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Self cleaning coffee maker

Have cleaned my self cleaning 12 cup 3 times and the clean light won't quit flashing what do I do?

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  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2008

    We have a fairly new cuisinart coffeemaker and have run the cleaning cyle numerous times with lots of vinegar no help light still flashes

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    Used vinegar 5 times but no help!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    Same problem, I am looking for a torx screwdriver to remove the bottom...

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    Same problem as others.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    Trying to clean coffee maker and pressed self clean and light won't go on. I have water and vinegar in side.

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Unplug the coffeemaker for one full hour, and the self-cleaning light will go off.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

  • Neal Patrick Oct 23, 2011

    Didn't work for me.

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You may find this a useful site in the future:

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

Your Instruction Booklet:

http://www.cuisinart.ca/pdf/ibs/en/DCC-1200C_en.pdf

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