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GE JES834WD Use and Care Manual
Microwave Oven
Safety Instructions . . . . . . . .2–7
Owner’s Manual
Operating Instructions
Auto Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Cooking Controls . . . . . . . . . . .9
Changing the Power Level . . .10
Features of the Oven . . . . . . . . .8
Microwave Terms . . . . . . . . . . .18
Other Features . . . . . . . . . 17, 18
Time Features . . . . . . . . . .11–15
Cooking Guide . . . . . . . .12, 13
Conversion Guide . . . . . . . .16
Defrosting Guide . . . . . . . . .15
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . .19
Troubleshooting Tips . . . . . .20
Things That Are Normal
With Your Microwave Oven . . .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
on the back of the oven.
06-01 JR
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.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
(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
(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
(3) door seals and sealing surfaces.
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(d) The Oven Should Not be adjusted or
repaired by anyone except properly
qualified service personnel.
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.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ This appliance must be grounded. Connect
only to a properly grounded outlet. See the
Grounding Instructions section on page 6.
Consumer Support
■ Install or locate this appliance only in
accordance with the provided Installation
■ 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
■ Do not store anything directly on top of the
microwave oven surface when the microwave
oven is in operation.
■ Do not cover or block any openings on the
■ 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.
■ 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.
— 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.
Care and Cleaning
■ 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.
■ To reduce the risk of fire in the oven cavity:
■ 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.
Troubleshooting Tips
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
gold-rimmed 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).
Operating Instructions
■ 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.
Safety Instructions
Consumer Support
Operating Instructions
■ 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.
Care and Cleaning
Safety Instructions
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ Superheated liquid will bubble up out of
the cup when it is moved or when something
like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.
■ To prevent this from happening and causing
injury, do not heat any liquid for more than
2 minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup
stand in the microwave for 30 seconds before
moving it or putting anything into it.
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■ 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.
■ 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
narrow-necked containers such as soft drink
bottles, wine flasks and especially narrownecked 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.
■ 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.
■ If the dish remains cool and only the
water in the cup heats, then the dish is
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ Use foil only as directed in this manual.
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:
Use microwave-safe plastics only and
use them in strict compliance with
the cookware manufacturer’s
Do not microwave empty containers.
Do not permit children to use plastic
cookware without complete supervision.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ 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.
■ “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.
Care and Cleaning
■ If you use a meat thermometer while
cooking, make sure it is safe for use in
microwave ovens.
■ Cookware may become hot because of heat
transferred from the heated food. Pot holders
may be needed to handle the cookware.
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.”
Safety Instructions
Consumer Support
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.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
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.
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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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.
A short power supply cord is provided to
reduce the risks resulting from becoming
entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
Troubleshooting Tips
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;
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The extension cord must be a groundingtype 3-wire cord and it must be plugged
into a 3-slot outlet;
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.
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected infrequently.
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.
(Adapter plugs not
permitted in Canada)
Align large
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.
Operating Instructions
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.
Safety Instructions
You should have the circuit checked by a qualified electrician to make sure the receptacle is
properly grounded.
Care and Cleaning
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.
Troubleshooting Tips
Consumer Support
Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.
800 Watts
Care and Cleaning
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the features of your microwave oven.
Features of the Oven
Door Latches.
Troubleshooting Tips
Window with Metal Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed while keeping
microwaves confined in the oven.
Consumer Support
Touch Control Panel Display.
Removable Turntable. Turntable and
support must be in place when using the
oven. The turntable may be removed for
NOTE: Rating plate is located on the back of the
microwave oven. Oven vent(s) and oven light are
located on the inside walls of the microwave oven.
You can microwave by time or with the auto feature.
Safety Instructions
Operating Instructions
Care and Cleaning
Troubleshooting Tips
Cooking Controls
Time Features
Press once or twice
Amount of cooking time
Amount of defrosting time
Starts immediately!
Power level 1–10
Auto Feature
Consumer Support
Food weight
Power Level
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About changing the power level.
The power level may be entered or
changed immediately after entering
the feature time for TIME COOK or
TIME DEFROST. The power level may also
be changed during time countdown.
Enter cooking or defrosting time.
Select desired power level 1–10.
Press START.
Consumer Support
Troubleshooting Tips
Care and Cleaning
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. Power level 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.
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
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 3: Defrosting; simmering; delicate
Warm 1: Keeping food warm; softening
Time Cook
Time Cook I
Time Cook II
Allows you to microwave for any time up
to 99 minutes and 99 seconds.
Lets you change power levels
automatically during cooking.
Here’s how to do it:
Power level 10 (High) is automatically set,
but you may change it for more
Enter cooking time.
Change power level if you don’t want
full power. (Press POWER LEVEL.
Select a desired power level 1–10.)
Press START.
You may open the door during Time Cook
to check the food. Close the door and
press START to resume cooking.
Enter the first cook time.
Change the power level if you don’t
want full power. (Press POWER LEVEL.
Select a desired power level 1–10.)
Press TIME COOK again.
Enter the second cook time.
Change the power level if you don’t
want full power. (Press POWER LEVEL.
Select a desired power level 1–10.)
Press START.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the time features.
At the end of Time Cook I, Time Cook II
counts down.
Care and Cleaning
Troubleshooting Tips
Consumer Support
Safety Instructions
Operating Instructions
About the time features.
Cooking Guide for Time Cook
NOTE: Use power level High (10) unless otherwise noted.
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen spears)
10-oz. package
4 to 7 min.,
Med-High (7)
3 to 5 min.
(fresh green)
1 lb. cut in half
7 to 12 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
(frozen green)
(frozen lima)
10-oz. package
10-oz. package
3 to 5 min.
3 to 5 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
9 to 15 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
10-oz. package
4 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
5 to 9 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
3 to 5 min.
3 to 5 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
5 to 8 min.
In 11⁄2- or 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
4 to 7 min.
In 2- or 3-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(fresh cut)
(frozen, chopped)
(frozen spears)
1 medium head
(about 2 lbs.)
(fresh, sliced)
1 lb.
10-oz. package
3 to 5 min.
3 to 5 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
(fresh, whole)
1 medium head
1 medium head
10-oz. package
5 to 9 min.
6 to 14 min.
3 to 5 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.
Consumer Support
Troubleshooting Tips
Care and Cleaning
(fresh spears)
In 1-qt. casserole.
(frozen kernel)
10-oz. package
3 to 5 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
Corn on the cob
1 to 3 ears
2 to 4 min.
per ear
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
4 to 6 min.
2 to 4 min.
per ear
In round 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 round glass baking dish. Cover with
plastic wrap. Rearrange after half of time.
10-oz. package
3 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
(fresh, shelled)
2 lbs. unshelled
10-oz. package
6 to 9 min.
3 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons water.
(fresh, cubed,
4 potatoes
(6 to 8 oz. each)
9 to 12 min.
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
4 to 5 min.
Peel and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in
2-qt.casserole with 1/2 cup water. Stir after
half of time.
Pierce with cooking fork. Place in center
of the oven. Let stand 5 minutes.
10 to 16 oz.
10-oz. package
4 to 7 min.
3 to 5 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons water.
1 lb. sliced
3 to 6 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
1 to 2 squash
(about 1 lb.)
3 to 7 min.
Cut in half and remove fibrous membranes.
In round glass baking dish, place squash
cut-side-down. Turn cut-side-up after
4 minutes.
(fresh, whole,
sweet or white)
(frozen, chopped
and leaf)
(fresh, summer
and yellow)
(winter, acorn
or butternut)
Troubleshooting Tips
Care and Cleaning
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Consumer Support
Time Defrost
Allows you to defrost for a selected
length of time. See the Defrosting Guide
for suggested times.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the time features.
Enter defrosting time.
Press START.
Power level is automatically set at 3, but
can be changed. You can defrost small
items quickly by raising the power level
after entering the time. Power level 7 cuts
the total defrosting time in about half;
power level 10 cuts the total time to
approximately 1/3. However, food will
need more frequent attention than usual.
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A dull thumping noise may be heard
during defrosting. This is normal when
oven is not operating at High power.
Defrosting Tips
■ 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 microwavesafe 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 very
briefly, or let it stand a few minutes.
Express Cook
Troubleshooting Tips
You can use this feature two ways:
■ It will add 30 seconds to the time
counting down each time the pad
is pressed.
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■ It can be used as a quick way to set
30 seconds of cooking time.
Defrosting Guide
Breads, Cakes
Bread, buns or rolls (1 piece)
Sweet rolls (approx. 12 oz.)
10 to 30 secs.
1 to 3 min.
Fish and Seafood
Fillets, frozen (1 lb.)
Shellfish, small pieces (1 lb.)
6 to 10 min.
3 to 6 min.
Plastic pouch—1 or 2
(10-oz. package)
Franks (1 lb.)
3 to 6 min.
Ground meat (1 lb.)
Roast: beef, lamb, veal, pork
5 to 7 min.
5 to 11 min.
per lb.
5 to 10 min.
per lb.
15 to 22 min.
20 to 28 min.
Cornish hen
9 to 16 min.
per lb.
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)
5 to 10 min.
per lb.
Place unwrapped meat in cooking dish. Turn over after half
the time and shield warm areas with foil. When finished,
separate pieces and let stand to complete defrosting.
Place wrapped chicken in dish. Unwrap and turn over
after half the time. When finished, separate pieces and
microwave 2 to 4 minutes more, if necessary. Let stand
to finish defrosting.
Place wrapped chicken in dish. After half the time,
unwrap and turn chicken over. Shield warm areas with foil.
Finish defrosting. If necessary, run cold water in the cavity
until giblets can be removed.
Place unwrapped hen in the oven breast-side-up. Turn over
after half the time. Run cool water in the cavity until giblets
can be removed.
Place unwrapped breast in dish breast-side-down. After half
the time, turn over and shield warm areas with foil. Finish
defrosting. Let stand 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator to complete
Troubleshooting Tips
Chicken, whole
(2 1⁄2 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 half the time.
Use power level 1.
Care and Cleaning
3 to 6 min.
Chicken, broiler-fryer
cut up (2 1⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Place block in casserole. Turn over and break up after
half the time.
Follow package directions.
Bacon (1 lb.)
Steaks, chops and cutlets
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Consumer Support
Auto Defrost
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the auto feature.
Use Auto Defrost for meat, poultry and
fish. Use Time Defrost for most other
frozen foods.
Auto Defrost automatically sets the
defrosting times and power levels to give
even defrosting results for meats, poultry
and fish weighing up to 6 pounds.
Using the Conversion Guide below,
enter food weight. For example,
press pads 1 and 2 for 1.2 pounds
(1 pound, 3 ounces).
Press START.
■ Remove meat from package and place
on microwave-safe dish.
■ Twice during defrost, the oven signals
by beeping. At each signal, turn the
food over. Remove defrosted meat or
shield warm areas with small pieces
of foil.
■ After defrosting, most meats need
to stand 5 minutes to complete
defrosting. Large roasts should
stand for about 30 minutes.
Conversion Guide
If the weight of food is stated in pounds and
ounces, the ounces must be converted to
tenths (.1) of a pound.
Consumer Support
Troubleshooting Tips
Care and Cleaning
Weight of Food
in Ounces
Enter Food Weight
(tenths of a pound)
Cooking Complete Reminder
To remind you that you have food in the
oven, the oven will beep once a minute
until you either open the oven door or
press CLEAR/OFF.
Safety Instructions
About the other features.
Operating Instructions
Press to enter the time of day or to check
the time of day while microwaving.
Enter time of day.
Press START.
Press CLOCK.
Press CLOCK to select AM or PM.
Delay Start
Enter the time you want the oven to
start. (Be sure the microwave clock
shows the correct time of day.)
Press CLOCK to select AM or PM.
Select your desired cooking program.
The time of day will be displayed.
The oven will automatically start at
the delayed time.
The Delay Start time may be displayed
by pressing DELAY START. The display
will revert back to the time of day after
a few seconds.
To cancel the Delay Start time, press
DELAY START to display the Delay Start
time, then press CLEAR/OFF.
Press START.
Troubleshooting Tips
Delay Start allows you to set the
microwave to delay cooking up to
12 hours.
Care and Cleaning
Consumer Support
Safety Instructions
About the other features.
Child Lock-Out
You may lock the control panel to prevent
the microwave from being accidentally
started or used by children.
Operating Instructions
To lock or unlock the controls, press and
hold CLEAR/OFF for about three seconds.
When the control panel is locked, the
LOCK icon will be lit.
Timer operates as a minute timer and
can be used at any time, even when the
oven is operating.
The Timer operates without microwave
Press TIMER.
Enter the amount of time you want
to count down.
Press START. When the time is up,
the timer will signal.
Microwave terms.
Arcing is the microwave term for sparks in the oven. Arcing is caused by:
Troubleshooting Tips
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.
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.
Consumer Support
Care and Cleaning
To cancel the timer, press CLEAR/OFF.
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.
After covering a dish with plastic wrap, you vent the plastic wrap by turning back one corner
so excess steam can escape.
■ metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
■ foil that is not molded to food (upturned edges act like antennaes).
■ metal such as twist-ties, poultry pins, gold-rimmed dishes.
■ recycled paper towels containing small metal pieces.
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.
Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the microwave oven.
How to Clean the Inside
Some spatters can be removed with a
paper towel, others may require a damp
cloth. Remove greasy spatters with a
sudsy cloth, then rinse with a damp cloth.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or sharp
utensils on oven walls.
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.
Never use a commercial oven cleaner on
any part of your microwave.
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.
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.
Troubleshooting Tips
Door Surface
Care and Cleaning
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.
Removable Turntable and Turntable Support
Operating Instructions
Walls, Floor, Inside Window, Metal and
Plastic Parts on the Door
Consumer Support
Safety Instructions
Troubleshooting Tips
Save time and money! Review the charts on the following
pages first and you may not need to call for service.
Possible Causes
What To Do
Oven will not start
A fuse in your home may be
blown or the circuit breaker
• 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 button not pressed after
entering cooking selection.
• Press START.
Another selection entered
already in oven and CLEAR/OFF
button 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
CLEAR/OFF was pressed
• Reset cooking program and press START.
Food weight not entered after
pressing AUTO DEFROST.
• Make sure you have entered food weight after selecting
Control panel lighted,
yet oven will not start
Care and Cleaning
Operating Instructions
Before you call for service…
Troubleshooting Tips
Oven light does not
come on when door
is opened
•This is normal. The oven light will only come on during
Things That Are Normal With Your Microwave Oven
■ Steam or vapor escaping from around
the door.
■ Light reflection around door or
outer case.
Consumer Support
■ Dimming oven light and change in
the blower sound at power levels other
than high.
■ Dull thumping sound while oven is
■ 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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Any part of the microwave oven which fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship.
During this one-year limited warranty, GE will also provide, free of charge, all labor to replace
the defective part. You will be responsible for any in-home service costs.
Four Years
From the second through
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The magnetron tube, if the magnetron tube fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship.
During this additional three-year limited warranty, you will be responsible for any labor or
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Operating Instructions
For The Period Of:
Safety Instructions
GE Microwave Oven Warranty.
What GE Will Not Cover:
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■ Improper installation.
■ Damage to the product caused by accident, fire, floods
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■ Failure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used
for other than the intended purpose or used
■ Incidental or consequential damage caused by possible
defects with this appliance.
This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased for home
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Warrantor: General Electric Company. Louisville, KY 40225
Troubleshooting Tips
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. 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, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
Installation Instructions
■ Service trips to your home to teach you how to use
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Instructions contained in this manual cover procedures to be performed by any user. Other servicing generally
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