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Setting Surface Controls - Kenmore 790. 9802 series Use & Care Manual

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Setting Surface Controls

The Electronic Surface Element Control (ESEC)
The Electronic Surface Element Control (ESEC) feature provides a digital display
of the radiant surface elements on the cooktop. The ESEC display in combination
with the touch pads is designed to replace conventional control knobs.
The available ESEC Window Display Settings
The ESEC control will display heat levels ranging from Hi (Figure 1) to Lo
(Figure 6) and OFF (Figure 7). The settings between 9.0 (Figure 2) and 3.0
(Figure 3) decrease or increase in increments of .5 (1/2). The settings between
3.0 (Figures 3 & 4) and 1.2 (Figure 5) are Simmer settings which decrease or
increase in increments of .2 (1/5) to Lo (Figure 6; 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
Hot Surface Indicator Light
When using any of the radiant element positions the cooktop will become very
hot. The hot surface indicator light will turn ON when the element is hot enough
to cause burns, and will remain ON until the cooktop has cooled enough to be
safe to touch. Note: The hot surface message can turn ON when the upper oven
is in self-clean mode.
ESEC Lockout Feature ( - - )
The ESEC feature will not operate during a Self-Clean cycle or when the
Cooktop Lockout feature is active. Whenever the Cooktop Lockout feature is
active, " - - " will appear in all display windows (See Figure 8).
ESEC PF message
The ESEC will display briefly the PF message (Figure 9) whenever there has
been a power interruption to the appliance. The PF message will disappear by
itself after a few seconds.
Recommended Surface Cooking Settings
Recommended Settings for Single, & Double Surface Elements
HIGH (8.0 - Hi)
MEDIUM HIGH (5.0 - 8.0)
MEDIUM (3.0 - 5.0)
MEDIUM LOW (2.0 - 4.0)
LOW/SIMMER (Lo - 2.0)
Note: The size and type of cookware used will influence the setting needed for best cooking results. The
higher Simmer settings are used to simmer and keep larger quantities of foods warm such as stews and
soups. The lower Simmer settings are ideal for delicate foods and melting chocolate or butter.
Type of Cooking
Start most foods, bring water to a boil or pan broiling.
Continue a rapid boil, fry, deep fat fry.
Maintain a slow boil, thicken sauces and gravies, steam vegetables.
Keep foods cooking, poach, stew (2.8 or lower is a simmer setting).
Keep warm, melt, simmer (2.8 or lower is a simmer setting).
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