A Keurig coffeemaker is truly a wonder of modern times. It allows you to enjoy a cup of any flavor coffee you are in the mood for, almost immediately. But that doesn’t help you if the machine is not working. Here, we present you with ten of the top troubleshooting tips that you can use to get your Keurig back into action when a problem has come up.
1. Change the Water
One reason Keurig coffeemakers may malfunction is because of hard water buildup. Your tap water may be rich in hard minerals that can build up in the machine and interfere with its operation. Use a water softener or water that has been filtered for hard mineral deposits.
2. Run It Clean
If you are not able to access softer water or if this does not help, try running the machine a few times without a K-cup, just using water. This may wash out some of the deposits and get your machine working again.
You should regularly descale your Keurig coffeemaker to make sure it is working properly. One method of descaling that is often effective is mixing vinegar with water and letting it soak in the machine for half an hour, then flushing the machine a few times with fresh water. (Please note that this is not an approved cleaning method by Keurig and could void your warranty. An alternative is to buy a descaling solution).
4. Shake out Air Bubbles
Sometimes air bubbles may form in your machine and interfere with the brewing process. To deal with this, fill up the reservoir and shake the (unplugged) machine gently. This should knock out any air bubbles.
5. Let It Warm Up
Sometimes your Keurig coffeemaker will need a few minutes to warm up. If you’ve just turned it on for the first time of the day, give it some time to get ready before trying to prepare your first cup.
6. Make Sure Your Keurig Coffee Maker Is Plugged In
Sure, this seems like an obvious one, but it’s easy to forget when you haven’t had any coffee yet that day.
7. Make Sure There Is a Pod in the Chamber
Again, this may seem obvious, but you would be surprised about how many people think they put in a pod and are shocked when only plain water is coming out. If you’re not getting any coffee, make sure to double check that there’s a pod actually in there.
8. Make Sure the Reservoir Is Sealed
As a safety precaution, the machine won’t work if the magnetic reservoir is not properly sealed. If your machine won’t turn on or won’t brew, check to make sure the reservoir is correctly in its place.
9. Make Sure the Power Is On
Sometimes you’ll remember to plug it in, but then forget that you have to push that little power switch to actually get it to work. Remember, you’re often operating on no coffee when you have Keurig problems.
10. Deep Clean Your Keurig
Sometimes after a few months of daily use, you’ll need to give your machine a deeper clean. See what to do if your Keurig isn’t pumping water, and how fix your Keurig machine if it isn’t brewing a full cup. These posts are loaded with tips and how-to videos.