Coil Elements And Burner Bowls; Home Canning; Cookware - Whirlpool RCS3004 Use & Care Manual

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Each control knob will activate the POWER ON light. The light will
glow red when any control knob is on.

Coil Elements and Burner Bowls

(on some models)
Coil elements should be level for optimal cooking results. Burner
bowls, when clean, reflect heat back to the cookware. They also
help catch spills.
Cookware should not extend more than ½" (1.3 cm) over the coil
element. If cookware is uneven or too large, it can produce
excess heat causing the burner bowl to change color. For more
information, see the "General Cleaning" section.
NOTE: Before removing or replacing coil elements and burner
bowls, make sure they are cool and the control knobs are in the
Off position.
To Remove:
1. Push in the edge of coil element toward the receptacle. Then
lift it just enough to clear the burner bowl.
2. Pull the coil element straight away from the receptacle.
3. Lift out the burner bowl.
To Replace:
1. Line up openings in the burner bowl with the coil element
2. Holding the coil element as level as possible, slowly push coil
element terminal into the receptacle.
3. When the terminal is pushed into the receptacle as far as it
will go, push down the edge of the coil element opposite the

Home Canning

When canning for long periods, alternate the use of surface
cooking areas, elements or surface burners between batches.
This allows time for the most recently used areas to cool.
Center the canner on the grate or largest surface cooking
area or element. On electric cooktops, canners should not
extend more than ½" (1.3 cm) beyond the surface cooking
area or element.
Do not place canner on 2 surface cooking areas, elements or
surface burners at the same time.
On ceramic glass models, use only flat-bottomed canners.
On coil element models, the installation of a Canning Unit Kit
is recommended. If a kit is not installed, the life of the coil
element will be shortened. See "Assistance or Service" for
ordering instructions.
For more information, contact your local agricultural
department. Companies that manufacture home canning
products can also offer assistance.


IMPORTANT: Do not leave empty cookware on a hot surface
cooking area, element or surface burner.
Ideal cookware should have a flat bottom, straight sides and a
well-fitting lid, and the material should be of medium-to-heavy
Rough finishes may scratch the cooktop. Aluminum and copper
may be used as a core or base in cookware. However, when used
as a base they can leave permanent marks on the cooktop or
Cookware material is a factor in how quickly and evenly heat is
transferred, which affects cooking results. A nonstick finish has
the same characteristics as its base material. For example,
aluminum cookware with a nonstick finish will take on the
properties of aluminum.
Cookware with nonstick surfaces should not be used under the
Use the following chart as a guide for cookware material
Heats quickly and evenly.
Suitable for all types of cooking.
Medium or heavy thickness is best for
most cooking tasks.
Cast iron
Heats slowly and evenly.
Good for browning and frying.
Maintains heat for slow cooking.
Ceramic or
Follow manufacturer's instructions.
Ceramic glass
Heats slowly, but unevenly.
Ideal results on low to medium heat
Heats very quickly and evenly.
Follow manufacturer's instructions.
Use on low heat settings.
See stainless steel or cast iron.
steel or cast
Stainless steel
Heats quickly, but unevenly.
A core or base of aluminum or copper
on stainless steel provides even

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