How to fix KEURIG coffee maker that's slow brewing or has stopped

Keurig coffee makers are among the most versatile coffeemakers available in the market. Their advantages are endless and come with easy maintenance.

In case if your Keurig maker brews slowly or has completely stopped, then follow these simple tips to get a perfect cup of blended coffee.

When your Keurig doesn't fill the cup to the brim:

If your Keurig constantly fills your cup partially, there is a high chance that your reservoir is full. This situation
occurs when the internal parts of the coffee maker get clogged and in turn, disturb the smooth flow of water.

In this case, disassemble the Keurig parts carefully and let it sit still for about 30 minutes. Remember to unplug
your machine before you start this process. Allow the residual water to cool down.

Then, gently remove the lid, reservoir tank, and the cup-holding stand. Carefully, open the top and remove the k-cup holder outside.Soak and wash these machine parts in warm, soapy water.

Rinse them thoroughly and dry. This thorough cleaning of the machine parts can help you in getting rid of clogged substances.

Take help of a cleaning tool like a straight paper clip, needle, or tools provided by Keurig manufacturers to
pierce inside the K-cups. Along the shaft, three holes are present. With the help of cleaning tool, push the tool
inside each hole and twist it around to remove any build-up or debris being accumulated inside.

This process can effectively remove gunk present inside the holes by unclogging them.

• Working your way through the bottom-up approach:

Sometimes, a clogged needle isn't the only reason for your Keurig to stop working. Often, your entire coffee maker could be filled with dirt and debris inside. In such a case, the whole machine needs a thorough cleansing
from the beginning to the bottom.

The manufacturers advise you to instead follow a bottom-up approach in such cases. Turn your machine completely upside down and begin your work from there. Place your Keurig in the sink with its top open and then turn it upside down.

With the help of the base of your hand, give strong thwacks to the bottom of the maker. Although it might seem not to affect the build-up, smacking the Keurig can loosen the debris adhered firmly to the machine parts.

This process of loosening the debris can allow the water to flow by that is stuck inside.

If the debris is not completely loosened, the air pressure can help us get rid of them by the following process. Keep the machine in upside-down position for a while and insert a drinking straw over the discharge. 

At the junction of the sprout and the straw, wrap around a moist paper towel. This secures the connection restricting any air-flow.

Blow air into the straw while ensuring that the connection is secure. The air pressure emitting from the straw ensures that the scale build-up along the water line is dislodged from the machine. The remains left out from thwacking are blown out through this process. 

Once, most of the build-up is loosened, there can be a rush of water again. The water gets emptied into the sink.

• Sanitizing and maintaining the Keurig:

As the Keurig is unclogged through various processes, detailed cleaning and sanitizing is still required. Assemble all the parts of the machine carefully, after drying with a lint-free material. Use a mixture of the equal amount of water and white vinegar for effective cleansing.

 Do not use the full volume of vinegar as a pungent chemical can damage the internal parts. The water is added to dilute the concentration of the vinegar.

 The coffee maker's tank must be filled with the water and vinegar mixture. Run the machine with this mixture content until the entire tank is drained of any liquid. As soon as the hot vinegar solution is dispensed, discard it

  If your Keurig doesn't run without a K-cup pod, replace it with an empty pod. The complete cleaning process takes place before filling the pod with water. So dump any liquid you pour into the cup as it isn't consumed for drinking purposes.

Once the entire tank of the water-vinegar solution is discarded, repeat the same process with clean, plain water. Continuously repeat this process for at least two to three times until you feel the absence of odor from the vinegar.

 If required, taste the water by the end of the last full tank. In case you detect any vinegar flavor, repeat the cycle with fresh water one more time.

A definite way for testing of residual vinegar is by dropping a pinch of baking soda in the last cup of water. Due to the reaction, if you notice any bubbles or fizz of baking soda, it indicates the presence of vinegar. Continue rinsing until every test is passed. Additionally, Keurig offers a de-scaling liquid in place of the vinegar-water mixture.

• Ways to prevent future Keurig Problems:

As the saying goes," Prevention is better than cure," a small precaution to avoid any breakdown or slow brewing
problems can be overcome in the future. In the beginning, for every three months clean the internal parts with in gear and cold water. If you use your Keurig extensively, it is advised to clean it monthly.

Instead of the conventional K-cups, if you chose to use Keurig pods, clean the pods regularly with the help of a small brush to ensure that holes are rid of any build-up. Tap water contains numerous minerals.

They have the potential to-cause build-up over time due to deposition on the walls and interiors of the machine. Replace tap water with distilled water or filtered water each time you brew the contents.

Keurig allows you to brew a lot of liquids like soup, tea, chocolate milk, and other beverages apart from traditional coffee. After preparing beverages of your choice, always make sure to rinse the machine by running it
under a cup of plain water. If your Keurig is not being used for a longer period, unplug it from the socket. Keep the machine in an upside-down position to drain the water.

In case if the machine still has a technical fault, contact the customer care to receive quick responses and
effective cleaning from the professionals. These simple and easy steps can help you in keeping your Keurig in
perfect shape for a long period.

Last updated on July 5th, 2020 at 11:04 am

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