Spacemaker Microwave Oven - Owner's Manual

 
Models:      JVM1540
                                                               JNM1541
                                                               HVM1540

Spacemaker Microwave Oven
Owner’s Manual

      Important Safety Information                                         2
      Precautions to Avoid Possible Exposure
         to Excessive Microwave Energy               2
      Special Notes About Microwaving                5

      Operating Instructions                                               10
      Features of Your Microwave                   10
      The Controls on Your Microwave               11
      Time Cooking                                 14
      Automatic Cooking                            20
      Other Features                               24
      Oven Shelf                                   29

      Helpful Information                                                  30
      Microwave Terms                              30
      Care and Cleaning                            31

      If Something Goes Wrong                                              36
      Before You Call For Service                36
      GE Service Numbers                         38
      Warranty                           Back Cover
              Write the model and serial numbers here:
              Model# ______________________________
              Serial# ______________________________
              Find these numbers on a label inside the oven.

      ge.com
                                                               MFL31918501
                                                               49-40528-1
                                                                10-08 JR
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
                     READ ALL SAFETY INFORMATION
                     BEFORE USING

    FOR YOUR
    SAFETY

       WARNING!
To reduce the risk of burns, electric shock, fire, injury to persons, or exposure to excessive
microwave energy:

                                        For your safety, the information in this manual
                                        must be followed to minimize the risk of fire
                                        or explosion or to prevent property damage,
    PRECAUTIONS                         personal injury or loss of life.

                                        Do Not Attempt                Do Not Operate the oven
    TO AVOID                            to operate this oven          if it is damaged. It is
    POSSIBLE                            with the door open
                                        since open-door
                                                                      particularly important
                                                                      that the oven door
    EXPOSURE                            operation can result          close properly and
                                        in harmful exposure           that there is no
    TO EXCESSIVE                        to microwave energy.          damage to the:
                                        It is important not to
    MICROWAVE                           defeat or tamper with
                                                                      1 door (bent),
                                                                      2 hinges and latches
    ENERGY                              the safety interlocks.          (broken or loosened),
                                        Do Not Place any object       3 door seals and sealing
                                        between the oven front          surfaces.
                                        face and the door or          The Oven Should Not
                                        allow soil or cleaner         be adjusted or repaired
                                        residue to accumulate         by anyone except
                                        on sealing surfaces.          properly qualified
                                                                      service personnel.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
                             • Read and follow the         • Do not operate this
This microwave oven is         specific “Precautions to      appliance if it has a
intended for household         Avoid Possible Exposure       damaged power cord or
use and is UL listed for       to Excessive Microwave        plug, if it is not working
installation over electric     Energy” on page 2.            properly, or if it has been
and gas ranges.              • This appliance must be        damaged or dropped.
                               grounded. Connect only        If the power cord is
This microwave oven is                                       damaged, it must be
                               to properly grounded
not approved or tested         outlet. See Grounding         replaced by General
for marine use.                Instructions section on       Electric Service or an
                               page 9.                       authorized service agent
                                                             using a power cord from
                             • Do not mount this             General Electric.
                               appliance over a sink.
                                                           • Do not cover or block
                             • Do not store anything         any openings on the
                               directly on top of the        appliance.
                               microwave oven surface      • Use this appliance only
                               when the microwave oven       for its intended use as
                               is in operation.              described in this manual.
                             • Install or locate this        Do not use corrosive
                               appliance only in             chemicals or vapors in
                               accordance with the           this appliance. This
                               provided Installation         microwave oven is
                               Instructions.                 specifically designed to
                                                             heat, dry or cook food,
                             • This over-the-range oven      and is not intended
                               was designed for use over     for laboratory or
                               ranges no wider than 36″.     industrial use.
                               It may be installed over
                               both gas and electric
                               cooking equipment.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
                      READ ALL SAFETY INFORMATION
                      BEFORE USING
• Do not store this appliance     • To reduce the risk of fire   • It is important to keep the
  outdoors. Do not use this         in the oven cavity:            area clean where the door
  product near water—             — Do not overcook                seals against the
  for example, in a wet             food. Carefully attend         microwave. Use only mild,
  basement, near a                  appliance when paper,          non-abrasive detergents
  swimming pool, near a             plastic or other               applied with a clean
  sink or in similar locations.     combustible materials          sponge or soft cloth. Rinse
• Keep power cord away              are placed inside the          well.
  from heated surfaces.             oven while cooking.          • This appliance must only
• Do not immerse power            — Remove wire twist-ties         be serviced by qualified
  cord or plug in water.            and metal handles              service personnel. Contact
                                    from paper or plastic          nearest authorized service
                                    containers before placing      facility for examination,
                                    them in the oven.              repair or adjustment.

                                  — Do not use the oven          • As with any appliance,
                                    for storage purposes.          close supervision is
                                    Do not leave paper             necessary when used
                                    products, cooking              by children.
                                    utensils or food in the      • Some products such as
                                    oven when not in use.          whole eggs and sealed
                                  — If materials inside oven       containers—for example,
                                    ignite, keep the oven          closed jars—are able to
                                    door closed, turn the          explode and should not
                                    oven off and disconnect        be heated in this
                                    the power cord, or shut        microwave oven. Such use
                                    off power at the fuse or       of the microwave oven
                                    circuit breaker panel.         could result in injury.
                                    If the door is opened,
                                    the fire may spread.
                                  — Do not use the
                                    Sensor Features twice in
                                    succession on the same
                                    food portion. If food is
                                    under cooked after the
                                    first countdown, use
                                    Time Cook for additional
                                    cooking time.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT MICROWAVING

ARCING
                           Arcing is the microwave         • Foil not molded to food
If you see arcing, press   term for sparks in the            (upturned edges act like
the CLEAR/OFF pad and      oven. Arcing is caused by:        antennas).
correct the problem.       • The metal shelf (if           • Metal, such as twist-ties,
                             included) not installed         poultry pins or gold-
                             correctly so it touches the     rimmed dishes, in the
                             microwave wall.                 microwave.
                           • The temperature probe         • Recycled paper towels
                             (if included) in the            containing small metal
                             microwave but not               pieces being used in the
                             inserted in the food.           microwave.
                           • Metal or foil touching
                             the side of the oven.

FOODS
                           • Do not pop popcorn in         • Operating the microwave
                             your microwave oven             with no food inside for
                             unless in a special             more than a minute or
                             microwave popcorn               two may cause damage
                             accessory or unless you         to the oven and could
                             use popcorn labeled for         start a fire. It increases
                             use in microwave ovens.         the heat around the
                           • Do not boil eggs in a           magnetron and can
                             microwave oven. Pressure        shorten the life of
                             will build up inside egg        the oven.
                             yolk and will cause it to     • Foods with unbroken
                             burst, possibly resulting       outer “skin” such as
                             in injury.                      potatoes, hot dogs,
                                                             sausages, tomatoes,
                                                             apples, chicken livers
                                                             and other giblets, and
                                                             egg yolks should be
                                                             pierced to allow steam
                                                             to escape during
                                                             cooking.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT MICROWAVING
SAFETY FACT                    • Avoid heating baby food
                                 in glass jars, even with the
                                                                • Do not overcook
                                                                  potatoes. They could
SUPERHEATED WATER                lid off. Make sure all           dehydrate and catch
Liquids, such as water,          infant food is thoroughly        fire, causing damage
coffee or tea, are able to       cooked. Stir food to             to your oven.
be overheated beyond             distribute the heat evenly.    • Cook meat and poultry
the boiling point without        Be careful to prevent            thoroughly—meat to
appearing to be boiling.         scalding when warming            at least an INTERNAL
Visible bubbling or boiling      formula or breast milk.          temperature of 160°F
when the container is            The container may feel           and poultry to at least an
removed from the microwave       cooler than the milk really      INTERNAL temperature
oven is not always present.      is. Always test the milk         of 180°F. Cooking to
THIS COULD RESULT                before feeding the baby.         these temperatures
IN VERY HOT LIQUIDS            • Don’t defrost frozen             usually protects against
SUDDENLY BOILING OVER            beverages in narrow-             foodborne illness.
WHEN THE CONTAINER IS            necked bottles (especially
DISTURBED OR A SPOON             carbonated beverages).
OR OTHER UTENSIL IS              Even if the container is
INSERTED INTO THE LIQUID.        opened, pressure can
To reduce the risk of injury     build up. This can cause
to persons:                      the container to burst,
                                 possibly resulting in
— Do not overheat the            injury.
  liquid.
                               • Hot foods and steam
— Stir the liquid both           can cause burns. Be
  before and halfway             careful when opening
  through heating it.            any containers of hot
— Do not use straight-           food, including popcorn
  sided containers with          bags, cooking pouches
  narrow necks.                  and boxes. To prevent
                                 possible injury, direct
— After heating, allow the
                                 steam away from hands
  container to stand in
                                 and face.
  the microwave oven for
  a short time before
  removing the container.
— Use extreme care when
  inserting a spoon or
  other utensil into the
  container.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
 MICROWAVE-
 SAFE
 COOKWARE
Make sure all cookware           If the dish remains cool      • Paper towels, waxed
used in your microwave           and only the water in the       paper and plastic wrap
oven is suitable for             cup heats, then the dish        can be used to cover
microwaving. Most glass          is microwave-safe.              dishes in order to retain
casseroles, cooking dishes,     • If you use a meat              moisture and prevent
measuring cups, custard           thermometer while              spattering. Be sure to
cups, pottery or china            cooking, make sure it is       vent plastic wrap so
dinnerware which does not         safe for use in microwave      steam can escape.
have metallic trim or glaze       ovens.                       • Cookware may become
with a metallic sheen can                                        hot because of heat
be used. Some cookware          • Do not use recycled
                                  paper products. Recycled       transferred from the
is labeled “suitable for                                         heated food. Pot holders
microwaving.”                     paper towels, napkins
                                  and waxed paper can            may be needed to handle
                                  contain metal flecks           the cookware.
                                  which may cause arcing       • “Boilable” cooking
                                  or ignite. Paper products      pouches and tightly
                                  containing nylon or            closed plastic bags should
                                  nylon filaments should         be slit, pierced or vented
       How to test for a          be avoided, as they may
      microwave-safe dish.
                                                                 as directed by package.
                                  also ignite.                   If they are not, plastic
• If you are not sure if                                         could burst during or
  a dish is microwave-safe,     • Some styrofoam trays
                                  (like those that meat is       immediately after
  use this test: Place in the                                    cooking, possibly resulting
  oven both the dish you          packaged on) have a thin
                                  strip of metal embedded        in injury. Also, plastic
  are testing and a glass                                        storage containers should
  measuring cup filled with       in the bottom. When
                                  microwaved, the metal can      be at least partially
  1 cup of water—set the                                         uncovered because they
  measuring cup either            burn the floor of the oven
                                  or ignite a paper towel.       form a tight seal. When
  in or next to the dish.                                        cooking with containers
  Microwave 30–45 seconds       • Do not use the microwave       tightly covered with
  at high. If the dish heats,     to dry newspapers.             plastic wrap, remove
  it should not be used for     • Not all plastic wrap           covering carefully and
  microwaving.                    is suitable for use in         direct steam away from
                                  microwave ovens.               hands and face.
                                  Check the package
                                  for proper use.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT MICROWAVING
• Use foil only as directed in   • Plastic cookware—Plastic     Follow these guidelines:
  this manual. When using          cookware designed for        1 Use microwave-safe
  foil in the microwave            microwave cooking is very      plastics only and use
  oven, keep the foil at least     useful, but should be used     them in strict compliance
  1″ away from the sides of        carefully. Even microwave-     with the cookware
  the oven.                        safe plastic may not be as     manufacturer’s
                                   tolerant of overcooking        recommendations.
                                   conditions as are glass or
                                   ceramic materials and        2 Do not microwave empty
                                   may soften or char if          containers.
                                   subjected to short periods   3 Do not permit children
                                   of overcooking. In longer      to use plastic cookware
                                   exposures to overcooking,      without complete
                                   the food and cookware          supervision.
                                   could ignite.

GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS/OPTIONAL KITS
    GROUNDING
    INSTRUCTIONS
                                 This appliance is equipped     Do not, under any
                                 with a power cord having       circumstances, cut or
                                 a grounding wire with a        remove the third (ground)
                                 grounding plug. The plug       prong from the power cord.
                                 must be plugged into an        Do not use an adapter plug
                                 outlet that is properly        with this appliance.
        Ensure proper ground     installed and grounded.
        exists before use.                                      Do not use an extension
                                 Consult a qualified            cord with this appliance.
                                 electrician or service         If the power cord is too
     WARNING                     technician if the grounding
                                 instructions are not
                                                                short, have a qualified
      Improper use of the                                       electrician or service
grounding plug can result        completely understood,         technician install an outlet
in a risk of electric shock.     or if doubt exists as to       near the appliance.
                                 whether the appliance is
This appliance must be           properly grounded.             For best operation, plug
grounded. In the event of                                       this appliance into its own
an electrical short circuit,     If the outlet is a standard    electrical outlet to prevent
grounding reduces the            2-prong wall outlet, it is     flickering of lights, blowing
risk of electric shock by        your personal responsibility   of fuse or tripping of circuit
providing an escape wire         and obligation to have it      breaker.
for the electric current.        replaced with a properly
                                 grounded 3-prong wall
                                 outlet.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
 THE VENT
 FAN
The fan will operate            • In the event of a grease        • When preparing flaming
automatically under               fire on the surface units         foods under the microwave,
certain conditions (see           below the microwave               turn the vent fan on.
Automatic Fan feature).           oven, smother a flaming         • Never leave surface units
Take care to prevent the          pan on the surface unit           beneath your microwave
starting and spreading of         by covering the pan               oven unattended at high
accidental cooking fires          completely with a lid, a          heat settings. Boilovers
while the vent fan is in use.     cookie sheet or a flat tray.      cause smoking and greasy
• Clean the underside of        • Use care when cleaning            spillovers that may ignite
  the microwave often.            the vent fan filter.              and spread if the
  Do not allow grease             Corrosive cleaning                microwave vent fan is
  to build up on the              agents, such as lye-based         operating. To minimize
  microwave or the                oven cleaners, may                automatic fan operation,
  fan filter.                     damage the filter.                use adequate sized
                                                                    cookware and use high
                                                                    heat on surface units
                                                                    only when necessary.

NOTICE—
PACEMAKERS
Most pacemakers are             However, patients with
shielded from interference      pacemakers may wish to
from electronic products,       consult their physicians if
including microwaves.           they have concerns.

 Optional Kits
Filler Panel Kits               For installation between          Available at extra cost from
JX46WH/BL—White/Black           cabinets only; not for            your GE supplier.
JX40WH—White                    end-of-cabinet installation.                 Charcoal filter (JX81C)
JX41—Black                      Each kit contains two
When replacing a 36″            3″-wide filler panels.
range hood, filler panel        JX81C—Recirculating Charcoal
kits fill in the additional     Filter Kit (included with Model
width to provide a custom       JNM1541)
built-in appearance.            Filter kits are used when
                                the microwave oven cannot
                                be vented to the outside.

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Operating Instructions
     Features of Your Microwave
     (Throughout this manual, features and appearance
     may vary from your model.)

 Features
                                   1    2    3     10

               9

                                                                                          4

                                                    6     8   5         7    6

                                 1 Door Handle. Pull to           7 Removable Turntable.
                                   open the door. The               Turntable and support
                                   door must be securely            must be in place
                                   latched for the                  when using the oven.
                                   microwave to operate.            The turntable may be
                                 2 Door Latches.                    removed for cleaning.

                                 3 Window with Metal              8 Convenience Guide.
                                   Shield. Screen allows          9 Shelf (on some models).
                                   cooking to be viewed             Lets you microwave
                                   while keeping                    several foods at once.
                                   microwaves confined              Food microwaves best
                                   in the oven.                     when placed directly
                                 4 Touch Control Panel.             on the turntable.

                                 5 Cooktop Light.                 10 Rating Plate. Located
                                                                     on the inside wall of
                                 6 Grease Filters.                   the microwave oven.

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Quick Start

   The Controls on Your Microwave Oven
   (Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.)

You can microwave
by time, temperature
or with the
convenience
features.

   1
         Time Features
Time Cooking
 Press                                        Enter
 TIME COOK I & II (Press once or twice)       Amount of cooking time.
 DEFROST AUTO/TIME (Press twice)              Amount of defrosting time.
 EXPRESS COOK                                 Starts immediately!
 POWER LEVEL                                  Power level 1–10.
 ADD 30 SEC                                   Starts immediately!

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Quick Start
     GUIDE ON MICROWAVE         GUIDES IN BOOK
     Before you begin, check    • Cooking
     the guide located on the
                                • Time Defrost
     inside front of the oven
     when you open the door.    • Reheat

      2
            Convenience Features

 Press                              Enter                 Option
 POPCORN                            Starts immediately!   more/less time
                                                          serving size
 BEVERAGE                           Starts immediately!   serving size
 REHEAT                             (See Reheat Guide)    serving size
 POTATO                             Starts immediately!   serving size
 VEGETABLE (on some models)         Starts immediately!   food type/serving size
 DEFROST AUTO/TIME                  Food weight
 (Press once)

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Operating Instructions

Changing Power
Levels
                          Variable power levels add       to “equalize” or transfer
                          flexibility to microwave        heat to the inside of the
                          cooking. The power levels       food. An example of this
                          on the microwave oven           is shown with power level
                          can be compared to the          3—the defrost cycle. If
                          surface units on a range.       microwave energy did not
                          High (power level 10) or        cycle off, the outside of the
                          full power is the fastest way   food would cook before
                          to cook and gives you           the inside was defrosted.
                          100% power. Each power          Here are some examples
                          level gives you microwave       of uses for various power
                          energy a certain percent of     levels:
                          the time. Power level 7 is
                          microwave energy 70% of          Power Level Best Uses
                          the time. Power level 3 is
                                                           High 10      Fish, bacon,
                          energy 30% of the time.                       vegetables,
                          A high setting (10) will                      boiling liquids.
                          cook faster but food may         Med-High 7 Gentle
How to Change the
                          need more frequent                          cooking of
Power Level                                                           meat and
The power level may be    stirring, rotating or turning
                                                                      poultry;
entered or changed        over. Most cooking will be                  baking
immediately after         done on High (power level                   casseroles
                          10). A lower setting will                   and reheating.
entering the feature
time for TIME COOK,       cook more evenly and need        Medium 5     Slow cooking
                          less stirring or rotating of                  and tenderizing
TIME DEFROST or
                          the food.                                     such as stews
EXPRESS COOK. The                                                       and less tender
power level may also be   Some foods may have                           cuts of meat.
changed during time       better flavor, texture or        Low 2 or 3   Defrosting
countdown.                appearance if one of the                      without
                          lower settings is used. Use                   cooking;
1 Press TIME COOK or
                          a lower power level when                      simmering;
  select Time Defrost.                                                  delicate sauces.
2 Enter cooking or        cooking foods that have a
                          tendency to boil over, such      Warm 1       Keeping food
  defrosting time.                                                      warm without
3 Press POWER LEVEL.      as scalloped potatoes.
                                                                        overcooking;
4 Select desired power    Rest periods (when the                        softening
  level 1–10.             microwave energy cycles                       butter.
5 Press START.            off) give time for the food
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Operating Instructions

      Time Features

 Time Cook
                                 Time Cook I                 Time Cook II
                                 Allows you to microwave     Lets you change power
                                 for any time up to 99       levels automatically during
                                 minutes and 99 seconds.     cooking. Here’s how to
                                 Power level 10 (High)       do it:
                                 is automatically set, but   1 Press TIME COOK.
                                 you may change it for       2 Enter the first cook time.
                                 more flexibility.
                                                             3 Change the power level
                                 You may open the door         if you don’t want full
                                 during Time Cook to           power. (Press POWER
                                 check the food. Close the     LEVEL. Select a desired
                                 door and press START          power level 1–10.)
                                 to resume cooking.
                                                             4 Press TIME COOK
                                                               again.
                                                             5 Enter the second cook
                                                               time.
     1 Press TIME COOK.
                                                             6 Change the power level
     2 Enter cooking time.                                     if you don’t want full
     3 Change power level                                      power. (Press POWER
       if you don’t want full                                  LEVEL. Select a power
       power. (Press POWER                                     level 1–10.)
       LEVEL. Select a desired                               7 Press START.
       power level 1–10.)
                                                             At the end of Time Cook I,
     4 Press START.                                          Time Cook II counts down.

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Cooking Guide for Time Cook I & II

NOTE: Use power level High (10) unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable         Amount                Time           Comments
Asparagus
(fresh spears)    1 lb.                 6 to 9 min., In 11⁄2-qt. oblong glass baking dish,
                                        Med-High (7) place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package          5 to 7 min.  In 1-qt. casserole.
Beans
(fresh green) 1 lb. cut in half         9 to 11 min.   In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
(frozen green) 10-oz. package           6 to 8 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
                                                       water.
(frozen lima)     10-oz. package        6 to 8 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
Beets
(fresh, whole)    1 bunch               17 to 21 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)       1 bunch               7 to 10 min.   In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
                  (11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
(fresh spears)    1 bunch               9 to 13 min.   In 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish, place
                  (11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)                  1/4 cup water.
(frozen,          10-oz. package        5 to 7 min.    In 1-qt. casserole.
chopped)
(frozen spears) 10-oz. package          5 to 7 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
                                                       water.
Cabbage
(fresh)           1 medium head 8 to 11 min.           In 11⁄2- or 2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup
                  (about 2 lbs.)                       water.
(wedges)                         7 to 10 min.          In 2- or 3-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup
                                                       water.
Carrots
(fresh, sliced)   1 lb.                 7 to 9 min.    In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen)          10-oz. package        5 to 7 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
                                                       water.
Cauliflower
(flowerets)       1 medium head 9 to 14 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
(fresh, whole)    1 medium head 10 to 17 min. In 2-qt. casserole, place 1/2 cup water.
(frozen)          10-oz. package 5 to 7 min.  In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
                                              water.

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Operating Instructions
     Cooking Guide for Time Cook I & II

Vegetable         Amount            Time           Comments
Corn
(frozen kernel) 10-oz. package      5 to 7 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
                                                   water.
Corn on the cob
(fresh)           1 to 5 ears       3 to 4 min.    In 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish, place
                                    per ear        corn. If corn is in husk, use no water;
                                                   if corn has been husked, add 1/4 cup
                                                   water. Rearrange after half of time.
(frozen)          1 ear             5 to 6 min.    Place in 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish.
                  2 to 6 ears       3 to 4 min.    Cover with vented plastic wrap.
                                    per ear        Rearrange after half of time.
Mixed
vegetables
(frozen)          10-oz. package    5 to 7 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
                                                   water.
Peas
(fresh, shelled) 2 lbs. unshelled 9 to 12 min.     In 1-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
(frozen)         10-oz. package 5 to 7 min.        In 1-qt. casserole, place 2 tablespoons
                                                   water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed,    4 potatoes        9 to 12 min.   Peel and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place
white)            (6 to 8 oz. each)                in 2-qt. casserole with 1/2 cup water.
                                                   Stir after half of time.
(fresh, whole,  1 (6 to 8 oz.)      3 to 4 min.    Pierce with cooking fork. Place in
sweet or white)                                    center of the oven. Let stand 5 minutes.
Spinach
(fresh)           10 to 16 oz.      5 to 7 min.    In 2-qt. casserole, place washed spinach.
(frozen,          10-oz. package    5 to 7 min.    In 1-qt. casserole, place 3 tablespoons
chopped                                            water.
and leaf)
Squash
(fresh, summer    1 lb. sliced      5 to 7 min.    In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4 cup water.
and yellow)
(winter, acorn    1 to 2 squash      8 to 11 min. Cut in half and remove fibrous
butternut)        (about 1 lb. each)              membranes. In 2-qt. oblong glass
                                                  baking dish, place squash cut-side-
                                                  down. Turn cut-side-up after 4 minutes.

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Time Features

Time Defrost
                            Allows you to defrost for the    Defrosting Tips
                            length of time you select.       • Foods frozen in paper or
                            See the Defrosting Guide           plastic can be defrosted in
                            for suggested times.               the package. Tightly closed
                            Power level 3 is                   packages should be slit,
                            automatically set, but             pierced or vented AFTER
                            you may change this for            food has partially
                            more flexibility. You may          defrosted. Plastic storage
                            defrost small items more           containers should be at
                            quickly by raising the power       least partially uncovered.
                            level after entering the time.   • Family-size, prepackaged
                            However, they will need            frozen dinners can be
                            more frequent attention            defrosted and microwaved.
                            than usual.                        If the food is in a foil
                                                               container, transfer it
                            Power level 7 cuts the total
                                                               to a microwave-safe dish.
                            defrosting time in about
                            half; power level 10 cuts the    • Foods that spoil easily, such
1 Press DEFROST             total time to approximately        as milk, eggs, fish, stuffings,
  AUTO/TIME twice.          1/3. Rotate or stir food           poultry and pork, should
2 Enter defrosting time.    frequently.                        not be allowed to sit out
                                                               for more than one hour
3 Press START.              At one half of selected
                                                               after defrosting. Room
                            defrosting time, the oven
4 Turn food over when                                          temperature promotes
                            signals TURN. At this time,
  the oven signals.                                            the growth of harmful
                            turn food over and break
5 Press START.                                                 bacteria.
                            apart or rearrange pieces
  (Auto Defrost explained   for more even defrosting.        • For more even defrosting
  in the section on         Shield any warm areas with         of larger foods, such as
  Convenience Features.)    small pieces of foil.              beef, lamb and veal roasts,
                                                               use Auto Defrost.
                            A dull thumping noise may
                            be heard during defrosting.      • Be sure large meats are
                            This sound is normal when          completely defrosted
                            the oven is not operating at       before cooking.
                            High power.                      • When defrosted, food
                                                               should be cool but
                                                               softened in all areas. If still
                                                               slightly icy, return to the
                                                               microwave very briefly, or
                                                               let it stand a few minutes.

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Operating Instructions

     Defrosting Guide

Food                              Time           Comments
Breads, Cakes
Bread, buns or rolls (1 piece)    1 min.
Sweet rolls (approx. 12 oz.)      3 to 5 min.
Fish and Seafood
Fillets, frozen (1 lb.)           6 to 8 min.
Shellfish, small pieces (1 lb.)   5 to 7 min.    Place block in casserole. Turn over and
                                                 break up after half the time.
Fruit
Plastic pouch—1 to 2              3 to 6 min.
(10-oz. package)
Meat
Bacon (1 lb.)                     2 to 5 min.   Place unopened package in oven.
                                                Let stand 5 minutes after defrosting.
Franks (1 lb.)                    2 to 5 min.   Place unopened package in oven.
                                                Microwave just until franks can be
                                                separated. Let stand 5 minutes,
                                                if necessary, to complete defrosting.
Ground meat (1 lb.)               5 to 7 min.   Turn meat over after half the time.
Roast: beef, lamb, veal, pork     12 to 16 min. Use power level 1.
                                  per lb.
Steaks, chops and cutlets         5 to 7 min.   Place unwrapped meat in cooking dish.
                                  per lb.       Turn over after half the time and shield
                                                warm areas with foil. When finished,
                                                separate pieces and let stand to complete
                                                defrosting.
Poultry
Chicken, broiler-fryer            15 to 19 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. Unwrap
cut up (21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)                         and turn over after half the time. When
                                                finished, separate pieces and microwave
                                                2–4 minutes more, if necessary. Let stand
                                                to finish defrosting.
Chicken, whole                    17 to 21 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. After half
(21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)                                the time, unwrap and turn chicken over.
                                                Shield warm areas with foil. Finish
                                                defrosting. If necessary, run cold water in
                                                the cavity until giblets can be removed.
Cornish hen                       7 to 13 min. Place unwrapped hen in the oven breast-
                                  per lb.       side-up. Turn over after half the time.
                                                Run cool water in the cavity until giblets
                                                can be removed.
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)       5 to 9 min.   Place unwrapped breast in dish breast-
                                  per lb.       side-down. After half the time, turn over
                                                and shield warm areas with foil. Finish
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                                                refrigerator to complete defrosting.
Time Features

Express Cook
                 This is a quick way to set      The power level can
                 cooking time for 1–6 minutes.   be changed as time is
                 Press one of the Express        counting down. Press
                 Cook pads (from 1 to 6)         POWER LEVEL and
                 for 1 to 6 minutes of           enter 1–10.
                 cooking at power level 10.
                 For example, press the
                 2 pad for 2 minutes of
                 cooking time.

Add 30 Seconds
                 You can use this feature
                 two ways:
                 • It will add 30 seconds to     • It can be used as a quick
                   the time counting down          way to set 30 seconds of
                   each time the pad is            cooking time.
                   pressed.

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Operating Instructions

     Convenience Features

 Popcorn
                              How to Use the Popcorn       .
                              Feature
                              1 Follow package
          Use only with
     prepackaged microwave      instructions, using Time
        popcorn weighing        Cook if the package is
        3.0 to 3.5 ounces.
                                less than 3.0 ounces or
                                larger than 3.5 ounces.
NOTE: Do not use the metal
shelf when cooking popcorn.     Place the package of
                                popcorn in the center
                                of the microwave.
                              2 Press POPCORN. The
                                oven starts immediately.
                                Tap POPCORN to select
                                the bag size you are
                                cooking.

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Convenience Features

 Beverage
                              The Beverage feature heats     Drinks heated with the
                              servings of any beverage.      Beverage feature may be
                              Press BEVERAGE. The            very hot. Remove the
                              oven starts immediately.       container with care.

                              On some models, the serving
                              size is automatically set at
                              1, but can be changed by
                              pressing 2 or 3 right after
                              pressing BEVERAGE.

 Reheat
                              The Reheat feature reheats     3 On some models, press
                              servings of many previously      START.
                              cooked foods.                  4 Press 2 or 3 to change the
                              1 Press REHEAT.                  serving size.
                              2 Select food type 1–6 for     NOTE: The serving size may
                                one serving (see Reheat      be changed or added after
                                Guide below). On some        the oven starts. Press
                                models, the oven starts      number pad 2 or 3. On some
NOTE: Do not use the metal      immediately.                 models, the serving size
shelf when using the Reheat                                  for food type 6 cannot be
feature.                                                     changed.

Reheat Guide
Food Type                        Comments
1 Pasta                          Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
2 Meats                          Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
3 Veggies                        Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
4 Beverages                      Works best with wide mouth mug—do not cover.
5 Sauces                         Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
6 Plate of leftovers             Cover with vented plastic wrap.

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Operating Instructions

     Convenience Features

 Potato
                           The Potato feature cooks
                           up to four 8–10 ounce
                           potatoes.
                           Press POTATO once for
                           one potato, twice for two
                           potatoes, three times for
                           three potatoes and four
                           times for four potatoes.
                           The oven will start
                           immediately after
                           POTATO is pressed.

 Vegetable                  (Model HVM1540 only)
                           The Vegetable feature
                           automatically sets the
                           cooking times and power
                           levels to cook fresh, frozen
                           or canned vegetables.
                           1 Press VEGETABLE.
                             “Select Veggie type 1–3”
                             will be displayed.
                           2 Select food type 1–3
                             (see chart below).
                           3 Enter weight in ounces
                             (see chart below).
                           4 The oven starts
                             automatically.

     Food Code     Food                Weight
         1        Canned              4–20 oz.
         2        Frozen              4–20 oz.
         3         Fresh              4–16 oz.

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Convenience Features

Auto Defrost
                          The Defrost Auto/Time
                                                                   Conversion Guide
                          feature gives you two ways
                          to defrost frozen foods.                 If the weight of food is
                                                                   stated in pounds and
                          Press DEFROST
                                                                   ounces, the ounces must
                          AUTO/TIME once for                       be converted to tenths
                          Auto Defrost or twice for                (.1) of a pound.
                          Time Defrost.
                                                                   Weight of      Enter Food
                          Use Auto Defrost for meat,               Food in        Weight
                          poultry and fish. Use Time               Ounces         (tenths of
                                                                                  a pound)
                          Defrost for most other
                          frozen foods.                               1–2             .1
                          Auto Defrost automatically                   3              .2
                          sets the defrosting times                   4–5             .3
                          and power levels to give                    6–7             .4
                          even defrosting results for
                                                                       8              .5
                          meats, poultry and fish
                                                                      9–10            .6
                          weighing up to six pounds.
1 Press DEFROST                                                        11             .7
  AUTO/TIME once.         There is a handy guide
                                                                     12–13            .8
                          located on the inside front
2 Using the Conversion    of the oven.                               14–15            .9
  Guide at right, enter
  food weight. For                                                • Remove meat from
  example, press pads 1                                             package and place on
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  and 2 for 1.2 pounds                                              microwave-safe dish.
  (1 pound, 3 ounces).                                            • Twice during defrost,
3 Press START.                       Guide                          the oven signals TURN.
                                                                    At each TURN signal,
  (Time Defrost is                                                  turn the food over.
  explained in the Time                                             Remove defrosted meat
  Features section.)                                                or shield warm areas with
                                                                    small pieces of foil.
                                                                  • After defrosting, most
                                                                    meats need to stand
                                                                    5 minutes to complete
                                                                    defrosting. Large roasts
                                                                    should stand for about
                                                                    30 minutes.

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Operating Instructions

     Other Features Your Model May Have

 Cooking Complete
 Reminder
                    To remind you that you
                    have food in the oven, the
                    oven will display “FOOD IS
                    READY” or “END” and
                    beep once a minute until
                    you either open the oven
                    door or press CLEAR/OFF.

 Clock
                    Press to enter the time of
                    day or to check the time
                    of day while microwaving.
                    1 Press CLOCK.
                    2 Enter time of day.
                    3 On some models, select
                      AM or PM.
                    4 Press START or CLOCK.

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Other Features Your Model May Have

Scroll Speed     (On some models)
                 The scroll speed of the
                 display can be changed.
                 Press and hold the AM/PM
                 pad about 3 seconds to
                 bring up the display.
                 Select 1–5 for slow to
                 fast scroll speed.

Display On/Off
                 To turn the clock display    To redisplay the clock,
                 off, press and hold 0 for    repeat.
                 about three seconds.

Delay Start
                 Delay Start allows you to    4 Select any combination
                 set the microwave to delay     of Defrost Auto/Time
                 cooking up to 24 hours.        or Time Cook I & II.
                 1 Press DELAY START.         5 Press START.
                 2 Enter the time you want    The Delay Start time will
                   the oven to start. (Be     be displayed. The oven will
                   sure the microwave clock   automatically start at the
                   shows the correct time     delayed time.
                   of day.)                   The time of day may be
                 3 On some models, select     displayed by pressing
                   AM or PM.                  CLOCK.

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Operating Instructions
     Other Features Your Model May Have
 Timer On/Off
                    Timer On/Off operates as       When time is up, the oven
                    a minute timer and can be      will signal. To turn off the
                    used at any time, even         timer signal, press TIMER
                    when the oven is operating.    ON/OFF.
                    1 Press TIMER ON/OFF.          NOTE: The timer indicator
                    2 Enter time you want to       will be lit while the timer
                      count down.                  is operating.

                    3 Press TIMER ON/OFF
                      to start.

 Start/Pause
                    In addition to starting many
                    functions, START/PAUSE
                    allows you to stop cooking
                    without opening the door
                    or clearing the display.

 Reminder
                    The Reminder feature can       4 Press REMINDER. When
                    be used like an alarm clock      Reminder signal occurs,
                    and can be used at any           press REMINDER to turn
                    time, even when the oven is      it off. The Reminder
                    operating. The Reminder          time may be displayed by
                    time can be set up to            pressing REMINDER.
                    24 hours later.                NOTE: The REM indicator
                    1 Press REMINDER.              will remain lit to show that
                    2 Enter the time you want      the Reminder is set. To
                      the oven to remind you.      clear the Reminder before
                      (Be sure the microwave       it occurs, press REMINDER,
                      clock shows the correct      then 0. The REM indicator
                      time of day.)                will no longer be lit.

                    3 On some models, select
                      AM or PM.

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Other Features Your Model May Have

Child Lock-Out
                 You may lock the control    To lock or unlock the
                 panel to prevent the        controls, press and hold
                 microwave from being        CLEAR/OFF for about
                 accidentally started or     3 seconds. When the
                 used by children.           control panel is locked, “L”
                                             or “LOC” will be displayed
                                             to the extreme right.

Turntable
                 For best cooking results,   Sometimes the turntable
                 leave the turntable on.     can become too hot to
                 It can be turned off for    touch. Be careful touching
                 large dishes. Press         the turntable during and
                 TURNTABLE to turn           after cooking.
                 the turntable on or off.

Surface Light
                 Press to turn the surface   On some models, there is
                 light on or off.            a night light option.
                                             Press SURFACE LIGHT
                                             once for bright light, twice
                                             for the night light or three
                                             times to turn the light off.

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Operating Instructions

     Other Features Your Model May Have

 Vent Fan
                      When the microwave oven       When the microwave
                      is off, you may operate the   is on, the vent fan will
                      vent fan:                     automatically turn on at
                      1 Press the Vent Fan pad      low fan speed, stay on while
                        once for high fan speed.    the microwave is operating
                                                    and automatically turn off
                      2 Press the Vent Fan pad a    after the microwave goes
                        second time for low fan     off if the Vent Fan pad is
                        speed.                      not pressed.
                      3 Press the Vent Fan pad      When the microwave oven
                        a third time to turn the    is on you may also:
                        fan off.
                                                    1 Press the Vent Fan pad
                                                      once for high fan speed.
                                                    2 Press the Vent Fan pad a
                                                      second time for low fan
                                                      speed.
                                                    3 Press the Vent Fan pad
                                                      a third time to set the fan
                                                      to turn off automatically
                                                      after the microwave
                                                      goes off.
                                                    If the vent fan is still
                                                    operating after the
                                                    microwave goes off, press
                                                    the Vent Fan pad until it
                                                    turns off.
                                                    NOTE: The vent fan cannot
                                                    be turned off while the
                                                    microwave is operating.

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Other Features Your Model May Have

 Shelf (on some models)
How to Use the Shelf        Food microwaves best            Shelf and Reheating
When Microwaving            when placed on the
                            turntable or on the shelf
                            in the lower position.
                            NOTE: Only use the shelf
                            when reheating on more than
                                                               Switch places after 1/2 time.
                            one level. Do not store the
                            shelf inside the oven cavity.   • To reheat on 2 levels

 • Make sure the shelf is                                               or
   positioned properly
   inside the microwave
   to prevent damage to
   the oven from arcing.
                                    For best results
 • Do not use a
                                                               Switch places after 1/2 time.
   microwave browning
   dish on the shelf.                                       • To reheat 2 dishes on the
   The shelf could                                            lower level:
   overheat.
                                                            1 Multiply reheat time
 • Do not use the oven      Use the lower shelf               by 11/2.
   with the shelf on the    supports when cooking one       2 Switch places after 1/2
   microwave floor. This    oblong or oversized dish.         the time.
   could damage the
   microwave.
 • Use pot holders when
   handling the shelf—
   it may be hot.
                                                                   Switch places twice
 • Do not use the shelf
   when cooking                      Uneven results
                                                            • To reheat on 3 levels
   popcorn.
                                                              (on some models)
                                                            1 Double the reheating
                                                              time.
                                                            2 Switch places twice and
                                    2-level reheating
                                                              give the dishes a 1/2 turn
                            Use the upper shelf               during reheating. (Place
                            supports for two-level            dense foods, or those
                            cooking.                          that require a longer
                                                              cook time, on the
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Helpful Information
                 Microwave Terms

 Term            Definition
 Arcing          Arcing is the microwave term for sparks in the oven. Arcing is
                 caused by:
                   • the metal shelf being installed incorrectly and touching the
                     microwave walls.
                   • metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
                   • foil that is not molded to food (upturned edges act like
                     antennas).
                   • metal such as twist ties, poultry pins, gold-rimmed dishes.
                   • recycled paper towels containing small metal pieces.
 Covering        Covers hold in moisture, allow for more even heating and reduce
                 cooking time. Venting plastic wrap or covering with wax paper
                 allows excess steam to escape.
 Shielding       In a regular oven, you shield chicken breasts or baked foods to
                 prevent over-browning. When microwaving, you use small strips
                 of foil to shield thin parts, such as the tips of wings and legs on
                 poultry, which would cook before larger parts.
 Standing Time   When you cook with regular ovens, foods such as roasts or cakes
                 are allowed to stand to finish cooking or to set. Standing time is
                 especially important in microwave cooking. Note that a microwaved
                 cake is not placed on a cooling rack.
 Venting         After covering a dish with plastic wrap, you vent the plastic wrap by
                 turning back one corner so excess steam can escape.

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Care and Cleaning

Helpful Hints
                                     An occasional thorough         NOTE: Be certain the power
                                     wiping with a solution of      is off before cleaning any
                                     baking soda and water          part of this oven.
                                     keeps the inside fresh.

How to Clean
the Inside
                                     Walls, Floor, Inside Window,   Removable Turntable and
                                     Metal and Plastic Parts on     Turntable Support
                                     the Door                       To prevent breakage,
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                                     Some spatters can be           do not place the turntable
                                     removed with a paper           into water just after
                                     towel, others may require      cooking. Wash it carefully
                                     a damp cloth. Remove           in warm, sudsy water or
                                     greasy spatters with a sudsy   in the dishwasher. The
                                     cloth, then rinse with a       turntable and support
                                     damp cloth. Do not use         can be broken if dropped.
                                     abrasive cleaners or sharp     Remember, do not operate
                                     utensils on oven walls.        the oven without the
                                     Nev er use a commercial        turntable and support
                                     oven cleaner on any part       in place.
                                     of your microwave.             Shelf (if included)

                                     Temperature Probe              Clean with mild soap and
                                     (if included)                  water or in the dishwasher.
                                                                    Do not clean in a
                                     Clean immediately after        self-cleaning oven.
                                     using. To clean, wipe with
                                     a sudsy cloth, then rub
                                     lightly with a plastic
                                     scouring ball if necessary.
                                     Rinse and dry. The probe
                                     can also be washed in the
                                     dishwasher.

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Helpful Information

     Care and Cleaning

 How to Clean
 the Outside
                              Case                          bleach or products
 We recommend against                                       containing chlorine on
                              Clean the outside of the
 using cleaners with                                        Stainless Steel finishes.
                              microwave with a sudsy
 ammonia or alcohol,
                              cloth. Rinse and then dry.    CleanSteel or Graphite
 as they can damage
                              Wipe the window clean         Use a clean, soft, light and
 the appearance of the
                              with a damp cloth.            lightly dampened cloth,
 microwave oven. If you
 choose to use a common       Control Panel                 then dry thoroughly. Do
 household cleaner, first     Wipe with a damp cloth.       not use appliance wax,
 apply the cleaner directly   Dry thoroughly. Do not        polish, bleach or products
 to a clean cloth, then       use cleaning sprays, large    containing any chemical
 wipe the soiled area.        amounts of soap and water,    agent on the CleanSteel
                              abrasives or sharp objects    or Graphite surfaces.
                              on the panel—they can         Plastic Color Panels
                              damage it. Some paper         Use a clean, soft, lightly
                              towels can also scratch       dampened cloth, then dry
                              the control panel.            thoroughly.
                              Door Panel                    Door Seal
                              Before cleaning the front     It’s important to keep the
                              door panel, make sure you     area clean where the door
                              know what type of panel       seals against the microwave.
                              you have. Refer to the        Use only mild, non-abrasive
                              eighth digit of the model     detergents applied with a
                              number. “S” is stainless      clean sponge or soft cloth.
                              steel, "G" is Graphite, “L”   Rinse well.
                              is CleanSteel and “B”, “W”
                              or “C” are plastic colors.    Bottom

                              Stainless Steel
                              The stainless steel panel
                              can be cleaned with
                              Stainless Steel Magic or a
                              similar product using a
                              clean, soft cloth. Apply      Clean off the grease and
                              stainless cleaner carefully   dust on the bottom often.
                              to avoid the surrounding      Use a solution of warm
                              plastic parts. Do not use     water and detergent.
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Light Bulb Replacement

Cooktop Light/
Night Light
                         1 To replace the bulb(s),       3 Be sure the bulb(s) to be
Replace the burned-out     first disconnect the power      replaced are cool before
bulb with a 30- or 40-     at the main fuse or circuit     removing. After breaking
watt incandescent bulb     breaker panel or pull           the adhesive seal, remove
(30-watt—WB36X10198/       the plug.                       the bulb by gently turning.
40-watt—WB36X10003),
available from your      2 Remove the screw from         4 Replace the screw.
                           light cover and lower           Connect electrical power
GE supplier.
                           the cover.                      to the oven.

                                REMOVE SCREW

Oven Light
                         1 To replace the oven light,    3 Push tab back and lift
Replace the burned-out     first disconnect the power      light housing. Replace
bulb with a 30- or 40-     at the main fuse or circuit     the bulb and press the
watt incandescent bulb     breaker panel or pull           light housing back into
(30-watt—WB36X10198/       the plug.                       place.
40-watt—WB36X10003),
available from your      2 Remove the top grille by
                           taking out the 4 screws
GE supplier.
                           that hold it in place.
                                REMOVE SCREWS

                                                         4 Replace the top grille
                                                           and 4 screws. Connect
                                                           electrical power to
                                                           the oven.

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Helpful Information

     The Exhaust Feature

 The Vent Fan
          Charcoal Filter       The vent fan has two metal     Models that recirculate air
        (on some models)        reusable grease filters.       back into the room also
                                                               use a charcoal filter.

      Reusable Grease Filters
         (on all models)

 Reusable Grease
 Filters
                                The reusable grease filters    For this reason, the filters
                                trap grease released by        must ALWAYS be in place
                                foods on the cooktop.          when the hood is used.
                                They also prevent flames       The grease filters should
                                from foods on the cooktop      be cleaned once a month,
                                from damaging the inside       or as needed.
                                of the microwave.

 Removing and
 Cleaning the Filter
                                To remove, slide them to       Rinse, shake and let them
                                the side using the tab. Pull   dry before replacing.
                                them down and out.             To replace, slide the filters
                                To clean the grease filters,   in the frame slot on the
                                soak them and then swish       left side of the opening.
                                them around in hot water       Pull up and to the right to
                                and detergent. Don’t use       lock into place.
                                ammonia or ammonia
                                products because they will
                                darken the metal. Light
                                brushing can be used to
                                remove embedded dirt.

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Charcoal Filter
(on some models)
                               If the model is not vented     The charcoal filter
The charcoal filter            to the outside, the air will   should be replaced when
cannot be cleaned. It          be recirculated through a      it is noticeably dirty or
must be replaced. Order        disposable charcoal filter     discolored (usually after
Part No. WB02X10776            that helps remove smoke        6–12 months, depending
from your GE supplier.         and odors.                     on hood usage). See
                                                              “Optional Kits,” page 9
                                                              for more information.

To Remove
Charcoal Filter
   Remove 4 grille screws to   To remove the charcoal         Remove the top grille by
   remove the grille.          filter, disconnect power at    removing the 4 screws that
                               the main fuse or circuit       hold it in place. Slide the
                               breaker panel or pull          filter toward the front of
                               the plug.                      the oven and remove it.

To Install
Charcoal Filter
                               To install a new filter,       Insert the filter into the
                               remove plastic and other       top opening of the oven
                               outer wrapping from the        as shown. When properly
                               new filter.                    installed, the wire mesh of
                                                              the filter should be visible
                                                              from the front. Replace
                                                              the grille and 4 screws.

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If Something Goes Wrong
                       Before You Call For Service

Problem                Possible Cause             What to Do
Oven will not          A fuse in your home        • Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker.
start                  may be blown or the
                       circuit breaker tripped.
                       Power surge.               • Unplug the microwave oven, then plug
                                                    it back in.
                       Plug not fully inserted    • Make sure the 3-prong plug on the
                       into wall outlet.            oven is fully inserted into wall outlet.
                       Door not securely closed. • Open the door and close securely.
Floor of the oven is   The cooktop light is       • This is normal.
warm, even when        located below the oven
the oven has not       floor. When the light
been used              is on, the heat it
                       produces may make the
                       oven floor get warm.

“LOC” appears          The control has been       • Press and hold CLEAR/OFF for
on display             locked.                      about 3 seconds to unlock the control.

Vent fan will not      The vent fan               • The vent fan cannot be turned off
turn off               automatically turns on       while the microwave is operating.
                       to cool internal parts       This is normal. Wait for the microwave
                       while the microwave          to turn off and the fan will either go
                       is on.                       off automatically or you will need to
                                                    turn it off by pressing the Vent Fan
                                                    pad after the microwave is off.
“BAD PROBE”            The probe has not been • Insert the probe properly into the
appears on display     completely inserted into oven wall outlet.
                       the oven wall outlet.
                       The probe is defective.    • Replace the probe.

“PLEASE INSERT         Probe has been             • Insert the probe properly into the
PROBE“ appears         forgotten or not             oven wall outlet.
on display             inserted properly.
“SENSOR ERROR”         When using a Sensor        • Do not open door until steam is
appears on display     feature, the door was        sensed and time is shown counting
                       opened before steam          down on display.
                       could be detected.
                       Steam was not detected     • Use Time Cook to heat for more time.
                       in maximum amount
                       of time.
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Before You Call For Service

Things That
Are Normal
                  • Moisture on the oven         • TV-radio interference
                    door and walls while           might be noticed while
                    cooking. Wipe the              using the microwave.
                    moisture off with a paper      Similar to the interference
                    towel or soft cloth.           caused by other small
                  • Moisture between the           appliances, it does not
                    oven door panels when          indicate a problem with
                    cooking certain foods.         the microwave. Plug the
                    Moisture should dissipate      microwave into a different
                    shortly after cooking is       electrical circuit, move the
                    finished.                      radio or TV as far away
                                                   from the microwave as
                  • Steam or vapor escaping        possible or check the
                    from around the door.          position and signal of
                  • Light reflection around        the TV/radio antenna.
                    door or outer case.
                  • Dimming oven light and
                    change in the blower
                    sound at power levels
                    other than high.
                  • Dull thumping sound
                    while oven is operating.

                  • The vent fan operating
                    while the microwave is
                    operating. The vent fan
                    will not go off nor can it
                    be turned off until the
                    microwave is off.

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GE Service Numbers
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                              your appliance? Try the        now download Owner’s
ge.com                        GE Appliances Website          Manuals, order parts or
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 Schedule Service             Expert GE repair service       Or call 800.GE.CARES
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         800.626.2224         warranty is still in effect.   GE Consumer Home
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                                                             after your warranty expires.

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Parts and              Individuals qualified         Instructions contained
 Accessories            to service their own          in this manual cover
                        appliances can have           procedures to be
ge.com                  parts or accessories sent     performed by any user.
                        directly to their home.       Other servicing generally
         800.626.2002   (VISA, MasterCard and         should be referred
                        Discover cards are            to qualified service
                        accepted.)                    personnel. Caution
                                                      must be exercised, since
                        Order on-line today,          improper servicing may
                        24 hours every day or         cause unsafe operation.
                        by phone at 800.626.2002
                        during normal business
                        hours.

 Register Your
                        Register your new
 Appliance              appliance on-line—
                        at your convenience!
ge.com
                        Timely product registration
                        will allow for enhanced
                        communication and
                        prompt service under the
                        terms of your warranty,
                        should the need arise.
                        You may also mail in the
                        pre-printed registration
                        card included in the
                        packing material.

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MICROWAVE OVEN                           Staple sales slip or cancelled check here. Proof of original
 WARRANTY                                 purchase date is needed to obtain service under warranty.

 What Is Covered
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY                                  ************************************
For one year from date of original purchase,               All warranty service will be provided by our Factory
GE will replace any part in the microwave oven             Service Centers or by our authorized Customer
that fails due to a defect in materials or                 Care® servicers during normal working hours.
workmanship. During this limited one-year warranty,
                                                           Should your appliance need service, during
GE will provide, free of charge, all labor and related
                                                           warranty period or beyond, call 800.GE.CARES
service costs to replace the defective part.
                                                           (800.432.2737).
                                                           Please have serial and model numbers available
                                                           when calling for service.

 What Is Not Covered
• Service trips to your home to teach you how to           • Replacement of the cooktop light bulbs.
  use the product.                                         • Failure of the product or damage to
• Improper installation, delivery or maintenance.            the product if it is abused, misused (for
  If you have an installation problem, contact your          example, cavity arcing from wire rack or
  dealer or installer. You are responsible for               metal/foil), or used for other than the intended
  providing adequate electrical, exhausting and              purpose or used commercially.
  other connecting facilities.                             • Damage to product caused by accident, fire,
• Product not accessible to provide required                 floods or acts of God.
  service.                                                 • Incidental or consequential damage caused
• Replacement of house fuses or resetting of                 by possible defects with this appliance.
  circuit breakers.                                        • Damage caused after delivery.

    EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES—Your sole and exclusive remedy is product
    repair as provided in this Limited Warranty. Any implied warranties, including the implied
    warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to one year or
    the shortest period allowed by law.

 This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased for home
 use within the USA. If the product is located in an area where service by a GE Authorized Servicer is not available,
 you may be responsible for a trip charge or you may be required to bring the product to an Authorized GE Service
 Location for service. In Alaska, the warranty excludes the service calls to your home.
 Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
 limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have
 other rights which vary from state to state. To know what your legal rights are in your state, consult your local or
 state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
                               Warrantor: General Electric Company. Louisville, KY 40225

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