Microwave Oven
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Safety Information . . . . . . . . .2–6
Owner’s Manual
Operating Instructions
JE2160
Auto Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Microwave Terms . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Other Features . . . . . . . . . . .16–18
Oven Features . . . . . . . . . . . . .7, 8
Power Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Sensor Features . . . . . . . . . .13–15
Time Features . . . . . . . . . . . .9–12
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . .19
Troubleshooting Tips . . . . . . .20
Things That Are Normal . . . . . .20
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . .Back Cover
Product Registration . . . . . .21, 22
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Write the model and serial
numbers here:
Model # __________________
Serial # __________________
You can find them on a label
inside the oven.
164D3370P238
49-40298-2
01-03 JR
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
For your safety, the information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion, electric shock, or
to prevent property damage, personal injury, or loss of life.
PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID POSSIBLE EXPOSURE
TO EXCESSIVE MICROWAVE ENERGY
(a) Do Not Attempt to operate this oven with the door
open since open-door operation can result in harmful
exposure to microwave energy. It is important not to
defeat or tamper with the safety interlocks.
( b) Do Not Place any object between the oven front face
and the door or allow soil or cleaner residue to
accumulate on sealing surfaces.
(c) Do Not Operate the oven if it is damaged. It is
particularly important that the oven door close
properly and that there is no damage to the:
(1) door (bent),
(2) hinges and latches (broken or loosened),
(3) door seals and sealing surfaces.
(d) The Oven Should Not be adjusted or repaired by
anyone except properly qualified service personnel.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
This microwave oven is not approved or tested for marine use.
Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual.
■ Read and follow the specific precautions in the
Precautions to Avoid Possible Exposure to Excessive
Microwave Energy section above.
■ This appliance must be grounded. Connect only
to a properly grounded outlet. See the Grounding
Instructions section on page 4.
■ 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 this appliance over a sink.
■ Do not mount the microwave oven over or near any
portion of a heating or cooking appliance.
■ Do not store anything directly on top of the microwave
oven surface when the microwave oven is in operation.
■ Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged power
cord or plug, if it is not working properly, or if it has
been damaged or dropped. If the power cord is
damaged, it must be replaced by General Electric Service
or an authorized service agent using a power cord
available from General Electric.
■ Do not cover or block any openings on the appliance.
■ Use this appliance only for its intended use as described
in this manual. Do not use corrosive chemicals or vapors
in this appliance. This microwave oven is specifically
designed to heat, dry or cook food, and is not intended
for laboratory or industrial use.
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■ 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.
– If materials inside the 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.
■ See door surface cleaning instructions in the
Care and cleaning of the microwave oven section
of this manual.
■ 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.
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Safety Instructions
WARNING!
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, such as twist-ties, poultry pins or goldrimmed dishes, in the microwave.
■ Metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
■ Recycled paper towels containing small metal
pieces being used in the microwave.
■ Foil not molded to food (upturned edges act like
antennas).
■ 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.
■ Foods with unbroken outer “skin” such as
potatoes, hot dogs, sausages, tomatoes, apples,
chicken livers and other giblets, and egg yolks
should be pierced to allow steam to escape during
cooking.
■ SUPERHEATED WATER
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.
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.
■ 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.
■ Hot foods and steam can cause burns. Be careful
when opening any containers of hot food,
including popcorn bags, cooking pouches and
boxes. To prevent possible injury, direct steam
away from hands and face.
■ Do not overcook potatoes. They could dehydrate
and catch fire, causing damage to your oven.
■ Cook meat and poultry thoroughly—meat to at
least an INTERNAL temperature of 160°F and
poultry to at least an INTERNAL temperature of
180°F. Cooking to these temperatures usually
protects against foodborne illness.
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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.
■ Don’t defrost frozen beverages in narrow-necked
bottles (especially carbonated beverages). Even if
the container is opened, pressure can build up.
This can cause the container to burst, possibly
resulting in injury.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ 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.
■ 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.
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FOODS
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
MICROWAVE-SAFE COOKWARE
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Make sure all cookware used in your microwave
oven is suitable for microwaving. Most glass
casseroles, cooking dishes, measuring cups, custard
cups, pottery or china dinnerware which does not
have metallic trim or glaze with a metallic sheen can
be used. Some cookware is labeled “suitable for
microwaving.”
■ If you are not sure if a dish is microwave-safe,
use this test: Place in the oven both the dish
you are testing and a glass measuring cup filled
with 1 cup of water—set the measuring cup either
in or next to the dish. Microwave 30–45 seconds
at high. If the dish heats, it should not be used
for microwaving.
If the dish remains cool and only the water in
the cup heats, then the dish is microwave-safe.
■ If you use a meat thermometer while cooking,
make sure it is safe for use in microwave ovens.
■ Do not use recycled paper products. Recycled
paper towels, napkins and waxed paper can
contain metal flecks which may cause arcing
or ignite. Paper products containing nylon or
nylon filaments should be avoided, as they may
also ignite.
■ Some styrofoam trays (like those that meat is
packaged on) have a thin strip of metal
embedded in the bottom. When microwaved,
the metal can burn the floor of the oven or ignite
a paper towel.
■ Do not use the microwave to dry newspapers.
■ Not all plastic wrap is suitable for use in
microwave ovens. Check the package for
proper use.
■ Paper towels, waxed paper and plastic wrap
can be used to cover dishes in order to retain
moisture and prevent spattering. Be sure to
vent plastic wrap so steam can escape.
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■ Cookware may become hot because of heat
transferred from the heated food. Pot holders
may be needed to handle the cookware.
■ “Boilable” cooking pouches and tightly closed
plastic bags should be slit, pierced or vented as
directed by package. If they are not, plastic could
burst during or immediately after cooking,
possibly resulting in injury. Also, plastic storage
containers should be at least partially uncovered
because they form a tight seal. When cooking
with containers tightly covered with plastic wrap,
remove covering carefully and direct steam away
from hands and face.
■ Use foil only as directed in this guide. TV dinners
may be microwaved in foil trays less than 3/4″
high; remove the top foil cover and return the
tray to the box. When using foil in the microwave
oven, keep the foil at least 1 inch away from the
sides of the oven.
■ Plastic cookware—Plastic cookware designed for
microwave cooking is very useful, but should be
used carefully. Even microwave-safe plastic may
not be as tolerant of overcooking conditions as
are glass or ceramic materials, and may soften or
char if subjected to short periods of overcooking.
In longer exposures to overcooking, the food
and cookware could ignite.
Follow these guidelines:
Use microwave-safe plastics only and use
them in strict compliance with the cookware
manufacturer’s recommendations.
Do not microwave empty containers.
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Do not permit children to use plastic
cookware without complete supervision.
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Safety Instructions
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING—Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of electric shock.
If the outlet is a standard 2-prong wall outlet,
it is your personal responsibility and obligation
to have it replaced with a properly grounded
3-prong wall outlet.
Do not under any circumstances cut or remove
the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
We do not recommend using an extension cord
with this appliance. If the power cord is too short,
have a qualified electrician or service technician
install an outlet near the appliance. (See
EXTENSION CORDS section.)
For best operation, plug this appliance into its
own electrical outlet to prevent flickering of lights,
blowing of fuse or tripping of circuit breaker.
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This appliance must be grounded. In the event of
an electrical short circuit, grounding reduces the
risk of electric shock by providing an escape wire
for the electric current.
This appliance is equipped with a power cord
having a grounding wire with a grounding plug.
The plug must be plugged into an outlet that is
properly installed and grounded.
Consult a qualified electrician or service technician
if the grounding instructions are not completely
understood, or if doubt exists as to whether the
appliance is properly grounded.
ADAPTER PLUGS
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected infrequently.
(Adapter plugs not
permitted in Canada)
Align large
prongs/slots
TEMPORARY
METHOD
Ensure proper ground
and firm connection
before use.
CAUTION: Attaching the adapter ground terminal to the wall receptacle cover screw does not ground
the appliance unless the cover screw is metal, and not insulated, and the wall receptacle is grounded
through the house wiring.
You should have the circuit checked by a qualified electrician to make sure the receptacle is properly
grounded.
When disconnecting the power cord from the adapter, always hold the adapter with one hand. If this
is not done, the adapter ground terminal is very likely to break with repeated use. Should this happen,
DO NOT USE the appliance until a proper ground has again been established.
Troubleshooting Tips
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 available at most
local hardware stores.
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.
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected frequently.
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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.
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
EXTENSION CORDS
A short power supply cord is provided to reduce the risks resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping
over a longer cord.
Extension cords may be used if you are careful in using them.
If an extension cord is used—
The marked electrical rating of the extension cord should be at least as great as the electrical rating of
the appliance;
The extension cord must be a grounding-type 3-wire cord and it must be plugged into a 3-slot outlet;
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The extension cord should be arranged so that it will not drape over the countertop or tabletop
where it can be pulled on by children or tripped over unintentionally.
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.
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Troubleshooting Tips
READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
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About the features of your microwave oven.
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Safety Instructions
Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.
1200 Watts
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Features of the Oven
Door Latches.
Convenience Guide.
Touch Control Panel Display.
Door Latch Release. Press latch release to
open door.
Removable Turntable. Turntable and support
must be in place when using the oven. The
turntable may be removed for cleaning.
For 27″ installations:
Model
Kit
JE2160BF
JX2127BF
JE2160CF
JX2127CF
JE2160SF
JX2127SF
JE2160WF
JX2127WF
For 30″ installations:
Model
Kit
JE2160BF
JX2130BF
JE2160CF
JX2130CF
JE2160SF
JX2130SF
JE2160WF
JX2130WF
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Removable Turntable Support. The turntable
support must be in place when using
the oven.
Troubleshooting Tips
Window with Metal Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed while keeping
microwaves confined in the oven.
Optional Accessories
Available at extra cost from your GE supplier.
Choose the appropriate Installation Kit below
to convert this oven to a built-in wall oven.
NOTE: Rating plate, oven vent(s) and oven light are located
on the inside walls of the microwave oven.
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You can microwave by time, with the sensor features or with the auto feature.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the features of your microwave oven.
Cooking Controls
Check the Convenience Guide before you begin.
Time Features
Troubleshooting Tips
Press
TIME COOK
Press once or twice
TIME DEFROST
EXPRESS COOK
POWER LEVEL
ADD 30 SEC
Enter
Amount of cooking time
Amount of defrosting time
Starts immediately!
Power level 1–10
Starts immediately!
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Sensor Features and Auto Features
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Press
POPCORN
VEGETABLE
Press once (fresh vegetables)
Press twice (frozen vegetables)
Press three times (canned vegetables)
REHEAT
BEVERAGE
POTATO
CHICKEN/FISH
Press once (chicken pieces)
Press twice (fish)
Enter
Starts immediately!
Starts immediately!
Options
more/less time
more/less time
Starts immediately!
Starts immediately!
Starts immediately!
Starts immediately!
more/less time
more/less time
Press
AUTO DEFROST
Enter
Food weight
About changing the power level.
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter cooking time.
3 Press POWER LEVEL.
4 Select desired power level 1–10.
5 Press START.
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:
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
for stews and less tender cuts of meat.
Low 2 or 3: Defrosting; simmering; delicate
sauces.
Warm 1: Keeping food warm; softening
butter.
Time Cook
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.
Time Cook II
Select a desired power level 1–10.)
4 Press START.
You may open the door during Time Cook
to check the food. Close the door and press
START to resume cooking.
Lets you change power levels automatically
during cooking. Here’s how to do it:
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter the first cook time.
the power level if you don’t
3 Change
want full power. (Press POWER LEVEL.
Select a desired power level 1–10.)
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1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter cooking time.
the power level if you don’t
3 Change
want full power. (Press POWER LEVEL.
Time Cook II
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About the time features.
Operating Instructions
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. 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. Most
cooking will be done on High (power level
10) which gives you 100% power. A high
setting (10) will cook faster but food may
need more frequent stirring, rotating or
turning over. A lower setting will cook more
evenly and need less stirring or rotating of
the food. 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.
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The power level may be entered or
changed immediately after entering the
time for Time Cook or Express Cook.
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4 Press TIME COOK again.
5 Enter the second cook time.
the power level if you don’t
6 Change
want full power. (Press POWER LEVEL.
Select a desired power level 1–10.)
7 Press START.
At the end of Time Cook I, Time Cook II
counts down.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the time features.
Cooking Guide for Time Cook
NOTE: Use High power level (10) unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Comments
Asparagus
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen spears)
10-oz. package
5 to 8 min.,
Med-High (7)
4 to 7 min.
Beans
(fresh green)
(frozen green)
(frozen lima)
1 lb. cut in half
10-oz. package
10-oz. package
10 to 14 min.
4 to 8 min.
4 to 8 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
16 to 21 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
(fresh spears)
(frozen, chopped)
(frozen spears)
1 bunch (11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
1 bunch (11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
10-oz. package
10-oz. package
5 to 9 min.
7 to 10 min.
4 to 7 min.
4 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
1 medium head (about 2 lbs.)
6 to 9 min.
5 to 9 min.
In 11⁄2- or 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 2- or 3-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Carrots
(fresh, sliced)
(frozen)
1 lb.
10-oz. package
4 to 8 min.
3 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Cauliflower
(flowerets)
(fresh, whole)
(frozen)
1 medium head
1 medium head
10-oz. package
7 to 10 min.
7 to 14 min.
3 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Corn
(frozen kernel)
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Corn on the cob
(fresh)
1 to 5 ears
11/4 to 4 min.
per ear
In 2-qt. glass baking dish, place corn. If corn is in
husk, use no water; if corn has been husked, add
1/4 cup water. Rearrange after half of time.
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
3 to 6 min.
2 to 3 min.
per ear
Place in 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish.
Cover with vented plastic wrap. Rearrange after
half of time.
Mixed vegetables
(frozen)
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
Peas
(fresh, shelled)
(frozen)
2 lbs. unshelled
10-oz. package
7 to 9 min.
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed, white)
4 potatoes (6 to 8 oz. each)
9 to 11 min.
Peel and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in 2-qt.
casserole with 1/2 cup water. Stir after half of
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
2 to 4 min.
Pierce with cooking fork. Place in the oven, 1″
apart, in circular arrangement. Let stand 5 minutes.
Spinach
(fresh)
10 to 16 oz.
3 to 6 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
(frozen, chopped and leaf)
10-oz. package
3 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
Squash
(fresh, summer, and yellow) 1 lb. sliced
3 to 5 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(winter, acorn or butternut) 1 to 2 squash (about 1 lb. each)
5 to 9 min.
Cut in half and remove fibrous membranes. In
2-qt. glass baking dish, place squash cut-side-down.
Turn cut-side-up after 4 minutes.
Cabbage
(fresh)
(wedges)
(frozen)
In 1-qt. casserole.
time.
(fresh, whole, sweet
or white)
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Allows you to defrost for a selected length
of time. See the Defrosting Guide for
suggested times. (Auto Defrost explained
in the About the auto feature section.)
1 Press TIME DEFROST.
2 Enter defrosting time.
3 Press START.
A dull thumping noise may be heard
during defrosting. This is normal when
oven is not operating at High power.
■ Foods frozen in paper or plastic can be
defrosted in the package. Closed packages
should be slit, pierced or vented AFTER
food has partially defrosted. Plastic storage
containers should be 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 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 roasts, use Auto Defrost. Be sure
large meats are completely defrosted
before cooking.
■ When defrosted, food should be cool
but softened in all areas. If still slightly icy,
return to the microwave oven very briefly,
or let it stand a few minutes.
Defrosting Guide
Time
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Breads, Cakes
Bread, buns or rolls (1 piece)
Sweet rolls (approx. 12 oz.)
1/4 min.
2 to 4 min.
Rearrange after half the time.
Fish and Seafood
Fillets, frozen (1 lb.)
Shellfish, small pieces (1 lb.)
6 to 9 min.
3 to 7 min.
Place block in casserole. Turn over and break up after half the time.
Fruit
Plastic pouch—1 or 2
(10-oz. package)
Meat
Bacon (1 lb.)
Franks (1 lb.)
Ground meat (1 lb.)
Roast: beef, lamb, veal, pork
Steaks, chops and cutlets
1 to 5 min.
2 to 5 min.
2 to 5 min.
4 to 6 min.
9 to 12 min.
per lb.
4 to 8 min.
per lb.
14 to 19 min.
Chicken, whole (21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
20 to 24 min.
Cornish hen
7 to 12 min.
per lb.
3 to 8 min.
per lb.
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)
Place unwrapped meat in cooking dish. Turn over after first half of time and shield
warm areas with foil. After second half of time, separate pieces with table knife.
Let stand to complete defrosting.
Place wrapped chicken in dish. Unwrap and turn over after first half of time.
After second half of time, separate pieces and place in cooking dish. Microwave
2 to 4 minutes more, if necessary. Let stand a few minutes to finish defrosting.
Place wrapped chicken in dish. After half the time, unwrap and turn chicken over.
Shield warm areas with foil. To complete defrosting, run cold water in the cavity
until giblets can be removed.
Place unwrapped hen in the oven breast-side-up. Turn over after first half of time.
Run cool water in the cavity until giblets can be removed.
Place unwrapped breast in microwave-safe dish breast-side-down. After first half
of time, turn breast-side-up and shield warm areas with foil. Defrost for second
half of time. Let stand 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator to complete defrosting.
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Poultry
Chicken, broiler-fryer, cut up
(21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
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 first half of time.
Use power level 1.
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Food
Operating Instructions
When the oven signals, turn food over and
break apart or rearrange pieces for more
even defrosting. Shield any warm areas with
small pieces of foil. The oven will continue
to defrost if you don’t open the door and
turn the food.
Defrosting Tips
Safety Instructions
Time Defrost
Safety Instructions
About the time features.
Express Cook
This is a quick way to set cooking time for
1–6 minutes.
Press one of the Express Cook pads (from
1 to 6) for 1 to 6 minutes of cooking at
power level 10. For example, press the
2 pad for 2 minutes of cooking time.
The power level can be changed as time
is counting down. Press POWER LEVEL and
enter 1–10.
Add 30 Seconds
Operating Instructions
You can use this feature two ways:
■ It will add 30 seconds to the time
counting down each time the pad
is pressed.
■ It can be used as an express cook for
30 seconds.
About the auto features.
Auto Defrost
Use Auto Defrost for meat, poultry and
fish. Use Time Defrost for most other
frozen foods.
There is a handy guide located on the inside
front of the oven.
Guide
Troubleshooting Tips
Auto Defrost automatically sets the
defrosting times and power levels to give
even defrosting results for meats, poultry
and fish weighing up to 6 pounds.
1 Press AUTO DEFROST.
the Conversion Guide below,
2 Using
enter food weight. For example,
3
press pads 1 and 2 for 1.2 pounds
(1 pound, 3 ounces).
Press START.
(Time Defrost is explained in the About the
time features section.)
■ Remove meat from package and place
on microwave-safe dish.
■ When the oven signals, 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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Conversion Guide
If the weight of food is stated in pounds and ounces, the ounces must be
converted to tenths (.1) of a pound.
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Weight of Food in Ounces
1–2
3
4–5
6–7
8
9–10
11
12–13
14–15
Enter Food Weight (tenths of a pound)
.1
.2
.3
.4
.5
.6
.7
.8
.9
About the sensor features.
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Safety Instructions
Humidity Sensor
The Sensor Features detect the increasing humidity released during cooking. The oven
automatically adjusts the cooking time to various types and amounts of food.
■ The proper containers and covers are essential for best sensor cooking.
Covered
Vented
■ Be sure the outside of the cooking containers and the inside of the microwave oven are
dry before placing food in the oven. Beads of moisture turning into steam can mislead
the sensor.
Operating Instructions
■ Always use microwave-safe containers and cover them with lids or vented plastic wrap.
Never use tight sealing plastic containers—they can prevent steam from escaping and
cause food to overcook.
Dry off dishes so they don’t mislead
the sensor.
Troubleshooting Tips
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Popcorn
To use the Popcorn feature:
1
Use only with prepackaged
microwave popcorn weighing
1.75 to 3.5 ounces.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the sensor features.
Follow package instructions, using
Time Cook if the package is less than
1.75 ounces or larger than 3.5 ounces.
Place the package of popcorn in the
center of the microwave.
Press POPCORN. The oven starts
immediately.
If you open the door while POPCORN
is displayed, a SENSOR ERROR message will
appear. Close the door and press START
immediately.
2
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 20–30 seconds to
the automatic popping time.
To subtract time:
After pressing POPCORN, press 1
immediately after the oven starts for
20 seconds less cooking time. Press 1
again to reduce cooking time another
10 seconds (total 30 seconds less time).
To add time:
After pressing POPCORN, press 9
immediately after the oven starts for an
extra 20 seconds. Press 9 again to add
another 10 seconds (total 30 seconds
additional time).
Beverage
Press Beverage to heat an 8–10 oz. cup of
coffee or other beverage.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Drinks heated with the Beverage feature may
be very hot. Remove the container with care.
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The Reheat feature reheats 4–36 ounces
of previously cooked foods or a plate of
leftovers.
1
Place covered food in the oven. Press
REHEAT. The oven starts immediately.
2
The oven signals when steam is sensed
and the time remaining begins
counting down.
Do not open the oven door until time is
counting down. If the door is opened,
close it and press START immediately.
Some Foods Not Recommended for Use
With Reheat
It is best to use Time Cook for these foods:
■ Bread products.
■ Foods that must be reheated uncovered.
■ Foods that need to be stirred or rotated.
■ Foods calling for a dry look or crisp
surface after reheating.
Operating Instructions
After removing food from the oven, stir, if
possible, to even out the temperature. If the
food is not hot enough, use Time Cook to
reheat for more time. Reheated foods may have
wide variations in temperature. Some areas
may be extremely hot.
Sensor Cooking
Vegetables, Potatoes, Fish, Chicken Pieces
Sensor cooking gives you easy, automatic
results with a variety of foods (see the
Cooking Guide below).
2
Place covered food in the oven.
Press the food pad. For vegetables,
press the VEGETABLE pad once for fresh
vegetables, twice for frozen vegetables
or three times for canned vegetables.
For chicken or fish, press the
CHICKEN/FISH pad once for chicken
pieces or twice for fish. The oven starts
immediately.
The oven signals when steam is
sensed and the time remaining begins
counting down. Turn or stir the food
if necessary.
Do not open the oven door until time is
counting down. If the door is opened,
close it and press START immediately.
NOTE: If food is not done enough,
use Time Cook to cook for more time.
How to Change the Automatic Settings
(automatic settings for canned vegetables
cannot be adjusted)
You can adjust the cooking time for some
foods to suit your personal taste.
To reduce time by 10%:
After pressing the feature pad, press 1
immediately after the oven starts.
To add 10% to cooking time:
After pressing the feature pad, press 9
immediately after the oven starts.
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Safety Instructions
Reheat
Cooking Guide
Amount
Comments
Canned Vegetables
4–16 oz.
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
Frozen Vegetables
4–16 oz.
Follow package instructions for adding water.
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
Fresh Vegetables
4–16 oz.
Add 1/4 cup water per serving. Cover with lid or
vented plastic wrap.
Potatoes
Fish
8–32 oz.
4–16 oz.
Pierce skin with fork. Place potatoes on the turntable.
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
Chicken Pieces
2–8 pieces
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
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Food
Safety Instructions
About the other features.
Help
The HELP pad displays feature information
and helpful hints. Press HELP, then select a
feature pad.
Scroll Speed
The scroll speed of the display can be
changed. Press and hold the AM/PM pad
about 3 seconds to bring up the display.
Select 1–5 for slow to fast scroll speed.
Operating Instructions
Reminder
Troubleshooting Tips
The Reminder feature can be used like an
alarm clock, and can be used at any time,
even when the oven is operating. The
Reminder time can be set up to 24 hours
later.
1
2
Press REMINDER.
3
4
Select AM or PM.
Enter the time you want the oven to
remind you. (Be sure the microwave
clock shows the correct time of day.)
Press REMINDER. When Reminder signal
occurs, press REMINDER to turn it off.
The Reminder time may be displayed
by pressing REMINDER.
NOTE: The REM indicator will remain lit to show
that the Reminder is set. To clear the Reminder
before it occurs, press REMINDER, then 0. The
REM indicator will no longer be lit.
Delay Start
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Delay Start allows you to set the microwave
to delay cooking up to 24 hours.
1
2
Press DELAY START.
3
4
Select AM or PM.
5
Press START.
Enter the time you want the oven to
start. (Be sure the microwave clock
shows the correct time of day.)
Select any combination of Auto Defrost,
Time Defrost and Time Cook.
The Delay Start time will be displayed plus
DS. The oven will automatically start at the
delayed time. To cancel the Delay Start time,
press CLEAR/OFF.
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The time of day may be displayed by
pressing CLOCK.
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Safety Instructions
Clock
Press to enter the time of day.
1
2
3
4
Press CLOCK.
Enter the time of day.
Select AM or PM.
Press START or CLOCK.
To check the time of day while
microwaving, press CLOCK.
Operating Instructions
Start/Pause
In addition to starting many functions,
START/PAUSE allows you to stop cooking
without opening the door or clearing
the display.
Timer On/Off
Timer On/Off operates as a minute timer
and can be used at any time, even when
the oven is operating.
1
2
Press TIMER ON/OFF.
3
Press TIMER ON/OFF to start.
Troubleshooting Tips
Enter the time you want
to count down.
When the time is up, the oven will signal.
To turn off the timer signal, press TIMER
ON/OFF.
NOTE: The timer indicator will be lit while the
timer is operating.
Child Lock-Out
You may lock the control panel to prevent
the microwave from being accidentally
started or used by children.
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To lock or unlock the controls, press and
hold CLEAR/OFF for about three seconds.
When the control panel is locked, L will
appear in the display.
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Safety Instructions
About the other features.
Display On/Off
To turn the clock display on or off, press
and hold 0 for about 3 seconds. The
Display On/Off feature cannot be used
while a cooking feature is in use.
Beeper Volume
Operating Instructions
The beeper sound level can be adjusted.
Press BEEPER VOLUME. Choose 0–3 for
mute to loud.
Cooking Complete Reminder
To remind you that you have food in the
oven, the oven will display FOOD IS READY
and beep once a minute until you either
open the oven door or press CLEAR/OFF.
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Troubleshooting Tips
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
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After covering a dish with plastic wrap, you vent the plastic wrap by turning back one corner so excess
steam can escape.
Care and cleaning of the microwave oven.
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Safety Instructions
Helpful Hints
An occasional thorough wiping with a solution of baking soda and water keeps
the inside fresh.
Unplug the cord before cleaning any part of this oven.
How to Clean the Inside
Walls, Floor, Inside Window, Metal and Plastic Parts on the Door
Operating Instructions
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.
To clean the surface of the door and the surface of the oven that come together upon
closing, use only mild, nonabrasive soaps or detergents using a sponge or soft cloth.
Rinse with a damp cloth and dry.
Never use a commercial oven cleaner on any part of your microwave oven.
Removable Turntable and Turntable Support
To prevent breakage, do not place the turntable into water just after cooking. Wash it
carefully in warm, sudsy water or in the dishwasher. The turntable and support can be
broken if dropped. Remember, do not operate the oven without the turntable and
support in place.
Do not use cleaners containing ammonia or alcohol on the microwave oven. Ammonia or
alcohol can damage the appearance of the microwave oven.
Case
Clean the outside of the microwave oven with a sudsy cloth. Rinse with a damp cloth and
then dry. Wipe the window clean with a damp cloth.
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.
Troubleshooting Tips
How to Clean the Outside
Door Surface
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.
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It is important to keep the area clean where the door seals against the microwave oven.
Use only mild, non-abrasive detergents applied with a clean sponge or soft cloth. Rinse well.
Troubleshooting Tips
Save time and money! Review the chart below and you
may not need to call for service.
Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Oven will not start
A fuse in your home may be blown
or the circuit breaker tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker.
Power surge.
• Unplug the microwave oven, then plug it back in.
Plug not fully inserted into wall
outlet.
• Make sure the 3-prong plug on the oven is fully
inserted into wall outlet.
Door not securely closed.
• Open the door and close securely.
Door not securely closed.
• Open the door and close securely.
START pad not pressed after
entering cooking selection.
• Press START.
Another selection entered
already in oven and CLEAR/OFF
pad 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
selecting AUTO DEFROST.
• Make sure you have entered food weight after
selecting AUTO DEFROST.
Oven was paused accidentally.
• Press START to restart the cooking program.
During the Sensor cooking
program, the door was opened
or START/PAUSE was pressed
before steam could be detected.
• Close the door and press START immediately.
Steam was not detected in
maximum amount of time.
• Use Time Cook to heat for more time.
Control panel does
not work
The control has been locked.
(When the control panel is locked,
an L will be displayed.)
• Press and hold CLEAR/OFF for about three
seconds to unlock the control.
Food amount too large
for Sensor Reheat
Sensor Reheat is for single
servings of recommended foods.
• Use Time Cook for large amounts of food.
Control panel lighted, yet
oven will not start
SENSOR ERROR message
appears on display
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Before you call for service…
Things That Are Normal With Your Microwave Oven
■ Steam or vapor escaping from around
the door.
■ Light reflection around door or outer case.
■ Dimming oven light and change in
the blower sound at power levels other
than high.
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■ Dull thumping sound while oven is
operating.
■ TV/radio interference might be noticed
while using the microwave. Similar to the
interference caused by other small
appliances, it does not indicate a problem
with the microwave. Plug the microwave
into a different electrical circuit, move the
radio or TV as far away from the microwave
as possible or check the position and signal
of the TV/radio antenna.
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