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Smoothtop Surface; Hot Surface Light; Cooking Areas - Maytag PER3725ACW User Manual

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• Always place a pan on the surface unit before you turn it
on. To prevent damage to range, never operate surface
unit without a pan in place.
• NEVER use the cooktop as a storage area for food or
• Be sure you know which knob controls which surface
unit. Make sure you turned on the correct surface unit.
• Begin cooking on a higher heat setting then reduce to a
lower setting to complete the operation. Never use a
high heat setting for extended cooking.
• NEVER allow a pan to boil dry. This could damage the
pan and the appliance.
• NEVER touch cooktop until it has cooled. Expect some
parts of the cooktop, especially around the surface units,
to become warm or hot during cooking. Use potholders
to protect hands.

Smoothtop Surface

• Cooktop may emit light smoke and odor the first few
times the cooktop is used. This is normal.
• Smoothtop cooktops retain heat for a period of time
after the element is turned off. Turn the elements off
a few minutes before food is completely cooked and use
the retained heat to complete cooking. When the hot
surface light turns off, the cooking area will be cool
enough to touch. Because of the way they retain heat, the
smoothtop elements will not respond to changes in
settings as quickly as coil elements.
• In the event of a potential boilover, remove the pan from
the cooking surface.
• Never attempt to lift the cooktop.
• The smoothtop surface may appear discolored when it is
hot. This is normal and will disappear when the surface

Cooking Areas

The cooking areas on your range are identified by permanent
circles on the smoothtop surface. For most efficient cooking,
fit the pan size to the element size.
Pans should not extend more than 1-inch beyond the
cooking area.
• Make sure surface unit is turned off.
• Clean up messy spills as soon as possible.
• If cabinet storage is provided directly above cooking
surface, limit it to items that are infrequently used and can
be safely stored in an area subjected to heat. Tempera-
tures may be unsafe for items such as volatile liquids,
cleaners or aerosol sprays.
• NEVER leave any items, especially plastic items, on the
cooktop. The hot air from the vent may ignite flammable
items, melt or soften plastics, or increase pressure in
closed containers causing them to burst.
• NEVER allow aluminum foil, meat probes or any other
metal object, other than a pan on a surface element, to
contact heating elements.
• NEVER store heavy items above the cooktop that could fall
and damage it.
When a control is turned on, a glow can be seen through the
smoothtop surface. The element will cycle on and off to
maintain the preset heat setting, even on HIGH.
For more information on cookware, refer to Cookware
Recommendations on page 11.

Hot Surface Light

The Hot Surface indicator light is located on the control panel.
The light will be illuminated when any cooking area is hot. It
will remain on, even after the control is turned off, until the
area has cooled.
Tips to Protect the
Smoothtop Surface
(see page 5-6 for more information)
• Before first use, clean the cooktop.
• Clean your cooktop daily or after each use. This will keep
your cooktop looking good and can prevent damage.
• If a spillover occurs while cooking, immediately clean the
spill from the cooking area while it is hot to prevent a tough
cleaning chore later. Using extreme care, wipe spill with a
clean dry towel.
• Do not allow spills to remain on the cooking area or the
cooktop trim for a long period of time.
• Never use abrasive cleansing powders or scouring pads
which will scratch the cooktop.
• Never use chlorine bleach, ammonia or other cleansers not
specifically recommended for use on glass-ceramic.
To Prevent Marks and Scratches
• Do not use glass pans. They may scratch the surface.


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