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F3 error We were cooking on the stove 2 burners boiling water. Vent running and after shut off burners F3 error any advise we have unpluged to stop the beeping

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So far so good we unplugged the machine took the filters off the bottom let everything dry out over night and it seems to be working I'll update you tomorrow. I think the steam got the control pannel wet.

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