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Why the smoothtop radiant cooktop element cycles on and off

Does the radiant heating element cycle on and off?

  • The surface cooking area may glow red when a heating element is ON.  
  • Some parts of the surface cooking area may not glow red when a heating element is ON.
  • The warming zone element (on certain models) will not glow red.
  • Radiant elements have a limiter that allows the element to cycle ON and OFF, even at the HI setting, to prevent damage to the ceramic cooktop.  This is normal operation.
  • The radiant heating element retains enough heat when off to provide a uniform and consistent heat.  The surface will still be hot even though the element has cycled OFF.
  • Cycling at the HI setting is normal and can occur.