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Coffee not tasting good

Hi, the self cleaning light is on and we have cleaned the machine with vinegar but it doesn't go off. What else do we do as the coffee isn't tasting normal.
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To make the self-clean light go off, just unplug the coffeemaker for longer than 20 minutes. As far as not tasting right, did you try flushing the vinegar out of the coffeemaker using plain water, or water mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice per cup? Also, get rid of your current charcoal water filter - after time, it will disintegrate, and your coffee will have a hint of charcoal.

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It is recommended to clean the system out about once a month with a 2parts water to 1 part vinegar, translated it is 8 cups of water and 4 cups of vinegar. Press the self clean button and the brew switch. Rinse with fresh water one or two times.
Should work for you. Don't forget to check the filter stick in the back left of the unit. Pull it out and remove the clogged carbon filters. Shine a light into the bottom of the cavity and clean out the debris left behind. You can get replacement carbon filters on Amazon, they are inexpensive. Reinsert the stick. Your coffee should be back to tasting excellently in no time at all.
I hope this is helpful to you. If it is, please leave positive feedback for me. I will very much appreciate it. Kind Regards, NormanZ :o)

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