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The red cleaning light on my cuisinart coffee maker is still flashing even after running several pots of first vinegar water and then clean water through the maker.

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Hello sandra_strat,
There are two possible issues, but easy to do. When decalcifying your unit the solution should be 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar. So if you have a 12 cup maker it would be 8 cups water and 4 cups vinegar. Complete the process with a pot or two of fresh water to rinse. Second, there may be a water filter stick that is removable. Open the lid and look for it in one of the corners, pull it out and remove the carbon filter there. (You can get a new on Amazon). Then replace the stick.
I hope this is a help for you. If it is please leave positive feedback for me. Thanks! NormanZ

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http://www.cuisinart.ca/cuisinart_product.php?item_id=63&product_id=58&cat_id=2

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