The drawback to this wonderful piece of machinery is that it is made of complicated and sensitive parts. I’ve heard story after story of Keurig woes, and I’ve had a few of my own. So what do you do if your Keurig won’t brew? Here are some troubleshooting tips if your Keurig gets temperamental.
Step 1: Don’t cry
Step 2: Lift up the water reservoir and drop it back into place. There is a magnet that has to be in the right position and putting the reservoir back into place causes it to go back where it should be. This method has worked for me.
Step 3: It could be that your Keurig’s water line is clogged. To flush out debris, run water through your brewer a few times without a K-Cup. I’d recommend this step if your Keurig is brewing some coffee, just not a full cup.
Step 4: Try turning the power on and off or try unplugging (for a long stretch if you can). When you turn the Keurig back on, be sure to give it plenty of warm-up time. This has also worked for me.
Step 5: It may be time to descale. Most models will give you a message when it’s time to have the mineral deposits cleaned. Here’s how to do it.
Step 6: Turn off your brewer and use an unfolded paperclip to clean out the holes in the top needle. Or, better yet, use one of those tiny go-between dental brushes, then you won’t risk damaging your machine.
Step 7: Still won’t brew? Try the burp and slap method: unplug, remove water reservoir, turn your Keurig over and spank its bottom. Read here for specific instruction. This has actually worked for A LOT of people.
Step 8: If you’ve given your Keurig a good spanking and it still won’t behave, contact Keurig (866-901-BREW) for help. Who knows? They may even send you a replacement brewer. Come to think of it, maybe this should be Step Two.
Step 9: Read the comments below for even more helpful ideas.
Read here for ways to prevent your Keurig from clogging.