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Ceramic Glass Cooktop - Kenmore C970-495022 Use & Care Manual

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Ceramic Glass Cooktop

The ceramic-glass cooktop has electric heating coils located below the ceramic glass surface. The design of the glass cooktop
outlines the area of the surface heating unit below. Most importantly, make sure the diameter of the pan matches the diameter
of the surface unit. Heat is transferred up through the surface of the cooktop. Only flat-bottomed pans should be used. The type
and size of the cookware, number of surface units in use and the settings of the surface units are factors that will affect the
amount of heat that will spread to areas surrounding the units. The areas surrounding the units may become hot enough to
cause burns.
The cooktop should not be used as a cutting board or work surface. Dropping heavy or hard objects on the cooktop may crack
it. Pans with rough bottoms may scratch the cooktop surface. Placing foods directly on the smoothtop surface (without cooking
utensils) is not recommended as difficult cleaning will result and foods may smoke and cause a potential fire hazard. Never use
the griddle or similar cooking sheet on the ceramic glass cooktop.
Types of heating units used
Depending on model, three types of heating units may be found under the ceramic glass cooktop:
– Regular (single coil) radiant elements of various diameters or shapes.
– Expandable type (double circuits) radiants elements of various diameters or shapes.
– Bridge Expandable type (triple circuits) radiants elements of various diameters or shapes.
(some models)
Regular radiant elements (some models)
The ceramic glass design shows the location of the heating surfaces.
Control knobs are used to set the heat power levels; knobs need first to be pressed in when
at OFF position, then turned to the desired heat settings.
A glowing red surface unit extending beyond the bottom edge of the cooking utensil indicates
the utensil is too small for the unit. The control knob does not have to be set exactly on a par-
ticular mark. Use the marks as a guide and adjust the control knob as needed. The hot sur-
face and surface indicator lights will glow.
Expandable radiant elements (some models)
This heating unit combines the characteristics of a small and a large regular radiant heating
unit. Its principal advantage is to allow small and large utensils to be used on the same heat-
ing unit, therefore increasing the cooktop flexibility.
Heat power levels are adjusted by a special control knob that has a dual set of graduations;
for small utensils use the small graduations; the inner surface only will be heating. For larger
utensils use the larger graduations; the whole surface will be heating.
The hot surface and surface indicator lights will glow when the heating unit is turned ON.
Bridge Radiant elements (some models)
Its principal advantage is to allow you to create larger cooking zone for larger pan such as
roaster, griddle or some other specialty pans. To use the bridge element, turn the control knob
on left side, to the bridge element settings. For full bridge element operation turn on the rear
element. To use only the front element, turn the control knob on right side, to the front ele-
ment settings.


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