How to Operate and Care Electric Oven - 12 Questions and Answers.

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Operate and Care Electric Oven - 12 Questions and Answers

Operate and care electric oven.

Q. The cooktop surface seems too hot to touch while using the surface burners, elements, warmer zone and/or the oven; is this normal?
A. During operation, the cooktop surface will increase in temperature. It's normal for heat to reflect from your cookware and the surface burner or elements that heat the surrounding area. There is additional heat when the  oven is in operation (if equipped).
Q. The right or left rear surface element gets warm when operating the oven, although the element is not being used.
A. The oven vent is located under the right or left rear surface element. During oven operation warm air rises through the vent for proper air circulation in the oven and good baking results. Do not line the burner drip bowl with aluminum foil, doing so will block oven venting. (Aluminum foil can do a short circuit when touches surface element terminals). Also, it's not recommended leaving empty pans or utensils on the right or left rear burner during oven operation, they will get hot to touch. If you range has a “Smooth Top” glass cooking surface, the oven vent is located at the rear/right or left of the top. Do not place any plastic utensils in front of the vent or on the cooking surface. They can become hot to touch, or melt.
Q. The element, on my ceramic glass smoothtop, goes on and off all the time, is it normal?
A. Yes. The radiant element is working differently than the coil element. The radiant element cycles on and off to maintain the selected heat setting. To have better result, you may start most of your cooking operation to high setting and low down the setting after.
Q. The glass of the cooktop surface (if equipped) turns to green above the elements; is it normal? (White glass cooktop only)
A. Due to the high intensity of heat generated by the surface elements, the glass surface will turn green when the element will be turned off. This phenomenon is normal and the glass will come back to its original white color after it has completely cooled down.
Q. I have uneven cooking result (surface element), is it normal?
A. One of reason why you don't have good result, it is because you don't use flat bottom utensils. It is really important to use the right utensil. For utensil selection, refer to your literature pack.
Q. The indicator lights for the cooktop elements stay red even when knobs are at the off position, is it normal?
A. It is normal. As longs as sensor will fell heat, light will stay on. When the surface will have cooled down, the indicator light will go off.
Q. The electronic oven controller gives out sound signals and displays a code between F1 and F10; is the (EOC) defective?
A. Even though the electronic oven controller (EOC) is extremely reliable, a voltage drop or any other electric event may temporarily mislead the (EOC) and cause a functioning fault. Press the CANCEL button to erase the message and to stop the sound signals; reprogram the oven. If the same fault code appears again in display, note it, press the CANCEL button and contact Services technician, or (from my practice) turn off main power (plug or double fuses or breakers in panel, not in appliance) for 5 to 10 minute. If it doesn't help turn off main power for 12 hours.
Q. My oven temperature seems too hot for some of my recipes and not enough for some others; do I need a new thermostat?
A. For peace of mind, your oven thermostat has been factory calibrated and tested to ensure an accurate baking temperature. For the first few uses, follow your recipe times and temperature recommendations carefully and be sure to read the Use and Care Guide for: baking, roasting and broiling suggestions; proper utensils and their use; causes and cures of common baking problems; safety measures and cleaning; what to check before calling for service technician, as well as the other valuable information prepared to help you. If you feel your oven is too hot or too cool from your baking experience, the oven temperature can be adjusted to your liking. Refer to your Use and Care Guide for instructions on how to adjust the temperature control.
Q. My appliance makes a noise when I use the oven. Is this normal?
A. Yes. Changes in temperature can cause metal to expand contract.
Q. My oven door has a soft spongy feel when closed; is there something wrong with the door seal?
A. There is nothing wrong with the seal. The soft feel is normal and the seal will “give” slightly as the door is pushed inward against the oven's front frame. The spongy feel is due to the door gasket design that ensures proper sealing.

For Wall Ovens models:
Q. What can I do if my self-clean side swing oven door is too tight to open or if it doesn't close well?
A. For a self-clean oven with a side swing door, there is an adjustable bracket on the handle side. If the door is too loose, lift up the bracket and if it's too tight, push on it.
Q. There is a nylon or plastic spacer (some models) located on the side or at the back of my oven; can I remove it to help me to put my oven in place?
A. No. These spacers are requested to insure proper working, good air circulation and to prevent possible damage to your cabinet. If there is no spacer on your built-in oven, it is because your model does not need one.


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