The Common Keurig Coffee Maker Problems & How to Easily Fix Them


Do you own a Keurig, coffee maker and waking up one day in the morning and find your Keurig coffee maker behaves oddly, brewing slowly or shorting your coffee? What could be worse is when your Keurig coffee maker is not functioning at all! What should you do when you encounter these common Keurig coffee maker problems?

​If any of these issues have ever happened to you, you are not alone. By knowing a little of troubleshooting knowledge might come in handy. I suggest you read on to find out more about the most common problems found in Keurig coffee machines.

Keurig Coffee Maker Problems


Problem #1: My Keurig Coffee Maker Is Not Brewing Coffee

It is a shocker when your Keurig coffee maker refuses to accomplish the one task- that is, to brew coffee. The problem occurred could cause by one or a combination of these reasons:

  • Too much scale and debris build up in the line

    Solution: Descaling
    Try running the machine a few times without the K-cup would be your first option. It is best to clean the coffee maker every 3 to 6 months, and if you have not yet done so and believe that there is calcium scaling in the machine, here is what you need to do. Watch this video with a step-by-step instruction:

    You can buy the Keurig Descaling Solution on Amazon, click here to find out more.
  • Air bubbles

    Switch off and unplug the machine, entirely filled the water reservoir and gave the machine a few gentle shakes. By doing so is to ensure that there no air trapped in the machine, which could interfere with the brewing.
  • Machine pieces are not properly placed

    Sometimes your Keurig coffee maker is not brewing coffee, not because of anything major but could be due to those machine components are not correctly set. Quickly check if they are in sitting in the right place. It is common for the magnetic water reservoirs to lose their alignment, be sure you always check.

Problem #2: Keurig (Classic) Shut Off & Turn On By Itself

If your Keurig Classic series coffee maker is shutting off or turning on by itself, this could be the built-in timer has been set. Here are the solutions for Keurig classic models:

  • Keurig Mini

    If the Keurig Mini turns off on its own and the brewer remains sedentary for more than 90 seconds, you need to push the Power button to start the machine all over again.
  • Keurig Elite

    If your Keurig Elite brewing system is shutting off on its own, chances are the Auto Off function is turned on which means the brewer will automatically turn off 2 hours after its last brew.
  • Platinum & Special Edition

    Similar to Keurig Elite, if the Auto Off function is on, then it will shut off on its own. You have to make sure that you disable this feature. Besides that, when the magnetic components of the water reservoir dislocated, it would interrupt the brewing cycle, too. Be sure you always place all the parts in its right position.

If all of these does not solve the problem, it is time to talk to Keurig’s customer care. You can find the customer care contacts at the Keurig’s website.

Problem #3: There Is Leakage from My Keurig Coffee Maker

Yikes! There is an inadvertent leak from your Keurig coffee maker? I understand this could be irritating because you see a mopping job lined right up before you could even have your morning coffee fixed!

If there is a leakage in the coffee machine, chances are the upper gasket of the machine is either installed inaccurately or go missing. The gasket is the component when is placed around the puncture needle of the machine.

​Check if the gasket was placed correctly and if it is missing then you need to purchase a replacement. Any misalignments will cause leakage, adjust the gasket to form a perfect seal and aligned with the incoming water supply and the K-cup.

​Or you could use a rubber band instead, watch this video to learn how to do it.

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Problem #4: My Coffee Started to Taste Odd

Assuming you have been using the same coffee K-pod brand and there is no reason why the taste would be different. If this problem occurred to you, the odd taste you have tasted is a result of the built up of scaling inside the Keurig, coffee maker.

You can descaling using a home remedy by using vinegar and water, or you can refer to Problem #1 on how to descaling the machine.

Problem #5: Error Message That Reads “Add More Water” Persist

If you see the message of “Add more water” on screen, but the water reservoir is already fully filled. What should you do?

Take out the water reservoir, and clean it thoroughly by using dish washing soap. The Keurig’s water reservoir is not dishwasher safe, so you have to dry it by hand with a non-abrasive cloth. Once done, fill the water reservoir to the maximum level and let it sit properly in the machine. If the message of “add more water” persists, you have to report it to Keurig support and customer care.

Problem #6: My Keurig 2.0 Is Not Turning On

I understand the frustration of starting the day finding your coffee maker is refusing to switch on in the morning.

When your Keurig 2.0 coffee maker is plugged in, you will see a power icon appear on the touch screen display along with a welcome note. But if it does not show anything on the touchscreen, could be either the machine or the touchscreen itself.

​Unplug the machine and plug it on, again. If the coffee machine still does not switch on, unfortunately, you ought to contact Keurig customer care.

Now What?


No question needed. You may now go back to brewing your morning cup of a cuppa!

These are the most common occurring Keurig coffee maker problems to a different range of models, from the classic to the Keurig 2.0 touchscreen.

You know how to maintain your Keurig coffee maker, and you should always keep in mind to clean the machine to ensure that you would have your morning coffee fix without any additional issues ever again.

Let's Fix It!

I hope I have equipped enough of common knowledge for you to help you solve the Keurig coffee maker problems. Figuring that your coffee maker is broken, try to solve it before you decide to flaunt your Keurig coffee maker into the bin.

Happy Brewing!

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