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GE JES638WF Use and Care Manual
Models:
700 Watts
JES638
JES738
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
6
Operating Instructions
11
Features of Your Microwave
The Controls on Your Microwave
Time Cooking
Automatic Cooking
Other Features
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12
15
18
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Helpful Information
25
Microwave Terms
Care and Cleaning
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26
If Something Goes Wrong
Troubleshooting Tips
GE Service Numbers
Warranty
GE Appliances
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31
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
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 make a warranty claim.
Model number
Serial number
Date of purchase
Need Help?
Read this manual.
It contains instructions to
help you use and maintain
your microwave properly.
If you received a damaged
oven…immediately contact
the dealer (or builder)
that sold you the oven.
Save time and money.
Check the section titled
“If Something Goes
Wrong.” This section
helps you solve common
problems that might occur.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
READ ALL SAFETY
INFORMATION BEFORE USING
WARNING
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including
the following:
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 guide.
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, near
a sink or in similar
locations.
• 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 when 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.
• See door surface
cleaning instructions in
the Care and Cleaning
section(s) of this guide.
• GE does not support
any servicing of the
microwave. We strongly
recommend that you do
not attempt to service
the microwave yourself.
• As with any appliance,
close supervision is
necessary when used
by children.
— 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 oven
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 STOP/CLEAR 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---are able to
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
Liquids, such as water,
coffee or tea are able to
be overheated beyond
the boiling point without
appearing to be boiling.
Visible bubbling or boiling
when the container is
removed from the microwave
oven is not always present.
THIS COULD RESULT
IN VERY HOT LIQUIDS
SUDDENLY BOILING OVER
WHEN THE CONTAINER IS
DISTURBED OR A SPOON
OR OTHER UTENSIL IS
INSERTED INTO THE LIQUID.
To reduce the risk of injury
to persons:
— Do not overheat the
liquid.
— Stir the liquid both
before and halfway
through heating it.
— Do not use straight-sided
containers with narrow
necks.
— After heating, allow the
container to stand in
the microwave oven for
a short time before
removing the container.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
— Use extreme care when
inserting a spoon or
other utensil into the
container.
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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″ 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
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.
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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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
before use.
METHOD
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 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.
Operating Instructions
Features of Your Microwave
(Throughout this manual, features and appearance
may vary from your model.)
Features
1
2
6
3
5
4
700 Watts
1 Door Latches.
2 Window with Metal
Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed
while keeping
microwaves confined
in the oven.
3 Touch Control Panel
Display.
4 Door Latch Release.
Press latch release
to open door.
5 Removable Turntable.
Turntable and support
must be in place when
using the oven. The
turntable may be
removed for cleaning.
6 Convenience Guide.
NOTE: Rating plate, oven
vent(s) and oven light are
located on the inside walls
of the microwave oven.
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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.
TIME COOK
30 SEC
POWER
LEVEL
1
12
Time Features
Press
Enter
TIME COOK (Press once, twice or three times)
Amount of cooking time.
30 SEC.
Starts automatically!
POWER LEVEL
Power level 1–9
(automatically set at Hi).
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
POPCORN
PIZZA
BEVERAGE
POTATO
VEGETABLE
REHEAT
***
AUTO DEFROST
2
Convenience Features
Press
Enter
POPCORN
3.5 oz., 3.0 oz. or 1.75 oz. package
PIZZA
1–3 slices
BEVERAGE
1 cup (8 oz.) or 2 cups (16 oz.) beverage
POTATO
1–4 servings
VEGETABLE
1–4 cups
REHEAT
Food type, serving size
AUTO DEFROST
Food type, 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.
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter cooking time.
3 Press POWER LEVEL.
4 Select desired power
level 1–9.
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.
Power level Hi 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 will cook
faster but food may need
more frequent stirring,
rotating or turning over.
Most cooking will be done
on power level Hi. 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
Hi
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 2 or 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
Time Cook allows you
to program up to three
different cooking stages.
In addition, you can
also set one Auto
Defrost stage for a total
of four stages. See the
Auto Defrost section
for instructions on how
to set Auto Defrost.
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter cooking time.
3 Change power level
if you don’t want full
power. (Press POWER
LEVEL. Select a desired
power level 1–9.)
4 Press START.
Time Cook I
Allows you to microwave
for any time up to 99
minutes and 99 seconds.
Power level Hi 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 & III
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 1–9.)
4 Press TIME COOK
again.
5 Enter the second cook
time.
6 Change the power level
if you don’t want full
power. (Press POWER
LEVEL. Select a power
level 1–9.)
7 Press START, or, to set
a third cooking stage,
repeat steps 4–6 and
press START.
Time Cook I will count
down first, followed by
Time Cook II, then Time
Cook III. If an Auto
Defrost stage was set,
it will count down before
the Time Cook stages.
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Operating Instructions
Cooking Guide for Time Cook
NOTE: Use power level Hi unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Asparagus
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
7 to 10 min., In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Med-High (7)
5 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
12 to 17 min. In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
6 to 9 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
6 to 9 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
18 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.)
10-oz. package
7 to 10 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
9 to 13 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
5 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
5 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
(fresh spears)
(frozen,
chopped)
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
Cabbage
(fresh)
(wedges)
1 medium head 8 to 13 min.
(about 2 lbs.)
7 to 14 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)
1 medium head 9 to 14 min.
1 medium head 9 to 17 min.
10-oz. package 5 to 8 min.
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6 to 9 min.
5 to 8 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.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Comments
4 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
1 to 5 ears
3 to 5 min.
per ear
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
5 to 7 min.
2 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.
Place in 2-qt. glass baking dish.
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
Rearrange after half of time.
10-oz. package
4 to 8 min.
Corn
(frozen kernel) 10-oz. package
Corn on the cob
(fresh)
(frozen)
Mixed
vegetables
(frozen)
Peas
(fresh, shelled) 2 lbs. unshelled 9 to 12 min.
(frozen)
10-oz. package 4 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed,
white)
4 potatoes
11 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.
(fresh, whole,
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
2 to 5 min. Pierce with cooking fork. Place in
sweet or white)
center of the oven. Let stand 5 minutes.
Spinach
(fresh)
(frozen,
chopped
and leaf)
Squash
(fresh, summer
and yellow)
(winter, acorn
or butternut)
10 to 16 oz.
10-oz. package
5 to 8 min.
5 to 8 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
1 lb. sliced
4 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
1 to 2 squash
7 to 11 min. Cut in half and remove fibrous
(about 1 lb. each)
membranes. In 2-qt. glass baking dish,
place squash cut-side-down. Turn
cut-side-up after 4 minutes.
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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.
Convenience Features
Popcorn
How to Use the
Popcorn Feature
POPCORN
1 Follow package
instructions. Place
the package of popcorn
in the center of the
microwave.
Use only with prepackaged
microwave popcorn weighing
1.75 to 3.5 ounces.
2 Press POPCORN once
for a 3.5 ounce package
of popcorn, twice for
a 3.0 ounce package
or three times for a
1.75 ounce package.
The oven starts
automatically.
Pizza
The Pizza feature is for
reheating 1–3 slices of
pizza.
PIZZA
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Press PIZZA once for one
slice of pizza, twice for two
slices or three times for
three slices. The oven starts
automatically.
Beverage
The Beverage feature works
best for heating a beverage
that is at room temperature.
BEVERAGE
Press BEVERAGE once for
1 cup (8 oz.), or twice for
2 cups (16 oz.). The oven
starts automatically.
Beverages heated with the
Beverage feature may be
very hot. Remove the
container with care.
Potato
The Potato feature cooks up
to four 8–10 ounce potatoes.
POTATO
Press POTATO. The
serving size is automatically
set at 1, but can be changed
by pressing POTATO a
second time for 2 potatoes,
a third time for 3 potatoes
or a fourth time for 4
potatoes. The oven starts
automatically.
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Operating Instructions
Convenience Features
Vegetable
Use the Vegetable feature
to cook up to 4 cups of
fresh vegetables.
VEGETABLE
Reheat
The Reheat feature reheats
previously cooked foods.
REHEAT
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Press REHEAT once to
reheat a plate of leftovers
(2–3 foods) or twice to
reheat pasta (8–10 oz.).
The oven starts
automatically.
Press VEGETABLE once
to cook 1 cup of vegetables,
twice to cook 2 cups,
three times to cook 3 cups
or four times to cook
4 cups. The oven starts
automatically.
Auto Defrost
***
AUTO DEFROST
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
Auto Defrost automatically
sets the defrosting times
and power levels to give
even defrosting results for
meats and poultry.
There is a handy guide
located on the inside front
of the oven.
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.
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
Guide
START
1 Press AUTO DEFROST
1–3 times to select the
desired defrosting
category (see Auto
Defrost Guide
at right).
Conversion Guide
Auto Defrost Guide
Auto Defrost will defrost
0.1 lbs to 6.0 lbs
(0.1 kg to 4.0 kg) of meat
or poultry.
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
1 Meat:
Beef---ground beef,
roasts
Pork---roasts
• Remove meat from
package and place on
microwave-safe dish.
2 Poultry:
Poultry---whole (under
4 lbs), boneless cut-up
breasts
Cornish hens---whole
Turkey---breast (under
6 lbs)
• Twice during defrost,
the oven signals. At each
signal, turn the food over.
Remove defrosted meat
or shield warm areas with
small pieces of foil.
3 Steaks/Chops:
Beef---steaks, stew meat
Lamb---chops, roasts
Pork---chops, hot dogs,
ribs, sausages
Veal---cutlets
• After defrosting, most
meats need to stand
5 minutes to complete
defrosting.
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Operating Instructions
Other Features Your Model May Have
Clock
Press CLOCK to enter the
time of day.
1 Press CLOCK.
2 Enter time of day.
3 Press CLOCK.
CLOCK
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
Timer
The Timer operates as a
minute timer.
1 Press TIMER.
TIMER
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
0
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2 Enter amount of time
you want to count down.
3 Press START. When the
time is up, the timer will
signal.
The Timer feature
operates without
microwave energy.
Stop/Clear
Press once to pause
cooking (all settings will
be saved).
Press twice to stop and
erase your cooking
settings.
Press START to continue
cooking.
STOP
CLEAR
Child Lock-Out
0
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 0
for about three seconds.
When the control panel
is locked, LOCK or L
appears in the display.
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Notes
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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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Helpful Information
Care and Cleaning
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.
Walls, Floor, Inside Window,
Metal and Plastic Parts on
the Door
Never use a commercial
oven cleaner on any part
of your microwave.
How to Clean
the Inside
Removable Turntable and
Turntable Support
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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.
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.
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,
non-abrasive 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.
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If Something Goes Wrong
Troubleshooting Tips
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 STOP/CLEAR not
pressed to cancel it.
• Press STOP/CLEAR twice.
Cooking time not
entered after pressing
TIME COOK.
• Make sure you have entered cooking
time after pressing TIME COOK.
STOP/CLEAR was
pressed accidentally.
• Reset cooking program and press
START.
Defrosting category
or food weight not
entered after pressing
AUTO DEFROST.
• Make sure you have entered a
defrosting category and food weight
after pressing AUTO DEFROST.
Control panel
lighted, yet oven
will not start
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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.
• 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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Notes
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GE Service Numbers
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GE Appliances
Website
www.GEAppliances.com
Real Life
Design Studio
www.GEAppliances.com
800.TDD.GEAC
(800.833.4322)
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GE Microwave Oven
One Year Limited Warranty
Staple sales slip or cancelled check here. Proof of original
purchase date is needed to make a warranty claim.
What GE Will Provide
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
Replacement unit for any product
which fails due to a defect in materials
or workmanship. The exchange unit
is warranted for the remainder of
your product’s original one-year
warranty period.
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This warranty is extended to the original
purchaser and any succeeding owner for
products purchased for ordinary home use
within the U.S.A.
Exclusion of implied warranties:
Except where prohibited or restricted
by law, there are no warranties, whether
express, oral or statutory which extend
beyond the description on the face hereof,
including specifically the implied
warranties of merchantability or fitness
for a particular purpose.
In Order to Make
a Warranty Claim
• Properly pack your unit. We recommend
using the original carton and packing
materials.
• Return the product to the retail location
where it was purchased.
• Include in the package a copy of the
sales receipt or other evidence of date
of original purchase. Also print your
name and address and a description
of the defect.
What Is Not Covered
• Customer instruction. This owner’s manual
provides information regarding operating
instructions and user controls.
• Improper installation, delivery or
maintenance.
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.
• Incidental or consequential damage caused
by possible defects with this appliance.
• Damage caused after delivery.
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. Louisville, KY 40225
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