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Operating The Single Surface Radiant Elements - Frigidaire 318200633 Use & Care Manual

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The electronic surface element control (esec)
The Electronic Surface Element Control ("ESEC") feature includes
5 digital display windows. The ESEC feature provides a numeric
digital setting for the 5 radiant surface element positions on the
cooktop. These settings work the same way as normal knob
setting indicators work except the settings are displayed in digital
windows (Figs. 1 thru 4).
The available ESEC Display Settings
The ESEC control provides various heat levels from Hi (Fig. 2) to
Lo (Fig. 4) and OFF (Fig. 1). The settings between 9.5 and 3.0
decrease or increase in increments of .5 (1/2). The settings
between 3.0 and 1.2 are Simmer settings which decrease or
increase in increments of .2 (1/5) to Lo (Figure 4; lowest Simmer
setting) for more precise settings at lower heat levels. Use the
Recommended Surface Setting Chart to determine the correct
setting for the kind of food you are preparing.
ESEC Power Failure Indicator Message (PF)
When the range is first plugged in or when the power supply to the range has been interrupted, the ESEC control
will display the message "PF" (Power Failure; See Fig. 5). After a few seconds the "PF" message will disappear
from the display.
ESEC Error Indicator Message (Er)
An error message will be displayed (glowing "Er") at power up (or after a power failure) if ANY of the surface control
knobs were left in the ON positions (See Fig. 6). If a power failure should occur, be sure to set all of the surface
control knobs to the OFF position. This will reset the surface controls.
Once the surface controls have been set to the OFF positions, the surface controls should return to normal
operation. If the surface controls do not function and the "Er" message remains in any display after following these
procedures, contact your authorized servicer for assistance.
ESEC Hot Element Indicator Message (HE)
After using any of the single, dual or triple radiant element positions the cooktop will become very
hot. Even after turning the control knob to OFF, the cooktop will remain hot for some time. The
ESEC control monitors the temperature of the cooktop and displays the message "HE" (hot
element) warning when the cooktop is still too hot to touch (See Fig. 7). If the HE message appears
in the window, the control can still be turned ON again for use.

Operating the Single Surface Radiant Elements

The cooktop has a single radiant surface element located as shown on Figures 8 & 9.
To Operate the Single Surface Element
1. Place correctly sized cookware on the radiant surface element.
2. Push in and turn the surface control knob in either direction to the desired setting using
the ESEC digital display window to verify (Fig. 2). Turn the knob to adjust the setting as
3. Start most cooking operations on a higher setting and then turn to a lower setting to finish
cooking. Each surface element provides a constant amount of heat at each setting. A
glowing red surface heating area extending beyond the bottom edge of the cookware
indicates the cookware is too small for the surface heating area.
4. When cooking has completed, turn the surface control knob to OFF before removing the
cookware. Note: The surface "Element On" indicator lights will glow when one or more
elements are turned on. A quick glance at these indicator lights when cooking is finished
is an easy check to be sure all surface elements are turned off. Also, the HE message will
appear in the display after turning the control knob to OFF if the cooktop is still hot and
remain on until the heating surface area has cooled sufficiently.
Setting Surface Controls
Fig. 1
Fig. 3
Control knobs shown are typical only.
Note: The size and type of cookware used will influence
the setting needed for best cooking results.
Fig. 2
Fig. 4
Fig. 5
Fig. 6
Fig. 7
Fig. 8
Fig. 9



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