How to Fix Your Keurig If It Stops Brewing!

Updated on December 6, 2019
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This guide will break down how to quickly repair your Keurig coffee maker.
This guide will break down how to quickly repair your Keurig coffee maker. | Source

What to Do When Your Keurig Stops Brewing

When you run water through a coffee maker, the minerals in the water leave deposits in your machine that can eventually clog it after a period of time, blocking the flow of water. The cure? Remove those mineral deposits.

Don't panic though! Very shortly you will be able to enjoy the pleasure of seeing that lovely, freshly brewed coffee pouring into your cup! There are two simple fixes to try. Now if those don't work, it IS time to panic . . . or at least put in a service request!

My Keurig Stopped Working After a Year

My Keurig was just at one year old when it decided to do . . . nothing. You could hear the water heating, but when it came time for the coffee to come out, nothing happened. I was really ticked off at the thought that it could stop working at just a year old, but not all that surprised. The way we drink coffee around here, our coffee makers take heavy usage and tend to die young. Until I bought my last coffee maker and my Keurig, I usually went through three to four coffee pots a year. That gets expensive!

Well, in the case of the Keurig, after a little research, I was able to push that happy brew button and have it work once again! Yay! Now let's get you brewing!

How to Fix Your Keurig Coffee Maker

Mineral deposits build up in the "plumbing" of your Keurig. To remove them, simply follow one (or both) of these methods.

Method #1

Materials You'll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A sharp, very small object such as a straight pin. (I use a very small steel crochet hook, size 10. A toothpick would probably work also.)


When your brewer stops brewing, one likely culprit is a tiny coffee ground clogging the "out" hole the coffee goes through. If you open up your Keurig, you'll see (or feel) a sharp needle in the top half (think where the top of the K-cup would be). That needle has a tiny hole in it. Delicately poke around this hole and you'll dislodge the evil coffee ground(s).

Method #2

  1. Fill the normal cup you brew into half full of white vinegar, and then add water to the remaining level.
  2. Pour into brewer and turn on.
  3. As soon as the brewer starts to dispense, turn machine off.
  4. Allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Brew remaining amount.
  6. Run two cups of plain water through brewer to rinse.

Have you repaired your Keurig using these techniques before?

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      Debb needs coffee ! 

      11 months ago


      - cleaned needle

      - cleaned base of water stand

      Water heats up, hmmm as usual, 3 light come in flash blue then? Starts to pour water, stops starts again then it stops, starts clicking ,Add water, heating and med cup select button start flashing??

      It's only 2 years old max

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      14 months ago

      Blue low water level light won't go off, coffee won't brew...

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      Patricia Lake 

      22 months ago

      The menu will not open on my coffee maker. Help, I can't brew coffee.

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      23 months ago

      my wife unpluged the keurig k525 i pluged it in and dark screans comes up

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      7 years ago

      Great lens and can be very helpful


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