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Mold inside reservoir tube

We haven't used the machine in a few weeks and just discovered there is something that looks like mold inside the tube that takes water from the reservoir to the coffee spout. Have had the machine a while and never had this problem before. Tried just flushing water through several times but didn't help. Thanks!

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Use vinegar run about 1 1/2 cups thru machine if not clean completely try getting a pipe cleaner thru tube

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