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LED Light Burns Out on Electrolux Cooktop

Updated on February 10, 2013
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The Smoothtop Electric Cooktop is manufactured by the Frigidaire division of Electrolux. The appliance uses touch controls with LED lights to active the cooktop’s power, set the timer, and control the various cooking zones. However, several owners have complained that the LED lights appear to burn out prematurely. While ignoring the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding suggested usage of the cooktop may shorten the life span of the lights, there has also been a recall of the Electrolux cooktop due to its potential to cause fires, which may be related to the issues with the LED lights.

Appliance Misuse

Electrolux advises users that the LED lights on the respective cooking zones will rotate whenever the appliance detects the faulty placement of cookware. This includes pots and pans of the wrong size, and cookware that is not centered in the middle of the cooking zone, as well as pots and pans that are warped on the sides or the bottom.

In addition, if the bottom of the cookware is laying on the trim instead of the cooktop surface, or if the cookware’s handle is so heavy that it tilts the pan and makes it unlevel, the LED lights will also rotate. Continuously ignoring these messages will cause the LED lights to burn at a higher rate than usual, which can contribute to the bulbs’ short life span.

Consumer Complaints

The Internet contains consumer complaints regarding the short life span of the cooktop’s LED lights. One consumer stated that the cooktop was repaired at least five times for burned out LEDs. However, it is not clear if these consumers were operating the cooktop according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Appliance Recall

In October 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with Frigidaire and Electrolux, recalled the Electrolux ICON Smoothtop Electric Cooktop. According to the recall, liquids can puddle under the control knob. This accumulation of fluids can cause a variety of problems, including inadvertently turning on the cooktop, heating to higher than anticipated temperatures and failing to turn off.

These issues have resulted in 70 incidents, including three fires and three occurrences of minor burns. This accumulation of fluid can also short the LED lights.

Recall Specifications

The product recall affects approximately 122,000 Electrolux Smoothtop Electric Cooktops that were manufactured in Canada and sold through various retail stores in the U.S. and other countries. The cooktops in question were sold between January 2005 and August 2010 and range in price from $500 to $2500.

Consumers with cooktop model numbers beginning with EC30EC65ESS or E36EC65ESS, and serial numbers beginning with NF501, should discontinue using the appliance – unplug the cooktop to be on the safe side – and contact Electrolux to obtain a free repair kit.

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