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I am having the water turn black even with daily water changes. Also when cleaning out the filter there are black flakes. Do I need a new machine. This one is only 6 months old.

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If it's still under warranty, return it for replacement or repair. You will need your Proof of Purchase to do this. Something is leaking internally and contaminating the water.

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http://homeappliance.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/vicks/v3100.html

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