AEG MC1231EM User manual

AEG MC1231EM User manual
MICROMAT 1231 E
Microwave oven
Operating Instructions
98 546 02
Dear customer,
Thank you for buying an AEG microwave oven.
Before using your AEG microwave with grill for the first time, please
read the instruction book thoroughly. This will enable you to take
advantage of all the features that the appliance offers. it will also
ensure trouble-free operation and prevent unnecessary service calls.
AN Important information concerning your safety or the operation of
your appliance is noted by this symbol and/or mentions such as
"Warning", "Take care”. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
LS Throughout the manual, this symbol assists you in the proper use of
your appliance.
[i] This symbol indicates further information concerning the use of the
appliance.
The clover indicates energy-saving tips and and hints for environmen-
tally friendly use of your appliance.
If you require further assistance or advice, please contact our customer
Care Department either by letter or telephone.
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Contents
Important information
Ecologically responsible disposal of packaging
and old appliances .......... co. iii,
Safety Instructions
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Product Description
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Before using the appliance
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Modes of operation
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Cooking charts and Tips
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Important information
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Ecologically responsible disposal of packaging
materials and old appliances
Packaging materials
AEG microwave ovens require effective packaging to protect them
during transportation. Only the minimum packaging necessary is
used.
Packaging materials (e.g. foil or styrofoam) can place children at risk.
Danger of suffocation. Keep packaging material away from children.
All packaging materials used are environment friendiy and recyclable.
The cardboard is made from recycled paper and the wooden parts are
untreated. Plastic items are marked as follows :
«PE» polyethylene eg packaging film
«PS» polystyrene eg packaging (CFC-free)
«PP» polypropylene eg packaging straps
By using and re-using the packaging, raw materials are saved and
waste volume is reduced.
Packaging should be taken to your nearest recycling centre. Contact
your local council for information.
Disposal of old appliances
Old appliances should be made unusable before disposal by removing
the plug, and cutting off and disposing of the power cable.
It should then be taken to the nearest recycling centre, or authorised
disposal site.
Safety instructions
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General
eThe appliance should only be operated with the turntable and turn-
table support inserted.
eOnly suitable microwave ovenware should be used.
eTo protect the appliance against corrosion from moisture (conden-
sation) in the cavity or on the door, wipe these areas dry after
each use.
eDo not leave the appliance unattended when warming or cooking
food in disposable containers made of plastic, paper, or other flam-
mable materials.
elf smoke is observed, keep the oven door closed and disconnect the
power supply. Never use the microwave oven if it is no longer func-
tioning properly.
eThis appliance complies with all relevant safety instructions. In
order to maintain the safety of the appliance, repairs should only be
carried out by a fully qualified electrician, trained by the manu-
facturer. Repairs carried out by unqualified electricians can place the
user in severe danger. In the case of any defect or breakdown, please
contact your local AEG Service Force Centre.
eShould the door seals and/or door seal surfaces be damaged, the
appliance should not be operated until it has been repaired by AEG
Service Force.
eDamaged appliance parts can only be replaced by exactly the same
make of parts. Special tools are required for this operation.
eWARNING : Do not allow children to use the microwave oven without
supervision unless they have been thoroughly instructed in the proper
use and the dangers of improper operation
For trouble free and safe operation
eNever jam anything between the door and the door frame.
eAlways keep the door seals and their surfaces clean.
eDo not keep any flammable items in the microwave. They could
ignite when the unit is switched on.
eSwitch the appliance on only when food has been placed inside the
cooking space, as it could overload if there is no food present.
Safety instructions
AN
Microwaves
e Whenever heating liquid, please
also place a teaspoon in the con-
tainer to avoid delayed boiling.
During delayed boiling, the boiling
temperature is attained without
the typical steam bubbles rising.
When the container is shaken,
even slightly, the liquid may then
suddenly vigorously boil over or
spurt - with the risk of scalding
the user.
e Food with "skin" or "peel", such
as potatoes, tomatoes, sausages,
and the like, should be pierced
with a fork so that any steam
present can escape and the food
will not burst.
e Make sure that a minimum tem-
perature of 70°C is attained for
the cooking/heating of food.
Never use a mercury or liquid
thermometer for measuring the
temperature of the food.
70°
min. 70 °C
e Baby food in jars or bottles should always be heated without a lid
or top, and well stirred or shaken after heating, to ensure uniform
distribution of the heat. Always check the temperature before
feeding to your child.
e The hot food in a microwave oven will heat up the ovenware.
Always use oven gloves for handling hot dishes. |
e Never cook your food for too long or at too high a power set-
ting. Some areas of the food can dry out or even ignite.
Do not use your microwave oven for the following :
e to boil eggs or escargots in their shells, as they will burst.
Eggs can be poached or "fried" in a microwave oven as long as the
yolks are pricked.
® to heat large quantities of cooking oil (fondue or deep frying) and
drinks containing a high percentage of alcohol - there is danger
of spontaneous combustion!
e to heat unopened cans, bottles, etc.
e to dry animals, textiles or paper.
® for crockery like porcelain, ceramics, or porous earthenware (e.g.
on the handles or unglazed bases) that can fill up with water.
This can cause vapour pressure to build up during cooking which
could shatter the dish.
i) General operating instructions
Suitable ovenware
X suitable - unsuitable
1) excluding silver, gold, platinum or metal decoration
2) does not include glaze containing metal
3) please respect the maximum temperature stated by the manufacturer
[i] What else to note...
e Food comes in all shapes, sizes and textures. The quantities also
vary. For these reasons the time and amount of energy needed to
defrost, heat or cook will also vary. As a general rule :
Double the quantity = nearly double the time
Please refer to the cooking charts. To be on the safe side, always
select the shorter cooking time. Then extend the time as necessary.
e Microwaves work by making the food heat itself up. Because of this,
not all areas of the food will be heated at the same time. When heat-
ing larger quantities of food, it is particularly important to stir or turn
them over.
e “Standing time” is referred to in the cooking charts. This is the
time you should leave the food to stand without power (either
inside or outside the appliance). This ensures even distribution of
heat throughout the food.
Installing and Connecting
This oven can be used as a free standing oven or built-in into a kitchen
cabinet using the kit supplied with the appliance. To install the oven
in a kitchen cabinet follow the instructions supplied.
The oven should be installed on a flat, level surface. The surface must
be strong enough to safely bear the weight of the oven and the
contents.
If used as a free-standing
appliance, make sure that air cir-
culates freely around the oven.
Leave sufficient space round the
oven :
- 5 cm between the sides of the
oven and any objects
- 5 cm behind the oven
- 10 cm above the oven
Installing and Connecting
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Electrical Connection
Any electrical work required to install this appliance should be carried
out by a qualified electrician or competent person.
WARNING - THIS APPLIANCE MUST BE EARTHED.
The manufacturer declines any liability should these safety mea-
sures not be observed.
Before switching on, make sure the
electricity supply voltage is the
same as that indicated on the
appliance rating plate. The rating | cp
plate is located at the back of the |: =
appliance. â -
The appliance is supplied with a 13amp ASTA approved (BS1362) fuse
must be used.
Should the plug need to be replaced for any reason.
The wires in the mains lead are
coloured in accordance with the GREEN & YELLOW 43 AMP FUSE
following code :
Green and Yellow: Earth
Blue: Neutral
Brown: Live
The wire coloured green and yellow must be connected to the termi-
nal marked with the letter "E" or by the earth symbol ==or coloured
green and yellow.
The wire coloured blue must be connected to the terminal marekd "L”
or coloured brown.
Upon completition there must be no cut, or stray strand of wire pre-
sent and the cord clamp must be secure over the outer sheath.
WARNING: A cut off plug inserted into a 13 amp socket is a serious
safety (shock) hazard. Ensure that the cut off plug is disposed of
safely.
Permanent connection
In the case of permanent connection it is necessary that you install a
double pole switch between the appliance and the electricity supply
(mains), with a minimum gap of 3 mm between the switch contacts
and of a type suitable for the required load in compliance with the
current electrical regulations.
The switch must not break the yellow and green earth cable at any
point.
C€ This appliance complies with the following EC Directives :
73/23/EEC of 10.02.1973 - Low voltage directive 89/336/EEC
of 03.05.1089 (incl. Amendment Directive 92/31/EEC) - EMC
(Electromagnetic Compatibility) Directive.
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Product Description
The appliance
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A Control panel
B Turntable
C Door seal
D Door latch and catch
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F
indow
lewing w
ighting
Interior
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The control panel
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A Display for time of day,
cooking time, function mode,
power etc.
B Multi-function button @ser
to display the selected micro-
wave power, defrosting and
cooking times, etc.
C Power knob 9 with signal
light to select microwave power.
D Rotary knob to select the
cooking time ©) or the weight
Or when using automatic
programmes.
E Button for automatic pro-
grammes 1% 1dr for defros-
ting and cooking.
F CLEAR button © to cancel
settings or interrupt a pro-
gramme underway.
G START button M to start the
selected function and to switch
on QUICK-START.
H Button for switching the
turntable off with signal light.
| Button for opening door =o.
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Product description
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Accessories
The turntable and turntable sup-
port should be installed as shown
in the diagram.
Take care to ensure the turntable
support is properly in place.
The turntable may turn clockwise
or counterclockwise during ope-
ration.
Do not try to rotate the roller
ring manually, as you could
damage the drive system.
Special accessories
May be ordered either through your retailer or AEG Service Center.
Rack
(E-Nr. 661 917 375)
Make sure to place the brown-
ing dish on the rack to avoid
damaging the turntable.
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Before using the appliance
Setting the clock
Example: 12:15 hrs
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1. Plug the appliance into the
mains. The display starts to flash
"00:00" and then "REG". The
dots between the digits blink
rapidly.
00:00
2. Press the multi-function button
@ser beneath the display (top
left side). The dots between the
digits blink faster.
3. While keeping the multi-func-
tion button @ser pressed, set the
time of day with the rotary knob
DD. Release the button as soon
as the time of day is displayed.
The dots between the digits blink
slowly. The appliance is now
ready for use.
12:15
1) The rotary button @) can be turned clockwise (to increase) or coun-
terclockwise (to decrease).
The time of day can be corrected at any moment by pressing the
multi-function button @ser and simultaneously turning the rotary but-
ton O).
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"At a glance” operating instructions
[À] 1) H the oven is not started within 4 minutes, the settings are automatically can-
celled ; time of day reappears in the display.
2) If the maximum cooking time setting « b0:00 » is surpassed during the setting, the
display shows « 00:00 »
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VIF the new selection reaches « 00:00 » in the display, the cooking time is over and
an audible signal sounds three times. The appliance and the interior lighting switch
off. During a cooking process, the cooking time can be increased to a maximum
of 60 minutes.
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Modes of operation
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Microwaves
Setting
Example: 1 minute 15 seconds on microwave output level 850 Watt
`` 1. Set the required microwave
power by turning the power
knob. The signal lamp lights up.
The time of day disappears from
the display and the required
microwave power appears:
turn to the left = lower power
turn to the right= higher power
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2. Set the required cooking time
by turning the Rotary knob O).
The chosen time appears in the
display.
01:15
3. Press the START button >. The
selected time starts to count
down.
01:15
Cooking times can be set as follows :
from O to 2 min. in 5 second steps
from 2 to 5 min. in 10 second steps
from 5 to 10 min. in 20 second steps
from 10 to 20 min. in 30 second steps
starting from 21 min. in 1-min. steps
Maximum programme length is 60 minutes.
Metal items must be kept at least 2 cm from the cavity wall and the
oven door.
[il Notes on microwave power levels
The following list shows you the power settings and what they can be
used for during microwave operation :
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Modes of operation
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Automatic Programmes
Programmes for defrosting and cooking are available. After having
selected the programme, merely enter the weight of the dish, the rest
of the programming is done automatically. The following gives you an
overview of which food can be defrosted and/or cooked with which
programme.
Automatic defrost
1) Cover legs and wings with aluminium foil before defrosting.
Unpack your frozen food item, place atop a small overturned dish set
inside a larger one to catch the liquid from defrosting.
Be sure and follow our recommended standing time (general rule :
standing time = defrosting time).
A triple bell will ring halfway through defrost time. Turn or mix dish
and, if possible, break up into pieces.
Automatic cooking programmes
Cook covered, in a heat-resistant glass dish, whenever possible. A
triple bell rings halfway through cooktime. If cooking over 500 g of
vegetables, stir once or twice.
Please add water in the following amounts :
- for fresh vegetables (1+11):
100 - 500 g : 3 - 6 tablespoons [ 500 - 1000 g : 9 - 12 tablespoons.
- for frozen vegetables :
100 - 500 g : 3 - 9 tablespoons / 500 - 1000 g : 9 - 15 tablespoons.
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Modes of operation
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How to use automatic programmes
ES” Example : defrosting 1 kg chicken
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1. Press the button for automatic
programmes 4 1075 until the
desired programme appears in
the display.
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2. Use the Rotary knob to set the
weight 10r
1000
3. Press the START buttom ®.
The display shows the necessary
time.
24:45
4. If you want to modify the set-
tings, you have to press the
Clear-button © and start again.
Ш Midway through the programme, three short bells will be heard. Stir
or turn the food item at this time. The oven does not switch off.
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QUICK-Start
How to set
The Quick-Start button {> provides full microwave power for from 30
seconds up to 2 minutes and 30 seconds, by 30 second-intervals. Each
time you push the Quick-START button ©, the programme time is
increased by 30 seconds.
Example : heating a cup of water (1 min. 30 sec.)
1. Press the START-button $
three times. The time appears in
the display and the programme
begins. The microwave power
signal lamp lights up.
01:30
2. You may increase the time by
30 second-intervals while the pro-
gramme is running up to a limit
of 2 minutes and 30 seconds by
pressing the START button ®.
You cannot use Quick-START for programmes exceeding 2 minutes.
Use the Quick-Start solely for the heating of liquids.
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Minute timer with alarm
The minute timer with alarm can also be used as a general purpose
reminder. For example, you could use it to set the time it takes to boil
the egg that you are cooking on the hob.
The timer works without switching on the appliance, as long as no
other functions have been selected.
How to set:
1.Select microwave power «0» using the Power knob — (all the
way to the left).
2. Set the required time with the Rotary knob ©. The time of day dis-
appears from the display and the required length of time appears.
3. Press the START- button >. The pre-set time will start to count
down. An audible triple signal will sound when the timer has finished
counting down.
Cooking charts and tips
Defrosting
Cooking charts and tips
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Defrosting
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Cooking charts and tips
Cooking vegetables 1)
1) Cook all vegetables in a covered container.
Cooking fish
[1] The times stated here are for guidance only, and depend on the nature and type of
food being cooked.
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Cooking of meat and poultry
Practical tips for use
General
e After switching off your appliance, let food stand inside for a
few minutes to allow even heat distribution (standing time).
e Remove any aluminium foil or metal containing packaging before
preparing the food.
e Metal objects must be placed at least 2 cm away from the
cooking space walls and door. Otherwise arcing can occur, resul-
ting in damage to the appliance.
Cooking
—-Whenever possible cook covered. Only pastry dishes with crust
should be cooked uncovered.
-Refrigerated or frozen food require longer cooking times.
-Foods containing sauces should be stirred from time to time.
—Cook soft vegetables such as carrots, peas and cauliflower with a little
water.
-Cook soft vegetables such as mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes
without liquid.
-Increase cooking time by approximately 50 % for larger pieces.
Whenever possible, cut vegetables into equal-sized pieces.
Defrosting of meat, poultry and fish
—Place frozen, unpacked meat on an inverted plate in a glass or
porcelain container, or use a sieve, so that the meat juice can drain.
-Halfway through defrosting, turn the food, dividing it where
possible and removing the pieces that have defrosted.
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Cooking charts and tips
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Defrosting of butter, pieces of layer cake and cottage cheese
-Do not fully defrost in the appliance, but leave to adjust out-
side. This will give a more even result.
-Remove any metal or aluminium foil packaging and/or acces-
sories before defrosting
Defrosting of fruit and vegetables
—Fruit and vegetables that are to be used raw later should not be
fully defrosted in the appliance, but left to complete defrosting at
room temperature outside.
-Fruit and vegetables that are to be cooked immediately afterwards
can be cooked straight from frozen using a higher power level.
Ready made meals
-Ready made meals in metal packages or plastic containers with
metal lids should be heated or defrosted in your microwave oven
only if they are explicitly marked as being suitable for microwave
use. Please follow the operating instructions printed on the packages
(e.g. remove the metal lid and prick the plastic foil).
Tips on microwaving
You can't find cooking details for
specific quantity of food.
The food is too dry.
The food is not yet defrosted,
heated through or cocked on
completion of programme time.
The food is overcooked on the
outside and undercooked in the
middle on completion of cooking
time.
Base programming on a similar-
type of food. Lengthen or shorten
the cooking time accordingly:
Double quantity = almost double
time
Half quantity = half time
Set a shorter cooking time or
reduce the microwave power
output.
Select a longer programme time
or a higher microwave power
setting. Note that larger food will
require a longer time.
Next time, try a lower power set-
ting for a longer time. Stir
liquids, such as soup, periodically.
Test procedures
(Microwave output power 1000 Watt)
The quality and operation of microwave ovens are established by
recognised test institutes by testing specific dishes.
4 Place directly on turntable unless otherwise instructed. The turntable has to be
switched on.
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[i] Cleaning and care
The Appliance Exterior
Wipe the front of the appliance using a soft cloth and a mild, warm
detergent solution.
Do not use abrasive cleaning substances, strong detergents or coarse
abrasive cleaning materials.
Cooking area
The interior will remain in good condition for a long time so long as
you don't use scouring pads or rough abrasive materials. Use mild dish-
washing liquid to clean the interior. You can neutralise odours inside
the cooking area by boiling a cup of water with a little lemon juice for
a few minutes in your oven.
Through normal operation, liquid may evaporate and condensation
may occur. This is normal and is especially noticeable when the room
temperature is high and the humidity of the air is low. After operation,
be sure and wipe off the condensation with a soft cloth.
Turntable and Turntable support
The turntable can be removed by
pressing down on the outer edge
of one side so that the other side
tilts up.
Clean the turntable using washing-up liquid, or put it in the dishwasher.
Clean the turntable support with washing-up liquid.
This should be removed straight after each use and cleaned using
washing-up liquid orin the dishwasher.
What to do if...
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..the microwave appliance is not working properly ?
Check that
—the fuses in the fuse cupboard are working,
-there has not been a power cut.
-If the fuses continue to blow, please contact a qualified electrician.
...the microwave function is not working ?
Check
—the door is properly closed,
-the door seals and their surfaces are clean,
-the START-button Y has been pressed.
-the power knob is not set on '0
...the turntable is not turning ?
Check that
-the turntable support is correctly connected to the drive
-the ovenware does not extend beyond the turntable,
-food does not extend beyond the edge of the turntable preventing
it from rotating
-there is nothing in the well beneath the turntable
~the turntable is switched on
..the microwave will not switch off ?
- Isolate the appliance from the fuse box.
-Contact the AEG Service Force Centre.
...the interior light is not working ?
-Call the AEG Service Department. The interior light bulb can be
exchanged only by trained AEG technicians.
…the food is taking longer to heat through and cook than before ?
-Set a longer cooking time (double quantity = nearly double time) or
-if the food is colder than usual, rotate or turn from time to time or
-set a higher power setting.
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AEG Service and Spare Parts
If after carrying out the necesssary checks listed in the chapter "What
to do if...", there is still a fault with your appliance please contact your
local AEG Service Force Centre.
In guarantee customer should ensure that the suggested checks have
been made as the engineer will make a charge if the fault is not a
mechanical or electrical breakdown.
If you require a service engineer or wish to purchase spare parts
contact your local Servcie Fore Centre, by telephoning:
08705 92929
Your call will be automatically routed to the Service Centre covering
your post code area.
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fault.
- what is the fault ?
- when does the fault occur ?
5, The model number, E-number, F-Number and PNC number, which
you will find on the appliance's rating plate.
So you have this information to hand we recommend you write
them below.
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Guarantee Conditions
AEG offer the following guarantee to the first purchaser of this
appliance:
1
. The guarantee is valid for 12 months commencing when the
appliance is handed over to the first retail purchaser, which must
be verified by pruchase invoice or similar documentation. The gua-
rantee does not cover commercial use.
. The guarantee covers all parts or components which fail due to faul-
ty workmanship of faulty material. The guarantee does not cover
appliances where defects or poor performance are due to misuse,
accidental damage, neglect, faulty installation, unauthorised modi-
fiction or attempted repair, commercial use or failure to observe
requirements and recommendations set out in the instruction book.
This guarantee does not cover such parts as light bulbs or remo-
vable glassware.
. Should guarantee repairs be necessary the purchaser must inform
the nearest customer service office (AEG's service or authorised
agent). AEG reserves the right to stipulate the place of repair (i.e.
the customer's home, place of installation or AEG workshop).
4. The guaranteee or free replacement includes both labour and materials.
5.
Repairs carried out under guarantee do not extend the guarantee
period for the appliance. Parts removed during guarantee repairs
become the property of AEG.
6. The purchaser's statutory rights are not affected by this guranatee.
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European Guarantee
If you should move to another country within Europe then your gua-
rantee moves with you to your new home subject to the following
qualifications:
e The guarantee starts from the date you first purchased your product.
e The guarantee is for the same period and to the same extent for
labour and parts as exist in the new contry of use for this brand or
range of products.
e This guarantee relates to you and cannot be transferred to another user.
e Your new home is within the European Community (EC) or
European Free Trade Area.
e The product is installed and used in accordance with our instruc-
tions and is only used domestically, i.e. a normal household.
e The product is installed taking into account regulations in your
new country.
Before you move, please contact your nearest Customer Care centre,
listed below, to give them details of your new home. They will then
ensure that the local Service Organisation is aware of your move and
able to look after you and your appliances.
France Senlis +33 (0)3 44 62 22 22
Germany Niirnberg +49 (0)911 323 2600
Italy Pordenone +39 (0)1678 47053
Sweden Stockholm +46 (0)20 78 77 50
UK Newbury +44 (0)1635 522 799
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Postfach 1036
D-90327 Nurnberg 1
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AEG Domestic Appliances Ltd
Customer Care Department
55-77 High Street
Slough
Berkshire SL1 1DZ
Telephone: 08705 350350
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