Tips to protect the smoothtop surface, Cookware recommendations, Cooking areas – Maytag MAGIC CHEF CER3725AGW User Manual

Page 11: Hot surface light, Cleaning, Flat pan tests

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Cooking Areas

The cooking areas on your range are identified by permanent
circles on the smoothtop surface. For most efficient cooking,
fit the pan size to the element size.

Pans should not extend more than




to 1-inch beyond

the cooking area.

When a control is turned on, a glow can be seen through the
smoothtop surface. The element will cycle on and off to
maintain the preset heat setting, even on High.

For more information on cookware, refer to Cookware

Hot Surface Light

The Hot Surface indicator light is located on the control panel.
The light illuminates when any cooking area is hot. It will
remain on, even after the control is turned off, until the
surface has cooled.





Tips to Protect the
Smoothtop Surface


(see page 4 for more information)

Before first use, clean the cooktop.

• Clean your cooktop daily or after each use. This will keep

your cooktop looking good and can prevent damage.

• If a spillover occurs while cooking, immediately clean the

spill from the cooking area while it is hot to prevent a tough
cleaning chore later. Using extreme care, wipe spill with a
clean, dry towel.

Do not allow spills to remain on the cooking area or the

cooktop trim for a long period of time.

Never use abrasive cleansing powders or scouring pads

which will scratch the cooktop.

Never use chlorine bleach, ammonia or other cleansers not

specifically recommended for use on glass-ceramic.

To Prevent Marks & Scratches

Do not use glass pans. They may scratch the surface.

Never place a trivet or wok ring between the surface and

pan. These items can mark or etch the top.

Do not slide aluminum pans across a hot surface. The pans

may leave marks which need to be removed promptly. (See
Cleaning, page 4.)

• Make sure the surface and the pan bottom are clean before

turning on to prevent scratches.

• To prevent scratching or damage to the glass-ceramic top,

do not leave sugar, salt or fats on the cooking area. Wipe


the cooktop surface with a clean cloth or paper towel before

Never slide heavy metal pans across the surface since

these may scratch.

To Prevent Stains

• Never use a soiled dish cloth or sponge to clean the

cooktop surface. A film will remain which may cause stains
on the cooking surface after the area is heated.

• Continuously cooking on a soiled surface may/will result in

a permanent stain.


To Prevent Other Damage

Do not allow plastic, sugar or foods with high sugar

content to melt onto the hot cooktop. Should this happen,
clean immediately. (See Cleaning, page 4.)

Never let a pan boil dry as this will damage the surface and


Never use cooktop as a work surface or cutting board.

Never cook food directly on the surface.

Do not use a small pan on a large element. Not only does

this waste energy, but it can also result in spillovers burning
onto the cooking area, which requires extra cleaning.

Do not use non-flat specialty items that are oversized or

uneven such as round-bottom woks, rippled bottom and/or
oversized canners and griddles.

Do not use foil or foil-type containers. Foil may melt onto

the glass. If metal melts on the cooktop, do not use. Call an
authorized servicer.

Cookware Recommendations

Using the right cookware can prevent many problems, such
as food taking longer to cook or achieving inconsistent
results. Proper pans will reduce cooking times, use less
energy, and cook food more evenly.

Flat Pan Tests

To determine whether your pans are flat.

The Ruler Test:

1. Place a ruler across the bottom of the pan.

2. Hold it up to the light.

3. Little or no light should be visible under the ruler.

The Bubble Test:

1. Put 1 inch of water in the pan. Place on cooktop and turn

control to High.

2. Watch the formation of the bubbles as the water heats.

Uniform bubbles mean good performance, and uneven
bubbles indicate hot spots and uneven cooking.