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Coffee Maker Care; Cleaning; Clean Indicator; Descaling - KitchenAid KCM1203CU Use & Care Manual

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Cleaning the Coffee Maker
1. Remove the brew basket and carafe from
the coffee maker.
2. Wash the brew basket and Gold Tone
permanent filter in hot, soapy water and
rinse with hot water. Do not use abrasive
cleansers or scouring pads. These parts
can also be washed in the upper rack of
a dishwasher.
3. Unplug the coffee maker and wipe the
housing with a warm, soapy cloth. Then
wipe clean with damp cloth and dry with
a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive cleansers
or scouring pads.
Cleaning Needed Indicator
Calcium deposits (scale) from water will build
up in the coffee maker heat pump over time
and impair brewing efficiency and coffee
quality. When the coffee maker needs to
be cleaned, the "Clean" indicator will flash
after a brewing cycle is complete. Once this
occurs, descaling should be done as soon as
possible to preserve the performance and life
of your coffee maker.
NOTE: You may want to clean your coffee
maker prior to the "Cleaning Needed"
indicator flashing under heavy use or hard
water conditions.
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Coffee Maker Care

Descaling the Coffee Maker
The coffee maker can be descaled using a
packaged descaling agent or vinegar. Always
mix the descaling solution using cool water.
• When using a descaling agent, follow
the directions on the package for the
recommended amounts of descaling
agent and water to use.
• When using vinegar, fill the carafe with
a solution consisting of ½ vinegar and
½ water.
1. Before descaling, always remove the water
filter (see the "Installing the Water Filter"
section) and make sure the brew basket
contains no coffee or coffee filters.
2. Run the coffee maker through a complete
Clean cycle using a full tank of the
descaling solution.
NOTE: If you do not complete the
programming steps within 10 seconds, the
settings will be maintained and the coffee
maker will exit to the default mode.
3. For glass carafe models, press the MENU
button 5 times to enter the Clean mode.
The "Clean" and "ON" indicators will flash.
NOTE: For thermal carafe models, press
the MENU button 4 times to enter the
Clean mode. The "Clean" and "ON"
indicators will flash.
5. Press the SET button to program the
Clean setting. Two short beeps will sound,
indicating programming is complete.
6. Press the BREW button to start the
cleaning cycle. Once the cleaning cycle
is complete, the "Clean" indicator will
turn off.
7. Rinse the coffee maker by running it
through 2 brewing cycles using a full
water tank of fresh, cool water each time.
8. Wash the brew basket in hot, soapy water
and rinse with hot water. The brew basket
can also be washed in the upper rack of
the dishwasher.
9. Reinstall or replace the water filter. Replace
the filter every 3 months under normal
use. Replace it more often under heavy use
or hard water conditions. The replaceable
carbon filter can be found at your local
retailer or on www.KitchenAid.com.

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