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Keurig Not Pumping Water: Fixes For Keurigs That Don’t Pump

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 is not working!

A Keurig not pumping water is an unfortunate error that you may run into at some point during the life of your Keurig coffee maker. It’s not very common, but it has been known to happen.

So if water won’t come out of your Keurig(or indeed Keurig 2.0) like it’s supposed to, what now?

There are a few classic causes for this problem, and if your Keurig is not drawing water, or not pumping enough water, the steps below should help get your brewer back into working condition.

Keurig Not Pumping Water? Here’s what you can do

1. Air in the water line: realign the reservoir

As unlikely as it seems, this is a very possible cause that can result in big trouble. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to solve:

  1. Take out your reservoir from the machine and fill it up to about a quarter full or so and replace it in the machine
  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 and then power your machine

In this simple trick, the process helps drive out air from the water line. This trick works like magic.

2. The More Water Please Error

In this case, you fill your Keurig as usual, press the brew button, and boom! Up 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 that causes your Keurig to no longer pump water.

  1. The first thing is to refill the water reservoir to the maximum level fill. Make sure it is properly 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 empty the contents.
  3. Clean the reservoir 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 there is an issue with the float, chances are that your machine is not getting the correct signals of water levels
  7. Simply shaking and tapping and your Keurig machine should get back to doing things correctly.

One of the two possible fixes for Keurigs that have stopped pumping should help you overcome that problem. You may have to repeat a fix a couple of times.

3. Unclog the water lines and filter by descaling

One of the major reasons as to why your Keurig is not pumping enough water is that the water lines or filter have gotten clogged.

In many cases, this is because of the kind of water you’re using.

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 water mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar all the way to the fill level. You can also use lemon juice or citric acid pellets instead.
  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 acid 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 step 5 at least 3 more times to completely flush out any traces of acid from your Keurig.

The above steps, if done appropriately, should fix your problem.

In case you 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.

4. Damaged Pump

If you’re still unable to get your Keurig to pump water, there is a chance that your pump may be damaged.

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.