Model:
800 Watts
JES833WY
Microwave Oven
Owner’s Manual
Important Safety Information
Precautions to Avoid Possible Exposure
to Excessive Microwave Energy
Special Notes About Microwaving
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2
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Operating Instructions
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Features of Your Microwave
The Controls on Your Microwave
Time Cooking
Automatic Cooking
Other Features
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15
21
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Helpful Information
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Care and Cleaning
29
If Something Goes Wrong
Before You Call For Service
GE Service Numbers
Warranty
GE Answer Center ®
800.626.2000
GE Appliances
49-40012
164D3370P013
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Back Cover
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
READ ALL SAFETY
INFORMATION BEFORE USING
FOR YOUR
SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
TO AVOID
POSSIBLE
EXPOSURE
TO EXCESSIVE
MICROWAVE
ENERGY
For your safety the information in this manual
must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or
explosion or to prevent property damage,
personal injury or loss of life.
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.
Do Not Place any object
between the oven front
face and the door or
allow soil or cleaner
residue to accumulate
on sealing surfaces.
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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)
2 hinges and latches
(broken or loosened)
3 door seals and sealing
surfaces.
The Oven Should Not
be adjusted or repaired
by anyone except
properly qualified
service personnel.
Welcome
Welcome to the GE family.
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it in the friendly voices of
our consumer service
department.
Best of all, you’ll
experience these values
each time you use your
microwave. That’s
important, because your
new microwave will be part
of your family for a long
time.
Start Here!…Before using your Microwave
Write down the model and
serial numbers here. They
are on a label inside the
oven.
Staple your receipt to the
inside back cover of this
manual. You will need it to
obtain service under
warranty.
Model number
Serial number
Date of purchase
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It contains instructions to
help you use and maintain
your microwave properly.
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“If Something Goes
Wrong” before calling.
This section helps you
solve common problems
that might occur.
If you do need service,
you can relax knowing help
is only a phone call away.
A list of toll-free customer
service numbers is
included in the back of
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
READ ALL SAFETY
INFORMATION BEFORE USING
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire, burns, electric shock, injury to persons, or exposure to excessive
microwave energy when using your appliance, follow basic precautions, including the
following sections.
SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
This microwave oven is
not approved or tested
for marine use.
• Read and follow the
specific “Precautions to
Avoid Possible Exposure
to Excessive Microwave
Energy” on page 2.
• This appliance must be
grounded. Connect only
to properly grounded
outlet. See Grounding
Instructions section on
page 9.
• Do not mount this
appliance over a sink.
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• Install or locate this
appliance only in
accordance with the
provided Installation
Instructions.
• 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 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 oven is in
operation.
• Do not operate any
heating or cooking
appliance beneath
this microwave.
• 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.
• 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.
• Do not cover or block
any openings on the
appliance.
• Do not store this
appliance outdoors. Do
not use this product near
water—for example, in a
wet basement, near a
swimming pool or near
a sink.
• Keep power cord away
from heated surfaces.
• Do not immerse power
cord or plug in water.
• Do not let power cord
hang over edge of table
or counter.
• To reduce the risk of fire
in the oven cavity:
— Do not overcook food.
Carefully attend
appliance if 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.
• See door surface cleaning
instructions in the Care
and Cleaning section(s)
of this guide.
• This appliance should
be serviced only by
qualified service
personnel. Contact
nearest authorized
service facility for
examination, repair
or adjustment.
• As with any appliance,
close supervision is
necessary when used by
children.
— If materials inside oven
should 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.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT MICROWAVING
ARCING
If you see arcing, press
the CLEAR OFF pad and
correct the problem.
Arcing is the microwave
term for sparks in the oven.
Arcing is caused by:
• Metal or foil touching the
side of the oven.
• Foil not molded to food
(upturned edges act like
antennas).
• Metal, such as twist-ties,
poultry pins, or goldrimmed dishes, in the
microwave.
• Recycled paper towels
containing small metal
pieces being used in the
microwave.
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—will explode
and should not be heated
in this microwave oven.
Such use of the microwave
oven could result in injury.
• 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.
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• 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.
SAFETY
FACT
SUPERHEATED WATER
Microwaved water and
other liquids do not
always bubble when
they reach the boiling
point. They can actually
get superheated and not
bubble at all.
Superheated liquid will
bubble up out of the cup
when it is moved or
when something like a
spoon or tea bag is put
into it.
To prevent this from
happening and causing
injury, do not heat any
liquid for more than 2
minutes per cup. After
heating, let the cup
stand in the microwave
for 30 seconds before
moving it or putting
anything into it.
• 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.
• Spontaneous boiling—
Under certain special
circumstances, liquids
may start to boil during
or shortly after removal
from the microwave oven.
To prevent burns from
splashing liquid, we
recommend the following:
before removing the
container from the oven,
allow the container to
stand in the oven for 30
to 40 seconds after the
oven has shut off. Do not
boil liquids in narrownecked containers such
as soft drink bottles, wine
flasks and especially
narrow-necked coffee
cups. Even if the
container is opened,
excessive steam can build
up and cause it to burst
or overflow.
• Don’t defrost frozen
beverages in narrownecked 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.
• When cooking pork,
follow the directions
exactly and always cook
the meat to an internal
temperature of at least
170°F. This assures that,
in the remote possibility
that trichina may be
present in the meat, it
will be killed and meat
will be safe to eat.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT MICROWAVING
MICROWAVESAFE
COOKWARE
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.”
How to test for a microwavesafe dish.
• 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 1 minute at
high. If the dish heats, it
should not be used for
microwaving.
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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.
• 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 microwavesafe 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.
Follow these guidelines:
1 Use microwave-safe
plastics only and use
them in strict compliance
with the cookware
manufacturer’s
recommendations.
2 Do not microwave empty
containers.
3 Do not permit children
to use plastic cookware
without complete
supervision.
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS
GROUNDING
INSTRUCTIONS
PREFERRED
METHOD
Ensure proper ground
exists before use.
WARNING
Improper use of the
grounding plug can result in
a risk of electric shock.
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.
If the outlet is a standard 2prong wall outlet, it is your
personal responsibility and
obligation to have it replaced
with a properly grounded 3prong wall outlet.
Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the
third (ground) prong from
the power cord.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS
ADAPTER PLUGS
(Adapter plugs not
permitted in Canada)
available at most local
hardware stores.
Align large
prongs/slots
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.
Ensure proper ground
TEMPORARY and firm connection
METHOD
before use.
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 two-prong wall
receptacle by the use of a
UL listed adapter which is
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.
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 two-prong wall
receptacle replaced with a
three-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.
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If an extension cord is used—
1 The marked electrical
rating of the extension
cord should be at least as
great as the electrical
rating of the appliance;
2 The extension cord must
be a grounding-type 3-wire
cord and it must be
plugged into a 3-slot
outlet;
3 The extension cord
should be arranged so that
it will not drape over the
counter top or tabletop
where it can be pulled on
by children or tripped
over unintentionally.
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.
Operating Instructions
Features of Your Microwave
(Throughout this manual, features and appearance
may vary from your model.)
Features
1
2
3
4
7
6
5
800 Watts
1 Door Latches.
2 Window with Metal
Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed
while keeping
microwaves confined
in the oven.
3 Mode Stirrer Cover.
Protects the microwave
energy distributing
system. Do not remove
this cover. You will
damage the oven.
The TURNWAVE
COOKING SYSTEM
utilizes a special
rotating stirrer that
evenly distributes the
microwaves to the
food being prepared.
Hence, a turntable is
not needed. This allows
full use of interior
cavity.
4 Touch Control Panel
Display.
5 Door Latch Release.
Press latch release to
open door.
6 Glass Cooking Tray.
7 Convenience Guide.
Accessory Included
The enclosed hardware
kit (4-A020) allows you
to hang this model under
your cabinet.
NOTE: Rating plate, oven
vent(s) and oven light are
located on the inside walls
of the microwave oven.
Optional Accessory
Available at extra cost from
your GE supplier.
JX827 27″ Built-In Kit allows
this oven to be built into a
cabinet or wall.
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Quick Start
The Controls on Your Microwave Oven
(Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.)
You can
microwave by
time or with the
convenience
features.
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TIME DEFROST
TIME COOK
30 SEC
POWER
LEVEL
1
2
3
(INSTANT COOK) (INSTANT COOK) (INSTANT COOK)
4
5
(INSTANT COOK) (INSTANT COOK)
1
12
Time Features
Press
Enter
TIME COOK (Press once or twice)
Amount of cooking time.
TIME DEFROST
Amount of defrosting time.
INSTANT COOK
Starts immediately!
30 SEC
Starts immediately!
POWER LEVEL
Power level 1–10.
GUIDE ON MICROWAVE
Before you begin, check the guide located
on the inside front of the oven when you
open the door.
GUIDES IN BOOK
• Cooking
• Time Defrost
• Reheat
• Snacks
• Cook Select
REHEAT
POPCORN
SNACKS
***
COOK SELECT
2
AUTO DEFROST
Convenience Features
Press
Enter
Option
POPCORN
Starts immediately!
more/less time
REHEAT
Food type 1–6
1–3 servings
SNACKS
Snack type 1–6
number/weight
COOK SELECT
Food type 1–9 + weight
AUTO DEFROST
Food weight
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Operating Instructions
Changing Power
Levels
POWER
LEVEL
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
START
How to Change the
Power Level
The power level may
be entered or changed
immediately after
entering the feature
time for TIME COOK,
TIME DEFROST or
INSTANT COOK. The
power level may also be
changed during time
countdown.
1 Press TIME COOK
or TIME DEFROST.
2 Enter cooking or
defrosting time.
3 Press POWER LEVEL.
4 Select desired power
level 1–10.
5 Press START.
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Variable power levels add
flexibility to microwave
cooking. The power levels
on the microwave oven can
be compared to the surface
units on a range. High
(power level 10) or full
power is the fastest way to
cook and gives you 100%
power. Each power level
gives you microwave
energy a certain percent of
the time. Power level 7 is
microwave energy 70% of
the time. Power level 3 is
energy 30% of the time.
A high setting (10) will
cook faster but food may
need more frequent
stirring, rotating or turning
over. Most cooking will be
done on High (power level
10). A lower setting will
cook more evenly and
need less stirring or
rotating of the food.
Some foods may have
better flavor, texture or
appearance if one of the
lower settings is used. Use
a lower power level when
cooking foods that have a
tendency to boil over, such
as scalloped potatoes.
Rest periods (when the
microwave energy cycles
off) give time for the food
to “equalize” or transfer
heat to the inside of the
food. An example of this is
shown with power level 3—
the defrost cycle. If microwave energy did not cycle
off, the outside of the food
would cook before the
inside was defrosted.
Here are some examples
of uses for various power
levels:
Power Level Best Uses
High 10
Fish, bacon,
vegetables,
boiling liquids.
Med-High 7 Gentle
cooking of
meat and
poultry;
baking
casseroles
and reheating.
Medium 5
Slow cooking
and tenderizing such as
stews and less
tender cuts of
meat.
Low 3
Defrosting
without
cooking;
simmering;
delicate sauces.
Warm 1
Keeping food
warm without
overcooking;
softening
butter.
Time Features
Time Cook
TIME COOK
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
START
1 Press TIME COOK.
Time Cook I
Allows you to microwave
for any time up to 99
minutes and 99 seconds.
Power level 10 (High) is
automatically set, but you
may change it for more
flexibility.
You may open the door
during Time Cook to
check the food. Close the
door and press START to
resume cooking.
Time Cook II
Lets you change power
levels automatically during
cooking. Here’s how to
do it:
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter the first cook time.
3 Change the power level
if you don’t want full
power. (Press POWER
LEVEL. Select a desired
power level 1–10.)
4 Press TIME COOK
again.
2 Enter cooking time.
5 Enter the second cook
time.
3 Change power level
if you don’t want full
power. (Press POWER
LEVEL. Select a desired
power level 1–10.)
6 Change the power level
if you don’t want full
power. (Press POWER
LEVEL. Select a power
level 1–10.)
4 Press START.
7 Press START.
At the end of Time Cook I,
Time Cook II counts down.
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Operating Instructions
Cooking Guide for Time Cook
NOTE: Use power level High (10) unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Asparagus
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
8 to 10 min., In 11⁄2-qt. oblong glass baking dish,
Med-High (7) place 1/4 cup water. Rotate dish after
half of time.
6 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
Beans
(fresh green) 1 lb. cut in half
(frozen green) 10-oz. package
Comments
(frozen lima)
10-oz. package
13 to 17 min. In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
7 to 9 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
7 to 9 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
20 to 25 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
1 bunch
(11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
1 bunch
(11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
8 to 10 min.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
(fresh spears)
(frozen,
10-oz. package
chopped)
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
Cabbage
(fresh)
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
10 to 13 min. In 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish, place
1/4 cup water. Rotate dish after half
of time.
6 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
6 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
(wedges)
1 medium head 9 to 11 min.
(about 2 lbs.)
8 to 10 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
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Cauliflower
(flowerets)
(fresh, whole)
(frozen)
16
7 to 9 min.
6 to 8 min.
1 medium head 10 to 14 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
1 medium head 10 to 17 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
10-oz. package 6 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Comments
5 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
1 to 5 ears
4 to 5 min.
per ear
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
6 to 7 min.
3 to 4 min.
per ear
In 2-qt. oblong 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.
Place in 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish.
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
Rearrange after half of time.
10-oz. package
5 to 8 min.
Corn
(frozen kernel) 10-oz. package
Corn on the cob
(fresh)
(frozen)
Mixed
vegetables
(frozen)
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
Peas
(fresh, shelled) 2 lbs. unshelled 10 to 12 min. In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen)
10-oz. package 5 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed,
white)
(fresh, whole,
sweet or white)
Spinach
(fresh)
(frozen,
chopped
and leaf)
4 potatoes
12 to 14 min. Peel and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place in
(6 to 8 oz. each)
2-qt. casserole with 1/2 cup water. Stir
after half of time.
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
3 to 5 min.
Pierce with cooking fork. Place in
center of the oven. Let stand 5 minutes.
10 to 16 oz.
10-oz. package
6 to 8 min.
6 to 8 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
Squash
(fresh, summer 1 lb. sliced
5 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
and yellow)
(winter, acorn 1 to 2 squash
8 to 11 min. Cut in half and remove fibrous
butternut)
(about 1 lb. each)
membranes. In 2-qt. oblong glass
baking dish, place squash cut-sidedown. Turn cut-side-up after 4 minutes.
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Operating Instructions
Time Features
Time Defrost
***
TIME DEFROST
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
0
START
1 Press TIME DEFROST.
2 Enter defrosting time.
3 Press START.
Allows you to defrost for
the length of time you
select. See the Defrosting
Guide for suggested times.
Power level 3 is automatically set, but you may
change this for more flexibility. You may defrost
small items more quickly
by raising the power level
after entering the time.
However, they will need
more frequent attention
than usual.
Power level 7 cuts the total
defrosting time in about
half; power level 10 cuts
the total time to approximately 1/3. Rotate or stir
food frequently.
A dull thumping noise may
be heard during defrosting.
This sound is normal when
the oven is not operating at
High power.
Defrosting Tips
• Foods frozen in paper or
plastic can be defrosted
in the package. Tightly
closed packages should
be slit, pierced or vented
AFTER food has partially
defrosted. Plastic storage
containers should be at
least partially uncovered.
• Family-size, prepackaged
frozen dinners can be
defrosted and microwaved. If the food is in a
foil container, transfer it
to a microwave-safe dish.
• Foods that spoil easily,
such as milk, eggs, fish,
stuffings, poultry and
pork, should not be
allowed to sit out for
more than one hour
after defrosting. Room
temperature promotes
the growth of harmful
bacteria.
• For more even defrosting
of larger foods, such as
beef, lamb and veal
roasts, use Auto Defrost.
• Be sure large meats are
completely defrosted
before cooking.
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• When defrosted, food
should be cool but
softened in all areas. If still
slightly icy, return to the
microwave very briefly, or
let it stand a few minutes.
Defrosting Guide
Food
Time
Comments
Breads, Cakes
Bread, buns or rolls (1 piece)
Sweet rolls (approx. 12 oz.)
1 min.
4 to 6 min.
Rearrange after half of time.
Fish and Seafood
Fillets, frozen (1 lb.)
Shellfish, small pieces (1 lb.)
9 to 12 min.
6 to 8 min.
Fruit
Plastic pouch—1 to 2
(10-oz. package)
4 to 7 min.
Meat
Bacon (1 lb.)
4 to 6 min.
Franks (1 lb.)
4 to 6 min.
Ground meat (1 lb.)
Roast: beef, lamb, veal, pork
6 to 8 min.
12 to 16 min.
per lb.
6 to 10 min.
per lb.
Steaks, chops and cutlets
Poultry
Chicken, broiler-fryer
cut up (21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Chicken, whole
(21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Cornish hen
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)
Place block in casserole. Turn over and
break up after half the time.
Place unopened package in oven. Let
stand 5 minutes after defrosting.
Place unopened package in oven.
Microwave just until franks can be
separated. Let stand 5 minutes, if
necessary, to complete defrosting.
Turn meat over after half the time.
Use power level 1.
Place unwrapped meat in cooking dish.
Turn over after half the time and shield
warm areas with foil. When finished,
separate pieces and let stand to complete
defrosting.
18 to 27 min.
Place wrapped chicken in dish. Unwrap
and turn over after half the time. When
finished, separate pieces and microwave 2
to 4 minutes more, if necessary. Let stand
to finish defrosting.
24 to 28 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. After half
the time, unwrap and turn chicken over.
Shield warm areas with foil. Finish
defrosting. If necessary, run cold water in
the cavity until giblets can be removed.
10 to 16 min. Place unwrapped hen in the oven breastper lb.
side-up. Turn over after half the time.
Run cool water in the cavity until giblets
can be removed.
6 to 10 min. Place unwrapped breast in dish breastper lb.
side-down. After half the time, turn over
and shield warm areas with foil. Finish
defrosting. Let stand 1 to 2 hours in
refrigerator to complete defrosting.
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Operating Instructions
Time Features
30 Seconds
You can use this feature
two ways:
30 SEC
• It will add 30 seconds to
the time counting down
each time the pad is
pressed.
• It can be used as a quick
way to set 30 seconds of
cooking time.
This is a quick way to set
cooking time for 1–5
minutes.
The power level can
be changed as time is
counting down. Press
POWER LEVEL and
enter 1–10.
Instant Cook
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1
2
3
4
5
6
Press one of the Instant
Cook pads (from 1 to 5)
for 1 to 5 minutes of
cooking at power level 10.
For example, press the 2
pad for 2 minutes of
cooking time.
Convenience Features
Popcorn
How to Use the Popcorn
Feature
POPCORN
1
9
(less time)
(more time)
Use only with prepackaged
microwave popcorn weighing
3.0 to 3.5 ounces.
1 Follow package instructions, using Time Cook if
the package is less than
3.0 ounces or larger than
3.5 ounces. Place the
package of popcorn in
the center of the
microwave.
2 Press POPCORN. The
oven starts immediately.
How to Adjust the Popcorn
Program to Provide a Shorter
or Longer Cook Time
If you find that the brand of
popcorn you use underpops
or overcooks consistently,
you can add or subtract 20
seconds to the automatic
popping time.
To add time:
After pressing POPCORN,
press 9 immediately after
the oven starts for an extra
20 seconds.
To subtract time:
After pressing POPCORN,
press 1 immediately after
the oven starts for 20
seconds less cooking time.
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Operating Instructions
Convenience Features
Reheat
REHEAT
3
2
The Reheat feature reheats
1 to 3 servings of many
previously cooked foods.
3 Press 2 or 3 to reheat 2 or
3 servings.
1 Press REHEAT.
NOTE: The serving size may
be changed or added after
pressing START. Press
number pad 2 or 3.
2 Select food type 1–6 for
one serving (see Reheat
Guide below).
4 Press START.
START
Reheat Guide
Food Type
Comments
1 Pasta
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
2 Meats, casseroles, pizza
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
3 Fruits and vegetables
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
4 Beverages, 8–10 oz.
Use wide mouth mug.
5 Sauces and gravies
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
6 Plate of leftovers
(2 to 3 foods, 4 oz. each)
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
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Snacks
Hint: You can press
and hold the SNACKS
pad during cooking to
display the snack type and
remaining microwaving
time.
The Snacks feature
automatically sets the
microwaving times and
power levels to warm a
variety of snack foods.
SNACKS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
1 Press SNACKS.
2 Select snack type 1–6
(see the Snacks Guide
below).
3 Enter the number of
items or the food weight
in ounces.
START
4 Press START.
Snacks Guide
Food Type
Quantity or Weight
1 Bread, rolls, muffins
1 to 4
2 Sandwiches
1 to 2
3 Pizza (leftover slices)
1 to 4
4 Dessert toppings
1 to 4
5 Soup
8 to 40 oz.
6 Cheese dip
4 to 16 oz.
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Operating Instructions
Convenience Features
Cook Select
COOK SELECT
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
The Cook Select feature
automatically sets the
cooking times and power
levels for a variety of foods.
1 Press COOK SELECT.
Hint: Press and hold the
COOK SELECT pad
during cooking to display
the food type and
remaining cook time.
2 Select food type 1–9 (see
the Cook Select Guide
below).
3 Enter weight in ounces.
4 Press START.
START
Cook Select Guide
Food Type
Weight
1 Canned Vegetables
4 to 20 oz.
2 Frozen Vegetables
4 to 16 oz.
3 Fresh Vegetables
4 to 16 oz.
4 Potatoes
8 to 40 oz.
5 Fish
4 to 16 oz.
6 Chicken Pieces
4 to 40 oz.
7 Ground Meat
(beef, pork, turkey)
8 to 48 oz.
8 Bacon
2 to 10 oz.
9 Pizza
(frozen, microwaveable)
4 to 16 oz.
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Comments
Use microwave-safe casserole or bowl.
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
Use microwave-safe casserole or bowl.
Follow package instructions for adding
water. Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
Use microwave-safe casserole or bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons water for each serving.
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
Pierce skin with fork. Place potatoes on
glass cooking tray.
Use oblong, square or round dish. Cover
with vented plastic wrap or wax paper.
Use oblong, square or round dish. Cover
with vented plastic wrap.
Use round casserole dish. Crumble meat
into dish. Cover with lid or vented plastic
wrap. Drain and stir at signal.
Layer strips on a plate, 4 to a layer.
Cover each layer with a paper towel.
Follow package instructions to prepare
pizza for microwaving.
Auto Defrost
***
AUTO DEFROST
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
Use Auto Defrost for meat,
poultry and fish. Use Time
Defrost for most other
frozen foods.
Auto Defrost automatically
sets the defrosting times
and power levels to give
even defrosting results for
meats, poultry and fish.
There is a handy guide
located on the inside front
of the oven.
START
1 Press AUTO DEFROST.
2 Using the Conversion
Guide at right, enter
food weight. For
example, press pads 1
and 2 for 1.2 pounds
(1 pound, 3 ounces).
3 Press START.
Guide
Conversion Guide
If the weight of food is
stated in pounds and
ounces, the ounces must
be converted to tenths
(.1) of a pound.
Weight of
Food in
Ounces
Enter Food
Weight
(tenths of
a pound)
1–2
.1
3
.2
4–5
.3
6–7
.4
8
.5
9–10
.6
11
.7
12–13
.8
14–15
.9
• Remove meat from
package and place on
microwave-safe dish.
• Twice during defrost, the
oven signals “TURn.” At
each “TURn” signal, turn
the food over. Remove
defrosted meat or shield
warm areas with small
pieces of foil.
• After defrosting, most
meats need to stand 5
minutes to complete
defrosting. Large roasts
should stand for about
30 minutes.
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Operating Instructions
Other Features
Cooking Complete
Reminder
To remind you that you
have food in the oven, the
oven will display “END” and
beep once a minute until
you either open the oven
door or press CLEAR OFF.
Glass Cooking Tray
Sometimes the tray can
become too hot to touch.
Be careful touching it
during and after cooking.
Clock
Press to enter the time of
day or to check the time of
day while microwaving.
CLOCK
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
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1 Press CLOCK.
2 Enter time of day.
3 Press START or CLOCK.
Child Lock-Out
CLEAR
OFF
You may lock the control
panel to prevent the
microwave from being
accidentally started or used
by children.
To lock or unlock the
controls, press and hold
CLEAR OFF for about
three seconds. When the
control panel is locked,
an “L” will be displayed.
Sound
Press the Sound pad to
turn the oven beeper on
or off.
ON/OFF
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Helpful Information
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.
• 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.
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Care and Cleaning
Helpful Hints
Open the oven door a few
minutes after cooking to
air out the inside. 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.
Walls, Floor, Inside Window,
Metal and Plastic Parts on
the Door
Glass Cooking Tray
How to Clean
the Inside
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.
Never use a commercial
oven cleaner on any part
of your microwave.
Wash carefully in warm,
sudsy water or in the
dishwasher. To prevent
breakage, do not place
the tray in water just after
cooking. The tray can be
broken if dropped.
Remember, do not operate
the oven without the
cooking tray in place.
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Helpful Information
Care and Cleaning
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.
Case
Door Surface
Clean the outside of the
microwave with a sudsy
cloth. Rinse and then dry.
Wipe the window clean
with a damp cloth.
It’s important to keep the
area clean where the door
seals against the microwave. Use only mild, nonabrasive detergents
applied with a clean sponge
or soft cloth. Rinse well.
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.
Power Cord
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.
Oven Lamp
Replacement
First unplug the oven.
Then remove lamp
compartment cover by
removing screw which
holds cover in place. Cover
is located on the left side of
the outer case.
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Replace with 25-watt
appliance bulb. (It is
available in drugstores
and hardware stores.)
Replace compartment
cover. Plug in the oven.
If Something Goes Wrong
Before You Call For Service
Problem
Possible Cause
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.
START not pressed
after entering cooking
selection.
• Press START.
Another selection
entered already in oven
and CLEAR OFF not
pressed to cancel it.
• Press CLEAR OFF.
Cooking time not
entered after pressing
TIME COOK.
• Make sure you have entered cooking
time after pressing TIME COOK.
CLEAR OFF was
pressed accidentally.
• Reset cooking program and press
START.
Food weight not
entered after pressing
AUTO DEFROST.
• Make sure you have entered food
weight after pressing AUTO
DEFROST
Control panel
lighted, yet oven
will not start
Food type not entered
• Make sure you have entered a
after pressing REHEAT,
food type.
SNACKS or COOK.
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If Something Goes Wrong
Before You Call For Service
Things That
Are Normal
• 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.
• Dull thumping sound
while oven is operating.
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• 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.
Notes
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GE Service Numbers
We’ll Be There!
GE Answer Center ®
800.626.2000
In-Home Repair
Service
800-GE-CARES
(800-432-2737)
For Customers With
Special Needs
800.626.2000
Open 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
We provide expert repair
service, scheduled at a
time that’s convenient for
you.
Our factory-trained
technicians know your
appliance inside and out—
so most repairs can be
handled in just one visit.
GE offers a brochure to
assist in planning a barrierfree kitchen for persons
with limited mobility.
800-TDD-GEAC
(800-833-4322)
Service Contracts
800-626-2224
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With a service contract GE
Consumer Service will still
be there after your
warranty expires.
With a multiple-year
contract, you’re assured of
future service at today’s
prices.
Parts and
Accessories
800-626-2002
Further Service
Individuals qualified to
service their own
appliances can have
parts or accessories sent
directly to their home.
(VISA, MasterCard and
Discover cards are
accepted.)
Instructions contained
in this manual cover
procedures to be
performed by any user.
Other servicing generally
should be referred to
qualified service
personnel. Caution
must be exercised, since
improper servicing may
cause unsafe operation.
If for some reason you are
not happy with the service
you receive, here are three
steps to follow for further
help.
Finally, if your problem is
still not resolved, write:
First, contact the people
who serviced your
appliance. Explain why you
are not pleased.
Major Appliance
Consumer Action Program
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Next, if you are still not
pleased, write all the
details—including
your phone number—to:
Consumer Relations
GE Appliances
Louisville, KY 40225
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MICROWAVE OVEN
WARRANTY
Staple sales slip or cancelled check here. Proof of original
purchase date is needed to obtain service under warranty.
What Is Covered
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
For one year from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of charge,
parts and service labor to repair or replace
any part of the microwave oven that fails
because of a manufacturing defect.
LIMITED ADDITIONAL
FOUR-YEAR WARRANTY
For the second through the fifth year
from the date of original purchase, we
will provide, free of charge, a replacement
magnetron tube if the magnetron tube fails
because of a manufacturing defect. You
pay for any service labor charges.
************************************
This warranty is extended to the original
purchaser and any succeeding owner for
products purchased for ordinary home use
in the 48 mainland states, Alaska, Hawaii
and Washington, D.C.
All warranty service will be provided by our
Factory Service Centers or by our
authorized Customer Care® servicers
during normal working hours.
Should your appliance need service,
during warranty period or beyond, call
800-GE-CARES (800-432-2737).
For each of the above warranties:
To avoid any trip charges, you must take
the microwave oven to a General Electric
Factory Service Center or a General Electric
Customer Care® servicer and pick it up
following service. In-home service is also
available, but you must pay for the service
technician’s travel costs to your home.
What Is Not Covered
Warrantor is not responsible for consequential damages.
• Service trips to your home to teach you
how to use the product.
Read your Owner’s Manual. If you then
have any questions about operating the
product, please contact your dealer or
our Consumer Affairs office at the
address below, or call, toll free:
GE Answer Center®
800.626.2000
consumer information service
• Improper installation.
If you have an installation problem, contact
your dealer or installer. You are responsible
for providing adequate electrical,
exhausting and other connecting facilities.
• Replacement of house fuses or resetting
of circuit breakers.
• Failure of the product if it is misused, or
used for other than the intended purpose
or used commercially.
• Damage to product caused by accident,
fire, floods or acts of God.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages,
so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. To know what your
legal rights are in your state, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your state’s
Attorney General.
Warrantor: General Electric Company
Part No. 164D3370P013
Pub. No. 49-40012
If further help is needed concerning this warranty, write:
Manager—Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225
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