Surface cooking, Surface controls, Smoothtop surface – Maytag MAGIC CHEF CER3725AGW User Manual

Page 10: Setting the controls, Caution suggested heat settings

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Surface Controls

Use to turn on the surface elements. An infinite choice of heat
settings is available from Low to High. The knobs can be set
on or between any of the settings.

Setting the Controls

1. Place pan on surface element.

2. Push in and turn the knob in either direction to the desired

heat setting.

• The control panel is marked to identify which

element the knob controls. For example, the
graphic at right indicates left front element.

3. There is an element “ON” indicator light on the control

panel. When any surface control knob is turned on, the light
will turn on. The light will turn off when all the surface
elements are turned off.

4. After cooking, turn knob to OFF. Remove pan.

Medium (5-7): Use to
maintain slow boil for
large amounts of liquids
and for most frying

• Always place a pan on the surface unit before you turn it on.

To prevent damage to range, never operate surface unit
without a pan in place.

NEVER use the cooktop as a storage area for food or


• Be sure you know which knob controls which surface unit.

Make sure you turned on the correct surface unit.

• Begin cooking on a higher heat setting then reduce to a

lower setting to complete the operation. Never use a High
heat setting for extended cooking.

NEVER allow a pan to boil dry. This could damage the pan

and the appliance.

NEVER touch cooktop until it has cooled. Expect some parts

of the cooktop, especially around the surface units, to
become warm or hot during cooking. Use potholders to
protect hands.

• Make sure surface unit is turned off.
• Clean up messy spills as soon as possible.
• If cabinet storage is provided directly above cooking surface,

limit it to items that are infrequently used and can be safely
stored in an area subjected to heat. Temperatures may be
unsafe for items such as volatile liquids, cleaners or aerosol

NEVER leave any items, especially plastic items, on the

cooktop. The hot air from the vent may ignite flammable
items, melt or soften plastics, or increase pressure in closed
containers causing them to burst.

NEVER allow aluminum foil, meat probes or any other metal

object, other than a pan on a surface element, to contact
heating elements.


Suggested Heat Settings

The size, type of cookware and cooking operation will affect the
heat setting.

Low (2): Use to keep foods
warm and melt chocolate
and butter.

High (10): Use to bring
liquid to a boil. Always
reduce setting to a lower
heat when liquids begin to
boil or foods begin to cook.

Med. Low (3-4):
Use to continue
cooking covered
foods or steam

Med. High (8-9): Use
to brown meat, heat oil
for deep fat frying or
sauteing. Maintain fast
boil for large amounts
of liquids.

Surface Cooking



Cooktop may emit light smoke and odor the first few

times the cooktop is used. This is normal.

Smoothtop cooktops retain heat for a period of time

after the element is turned off. Turn the elements off
a few minutes before food is completely cooked and use
the retained heat to complete cooking. When the hot
surface light turns off, the cooking area will be cool
enough to touch. Because of the way they retain heat, the
smoothtop elements will not respond to changes in
settings as quickly as coil elements.

• In the event of a potential boilover, remove the pan from

the cooking surface.

Never attempt to lift the cooktop.

• The smoothtop surface may appear discolored when it is

hot. This is normal and will disappear when the surface

Smoothtop Surface