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Use & Care
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Care & Cleaning (Cleaning Chart)............................8
Important Safety Instructions..................................3
Care & Cleaning.....................................................8
Before Setting Surface Controls...............................6
Before You Call .....................................................9
Setting Surface Controls.........................................7
Major Appliance Warranty.....................................10
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318203657 (January 2009) Rev. A
Welcome & Congratulations....................................2
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Important Safety Instructions
Read all instructions before using this appliance.
Save these instructions for future reference.
If the information in this manual is not followed
exactly, a fire or explosion may result causing
property damage, personal injury or death.
—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
• If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the
fire department.
—Installation and service must be performed
by a qualified installer, servicer or the gas
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert
you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety
messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury
or death.
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.
IMPORTANT indicates installation, operation or
maintenance information which is important but not
• 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.
• 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 and CAN/
CGA B149.2, and the National Electrical Code
ANSI/NFPA No. 70—latest edition, and local
code requirements. Install and/or adjust only per
installation instructions provided in the literature
package for this cooktop.
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.
• 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
• Never modify or alter the construction of a
cooktop by removing panels, wire covers, or any
other part of the product.
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
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.
Important Safety Instructions
AREAS 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.
Never use this appliance as a space heater to
heat or warm the room. Doing so may result in
carbon monoxide poisoning.
•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.
• 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 pot holder.
•Do Not Heat Unopened Food Containers—
Buildup of pressure may cause container to burst
and result in injury.
•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.
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
• Use proper pan size—This appliance is equipped
with one or more surface burners of different sizes.
Select utensils having flat bottom 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 stove top grills on your sealed gas
burners. If you use a stove top grill on a sealed
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.
•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.
• 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.
• Protective Liners—Do not use aluminum foil to line
surface burner pans. Protective liners or aluminum
foil may interfere with heat and air distribution, and
combustion. Damage to the cooktop or personal injury
may result.
• 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.
• 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.
The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic
Enforcement Act requires the Governor of California
to publish a list of substances known to the state to
cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm,
and requires businesses to warn customers of potential
exposure to such substances.
Important Safety Instructions
Grounding Instructions
For personal safety, the cooktop must be properly
grounded. For maximum safety, the power cord must be
plugged into an electrical outlet that is correctly polarized
and properly grounded.
DO NOT operate the cooktop using a 2-prong adapter or
an extension cord. If a 2-prong wall receptacle is the only
available outlet, it is the personal responsibility of the
consumer to have it replaced with a properly grounded
3-prong wall receptacle installed by a qualified electrician.
See the installation instructions packaged
with this cooktop for complete installation and grounding
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.
type wall
Do not, under any
cut, remove,
or bypass the
grounding prong.
Conversion to Liquefied Petroleum
Gas (or L.P. Gas)
This natural gas range is designed to allow for conversion
to Liquefied Petroleum (L.P.) Gas.
If L.P. conversion is needed, contact the service center
for assistance. The L.P. Conversion Kit is provided with
this cooktop and is located in the literature envelope.
Before installing the kit be sure to follow the L.P.
Installation Instructions carefully.
Personal injury or death from electrical shock may
occur if the range is not installed by a qualified installer
or electrician.
Any additions, changes or conversions required in order
for this appliance to satisfactorily meet the application
needs must be made by an authorized Service Center.
Power supply cord with
3-prong grounding plug
Avoid fire hazard or electrical shock. DO NOT use an
adapter plug, an extension cord, or remove grounding
prong from electrical power cord. Failure to follow this
warning can cause serious injury, fire or death.
before setting surface controls
Locations of the Gas Surface
The SIMMER burner is best used for simmering delicate
sauces, etc. This burner is located at the right rear burner
The STANDARD sized burners are used for most surface
cooking needs. This burner is located at the left rear
positions on the 30" & 36" cooktop (and there is one
more standard burner located at the right front position
on the 36" cooktop models).
The POWER burner is best used for bringing large
quantities of liquid rapidly up to temperature or when
preparing larger quantities of food. Those burners are
located at the right and left front positions on the 30"
cooktop (and there is another power burner located at
the center position on the 36" cooktop).
Figure 1 - 30" Model
(your model may not look exactly like this one)
Figure 2 - 36" Model
(your model may not look exactly like this one)
Assembly of the Surface Burner
Caps and Burner Grates
It is very important to make sure that all of the Surface
Burner Caps and Surface Burner Grates are installed
correctly and at the correct locations.
1 Remove all packing material from cooktop area.
2 Discard all packing material (if applicable).
3 Unpack Burner Grates and position on the cooktop.
Always keep the Burner Caps and Burner Heads in place
whenever the surface burners are in use.
setting surface controls
Operating the Gas Surface Controls
1 Place cooking utensil on surface burner.
2 Push the surface control knob down and turn
counterclockwise out of the OFF position.
3 Release the knob and rotate to the LITE position (see
figure 1). Note: All four electronic surface ignitors will
spark at the same time. However, only the burner you
are turning on will ignite.
4 Visually check that the burner has a flame.
5 Turn the control knob counterclockwise to the
desired flame size. The control knobs do not have to
be set at a particular setting. Use the knob indicator
settings to adjust the flame as needed. DO NOT cook
with the surface control knob in the LITE position.
(The electronic ignitor will continue to spark if the
knob is left in the LITE position.)
Do not place plastic items such as salt and
pepper shakers, spoon holders or plastic
wrappings on top of the range when it is in use.
These items could melt or ignite. Pot holders, towels
or wood spoons could catch fire if placed too close to a
Setting Proper Surface Burner
Flame Size
For most cooking - start on the highest control
setting and then turn to a lower one to complete the
process. Use the recommendations 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
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
under cooked. Do not attempt to deep fat fry too much
food at once as the food will neither brown nor cook
*Flame Size
Type of Cooking
High Flame
Start most foods; bring water to a boil;
pan broiling.
Medium Flame Maintain a slow boil; thicken sauces,
gravies; steaming.
Low Flame
Keep foods cooking; poach; stewing.
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
Never extend the flame beyond the outer edge of the
utensil. A higher flame simply wastes heat and energy,
and increases the risk of being burned by the gas
Figure 1
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. After burner lights
turn the knob to desired setting. Use caution when
lighting surface burners manually.
*Note: Settings are based on using mediumweight metal or aluminum pans. Settings may
vary when using other types of pans. The color
of the flame is the key to proper burner adjustment. A
good flame is clear, blue and hardly visible in a welllighted room. Each cone of flame should be steady and
sharp. Clean burner if flame is yellow-orange.
care & cleaning (Cleaning Chart)
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 cleaning 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
Using a soft cloth, clean with mild dish detergent and water or a 50/50 solution of
vinegar and water. Follow by rinsing the area with clean water; dry and polish with a
soft cloth. Glass cleaners may be used if sprayed on a soft cloth first. DO NOT spray
liquids directly on the control pad and display area. Do not use large amounts of
water on the control panel - excess water on the control area may cause damage to
the appliance. Do not use other liquid cleaners, abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, or
some paper towels - they will damage the finish.
Control Panel
Wipe the control panel clean after each use. 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 (some
Clean stainless steel with hot, soapy water and a dishcloth. Rinse with clean water
and a cloth. Do not use cleaners with high concentrations of chlorides or
chlorine. Do not use harsh scrubbing cleaners. Only use kitchen cleaners that are
especially made for cleaning stainless steel. Always be sure to rinse the cleaners
from the surface as bluish stains may occur during heating that cannot be removed.
Porcelain Enamel
Burner Grates, Burner Rings
(some models), Cooktop
Surface (some models)
Gentle scouring with a soapy scouring pad will remove most spots. Rinse with a
1:1 solution of clear water and ammonia. If necessary, cover difficult spots with
an ammonia-soaked paper towel for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse with clean water and
a damp cloth, and then scrub with a soap-filled scouring pad. Rinse and wipe dry
with a clean cloth or paper towel. Remove all cleaners or the porcelain may become
damaged during future heating. DO NOT use spray oven cleaners on the cooktop.
care & cleaning
Cleaning the Cooktop, Burner Caps
& Grates
The cooktop is designed to make cleaning easier. Because
the gas Burners are sealed, cleanups are easy when
spillovers are cleaned up immediately.
The cooktop, Burner Heads and Caps should be routinely
cleaned. Keeping the Burner Head Ports clean will
prevent improper ignition and an uneven flame. Refer to
the following instructions:
attempt to remove or lift the cooktop.
Pay attention to not damage electrodes. Damaged
electrodes may cause a delayed ignition or prevent the
burner from igniting.
Any additions, changes or conversions required in order
for this appliance to perform satisfactorily must be
made by an authorized Service Center.
care & cleaning
Do not remove any parts from the cooktop
until they have completely cooled and are safe
to handle. Do not operate the surface Burners
without the Burner Caps and Burner Heads
properly in place.
To Clean the surface Burner Caps and Burner
Heads- Use a soap-filled scouring pad or a mild abrasive
cleanser to clean the surface Burner Caps. The ports
(or slots) around the Burner Heads must be routinely
checked. If residue remains in these ports (or slots), use
a small-gauge wire or needle to clean the slots or holes.
For proper flow of gas and ignition of the burner—DO
surface Burner Caps in place whenever the gas Burners
are in use or not.
To Clean the Burner Grates- Be sure burners and
grates are cool before you place your hand, a pot
holder, cleaning cloths or other material on them. The
cast iron burner grates can be washed in hot soapy
water. Rinse thoroughly and dry the grates with a cloth don't put them on the cooktop while still wet. Be sure the
grates are positioned securely over the burners.
To remove burned on food, place the grates in a covered
container or plastic bag. Add 1/4 cup ammonia and soak for
30 minutes. Wash, rinse well and dry. An abrasive cleaner
can be used for stubborn stains.
To Clean the Cooktop and contoured areas of the
cooktop- If a spill occurs on the porcelain cooktop,
blot up spill with an absorbent cloth. Rinse with a clean,
damp cloth and wipe dry. Do not use harsh abrasive
cleaners on the cooktop. They can scratch the porcelain.
Completely rinse any mild cleaners used from the surface
or the porcelain cooktop may become damaged during
future heating. DO NOT use spray oven cleaners on the
Care and Cleaning of Stainless
Steel (Stainless Steel models only)
Some models are equipped with stainless steel exterior
parts. Special care and cleaning are required for
maintaining the appearance of stainless parts. Please
refer to the table provided at the beginning of the
General Care & Cleaning section in this Use & Care
before you call (Solutions to Common Problems)
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.
Burner ports or slots are clogged. With the burner off, use a small-gauge wire or needle to
clean ports or slots.
Power cord is disconnected from outlet (electric ignition models). Be sure cord is plugged
securely into outlet.
Electrical power outage (electric ignition models). Burners can be lit manually. See Setting
Surface Controls in this Owner’s Guide.
Surface burner
Burner ports or slots are clogged. With the burner off, clean ports with a small-gauge wire
flame burns half way or needle to clean ports or slots.
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 Cleaning.
Surface burner flame Dust particles in main line. Allow the burner to operate a few minutes until flame turns
is orange.
In coastal areas, a slightly orange flame is unavoidable due to salt air.
Your appliance is covered by a one year limited warranty. For one year from your original date of purchase, Electrolux
will pay all costs for repairing or replacing any parts of this appliance that prove to be defective in materials or
workmanship when such appliance is installed, used and maintained in accordance with the provided instructions.
Exclusions This warranty does not cover the following:
1 Products with original serial numbers that have been removed, altered or cannot be readily
2 Product that has been transferred from its original owner to another party or removed outside the
USA or Canada.
3 Rust on the interior or exterior of the unit.
4 Products purchased "as-is" are not covered by this warranty.
5 Food loss due to any refrigerator or freezer failures.
6 Products used in a commercial setting.
7 Service calls which do not involve malfunction or defects in materials or workmanship, or for
appliances not in ordinary household use or used other than in accordance with the provided
8 Service calls to correct the installation of your appliance or to instruct you how to use your appliance.
9 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 is shipped from the factory.
10Service calls to repair or replace appliance light bulbs, air filters, water filters, other consumable, or
knobs, handles, or other cosmetic parts.
11Surcharges including, but not limited to, any after hour, weekend, or holiday service calls, tolls, ferry
trip charges, or mileage expense for service calls to remote areas, including the state of Alaska.
12Damages to the finish of appliance or home incurred during installation, including but not limited to
floors, cabinets, walls, etc.
13Damages caused by: services performed by unauthorized service companies; use of parts other than
genuine Electrolux parts or parts obtained from persons other than authorized service companies; or
external causes such as abuse, misuse, inadequate power supply, accidents, fires, or acts of God.
Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy under this limited warranty shall be product repair or
replacement as provided herein. Claims based on implied warranties, including warranties of
merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, are limited to one year or the shortest period
allowed by law, but not less than one year. Electrolux shall not be liable for consequential or
incidental damages such as property damage and incidental expenses resulting from any breach
of this written limited warranty or any implied warranty. Some states and provinces do not allow
the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on the duration of
implied warranties, so these limitations or exclusions may not imply to you. This written warranty
gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state.
If You
Keep your receipt, delivery slip, or some other appropriate payment record to establish the warranty period
should service be required. If service is performed, it is in your best interest to obtain and keep all receipts.
Service under this warranty must be obtained contacting Electrolux at the addresses or phone numbers
This warranty only applies in the USA and Canada. In the USA, your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Major
Appliances North America, a division of Electrolux Home Products, Inc. In Canada, your appliance is warranted by
Electrolux Canada Corp. Electrolux authorizes no person to change or add to any obligations under this warranty.
Obligations for service and parts under this warranty must be performed by Electrolux or an authorized service
company. Product features or specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice.
Electrolux Major Appliances
North America
P.O. Box 212378
Augusta, GA 30907
Electrolux Canada Corp.
5855 Terry Fox Way
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
L5V 3E4
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