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Making gurgling sounds and spitting water. Do i just need to send it back, it's only a few months old

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Before I returned it I would clean it thourghly and refill with clean water and about 1/4 teaspoon of table salt. Run it thru a full cycle and see if that helps. You can also rinse it out and refill with a 1/2 cup of vinagar and run again.This shoul help loosen and clean any mineral deposits. Hope this helps. Thank you.

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