Today, we’re covering a big topic: how to solve the most common Keurig problems. No matter if you have an old Keurig or a new Keurig 2.0 problems are similar, including: Keurig won’t turn on, won’t brew, it’s not brewing a full cup, not dispensing water, it won’t heat, the machine shuts off for no reason or you’re getting grounds in your cup. Depending on Keurig “symptoms” try to get a picture about what is wrong with your coffee maker, then check some of the solutions mentioned below.
KEURIG PROBLEMS (classic models)
STEP 1 : Clean & descale your coffee maker / Clean the exit needle
In most cases, simple cleaning & descaling will help and bring your machine back to life. This includes cleaning & descaling the unit and cleaning the exit needle, because it can get clogged with coffee grounds. It’s very useful for issues like brewing a partial cup, not dispensing water or getting grounds in your cup. Here’s a detailed guide on how to clean/ descale your Keurig machine properly.
Check the Auto ON/OFF timer
If your Keurig shuts off or turns on by itself, make sure that the timer has not been set.
Keurig Mini: normally, the brewer will shut off when not working for longer than 90 seconds. To restart press Power button.
Keurig Elite: If the green Auto off light is illuminated, the brewer will turn off two hours after your last brew. To disable, press the black Auto off button (the green light will turn off).
Special Edition and Platinum: To turn off the auto off feature, press menu twice to enter auto off programming mode. Press small cup button (left button) several times until it says “off”.
If the brewer shuts off in the middle of a brew, contact Customer Service.
ADD WATER Keurig Issue
Refill water reservoir to MAX fill and check to see if it’s seated properly. If Keurig display indicates ADD WATER even if there is enough water in the reservoir and fits fine, call Keurig Customer Service.
If your coffee maker is plugged in, the power button has been pushed, you’ve descaled it, cleaned the exit needle and done everything right but the brewer still isn’t working properly, you should contact Keurig Customer Service. Few of my readers are really satisfied with their service and I am pretty sure that they will help you solve the problem. Keurig Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739).
KEURIG 2.0 PROBLEMS
How to set up Keurig 2.0 brewer. You will find a step-by-step guide in your manual and it’s important to follow all the steps correctly.
1. plug in the brewer
2. lift the handle and remove the shipping disk
3. rinse the water reservoir, fill with water and return to the unit
4. press the Power button and wait to preheat (needs approximately 3 minutes)
5. now, you need to run a cleansing brew. place a mug on the drip tray, open and close the handle without inserting the k-cup, select 6 ounce setting and press brew. when finished, get a clean cup and use your brewer to make coffee.
Keurig 2.0 won’t brew / Keurig 2.0 not dispensing water
First, make sure to wait long enough. The heating process may last about 3 minutes, so be patient. If nothing happens after this time, then make sure that:
the water reservoir is placed properly and there is enough water in the reservoir;
is the handle lowered completely and you have the brew setting screen.
If everything seems fine, the water reservoir is in place, brew button has been pressed and nothing happens for more than 5 minutes, call customer service to help you troubleshoot your brewer.
Keurig 2.0 won’t turn on
To turn on your Keurig 2.0 plug in the brewer, then press and hold the power button (the power icon will appear in the bottom right corner of the touchscreen). You should see a welcome! note. If it doesn’t turn on you can do few things:
Check to make sure that the brewer is plugged securely.
Unplug and plug in the brewer.
Plug the brewer into a different outlet.
As a last step, Keurig even recommends resetting your home’s circuit breaker just in case.
If nothing works, then you should definitely call Keurig customer service.
Keurig 2.0 add water /more water please error
Refill the water reservoir to the max fill. You can also remove and place the reservoir back to the unit to make sure it’s placed properly. Press continue.
If there’s enough water in the water reservoir, reservoir is placed properly, but you’re still getting this error here’s what you can do. Remove the water reservoir and empty the water. Clean the reservoir by hand using soap and non-abrasive cloth and rinse thoroughly (not dishwasher safe). When done, fill the reservoir to the max fill and return to the unit, and make sure it’s seated properly. If it doesn’t work, it’s time for customer service.
Keurig 2.0 trickle while brewing
It has to do something with its new brewing technology, but it’s absolutely normal for your new Keurig 2.0 not to dispense water in stream but to trickle coffee. As long as you get a selected beverage size at the end, it’s fine. Call customer service if your brewer is not brewing at all or you’re getting only partial cups.
Keurig 2.0 shuts off for no reason
Make sure that there is enough water in the reservoir and refill if needed. If that seems fine, check the energy saver option for K350 or auto on/off option for K450 and K550.
For K350 go to settings, energy saver and turn off this option. Press save to confirm and then use back to return to settings menu.
For K450 and K550 go to settings menu, then auto off or energy saving option, just uncheck the little box next to enable option. Don’t forget to press save to confirm.
If auto off/energy saving mode are disabled but your brewer still turns off on its own, contact customer service.
How to use non-branded k-cups in Keurig 2.0
As you know, Keurig 2.0 will only work with Keurig branded k-cups or more precisely, the one with updated labels. The Keurig 2.0 scanner won’t brew old Keurig branded k-cups (the one without outer ring and Keurig brewed seal) and non-Keurig brand packs. However, there are several possible solutions that you can use to brew any k-cup brand and your own coffee in Keurig 2.0:
1. cut the top of updated Keurig branded k-cup or k-carafe and attach it on top of your non-branded k-cup.
2. cut the left side of updated label and attach it to the left side of any k-cup you want to brew (you can even buy special stickers ($5.00) for this purpose). Or, you can attach a part of the label over the scanner itself.
3. Old Keurig reusable k-cup. If you have an old reusable k-cup, like EcoBrew or Solofill you can most probably use it in your Keurig 2.0. Keurig My K-cup (the one with a holder and basket) won’t work this way. What you need to do is to take your reusable k-cup, add coffee, close and attach a sticker or a part of authorized label on left side and brew.
The goal of each of these hacks is to trick the Keurig sensor into believing it sees a special ink (orange) on top of its authorized pods. This is why you need to attach a sticker/label on left side or directly over Keurig’s sensor. Choose the method that works for you. YouTube is full of how to videos, too. And, please remember, brewing anything besides authorized Keurig branded k-cups is at your own risk, since it may damage your machine and it’s not recommended by Keurig brand.
Keurig 2.0 reusable k-cup
EcoBrew $10.99 comes with stickers so you can use it with Keurig 2.0. Eco-fill $14.99 reusable k-cups are also very popular. And, Keurig has also released their Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup reusable filter. It retails for $14.99 and will work with all 2.0 series brewers.
These filters are optimized for brewing a k-cup size (4 – 12 ounce), so if you want to brew your own coffee as a carafe, you will have to get a different filter, like Eco-carafe $19.99, a reusable carafe option.
Keurig 2.0 stuck on preheating
The machine needs about 3 minutes to do an initial preheating. If the process takes longer, then it’s possible that something is wrong with the machine. Unplug and plug in the brewer again to repeat the process, just in case. Make sure that the water reservoir is in place and there is enough water in the tank. If everything seems fine but still nothing happens, it’s recommended to call Keurig customer service.
Keurig 2.0 auto on won’t work
The brewer will not sometimes brew if there’s not enough water in the reservoir. Also, if you lift the handle or move a carafe after you turn on the auto ON, the auto brew will cancel. If you’ve done everything right, there was enough water in the reservoir, you didn’t move a carafe or lift a handle after you’ve set the auto on, the enable box was checked and you didn’t forget to press SAVE, but it still doesn’t work then it’s because of the machine and you can call Customer service
Keurig 2.0 screen problems
Unfortunately screen issues are very common with new Keurig 2.0 brewers, and in most cases the touch screen isn’t working or there’s a blank screen. The only thing that you can do is to unplug and plug in the brewer. This will most probably solve the problem, at the moment. But, please pay attention on how often this happens. If it’s just once or twice it’s not a big deal, but if you think it’s happening too often, call Customer service. It’s not something that will solve on it’s own and I don’t like the idea of turning the machine on and off all the time because the screen goes crazy.
If this doesn’t solve the problem or you don’t see a specific issue listed here, please contact Keurig Customer Service for further assistance. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739). You will also find some useful ideas in the comment section below so make sure to check there too. Thank you.