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GE RVM1425BA Use and Care Manual
Model:
900 Watts
RVM1425
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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Operating Instructions
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Features of Your Microwave
The Controls on Your Microwave
Time Cooking
Automatic Cooking
Other Features
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Helpful Information
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Care and Cleaning
29
If Something Goes Wrong
Before You Call For Service
Hotpoint Service Numbers
Warranty
GE Answer Center ®
800.626.2000
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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
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-touse 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?
Help us
help you
800.626.2000
Before you call for service,
there are a few things you
can do to help us serve you
better.
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” 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 manual. Or call the
GE Answer Center® at
800.626.2000, 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
READ ALL SAFETY
INFORMATION BEFORE USING
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire, burns, electric shock, injury to persons, or exposure to excessive
microwave energy when using your appliance, follow basic precautions, including the
following sections.
SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
This microwave oven 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.
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• This over-the-range oven
was designed for use over
ranges no wider than 42
inches. It may be installed
over both gas and electric
cooking equipment.
• 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.
• 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.
• Do not store this
appliance outdoors. Do
not use this product near
water—for example, in a
wet basement, near a
swimming pool or near
a sink.
• Keep power cord away
from heated surfaces.
• Do not immerse power
cord or plug in water.
• To reduce the risk of fire
in the oven cavity:
— Do not overcook food.
Carefully attend
appliance if paper,
plastic or other combustible materials are
placed inside the oven
while cooking.
— Remove wire twist-ties
and metal handles from
paper or plastic containers before placing
them in the oven.
— Do not use the oven
for storage purposes.
Do not leave paper
products, cooking
utensils or food in the
oven when not in use.
• See door surface cleaning
instructions in the Care
and Cleaning section(s)
of this manual.
• This appliance should
be serviced only by
qualified service
personnel. Contact
nearest authorized
service facility for
examination, repair
or adjustment.
• As with any appliance,
close supervision is
necessary when used by
children.
— If materials inside 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.
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—will explode
and should not be heated
in this microwave oven.
Such use of the microwave
oven could result in injury.
• Do not boil eggs in a
microwave oven. Pressure
will build up inside egg
yolk and will cause it to
burst, possibly resulting
in injury.
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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
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.
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.
• 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.
• Spontaneous boiling—
Under certain special
circumstances, liquids
may start to boil during
or shortly after removal
from the microwave oven.
To prevent burns from
splashing liquid, we
recommend the following:
before removing the
container from the oven,
allow the container to
stand in the oven for 30
to 40 seconds after the
oven has shut off. Do not
boil liquids in narrownecked containers such
as soft drink bottles, wine
flasks and especially
narrow-necked coffee
cups. Even if the
container is opened,
excessive steam can build
up and cause it to burst
or overflow.
• 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.
• 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.
• When cooking pork,
follow the directions
exactly and always cook
the meat to an internal
temperature of at least
170°F. This assures that,
in the remote possibility
that trichina may be
present in the meat, it
will be killed and meat
will be safe to eat.
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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 manual. TV
dinners may be
microwaved in foil trays
less than 3/4² high;
remove the top foil cover
and return the tray to the
box. When using foil in
the microwave oven,
keep the foil at least
1 inch away from the
sides of the oven.
• Plastic cookware—Plastic
cookware designed for
microwave cooking is very
useful, but should be used
carefully. Even 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.
THE VENT
FAN
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.
• 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.
• When flaming foods
under the microwave,
turn the vent fan off.
The fan, if operating,
may spread the flame.
• 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.
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.
Do not use an adapter plug
with this appliance.
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.
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 or JX46WH—White
JX41 or JX46BL—Black
When replacing a 36² or
42² 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 endof-cabinet installation. Each
kit contains two 3²-wide
filler panels. Two kits are
needed for a 42² opening.
Filter Kits
JX81A—Recirculating
Charcoal Filter Kit
Filter kits are used when
the microwave oven cannot
be vented to the outside.
Decorative Panel Kit
JX22SS—Stainless Steel
When replacing a Hi/Low
range, the decorative panel
kit fills in the area between
the microwave and the
range left by the Hi/Low
model.
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
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900 Watts
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1 Door Handle. Pull to
open the door. The
door must be securely
latched for the
microwave to operate.
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8
5
7
6
5 Touch Control Panel
Display.
6 Cooktop Lights.
7 Grease Filters.
2 Door Latches.
8 Glass Cooking Tray.
3 Window with Metal
Shield. Screen allows
cooking to be viewed
while keeping
microwaves confined
in the oven.
9 Convenience Guide.
NOTE: Rating plate, oven
vent(s) and oven light are
located on the inside walls
of the microwave oven.
4 Removable Turntable.
Turntable and support
must be in place when
using the oven. The
turntable may be
removed for cleaning.
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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.
1
Time Features
Time Cooking
Press
TIME COOK I & II (Press once or twice)
DEFROST AUTO/TIME (Press twice)
POWER LEVEL
MINUTE COOK
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Enter
Amount of cooking time.
Amount of defrosting time.
Power level 1–10.
Starts immediately!
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
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
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
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
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.
7 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.
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
Beans
(fresh green) 1 lb. cut in half
(frozen green) 10-oz. package
Comments
(frozen lima)
10-oz. package
10 to 12 min. In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
6 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
6 to 8 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
18 to 22 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.)
8 to 10 min.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
(fresh spears)
(frozen,
10-oz. package
chopped)
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package
Cabbage
(fresh)
In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
10 to 13 min. In 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish, place
1/4 cup water. Rotate dish after half
of time.
5 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
5 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
(wedges)
1 medium head 9 to 11 min.
(about 2 lbs.)
8 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)
7 to 9 min.
5 to 7 min.
1 medium head 10 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.
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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)
In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
water.
Peas
(fresh, shelled) 2 lbs. unshelled 10 to 12 min. In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen)
10-oz. package 5 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed,
white)
4 potatoes
10 to 12 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.)
3 to 4 min.
Pierce with cooking fork. Place in
sweet or white)
center of the oven. Let stand 5 minutes.
Spinach
(fresh)
(frozen,
chopped
and leaf)
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.
Squash
(fresh, summer 1 lb. sliced
5 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
and yellow)
(winter, acorn 1 to 2 squash
8 to 11 min. Cut in half and remove fibrous
butternut)
(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
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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.)
7 to 9 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.)
Comments
Place block in casserole. Turn over and
break up after half the time.
3 to 6 min.
3 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.
6 to 8 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.
16 to 20 min.
Chicken, whole
(21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
18 to 22 min.
Cornish hen
8 to 14 min.
per lb.
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)
6 to 10 min.
per lb.
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 breastside-up. Turn over after half the time.
Run cool water in the cavity until giblets
can be removed.
Place unwrapped breast in dish breastside-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 defrosting.
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Operating Instructions
Time Features
Minute Cook
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
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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
If you find that the brand of
popcorn you use underpops
or overcooks consistently,
you can add or subtract
20–30 seconds to the
automatic popping time.
To 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).
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Operating Instructions
Convenience Features
Reheat
The Reheat feature reheats
1 to 3 servings of many
previously cooked foods.
REHEAT
1 Press REHEAT.
2
3
k
2 Select food type 1–6 for
one serving (see Reheat
Guide below).
3 Press 2 or 3 to reheat 2 or
3 servings.
4 Press START.
NOTE: The serving size may
be changed or added after
pressing START. Press
number pad 2 or 3.
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.
Works best with wide mouth mug—do not cover.
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
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
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).
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.
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.
3 Press START.
,,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,
,,,,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,
(Time Defrost is
explained in the Time
Features section.)
Guide
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
• Remove meat from
package and place on
microwave-safe dish.
• 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.
Clock
Press to enter the time of
day or to check the time of
day while microwaving.
CLOCK
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
0
display on / off
AM / PM
START
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1 Press CLOCK.
2 Enter time of day.
3 Select AM or PM.
4 Press START or CLOCK.
Scroll Speed
The scroll speed of the
display can be changed.
Press and hold the AM/PM
pad about 3 seconds to
bring up the display.
Select 1–5 for slow to
fast scroll speed.
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
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
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.
START
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Operating Instructions
Other Features
Timer On/Off
TIMER
ON/OFF
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
0
display on / off
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.
2 Enter time you want to
count down.
3 Press TIMER ON/OFF
to start.
Start/Pause
In addition to starting
many functions,
START/PAUSE allows you
to stop cooking without
opening the door or
clearing the display.
Reminder
REMINDER
minute cook – 1 - 6
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
0
display on / off
AM / PM
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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
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
The vent fan removes
steam and other vapors
from surface cooking.
Press to turn the vent fan
on or off.
Automatic Fan
An automatic fan feature
protects the microwave
from too much heat rising
from the cooktop below it.
It automatically turns on 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.
Surface Light
Press to turn the surface
light on or 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
Open the oven door a few
minutes after cooking to
air out the inside. 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.
Walls, Floor, Inside Window,
Metal and Plastic Parts on
the Door
Removable Turntable and
Turntable Support
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.
Never use a commercial
oven cleaner on any part
of your microwave.
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
Do not use cleaners
containing ammonia or
alcohol on the
microwave oven.
Ammonia or alcohol can
damage the appearance
of the microwave.
Case
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 Surface
It’s important to keep the
area clean where the door
seals against the microwave. Use only mild, nonabrasive 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 with 40-watt
tubular bulbs. Order
WB36X936 from your
Hotpoint supplier.
Tubular 40-watt bulbs
(40T6 1/2 /2), available in
supermarkets and
hardware stores,
may also be used
for replacements.
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 30-watt
incandescent bulb
(WB02X4235), 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 to
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 is
and cannot be changed.
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
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Notes
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Hotpoint Service Numbers
We’ll Be There!
GE Answer Center ®
800.626.2000
In-Home Repair
Service
800-GE-CARES
(800-432-2737)
For Customers With
Special Needs
800.626.2000
800-TDD-GEAC
(800-833-4322)
Service Contracts
800-626-2224
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Whatever your question
about any Hotpoint major
appliance, GE Answer
Center® information
service is available to help.
Open 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
A GE consumer service
professional will provide
expert repair service,
scheduled at a time that’s
convenient for you.
Our factory-trained
technicians know your
appliance inside and out—
so most repairs can be
handled in just one visit.
GE offers Braille controls
for a variety of GE
appliances, and a
brochure to assist in
planning a barrier-free
kitchen for persons with
limited mobility.
With a service contract GE
Consumer Service will still
be there after your
warranty expires.
With a multiple-year
contract, you’re assured of
future service at today’s
prices.
Parts and
Accessories
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.)
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 three
steps to follow for further
help.
Finally, if your problem is
still not resolved, write:
First, contact the people
who serviced your
appliance. Explain why you
are not pleased.
Major Appliance
Consumer Action Program
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Next, if you are still not
pleased, write all the
details—including
your phone number—to:
Manager
Consumer 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.
Read your Owner’s Manual. If you then
have any questions about operating the
product, please contact your dealer or
our Consumer Affairs office at the
address below, or call, toll free:
GE Answer Center®
800.626.2000
consumer information service
• Improper installation.
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.
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
Part No. 164D3370P038
Pub. No. 39-40038
If further help is needed concerning this warranty, write:
Manager—Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225
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