How many times have you been sitting in your living room, ready to start your day, and get a whiff of freshly brewed coffee?
The smell is so intoxicating that it immediately makes you feel more awake and ready to tackle the day.
But when you press down on the Keurig button, nothing happens.
Your coffee maker is just sitting there, looking at you like it’s too tired to even bother making your cup of joe.
Well, first off, don’t panic! There are a few simple things you can try before tossing in the towel.
Reasons why your Keurig won’t brew coffee
Too much scales buildup
You might have too much scale buildup.
This is a common problem with all Keurig models, and it can happen to any model if you don’t clean it regularly.
To fix this, you’ll need to remove the reservoir and clean out any loose particles from inside.
Then, run some vinegar through your machine to get rid of any remaining residue before filling it back up with water again and starting over
Your Keurig is too old
Another reason your Keurig might not be working properly is that it’s too old.
If you’ve had your machine for more than five years, then it’s probably due for an upgrade.
I recommend replacing your coffee maker every 5 to 7 years to keep getting great brewing results!
Brewer turns on and off automatically
This is probably due to a power outage or electrical issue.
Try unplugging the machine for five minutes and then plugging it back in.
It might be just what your brewer needs to get back on track.
Brewer has no power
If your brewer doesn’t turn on at all, it could be because there is no power coming into the machine.
Make sure that you have plugged the machine into a working outlet.
If you do have power coming in but still no power going out (meaning none of the lights turn on), then there may be an internal problem with your machine that requires service.
Water lines have air bubbles
This can happen if you store your machine in a place with a lot of moisture, or if you leave it out for long periods of time without using it.
You’ll need to run some water through the machine to clear out the lines and get rid of any air bubbles that might be causing issues.
You’re using the wrong coffee pod
If your Keurig is having trouble brewing because of a bad pod, try using a different pod or cleaning the filter first.
If neither of those work, then consider replacing your brewer altogether.
It could just be old or worn out and not working as well as it used to!
Also, make sure you have the right coffee pods put into your Keurig. Different models may require different types of coffee pods.
The water reservoir is empty
Make sure that the water reservoir is full and not empty.
If it is empty, fill it up with water and place the lid back on top (if it comes with one) of the reservoir before plugging in your machine again.
Your Keurig isn’t plugged in
Make sure that your Keurig is plugged in properly and turned on.
If it’s not plugged in or turned on, you won’t be able to brew coffee from it!
Positioning of machine parts inside the unit
The positioning of machine parts inside the unit has been altered.
This can happen if you move or relocate the unit or if someone else moves it, and then doesn’t put it back together correctly.
You might find the problem to be putting the reservoir back in the right position. It can also be loose.
If the reservoir is not in the right position, then it won’t be able to pump water through the Keurig.
Your water reservoir is damaged
Your water reservoir is damaged, which means that your Keurig won’t be able to make coffee because there’s no water in it!
Check this first by removing the water reservoir and making sure there are no cracks or holes in it.
If there are, replace it with a new one.
There’s not enough water pressure
If your Keurig won’t brew coffee, it might be because there is not enough water pressure running through the system.
It could be either your pump is failing or there is a clog somewhere in the line.
Inspect your water reservoir and your Keurig for any scale or debris to determine if you need to descale them.
Insufficient warm-up time
The Keurig coffee maker needs to heat up before brewing coffee so that the machine is ready when you press the button on your K-Cup.
If it takes too long for your Keurig to heat up or if it’s heating up too quickly, this could be causing problems with brewing coffee and may mean that there’s something wrong with your machine or its power supply.
Try unplugging the unit for five minutes and then plugging it back in again; this should reset everything and allow you to start over fresh.
Keurig won’t turn on
A lot of people have this issue but forget that they first turn on their Keurig before they can brew their coffee.
This is something that’s very understandable because most coffee making is done in the morning when we first wake up.
The magnet in the water reservoir is out of place
Sometimes your Keurig can’t brew coffee because the magnet in the water reservoir is out of place.
The magnet helps your Keurig know when it needs more water, and if it’s not where it should be, that’s what’s causing your problem.
Your auto-off timer is set
If you have an auto-off timer set, make sure that it’s turned off. This feature can be located deep within your settings.
It automatically shuts off your Keurig coffee maker. If it isn’t functioning properly, it could send out accidental signals to shut off your Keurig in the middle of a brew.
Keurig says brewing but nothing comes out
The reason why your Keurig may not be Brewing might be due to the fact that its needle is clogged.
If you notice that water is running out of the reservoir and into the machine, but you’re still not seeing any coffee come out of your needle, it could also be due to some blockage within the system.
Descaling may be a way to help fix this.
Troubleshooting tips for fixing your Keurig
Try a quick reset
Quick reset, this is a great way to get the computer of your Keurig working again.
Sometimes there are delays and issues with the computer itself telling the machine to work and telling the machine to actually brew the coffee.
You can reset the Keurig by following the instructions in your owner’s manual.
Try the spanking method
The spank method might also help.
This is where you turn the machine upside down and lightly smack the bottom of it.
Sometimes there is a clog in the lines and the gentle smacking of the bottom of the machine may be enough to dislodge the clog and get things going again.
Clean the K-cup holder
Cleaning the k cup holder may also help.
The cup holder does get dirty from time to time. You may think that just because the holder is only coming in contact with the plastic cup, it is fine.
The cup leaks a little and does get into the bottom of the cup holder.
You should wash the cup holder out from time to time to ensure that there is not something clogging it and keeping the coffee from being able to flow freely.
Clean the clogged needle
Cleaning the clogged needle is another great way to help the machine get going.
The needle of your Keurig comes in contact with both water and the coffee grounds and any sugar that might be in the k cups.
This means that the needle can get clogged rather easily. You should try unclogging the needle to help the water flow more freely for brewing.
Unclog the water reservoir
Your water reservoir may also be clogged which can cause issues.
Your water reservoir can get clogged with hard water build-up, it can be clogged with debris that might be in the bottom of the reservoir, and it can get clogged from not being used as well.
You should clean out the reservoir ever so often to ensure that it is going to keep working properly and that the water is going to keep flowing freely.
Check for any electrical or mechanical problems
Another common issue you might be dealing with is an electrical or mechanical issue.
You can check to see if it is electrical by moving it to a different outlet. This will help you determine if it is an outlet issue or an issue with the actual Keurig.
You can listen to see if the machine is making any noise when you push the button.
If the machine is trying to work, it is likely a clog or a mechanical issue. If it does not light up and does not make noise, the issue may be bigger and it may be electrical.
Check for excessive scale or debris build-up
Limescale in the lines and in the tank can also cause problems.
You should check to see if there is any limescale inside the lines and the tank.
You may also want to check to see if there is any debris in the tank or debris in the lines.
How to properly maintain your Keurig to prevent future issues
Keurig machines are pretty easy to maintain, but there are a few things you should always do to keep it running smoothly.
The first thing you should do is make sure your machine is turned on and empty before cleaning it.
This is important because otherwise there may be water or coffee grounds left in places that can damage your machine.
Next, clean the water tank and drip tray regularly.
You don’t have to do this every time you use the machine, just once or twice a week should be fine.
After that, empty the coffee grounds into the trash after each use.
If you don’t do this, they can start to build up inside your Keurig and cause issues with pressure and flow as well as smell like moldy garbage when brewed again later on down the road (no one wants that).
Finally, clean your machine’s exterior with a soft cloth every two months or so. This will help keep it looking good and prevent any stains from developing over time!
Next comes descaling! Every 6 to 8 months or so (depending on how much coffee you drink), you should descale
When nothing seems to work
If you tried all of these Solutions and still you end up with no coffee being brewed from your Keurig, then you might have to consider doing a hard reset.
Sometimes there isn’t really a solution to the problem, and your Keurig may be completely broken.
You do have the option to reach out to customer service and request any warranty repairs that you are entitled to.
If you are out of your warranty, then you can still have your device sent in for repairs but you have to pay for it.
In many cases, if it’s an old model that you bought a long time ago, it may be more cost-efficient to go ahead and purchase a brand new Keurig.
However, I would suggest that you try a reset before jumping the gun.
Where is the reset button on my Keurig?
Depending on if your Keurig has a digital read-out or not, you may be able to access the reset from the settings. There is not a traditional reset button that you can just push to make the machine reset, you do have to do it through a process.
How do I manually reset my Keurig?
You can reset your Keurig with a little bit of work and by following these steps:
- You should first try a soft reset. This requires you to turn the machine off and unplug it for a few seconds if possible. You should leave it unplugged for a few minutes if you can to allow the memory to clear and to get a new cycle started.
- You then need to plug the machine back in and try to brew.
- If that does not work, you may need to try a more advanced reset.
- Start by pushing the small and medium mug buttons at the same time and release them at the same time.
- Press the menu three times as soon as you let up off of the mug buttons, the clock should read 6:09 if you did it right.
- Press the menu button one more time and it should read brew 0:00.
- Press the medium mug button and then release, now, press the medium mug button and the menu button at the same time.
- Hold the medium mug button and press the small mug button and release it at the same time.
- Unplug the machine and leave it unplugged for a few minutes before plugging it in again.
If this does not work, you may have a larger issue that needs to be addressed by a Keurig professional.
You can contact support and you may be able to mail your machine in to have it worked on and to see if there is anything that can be done to help it work properly.
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