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GE RVM1625SJ Use and Care Manual
Model:
1000 Watts
RVM1625
Countersaver Plus 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
Convenience Features
Other Features
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12
15
21
24
Helpful Information
28
Care and Cleaning
29
If Something Goes Wrong
Before You Call For Service
Hotpoint Service Numbers
Warranty
www.Hotpoint.com
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Back Cover
164D3370P295
39-40365-1
02-04 JR
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
READ ALL SAFETY
INFORMATION BEFORE USING
FOR YOUR
SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
TO AVOID
POSSIBLE
EXPOSURE
TO EXCESSIVE
MICROWAVE
ENERGY
For your safety the information in this manual
must be followed to minimize the risk of fire
or explosion or to prevent property damage,
personal injury or loss of life.
Do Not Attempt
to operate this oven
with the door open
since open-door
operation can result
in harmful exposure
to microwave energy.
It is important not to
defeat or tamper with
the safety interlocks.
Do Not Place any object
between the oven front
face and the door or
allow soil or cleaner
residue to accumulate
on sealing surfaces.
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Do Not Operate the oven
if it is damaged. It is
particularly important
that the oven door close
properly and that there
is no damage to the:
1 door (bent),
2 hinges and latches
(broken or loosened),
3 door seals and sealing
surfaces.
The Oven Should Not
be adjusted or repaired
by anyone except
properly qualified
service personnel.
Welcome
Welcome to the Hotpoint
family. We’re proud of our
quality products and we
believe in dependable
service.
You’ll see it in this
easy-to-use manual
and you’ll hear it in
the friendly voices of
our consumer service
department.
Best of all, you’ll
experience these values
each time you use your
microwave. That’s
important, because your
new microwave will be
part of your family for
a long time.
Start Here!…Before using your Microwave
Write down the model
and serial numbers here.
They are on a label inside
the oven.
Staple your receipt to the
inside back cover of this
manual. You will need it
to obtain service under
warranty.
Model number
Serial number
Date of purchase
Need Help?
Before you call for service,
there are a few things you
can do to help us serve
you better.
If you received a damaged
oven…immediately contact
the dealer (or builder)
that sold you the oven.
Read this manual.
It contains instructions to
help you use and maintain
your microwave properly.
Save time and money.
Check the section titled
“If Something Goes
Wrong” before calling.
This section helps you
solve common problems
that might occur.
If you do need service,
you can relax knowing
help is only a phone call
away. A list of toll-free
customer service numbers
is included in the back
of this book.
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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
intended for household
use and is UL listed for
installation over electric
and gas ranges.
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 10.
• Do not mount this
appliance over a sink.
• Install or locate this
appliance only in
accordance with the
provided Installation
Instructions.
• This over-the-range oven
was designed for use
over ranges no wider
than 36.″ It may be
installed over both gas
and electric cooking
equipment.
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• Do not cover or block
any openings on the
appliance.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
— Do not use the oven
for storage purposes.
Do not leave paper
products, cooking
utensils or food in the
oven when not in use.
• See door surface
cleaning instructions in
the Care and Cleaning
section(s) of this guide.
• This appliance must only
be serviced 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.
• Do not store anything
directly on top of the
microwave oven surface
when the microwave oven
is in operation.
— 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 CLEAR/OFF pad and
correct the problem.
Arcing is the microwave
term for sparks in the
oven. Arcing is caused by:
• Metal or foil touching
the side of the oven.
• Foil not molded to food
(upturned edges act like
antennas).
• Metal, such as twist-ties,
poultry pins, or goldrimmed dishes, in the
microwave.
• Recycled paper towels
containing small metal
pieces being used in the
microwave.
FOODS
• Do not pop popcorn in
your microwave oven
unless in a special
microwave popcorn
accessory or unless you
use popcorn labeled for
use in microwave ovens.
• Some products such as
whole eggs and sealed
containers—for example,
closed jars—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 straightsided 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 or breast milk.
The container may feel
cooler than the milk
really is. Always test the
milk 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 30–45 seconds
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.
• Plastic cookware—Plastic
cookware designed for
microwave cooking is
very useful, but should
be used carefully. Even
microwave-safe plastic
may not be as tolerant of
overcooking conditions
as are glass or ceramic
materials and may soften
or char if subjected
to short periods of
overcooking. In longer
exposures to overcooking,
the food and cookware
could ignite.
Follow these guidelines:
The fan will operate
automatically under
certain conditions (see
Automatic Fan feature).
Take care to prevent the
starting and spreading of
accidental cooking fires
while the vent fan is in use.
• In the event of a grease
fire on the surface units
below the microwave
oven, smother a flaming
pan on the surface unit
by covering the pan
completely with a lid, a
cookie sheet or a flat tray.
• When preparing
flaming foods under
the microwave, turn
the vent fan on.
• Clean the underside of
the microwave often. Do
not allow grease to build
up on the microwave or
the fan filters.
• Use care when cleaning
the vent fan filters.
Corrosive cleaning
agents, such as lye-based
oven cleaners, may
damage the filters.
• 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.
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.
THE VENT
FAN
• Never leave surface units
beneath your microwave
oven unattended at high
heat settings. Boilovers
cause smoking and greasy
spillovers that may ignite
and spread if the
microwave vent fan is
operating. To minimize
automatic fan operation,
use adequate sized
cookware and use high
heat on surface units
only when necessary.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS/OPTIONAL KITS
GROUNDING
INSTRUCTIONS
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.
Do not under any
circumstances cut or
remove the third
(ground) prong from
the power cord.
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 use 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.
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 use an adapter
plug with this appliance.
For best operation, plug
this appliance into its own
electrical outlet to prevent
flickering of lights, blowing
of fuse or tripping of
circuit breaker.
Optional Kits
Filler Panel Kits
JX40WH—White
JX41—Black
When replacing a 36″
range hood, filler panel
kits fill in the additional
width to provide a custom
built-in appearance.
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For installation between
cabinets only; not for
end-of-cabinet installation.
Each kit contains two
3″-wide filler panels.
Filter Kits
JX81A—Recirculating
Charcoal Filter Kit
Filter kits are used when
the microwave oven cannot
be vented to the outside.
Available at extra cost from
your Hotpoint supplier.
Operating Instructions
Features of Your Microwave
(Throughout this manual, features and appearance
may vary from your model.)
Features
1
2
3
4
1000 Watts
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6
1 Door Handle. Pull to
open the door. The
door must be securely
latched for the
microwave to operate.
2 Door Latches.
3 Window with Metal
Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed
while keeping
microwaves confined
in the oven.
4 Touch Control Panel
Display.
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7
6
5
5 Cooktop Lights.
6 Grease Filters.
7 Removable Turntable.
Turntable and support
must be in place
when using the oven.
The turntable may be
removed for cleaning.
8 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.
DEFROST
TIME
COOK
AUTO/TIME
ADD POWER POWER
30 SEC LEVEL LEVEL
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
1
5
6
Time Features
Time Cooking
Press
TIME COOK I & II (Press once or twice)
DEFROST AUTO/TIME (Press twice)
MINUTE COOK
POWER LEVEL
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Enter
Amount of cooking time.
Amount of defrosting time.
Starts immediately!
Power level 1–10.
GUIDE ON MICROWAVE
Before you begin, check
the guide located on the
inside front of the oven
when you open the door.
GUIDES IN BOOK
• Cooking
• Time Defrost
• Reheat
POPCORN
REHEAT
DEFROST
AUTO/TIME
2
Convenience Features
Press
POPCORN
Press once
Press twice
Press 3 times
REHEAT
DEFROST
AUTO/TIME
(Press once)
Enter
Starts immediately!
3.5 oz.
3.0 oz.
1.75 oz.
Food type 1–6
Food weight
Option
more/less time
1–3 servings
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Operating Instructions
Changing Power
Levels
POWER
LEVEL
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
7
5
6
8
9
0
display on / off
START
How to Change the
Power Level
The power level may be
entered or changed
immediately after
entering the feature
time for TIME COOK,
TIME DEFROST or
MINUTE COOK. The
power level may also be
changed during time
countdown.
1 Press TIME COOK or
select Time Defrost.
2 Enter cooking or
defrosting time.
3 Press POWER LEVEL.
4 Select desired power
level 1–10.
5 Press START.
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Variable power levels add
flexibility to microwave
cooking. The power levels
on the microwave oven can
be compared to the surface
units on a range. High
(power level 10) or full
power is the fastest way to
cook and gives you 100%
power. Each power level
gives you microwave energy
a certain percent of the
time. Power level 7 is
microwave energy 70% of
the time. Power level 3 is
energy 30% of the time.
A high setting (10) will
cook faster but food may
need more frequent
stirring, rotating or turning
over. Most cooking will be
done on High (power level
10). A lower setting will
cook more evenly and need
less stirring or rotating of
the food.
Some foods may have better
flavor, texture or
appearance if one of the
lower settings is used. Use
a lower power level when
cooking foods that have
a tendency to boil over,
such as scalloped potatoes.
Rest periods (when the
microwave energy cycles
off) give time for the food
to “equalize” or transfer
heat to the inside of the
food. An example of
this is shown with power
level 3—the defrost cycle.
If microwave energy did not
cycle off, the outside of the
food would cook before the
inside was defrosted.
Here are some examples
of uses for various power
levels:
Power Level Best Uses
High 10
Fish, bacon,
vegetables,
boiling liquids.
Med-High 7 Gentle
cooking of
meat and
poultry;
baking
casseroles
and reheating.
Medium 5
Slow cooking
and tenderizing
such as
stews and less
tender cuts
of meat.
Low 3
Defrosting
without
cooking;
simmering;
delicate sauces.
Warm 1
Keeping food
warm without
overcooking;
softening
butter.
Time Features
Time Cook
TIME
COOK
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
display on / off
START
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
1–10.)
4 Press START.
Time Cook I
Allows you to microwave
for any time up to 99
minutes and 99 seconds.
Power level 10 (High) is
automatically set, but you
may change it for more
flexibility.
You may open the door
during Time Cook to
check the food. Close the
door and press START
to resume cooking.
Time Cook II
Lets you change power
levels automatically during
cooking. Here’s how to
do it:
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter the first cook time.
3 Change the power level
if you don’t want full
power. (Press POWER
LEVEL. Select a desired
power level 1–10.)
4 Press TIME COOK
again.
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 1–10.)
7 Press START.
At the end of Time Cook I,
Time Cook II counts down.
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Operating Instructions
Cooking Guide for Time Cook I & II
NOTE: Use power level High (10) unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Asparagus
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
6 to 9 min., In 11⁄2-qt. oblong glass baking dish,
Med-High (7) place 1/4 cup water.
5 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
Beans
(fresh green) 1 lb. cut in half
(frozen green) 10-oz. package
9 to 11 min.
6 to 8 min.
(frozen lima)
10-oz. package
6 to 8 min.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
17 to 21 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. oblong glass baking dish, place
1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
(fresh spears)
(frozen,
chopped)
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
Cabbage
(fresh)
5 to 7 min.
5 to 7 min.
Comments
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
(wedges)
1 medium head 8 to 11 min.
(about 2 lbs.)
7 to 10 min.
In 11⁄2- or 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup
water.
In 2- or 3-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup
water.
Carrots
(fresh, sliced)
(frozen)
1 lb.
10-oz. package
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Cauliflower
(flowerets)
(fresh, whole)
(frozen)
16
7 to 9 min.
5 to 7 min.
1 medium head 9 to 14 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
1 medium head 10 to 17 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
10-oz. package 5 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Comments
5 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
1 to 5 ears
3 to 4 min.
per ear
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
5 to 6 min.
3 to 4 min.
per ear
In 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish, place
corn. If corn is in husk, use no water;
if corn has been husked, add 1/4 cup
water. Rearrange after half of time.
Place in 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish.
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
Rearrange after half of time.
10-oz. package
5 to 7 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 5 to 7 min.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed,
white)
4 potatoes
9 to 12 min.
(6 to 8 oz. each)
(fresh, whole,
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
sweet or white)
Spinach
(fresh)
(frozen,
chopped
and leaf)
Squash
(fresh, summer
and yellow)
(winter, acorn
butternut)
3 to 4 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.
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
5 to 7 min.
5 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
1 lb. sliced
5 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
1 to 2 squash
8 to 11 min. Cut in half and remove fibrous
(about 1 lb. each)
membranes. In 2-qt. oblong glass
baking dish, place squash cut-sidedown. Turn cut-side-up after 4 minutes.
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Operating Instructions
Time Features
Time Defrost
DEFROST
AUTO/TIME
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
7
5
6
8
9
0
display on / off
START
1 Press DEFROST
AUTO/TIME twice.
2 Enter defrosting time.
3 Press START.
4 Turn food over when
the oven signals.
5 Press START.
(Auto Defrost explained
in the section on
Convenience Features.)
Allows you to defrost for
the length of time you
select. See the Defrosting
Guide for suggested times.
Power level 3 is
automatically set, but you
may change this for more
flexibility. You may defrost
small items more quickly
by raising the power level
after entering the time.
However, they will need
more frequent attention
than usual.
Power level 7 cuts the
total defrosting time in
about half; power level
10 cuts the total time to
approximately 1/3. Rotate
or stir food frequently.
At one half of selected
defrosting time, the oven
signals TURN. At this time,
turn food over and break
apart or rearrange pieces
for more even defrosting.
Shield any warm areas
with small pieces of foil.
A dull thumping noise may
be heard during defrosting.
This sound is normal when
the oven is not operating
at High power.
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Defrosting Tips
• Foods frozen in paper or
plastic can be defrosted
in the package. Tightly
closed packages should
be slit, pierced or vented
AFTER food has partially
defrosted. Plastic storage
containers should be at
least partially uncovered.
• Family-size, prepackaged
frozen dinners can be
defrosted and microwaved.
If the food is in a foil
container, transfer it to
a microwave-safe dish.
• Foods that spoil easily, such
as milk, eggs, fish, stuffings,
poultry and pork, should
not be allowed to sit out
for more than one hour
after defrosting. Room
temperature promotes the
growth of harmful
bacteria.
• For more even defrosting
of larger foods, such as
beef, lamb and veal
roasts, use Auto Defrost.
• Be sure large meats are
completely defrosted
before cooking.
• When defrosted, food
should be cool but
softened in all areas. If still
slightly icy, return to the
microwave very briefly, or
let it stand a few minutes.
Defrosting Guide
Food
Time
Breads, Cakes
Bread, buns or rolls (1 piece)
Sweet rolls (approx. 12 oz.)
1 min.
3 to 5 min.
Fish and Seafood
Fillets, frozen (1 lb.)
Shellfish, small pieces (1 lb.)
6 to 8 min.
5 to 7 min.
Fruit
Plastic pouch—1 to 2
(10-oz. package)
Meat
Bacon (1 lb.)
Franks (1 lb.)
Ground meat (1 lb.)
Roast: beef, lamb, veal, pork
Steaks, chops and cutlets
Poultry
Chicken, broiler-fryer
cut up (21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Chicken, whole
(21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Cornish hen
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)
Comments
Place block in casserole. Turn over and
break up after half the time.
2 to 6 min.
2 to 5 min.
Place unopened package in oven.
Let stand 5 minutes after defrosting.
3 to 5 min.
Place unopened package in oven.
Microwave just until franks can be
separated. Let stand 5 minutes, if
necessary, to complete defrosting.
5 to 7 min.
Turn meat over after half the time.
12 to 16 min. Use power level 1.
per lb.
5 to 7 min.
Place unwrapped meat in cooking dish.
per lb.
Turn over after half the time and shield
warm areas with foil. When finished,
separate pieces and let stand to complete
defrosting.
15 to 19 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. Unwrap
and turn over after half the time. When
finished, separate pieces and microwave
2–4 minutes more, if necessary. Let stand
to finish defrosting.
17 to 21 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. After half
the time, unwrap and turn chicken over.
Shield warm areas with foil. Finish
defrosting. If necessary, run cold water in
the cavity until giblets can be removed.
7 to 13 min. Place unwrapped hen in the oven breastper lb.
side-up. Turn over after half the time.
Run cool water in the cavity until giblets
can be removed.
5 to 9 min.
Place unwrapped breast in dish breastper lb.
side-down. After half the time, turn over
and shield warm areas with foil. Finish
defrosting. Let stand 1–2 hours in
refrigerator to complete defrosting.
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Operating Instructions
Time Features
Minute Cook
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
20
5
6
This is a quick way to set
cooking time for 1–6 minutes.
Press one of the Minute
Cook pads (from 1 to 6)
for 1 to 6 minutes of
cooking at power level 10.
For example, press the
2 pad for 2 minutes of
cooking time.
The power level can be
changed as time is
counting down. Press
POWER LEVEL and
enter 1–10.
Convenience Features
Popcorn
How to Use the Popcorn
Feature
POPCORN
1
9
(less time)
(more time)
Use only with prepackaged
microwave popcorn weighing
1.75 to 3.5 ounces.
1 Follow package
instructions, using Time
Cook if the package is
less than 1.75 ounces or
larger than 3.5 ounces.
Place the package of
popcorn in the center
of the microwave.
2 Press POPCORN. The
oven starts immediately.
Tap POPCORN to select
the bag size you are
cooking.
How to Adjust the Popcorn
Program to Provide a Shorter
or Longer Cook Time
To add time:
After pressing POPCORN,
press 9 immediately after
the oven starts for an extra
20 seconds.
Press 9 again to add
another 10 seconds (total
30 seconds additional time).
To subtract time:
After pressing POPCORN,
press 1 immediately after
the oven starts for 20
seconds less cooking time.
Press 1 again to reduce
cooking time another 10
seconds (total 30 seconds
less time).
If you find that the brand of
popcorn you use underpops
or overcooks consistently,
you can add or subtract
20–30 seconds to the
automatic popping time.
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Operating Instructions
Convenience Features
Reheat
REHEAT
2
3
The Reheat feature reheats
1 to 3 servings of many
previously cooked foods.
3 Press 2 or 3 to reheat 2 or
3 servings.
1 Press REHEAT.
NOTE: The serving size may
be changed or added after
pressing START. Press
number pad 2 or 3.
2 Select food type 1–6 for
one serving (see Reheat
Guide below).
4 Press START.
START
Reheat Guide
Food Type
Comments
1 Pasta
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
2 Meats, casseroles, pizza
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
3 Fruits and vegetables
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
4 Beverages, 8–10 oz.
Use wide mouth mug.
5 Sauces and gravies
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
6 Plate of leftovers
(2 to 3 foods, 4 oz. each)
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
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Auto Defrost
DEFROST
AUTO/TIME
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
7
5
6
8
9
The Defrost Auto/Time
feature gives you two ways
to defrost frozen foods.
Press DEFROST
AUTO/TIME once for
Auto Defrost or twice for
Time Defrost.
0
display on / off
START
1 Press DEFROST
AUTO/TIME once.
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).
Use Auto Defrost for meat,
poultry and fish. Use Time
Defrost for most other
frozen foods.
Auto Defrost automatically
sets the defrosting times
and power levels to give
even defrosting results for
meats, poultry and fish.
There is a handy guide
located on the inside front
of the oven.
Conversion Guide
If the weight of food is
stated in pounds and
ounces, the ounces must
be converted to tenths
(.1) of a pound.
Weight of
Food in
Ounces
Enter Food
Weight
(tenths of
a pound)
1–2
.1
3
.2
4–5
.3
6–7
.4
8
.5
9–10
.6
11
.7
12–13
.8
14–15
.9
3 Press START.
• Remove meat from
package and place on
microwave-safe dish.
(Time Defrost is
explained in the Time
Features section.)
Guide
• Twice during defrost,
the oven signals TURN.
At each TURN signal,
turn the food over.
Remove defrosted meat
or shield warm areas
with small pieces of foil.
• After defrosting, most
meats need to stand
5 minutes to complete
defrosting. Large roasts
should stand for about
30 minutes.
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Operating Instructions
Other Features
Cooking Complete
Reminder
To remind you that you
have food in the oven, the
oven will display “FOOD IS
READY” and beep once a
minute until you either
open the oven door or
press CLEAR/OFF.
Press to enter the time of
day or to check the time of
day while microwaving.
1 Press CLOCK.
Clock
CLOCK
1
2
3
7
5
6
8
9
0
display on / off
AM / PM
Scroll Speed
AM / PM
scroll speed
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3 Select AM/PM.
4 Press START or CLOCK.
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
2 Enter time of day.
The scroll speed of the
display can be changed.
Press and hold the
AM/PM pad about
3 seconds to bring up
the display. Select 1–5 for
slow to fast scroll speed.
Display On/Off
0
To turn the clock display
off, press and hold 0 for
about three seconds.
To redisplay the clock,
repeat.
Delay Start allows you to set
the microwave to delay
cooking up to 24 hours.
4 Select any combination
of Defrost Auto/Time or
Time Cook I & II.
1 Press DELAY START.
5 Press START.
2 Enter the time you
want the oven to start.
(Be sure the microwave
clock shows the correct
time of day.)
The Delay Start time will
be displayed plus “DS.”
The oven will automatically
start at the delayed time.
display on / off
Delay Start
DELAY
START
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
display on / off
AM / PM
3 Select AM or PM.
The time of day may be
displayed by pressing
CLOCK.
Timer On/Off operates as
a minute timer and can be
used at any time, even
when the oven is operating.
When time is up, the oven
will signal. To turn off the
timer signal, press TIMER
ON/OFF.
1 Press TIMER ON/OFF.
NOTE: The timer indicator
will be lit while the timer
is operating.
Timer On/Off
TIMER
ON/OFF
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
7
5
6
8
9
0
display on / off
2 Enter time you want to
count down.
3 Press TIMER ON/OFF
to start.
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Operating Instructions
Other Features
Start/Pause
In addition to starting
many functions,
START/PAUSE allows you
to stop cooking without
opening the door or
clearing the display.
START
pause
Reminder
REMINDER
1
2
3
minute cook — 1 - 6
4
7
5
6
8
9
0
display on / off
AM / PM
The Reminder feature
can be used like an alarm
clock and can be used at
any time, even when the
oven is operating. The
Reminder time can be
set up to 24 hours later.
3 Select AM or PM.
1 Press REMINDER.
NOTE: The REM indicator
will remain lit to show that
the Reminder is set. To
clear the Reminder before
it occurs, press REMINDER,
then 0. The REM indicator
will no longer be lit.
2 Enter the time you want
the oven to remind you.
(Be sure the microwave
clock shows the correct
time of day.)
4 Press REMINDER. When
Reminder signal occurs,
press REMINDER to turn
it off. The Reminder
time may be displayed by
pressing REMINDER.
Child Lock-Out
CLEAR
OFF
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You may lock the control
panel to prevent the
microwave from being
accidentally started or used
by children.
To lock or unlock the
controls, press and hold
CLEAR/OFF for about
three seconds. When the
control panel is locked,
an “L” will be displayed to
the extreme right.
Vent Fan
VENT
FAN
The vent fan removes
steam and other vapors
from surface cooking.
Press VENT FAN once for
high fan speed, twice for
low fan speed or a third
time to turn the fan off.
An automatic fan feature
protects the microwave
from too much heat rising
from the cooktop below it.
It automatically turns on at
low speed if it senses too
much heat.
If you have turned the fan
on you may find that you
cannot turn it off. The fan
will automatically turn off
when the internal parts are
cool. It may stay on for
30 minutes or more after
the cooktop and microwave
controls are turned off.
hihi-lo-off
- lo - off
Automatic Fan
Surface Light
Press to turn the surface
light on or off.
SURFACE
LIGHT
brighton-off
- night- off
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Helpful Information
Microwave Terms
Term
Definition
Arcing
Arcing is the microwave term for sparks in the oven. Arcing is
caused by:
• metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
• foil that is not molded to food (upturned edges act like
antennas).
• metal such as twist ties, poultry pins, gold-rimmed dishes.
• recycled paper towels containing small metal pieces.
Covering
Covers hold in moisture, allow for more even heating and reduce
cooking time. Venting plastic wrap or covering with wax paper
allows excess steam to escape.
Shielding
In a regular oven, you shield chicken breasts or baked foods to
prevent over-browning. When microwaving, you use small strips of
foil to shield thin parts, such as the tips of wings and legs on
poultry, which would cook before larger parts.
Standing Time
When you cook with regular ovens, foods such as roasts or cakes are
allowed to stand to finish cooking or to set. Standing time is
especially important in microwave cooking. Note that a microwaved
cake is not placed on a cooling rack.
Venting
After covering a dish with plastic wrap, you vent the plastic wrap by
turning back one corner so excess steam can escape.
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Care and Cleaning
Helpful Hints
An occasional thorough
wiping with a solution of
baking soda and water
keeps the inside fresh.
NOTE: Be certain the power
is off before cleaning any
part of this oven.
How to Clean
the Inside
Walls, Floor, Inside Window,
Metal and Plastic Parts on
the Door
Some spatters can be
removed with a paper
towel, others may require
a damp cloth. Remove
greasy spatters with a sudsy
cloth, then rinse with a
damp cloth. Do not use
abrasive cleaners or sharp
utensils on oven walls.
Never use a commercial
oven cleaner on any part
of your microwave.
Removable Turntable and
Turntable Support
To prevent breakage, do
not place the turntable into
water just after cooking.
Wash it carefully in warm,
sudsy water or in the
dishwasher. The turntable
and support can be broken
if dropped. Remember,
do not operate the oven
without the turntable and
support in place.
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Helpful Information
Care and Cleaning
How to Clean
the Outside
Case
We recommend against
using cleaners with
ammonia or alcohol,
as they can damage
the appearance of the
microwave oven.
If you choose to use
a common household
cleaner, first apply the
cleaner directly to a
clean cloth, then wipe
the soiled area.
Clean the outside of the
microwave with a sudsy
cloth. Rinse and then dry.
Wipe the window clean
with a damp cloth.
Control Panel and Door
Wipe with a damp cloth.
Dry thoroughly. Do not use
cleaning sprays, large
amounts of soap and water,
abrasives or sharp objects
on the panel—they can
damage it. Some paper
towels can also scratch
the control panel.
Door Seal
It is 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.
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Bottom
Clean off the grease and
dust on the bottom often.
Use a solution of warm
water and detergent.
Light Bulb Replacement
Cooktop Light
Replace the burned-out
bulb with a 40-watt
incandescent bulb
(WB36X10003), available
from your Hotpoint
supplier.
1 To replace the bulb(s),
first disconnect the power
at the main fuse or circuit
breaker panel or pull
the plug.
3 Be sure the bulb(s) to be
replaced are cool before
removing. After breaking
the adhesive seal, remove
the bulb by gently turning.
2 Remove the screw at the
front of the light cover
and lower the cover.
4 Replace the screw.
Connect electrical power
to the oven.
REMOVE SCREWS
Oven Light
Replace the burned-out
bulb with a 40-watt
incandescent bulb
(WB36X10003), available
from your Hotpoint
supplier.
1 To replace the oven light,
first disconnect the power
at the main fuse or circuit
breaker panel or pull
the plug.
3 Next, remove the screw
located above the door
near the center of the
oven that secures the
light housing.
2 Remove the top grille by
taking out the 2 screws
that hold it in place.
4 Replace the screw.
Connect electrical
power to the oven.
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Helpful Information
The Exhaust Feature
The Vent Fan
Charcoal Filter
(on some models)
The vent fan has 2 metal
reusable grease filters.
Models that recirculate air
back into the room also
use a charcoal filter.
The metal filters trap
grease released by foods
on the cooktop. They also
prevent flames from foods
on the cooktop from
damaging the inside of
the microwave.
For this reason, the filters
must ALWAYS be in place
when the hood is used.
The grease filters should
be cleaned once a month,
or as needed.
To remove, slide it to the
rear using the tab. Pull it
down and out.
Rinse, shake and let it dry
before replacing.
Reusable Grease Filters
(on all models)
Reusable Grease
Filters
Removing and
Cleaning the Filter
To clean the grease filter,
soak it and then swish it
around in hot water and
detergent. Don’t use
ammonia or ammonia
products because they will
darken the metal. Light
brushing can be used to
remove embedded dirt.
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To replace, slide the filter
in the frame slot on the
back of the opening. Pull
up and to the front to lock
into place.
Charcoal Filter
(on some models)
The charcoal filter
cannot be cleaned. It
must be replaced. Order
Part No. WB02X9883
from your Hotpoint
supplier.
If the model is not vented
to the outside, the air will
be recirculated through a
disposable charcoal filter
that helps remove smoke
and odors.
The charcoal filter
should be replaced when
it is noticeably dirty or
discolored (usually after
6–12 months, depending
on hood usage).
To remove the charcoal
filter, disconnect power at
the main fuse or circuit
breaker panel or pull
the plug.
Remove the top grille by
removing the 2 screws that
hold it in place. Slide the
filter towards the front of
the oven and remove it.
To install a new filter,
remove plastic and other
outer wrapping from
the new filter.
Insert the filter into the
top opening of the oven
as shown. It will rest at
an angle on 2 side support
tabs and in front of the
right rear tab. Replace
the grille and 2 screws.
To Remove
Charcoal Filter
Remove 2 grille screws to
remove the grille.
To Install
Charcoal Filter
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If Something Goes Wrong
Before You Call For Service
Problem
Possible Cause
What to Do
Oven will not
start
A fuse in your home
may be blown or the
circuit breaker tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker.
Power surge.
• Unplug the microwave oven, then plug
it back in.
Plug not fully inserted
into wall outlet.
• Make sure the 3-prong plug on the
oven is fully inserted into wall outlet.
Floor of the oven is
warm, even when
the oven has not
been used
The cooktop light is
located below the oven
floor. When the light
is on, the heat it
produces may make the
oven floor get warm.
• This is normal.
“LOCKED” appears
on display
The control has been
locked.
• Press and hold CLEAR/OFF for
about 3 seconds to unlock the control.
You hear an
unusual, low-tone
beep
You have tried to start
the Reminder without
a valid time of day.
• Start over and enter a valid time
of day.
You have tried to change • Many of the oven’s features are preset
the power level when it
and cannot be changed.
is not allowed.
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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
36
Notes
37
Hotpoint Service Numbers
We’ll Be There!
Hotpoint Website
www.Hotpoint.com
Schedule Service
www.Hotpoint.com
800.GE.CARES
(800.432.2737)
Real Life
Design Studio
www.GEAppliances.com
800.TDD.GEAC
(800.833.4322)
Extended Warranties
Have a question or need
assistance with your
appliance? Try the
Hotpoint Website 24 hours
a day, any day of the year!
You can also shop for
more great Hotpoint
products and take
advantage of all of
our on-line support
services designed for
your convenience.
Expert Hotpoint repair
service is only one step
away from your door.
Get on-line and schedule
your service at your
convenience 24 hours
any day of the year!
Or call 800.GE.CARES
(800.432.2737) during
normal business hours.
GE supports the Universal
Design concept—products,
services and environments
that can be used by people
of all ages, sizes and
capabilities. We recognize
the need to design for a
wide range of physical and
mental abilities and
impairments. For details
of GE’s Universal Design
applications, including
kitchen design ideas for
people with disabilities,
check out our Website
today. For the hearing
impaired, please call
800.TDD.GEAC
(800.833.4322).
Purchase a Hotpoint
it on-line anytime, or
call 800.626.2224 during
normal business hours.
Hotpoint Consumer Home
Services will still be there
after your warranty expires.
www.GEAppliances.com extended warranty and
800.626.2224
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learn about special
discounts that are available
while your warranty is still
in effect. You can purchase
Parts and
Accessories
www.Hotpoint.com
800.626.2002
Further Service
Individuals qualified
to service their own
appliances can have
parts or accessories sent
directly to their home.
(VISA, MasterCard and
Discover cards are
accepted.) Order on-line
today, 24 hours every day or
by phone at 800.626.2002
during normal business
hours.
Instructions contained
in this manual cover
procedures to be
performed by any user.
Other servicing generally
should be referred to
qualified service
personnel. Caution
must be exercised, since
improper servicing may
cause unsafe operation.
If for some reason you are
not happy with the service
you receive, here are steps
to follow for further help.
Next, if you are still not
pleased, write all the
details—including
your phone number—to:
First, contact the people
who serviced your
appliance. Explain why
you are not pleased.
Manager
Customer Relations
Hotpoint, Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
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MICROWAVE OVEN
WARRANTY
Staple sales slip or cancelled check here. Proof of original
purchase date is needed to obtain service under warranty.
What Is Covered
FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
For one year from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of charge,
parts and service labor in your home
to repair or replace any part of the
microwave oven that fails because of
a manufacturing defect.
LIMITED ADDITIONAL
FOUR-YEAR WARRANTY
For the second through the fifth year
from the date of original purchase, we
will provide, free of charge, a replacement
magnetron tube if the magnetron tube fails
because of a manufacturing defect. You
pay for the service trip to your home and
service labor charges.
What Is Not Covered
************************************
This warranty is extended to the original
purchaser and any succeeding owner for
products purchased for ordinary home use
in the 48 mainland states, Hawaii and
Washington, D.C. In Alaska the warranty
is the same except that it is LIMITED
because you must pay to ship the product
to the service shop or for the service
technician’s travel costs to your home.
All warranty service will be provided
by our Factory Service Centers or by our
authorized Customer Care® servicers
during normal working hours.
Should your appliance need service,
during warranty period or beyond, call
800.GE.CARES (800.432.2737).
Warrantor is not responsible for consequential damages.
• Service trips to your home to teach you
how to use the product.
• Improper installation, delivery or
maintenance.
• Replacement of the cooktop light bulbs.
• Failure of the product if it is misused,
or used for other than the intended
purpose or used commercially.
If you have an installation problem, contact • Damage to product caused by accident,
your dealer or installer. You are responsible
fire, floods or acts of God.
for providing adequate electrical,
• Incidental or consequential damage
exhausting and other connecting facilities.
caused by possible defects with this
• Replacement of house fuses or resetting
appliance.
of circuit breakers.
• 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
If further help is needed concerning this warranty, write:
Manager—Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225
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