrical power outage (electric ignition models). Burners can be lit manually. See
Setting Surface Controls.
Surface burner flame burns half way
Burner ports are clogged. With the burner off, clean ports with a small-gauge wire
or needle.
Moisture is present after cleaning. Lightly fan the flame and allow burner to operate
until flame is full. Dry the burners thoroughly following instructions under General
Surface burner flame is orange.
Dust particles in main line. Allow the burner to operate a few minutes until flame
turns blue.
In coastal areas, a slightly orange flame is unavoidable due to salt air.
Porcelain enamel cooktop is hot.
It is normal on a standing pilot model, because standing pilots are always on. But if
it is too strong, the pilot flame can be adjust. Refer to the installation instructions
labeled "ADJUSTMENTS - Top Pilots" provided with the cooktop.
Your Frigidaire product is protected by this warranty (for United-States)
One year from original
purchase date.
Pay all costs for repairing or replacing any parts of this
appliance which prove to be defective in materials or
Costs of service calls that are listed under NORMAL
(Applicable to the
State of Alaska)
Time period listed above.
All of the provisions of the full warranty above and the
exclusions listed below apply.
Costs of the technician's travel to the home and any
costs for pick up and delivery of the appliance
required because of service.
Your appliance is warranted by Frigidaire Home Products, a division of White Consolidated Industries, Inc. We authorize no person to change
or add to any of our obligations under this warranty. Our obligations for service and parts under this warranty must be performed by Frigidaire
Home Products Consumer Services or an authorized Frigidaire servicer.
This warranty applies only to products in ordinary household use, and the consumer is responsible for the
items listed below:
1. Proper use of the appliance in accordance with instructions provided with the product.
2. Proper installation by an authorized servicer in accordance with instructions provided with the appliance and in
accordance with all local plumbing, electrical and/or gas codes.
3. Proper connection to a grounded power supply of sufficient voltage, replacement of blown fuses, repair of loose
connections or defects in house wiring.
4. Expenses for making the appliance accessible for servicing, such as removal of trim, cupboards, shelves, etc., which
are not a part of the appliance when it was shipped from the factory.
5. Damages to finish after installation.
6. Replacement of light bulbs and/or fluorescent tubes (on models with these features).
This warranty does not cover the following:
Note: Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this limitation
or exclusion may not apply to you.
2. Service calls which do not involve malfunction or defects in workmanship or material, or for appliances not in ordinary
household use. The consumer shall pay for such service calls.
3. Damages caused by services performed by persons other than authorized Frigidaire servicers; use of parts other than
Frigidaire Home Products Genuine Renewal Parts; obtained from persons other than such servicers; or external causes
such as abuse, misuse, inadequate power supply or acts of God.
4. Products with original serial numbers that have been removed or altered and cannot be readily determined.
Keep your bill of sale, delivery slip, or some other appropriate payment record. The date on the bill establishes the warranty
period should service be required. If service is performed, it is in your best interest to obtain and keep all receipts. This
written warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state. Service under
this warranty must be obtained by following these steps, in order:
Contact Frigidaire Home Products Consumer Services or an authorized Frigidaire servicer.
If there is a question as to where to obtain service, call or write our Consumer Relations Department at:
Frigidaire Home Products Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 212378
Augusta, Georgia 30917-2378
(800) 944-9044
Product features or specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice. All warranties are made
by White Consolidated Industries, Inc. This warranty applies only in the 50 states of the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico.
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