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Keurig Not Pumping Water: 4 Possible Causes and How to Solve

is your keurig not pumping water? here's what to do

Almost everyone hates Mondays. Why? To each his own. Things can get even much uglier when your Keurig machine will stop working, though!

You wake up, head towards your kitchen, probably late, and when you stretch your hand to prepare that favorite flavor of your coffee, you realize that something isn’t right. Your Keurig not pumping water? That’s the last thing you would want to imagine.

How about you know some of the troubleshooting tricks and tips that you could apply? These simple ideas and fixes could save you from being frustrated and starting off your day on a bad note.

We are about to shed some light on the possible causes of why your Keurig won’t pump water and how you could easily fix them.

Keurig not pumping water: what to look for

1. Clogged water lines and filter

Probably this is the major reason as to why your Keurig stopped pumping water or could only pump a little. In most cases, the kind of water that people use in their machines has been the cause of this malfunction.

If you use tap water or water from the well, note that such water sources have lots of minerals, including calcium. The minerals build up in the tiny water lines of the Keurig machine and as a result, clog the system.

If this is the case in your coffee maker, then you could try performing the following steps to descale and clean your machine. The use of vinegar has proven to work like a charm.

  1. Fill the machine’s reservoir with some lemon juice mixed 50-50 with water to the fill level.
  2. Next, place a coffee cup on the drip tray. Make sure the K-Cup lid is closed properly and then run a brew cycle
  3. Run a second brew cycle by adding more of the lemon juice mixture. For serious scale deposits, you can turn off the machine as soon as it starts brewing to keep the water in the pipes for a bit longer.
  4. Allow the brewer rest for about 30 minutes before moving to the next step
  5. Now fill the water reservoir with distilled water(or the closest thing available) and then run another brew cycle.
  6. Repeat the step 5 until the reservoir is drained completely, at least two cycles with regular water.

The above steps if done appropriately should fix your problem. At times, you may notice that your coffee has a funny taste. In such scenarios, try just running multiple brew cycles using clean or distilled water until things get back to normal.

Suppose the above wasn’t your case, then you might want to check out the next possible fault. Remember that as much as this fixes may work for others, they might also fail to work in your case. You should, therefore, go through each exhaustively until you find something that works out for you.


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2. Presence of air in the line

As unlikely as it seems, this is a very possible cause that can trouble you a lot. To fix it, there is not much to do. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Take out your reservoir from the machine and fill it up to about a quarter full or so then put it back
  2. Lift the reservoir up and down rapidly and consistently until you can see some small air bubbles coming up from the water intake place at the bottom of the reservoir
  3. Keep doing so until there are no more bubbles appearing
  4. Once done, fill up the reservoir to the fill level then power your machine
  5. Things should get back up and be running if the steps above are followed to the later.

In this simple trick, the process helps air from the line to be driven out hence re-instating the machine’s functionality back to normal. This trick works like magic.

If that still doesn’t do it, move on to item #3 below.

3. The More Water Please Error

In this case, you fill your Keurig as usual, press the brew button and boom! There pops a ‘More Water Please Error’.

Two possible things might have happened here. You’re either using the wrong type of water or your reservoir is causing the problem by sending some false signals to the machine. Fear not. Here is what you should do to eliminate this error.

  1. The first thing is to refill the water reservoir to the maximum level fill. Make sure it is well placed back in the unit then hit the continue button. If that doesn’t solve it, continue to step 2.
  2. Pull out the water reservoir and then empty the contents.
  3. Clean it by hand. Be sure to use a non-abrasive piece of cloth and rinse thoroughly.
  4. Make sure to check that the valve is not clogged at all
  5. Fill the reservoir and place it back in the unit. Make sure it’s well placed. If still didn’t work, then you might want to try step 6.
  6. In the reservoir, there is a float that usually runs on top of it. If messed up at the bottom, chances are that your machine is not getting the correct signals of water levels
  7. Simply do some little shaking or tapping and your Keurig machine should get back to doing things correctly.

One of the three possible fixes in the above steps should help you overcome that problem. You may have to repeat a fix a couple of times.

4. Damaged Pump

It’s time you carefully checked whether your water pump is causing the major drawback. It is clear that some of this parts get to wear out after working for quite some time.

If you find out that the pump has been totally damaged, then you’ll have to replace it with a new one. The only important thing here is for you to make sure that you purchase the exact one that matches the features of your current Keurig machine.

Do not make a mistake of getting something just for the sake of a replacement. That’s trouble that you don’t want to get yourself into. It’s also ideal for you to seek some technical or professional help especially if you’re new to such things.

Sometimes performing a full check might be required if you have all the time. It can be highly effective and also save you from the trouble of trying out every possible fix tricks. The process that we’re about to go through might be what you just need.

So if you’re determined to do it yourself, then let’s get down to doing it!

General fix for Keurig not pumping water

For you to perform this successfully, you’ll need the following tools;

  • A screwdriver
  • A small parking knife with a sharp end
  • A toothpick or something equivalent and
  • A plastic thumb-tack

It is advisable that you exercise a lot of caution when walking down this road. That said, here are a few things to do that should fix your Keurig problem.

1. Start off by removing the cover under the handle

Being the most difficult part of the whole process, you should understand exactly what you’re in for. We do not want you to get injured or cause more problems to the machine either.

With the top cover removed, you’ll be able to clearly see the parts that are causing issues to your machine.

2. Working on the inside

Since the interior parts are well visible, it’s time to find out what exactly is standing between you and your favorite cup of coffee. There is a blade that feeds the water into the pack.

Also, you’ll see a rubber hose and another blade below this one. Using your toothpick, slowly and very carefully poke into the three holes in the upper blade.

You’ll notice some dried coffee grounds sticking around. Remove them as well. Remember to pay close attention to everything that you’re doing. Ensure an eagle eye on everything else.

Check that all the hose ends are fine and there are no blockages. Once you feel satisfied with everything that you’ve done, it’s time to return the removed parts back in place.

3. Test your coffee maker

When done returning the upper case, replace the water reservoir, fill it up then run a brew cycle. Everything must have gone back to normal and your machine pumping water just fine.

While the above steps might appear tough and a bit technical, proceeding with moderation will ensure that you achieve exactly what you want. For you to get enough grasp of this final fixing trick, please read this post on Instructables.

We believe that with all the above tips and tricks, you’ll never miss your favorite coffee flavor again! If by any chance none of the above worked for you. Then you should consider picking up your phone and call the customer care support for more assistance.


Frequently asked questions

Is it difficult to disassemble a Keurig?

It’s actually surprisingly easy. The video in this post will help you go through the process step by step.

How do you unclog a Keurig needle?

One of the easiest ways is to just use a needle, safety pin, or paper clip and scrape out any debris like old coffee grounds from inside the Keurig needle.

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About Shabbir

Shabbir is the Chief Caffeine Officer at Coffee In My Veins. When he's not weighing out coffee beans for his next brew, you can find him writing about his passion: coffee.