Keurig Not Pumping Water

Keurig Not Pumping Water

Is your Keurig not pumping water? Roughly a quarter of households have a Keurig. And that is no surprise, as buying a Keurig is way more convenient than driving to Starbucks ccevery day. Long term, they are more cost-effective too but only if they work. Sometimes, a Keurig will suddenly stop pumping water, and there can be several reasons for this. The most common three are limescale in the machine, an air blockage, or a “more water” error message.

Getting rid of limescale

If you haven’t been descaling your Keurig regularly—and odds are you haven’t—that might be your problem. Descaling means running a mixture of vinegar and water through the brewer to get rid of any limescale build-up. I know what you’re thinking. Scales? Yuck! Well, if it helps, limescale is just a build-up of the calcium carbonate found in hard water. Anyway, all you need to do to descale is fill the water reservoir with water and some kind of descaling agent. As I said, vinegar will do the job. Then keep repeatedly brewing until the reservoir is empty once again. Simple, right? After you are done, brew another whole cycle with nothing but water in the reservoir. This should take care of the nasty vinegar taste and smell. And you probably want to get rid of that unless you are into slightly vinegary coffee and tea. Hey, no judgment here. If you tried descaling, and your Keurig still isn’t pumping water, there are several other things you can try.

Air Blockage

Air Blockage
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It is also possible that air has made its way into some part of the Keurig where it shouldn’t be. This blockage can stop up the water pump and keep your brewer from doing its job. Luckily for you, this is also a simple fix. Once again, pour water into the reservoir. But this time, only fill it one-fourth of the way full. Then lift the reservoir from its housing, and let it sink back down several times in quick succession. Do it until you see bubbles of air float up from the water intake at the bottom. The rising bubbles indicate that air is being cleared from the pipes in the central part of the brewer. Keep manipulating it until the bubbles cease rising. Then fill the reservoir with water again and attempt to brew in your usual fashion. This should have fixed the issue if the problem was an air blockage. If doing this didn’t fix your Keurig’s issue, read on.

More Water Error Message

Sometimes, you might get an error message claiming that the Keurig needs more water. If you are experiencing this, it could be an issue with the type of water you’re using, or it could be an issue concerning the signals being sent between the reservoir and the rest of the machine. If you think you are dealing with the latter, there is an easy fix.

First, fill up the water reservoir to the marker that says “max fill.” This might fix your issue without you having to do anything further. If it doesn’t, dump out the water you just poured in and hand wash every part of the brewer that can be easily removed. Ensure that something isn’t clogging the valve. You want it to be in pristine condition—or at least as close to that as you can get.

Try to fill the water tank and begin brewing again. Don’t worry if it is still a no-go. You aren’t out of options just yet.

If you’re still getting a message that says the machine needs more water, try getting a little physical with the device. You know, show it who’s boss. Okay, I’m half kidding, but seriously, if you shake or tap the machine a little, that might fix it. There is a mechanism in the reservoir that lets the device know how much water is there. Sometimes, it will get confused and send the wrong signal. So, although I would never advise you to rough up your coffee maker, you might need to make it an offer it can’t refuse if you catch my drift.

You may need to be persistent to fix this error message and try each solution several times. But if none of the methods above work, you have an ace in the hole.

Damaged Water Pump

Damaged Water Pump
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Water pumps come and go. They wear out and break eventually, so it is only a matter of time before they become a problem. The trick is being sure to get a new one that will match the machine you already have. You don’t want to spend money on a water pump that won’t even fit your existing Keurig. Now, I know some of you are dedicated do-it-yourselfers, but it might be time to call in the professionals at this point. You’ll probably need someone who knows what they are doing to replace the water pump. Otherwise, you risk making things worse. If, after all this, you are convinced that your Keurig is busted, check out the best Keurig coffee makers. We are a nation of coffee drinkers, after all.

Keurig Not Pumping Water: Conclusion

Keurig not pumping water? That’s no longer an issue for you. Now, your whole family will turn to you as the expert, the Keurig whisperer. And more importantly, now, you can finally drink that cup of coffee or tea you were planning on having before you ran into trouble.

Written by Blake Anderson

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