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Power Management; Preheat Recommendations; Operational Noises - Frigidaire FPIC3677RF Use & Care Manual


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Power Management

In order to give you more flexibility, your induction
cooktop is equipped with more cooking zones than the
number of induction generators. Each of those generators
is assigned to power a specific cooking zone. One or two
cooking zones are assigned to each generator. If you use
more than one cooking zone at high power on the same
generator, the generator may need to manage its power
to both cooking zones.
Depending on the size of your cooktop, 2 or 3 generators
are available:
The 30" cooktop is equipped with 4 cooking zones
within 2 sections.
The 36" cooktop is equipped with five cooking zones
within 3 sections.
To get the highest power output from your
cooking zones, start your cooking process on only one
cooking zone within the heating section and then add
your second cookware on the second cooking zone when
the first one has already reached its cooking temperature.

Preheat Recommendations

When preheating a pan on the cooktop always watch
carefully. Whenever using the cooktop, always pay
attention to any items cooking and remain attentive until
the cooking process is complete.
Keep in mind that induction may decrease the amount of
time required to preheat a cooking utensil.

Operational Noises

The electronics generating the induction fields are pretty
much noiseless but they do produce heat at high power
level. A soft-sounding cooling fan activates when the
unit is running multiple cooking zones at once or when a
cooking zone is set at very high power settings.
The buzzing sound you could hear from your cooktop is
not coming from the electronics but from the cookware
you are using. Here are some causes of this noise:
• Most induction-ready cookware are made of several
layers of materials. An encapsulated steel layer
is usually used to harness the induction field and
transform it into heat, which is then transferred to
the other materials by radiant energy. The induction
field will cause the steel layer to vibrate against the
other materials in which it is encapsulated. This is
the most common cause of noise from the induction
process. This buzzing only happens at the higher
power level settings. Note that high quality cookware
manufacturers weld this steel layer in place which
lowers or cancel this noise.
• Light weight cookware may also vibrate. We
recommend using heavy weight quality cookware.
• Cookware with warped bottoms can vibrate on the
ceramic glass surface at high power settings.
The power output of your induction
cooktop is capable of warping an empty pan. Never
use the higher power settings on an empty pan. Even
the highest quality cookware is vulnerable to warping.
• Riveted handles on cookware can also cause buzzing
sounds from the vibrations.
• Solid cast iron and enamelware cookware should not
emit any noise. Top quality cookware made of several
layers should also be relatively quiet.

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