'How to' User Guides

Manufacturers' appliance manuals for all electrical equipment supplied by the University in your flat / house can be found using Manuals Online.

To view a step by step operational guide for all of the appliances within your flat / house please select the appliance below:



How to use:

• Press lid lock to open the kettle.
• Fill with at least 2 cups of water (but not above max).
• Close the lid by pressing down the lock.
• Plug stand into wall socket and place kettle onto stand.
• Move switch to the on positions and the light will glow and the kettle heats up.
• Once the water is boiled, the kettle will switch off automatically. To switch off before this; flick the switch up to the off position or remove kettle off stand.

Care and maintenance:

• Keep all connectors and sockets dry at all times.
• Wipe the inside and outside with a damp cloth.
• Descale regularly by using a descaler suitable for the use in plastic products.
• To clean filter – push the top of the filter down and back (into the kettle), release hooks at the top of the filter by the mounts on the spouts, lift filter off kettle, brush filter under running tap. Return filter to kettle by slotting the bottom of the filter inside the bottom of the spout, press filter down towards you so the hooks go under the mounts on either side.


• Kettle must be supervised when in use.
• Don’t immerse the kettle, stand, cable or plug in any liquid.
• Don’t place kettle on the edge of worktops and surfaces.
• Only put water into the kettle.
• Don’t fill kettle above the max – overfilling will cause the kettle to spit.
• If the kettle is damaged in any way please return to Campus Reception where it will be replaced.


How to use:

• Sit toaster upright on stable surface and plug into wall socket.
• Put bread into toaster and set browning control to desired level (1 = lightly toasted, 6 = dark toasted).
• Press handle down and the toaster will start toasting.
• When the toaster is done, the toast will pop up automatically and the toaster will stop toasting.

Care and maintenance:

• Clean the crumbs out of the toaster frequently to avoid build-up of crumbs: this is unhygienic and cause a fire hazard.
• Clean crumbs by pulling out the crumb tray from underneath the bottom of the toaster and empty them. Wipe the tray with a damp cloth, dry and replace back into the toaster.
• Clean the outside of the toaster with a damp cloth. If necessary, use washing up liquid.
• Do not immerse the toaster into any liquid.
• Do not use any abrasive or harsh cleaning agents of solvents.


• Do not leave the appliance unattended whilst operating.
• Do not put your toaster in or near liquid.
• Keep your toaster on a level, heat-resistant surface.
• If the bread is stuck in the toaster, do not try and release it. Turn off the toaster and unplug. Allow the toaster to cool before carefully removing the bread.
• Unplug toaster and allow it to cool before cleaning.


How to use:

• Place food in suitable container and place container on glass tray; shut microwave door.
• Set power control to desired level.
• Set operating time by the timer control – the microwave will automatically start when this is set.
• The microwave will turn off automatically when time timer reaches 0.

Care and maintenance:

• Turn off the microwaves prior to cleaning.
• Number 1 is the glass tray – made of special resistant glass, the tray must always be in the proper position and food must not be put directly onto the tray. Clean in warm soapy water or dishwasher.
• Number 2 is roller guides – they must always be used when cooking, alongside the glass tray. Clean regularly with the cavity floor using mild detergent or window cleaner.
• Number 3 is the timer control.
• Number 4 is the power control.
• Wipe any splatters with a damp cloth as soon as they happen to avoid solidifying – mild detergent may be used.
• Outside of the microwave should be cleaned with warm, soapy water and dried with a soft cloth. Do not let water seep into the ventilation openings.


• Only use the microwave for food preparation – do not use for other tasks like drying clothes, paper or non-food items or for sterilising purposes.
• Do not use the microwave empty as it can damage the microwave.
• Do not place things on top of the microwave.
• If smoke is seen, turn off, unplug and keep the door shut.
• Microwaves utilise energy whether they’re being used or not – unplug to conserve energy.


How to use:

• Unplug the iron and fill with water – do not fill over the max line.
• Turn selector switch to minimum and stand iron on heel rest.
• Plug iron in and set the dial to required position – the pilot lamp will glow. In this setting, the iron can be used as a steam iron when the pilot light goes out. The lamp will illuminate and go out regularly whilst ironing to show the temperature control is working.
• Slide the steam controller to desired position to create required steam – steam will stop when pressed on heel rest.
• Steam burst button - use the iron horizontally, lift iron and press steam burst button (this may need to be pressed a few times to activate). This setting can only be used when iron is set to high temperatures. If used vertically, the setting can remove creases from hanging clothes, curtains etc.
• Using the spray button – the spray button can be used on any temperature setting on both steam and dry ironing as long as there is water in the tank. To activate, press the button several times.
• Using as a dry iron – turn steam control to ‘MIN’ and adjust dial to proper temperature control. When pilot light goes out, the iron has reached required temperature.
• Temperature control;

Ο Synthetics

ΟΟ Silk/Wool

ΟΟΟ Linen/Cotton

Care and maintenance:

• Different garments will have different ironing instructions – they can be found in the inside seam.
• Avoid ironing over zippers, rivets or jeans as they will scratch the iron soleplate.
• If you live in a hard water area, distilled or de-ionised water is recommended.
• To store – empty remaining water, let iron cool, store away.


• Do not use for any other purposes than the intended use.
• Do not use if appliance or cord is damaged – report this to the Accommodation Office.
• Iron should be ‘OFF’ which plugging in or unplugging.
• Do not leave iron unattended if connected and/or on the ironing board.

Oven, hob and grill

How to use the oven:

• Turn oven on by turning oven control anti-clockwise to desired function.
• Select temperature by turning temperature control to desired setting.
• Set time (optional).
• Stand back when opening oven door to allow build-up of heat and steam to escape. 

How to use the grill:

• Open the door and position the shelf to a suitable place.
• Turn the control anti-clockwise to grill setting. The amber light will glow when the grill is on. Allow 5 minutes to pre-heat.
• Put food in and wait for it to cook.

How to use the hob:

• Turn control needed to desired temperature setting.
• When the hob is on it will glow red.
• To switch hob off turn corresponding dial control to the ‘off’ setting.


• Do not line grill pan with foil.
• Always use oven gloves to protect your hands.
• Do not leave the handle in position when grilling.
• Turn cooker off when not in use.
• Place pans centrally on hobs ensuring handles are kept away from edges and will not get hot.
• Make sure shelves are positioned correctly before switching oven or grill on.
• Wipe any food spills up immediately to prevent risk of fire.

Cooker hood

How to use:

Firstly, turn power on the wall.

A – on/off button.
B – speed selection buttons
C – light on/off button.

Care and maintenance:

• Before cleaning, ensure the cooker hood is turned off.
• Clean with a mild liquid detergent and a damp cloth; never use abrasive power, corrosive solvents or brushes.
• Grease filters – remove from underside of cooker hoods, soak in hot water and washing-up liquid, rinse with hot water. Refit only when they’re fully dry.


Induction hob (Fferm Penglais)

You can only use magnetised metal pots and pans, such as cast iron or steel. Pure aluminium or copper pans will not work unless base is bonded with a magnetic metal.

How to use (model 1)-

• Turn power on via red cooking switch.
• Press and hold lock key until LED extinguishes.
• Press on key – LED lights will glow for ring selection.
• Select appropriate ring and press + or – key to choose heat setting.
• Press clock symbol for timer if required, alter time with + and -.
• When cooking is finished – press the appropriate ring key to 0 setting.
• If the cooking zone is hot, ‘H’ will be displayed instead of 0.

How to use (model 2) -

• Turn power on via red cooking switch.
• Press and hold lock key until LED extinguishes.
• Press on key – LED lights will glow for ring selection.
• Select appropriate ring and press + or – key to choose heat setting.
• Press clock symbol for timer if required, alter time with + and -.
• Use the boost (P) button to quicken boiling times.
• When cooking is finished – press the appropriate ring key to 0 setting.
• If the cooking zone is hot, ‘H’ will be displayed instead of 0.

How to use (both models) –

• Timer – touch timer activation key and ‘00’ will flash, use + or – to set time, when timer is finished, there will be an audible sound (touch key to stop it). Each cooking zone will have its own timer,
• Key lock – key locks switch off the control panel, if key lock is lit the lock is activated, it will be active when pressed for longer than 2 seconds.
Care and maintenance:
• Do not use sharp, abrasive cleaners or sharp metal scrapers as this will damage the surface.
• Turn appliance off before cleaning.


• Never leave cooking unattended.
• If surface is cracked, contact the Residence Life Team before using.
• Metallic objects such as utensils and lids should not be placed on the hob surface.
• Position pans in middle of the hob and do not allow handle to get hot.

Fridge / freezer

How to use:

• Set temperature control to desired figure in the fridge section (1 = minimum, 6 = maximum – maximum is coldest).
• The freezer is frost free and at a constant temperature.
• Never obstruct the freezer fan guard to obtain best performance.

Care and maintenance:

• Soft rags and sponges are recommended for cleaning.
• Never use sharp or abrasive instrument for cleaning.
• Clean inside of fridge with cleaning product but avoid chemical cleaners with harsh odours as smell can be absorbed into food.
• Keep raw meat and poultry below cooked food and dairy.
• Wrap raw meat and poultry loosely in polythene or foil to prevent drying.
• Wrap cheese in greaseproof paper and then a polythene bad to exclude air.
• Take off unusable leaves of vegetables and wipe off soil.
• Don’t overfill the fridge as it will stop good circulation of air.


How to use:

• Load dishwasher – don’t over load, avoid nesting items, hand wash wood, plastics and materials not high-heat resistant.
• Load detergent and rinse aid – only use detergents made for household dishwashers, use recommended amount, rise aid prevents water marks.
• Press on/off button on control panel, select programme.
• Shut dishwasher door and press ‘start’ button.


Vacuum cleaner

How to use:

• Plug into wall.
• Connect handles until you hear a click. Turn the hose clockwise into the base.
• Press green start button to begin cleaning.
• To increase power press red Hi-power button.
• Press lever to engage or disengage brush mechanism.

Care and maintenance:

• Turn appliance off before cleaning.
• To change filter – unclick top of vacuum, remove filter holder, close filter lid and throw away old bag, attach new bag to hose, replace filter hold and click lid back on.
• Filter bags can be collected from the Accommodation Office.


• Only use for dry household dust and dirt.
• Do not vacuum areas that have moisture, water or small sharp objects.
• When rewinding the power cord, hold the plug body before pressing the rewind button.