Automatic coffee machines are like a dream come true to many of us. Who would not want delectable, sweet smelling coffee every morning at the touch of a button? Not us at least. We love our automatic coffee makers, especially the Keurig models. Every coffee lover who wants hassle-free but high-quality coffee at home or office has a Keurig product. They have pioneered and championed the concept of single serve coffee makers, bringing you the innovative K-pods and helping you enjoy restaurant quality coffee at home.

We love Keurig machines, but…

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While Keurig machines are a homemaker’s delight, there could be certain problems you face while using the machine. These problems are usually very small and can be solved within minutes.

However, if you are a busy individual, they could easily spoil a good morning and make you do some extra work. The worst thing could be dressing up and going to a coffee shop, feeling grumpy and sleepy.

Hold on! That is extreme. Your Keurig machine may show some warning signs of trouble or may stop working. As the most important parts of the machine are located inside the case (there is less control in automatic machines when it comes to pressure and temperature. Plus, these machines are super-compact), you don’t have any other option but to call the manufacturer when something goes wrong.

The truth is that problems with brewing and temperature can easily be solved by following a few simple instructions. If your machine switches on and off at random, doesn’t brew at the right temperature or doesn’t brew at all, you will only have to give your machine a thorough cleanses. It should start working like normal. However, if the problems still persist, calling the manufacturer will be the right decision.

Before you do that, let us first see how to clean your Keurig machine properly and make it work like new, even if you think it is broken and won’t come back to normal anytime soon.

Cleaning Your Keurig

Most Keurig coffee makers are cleaned thoroughly with this process. If your Keurig machine has stopped working all of a sudden behaves erratically or doesn’t brew at the right temperature, it is highly likely that calcium deposits have built up in your machine. Problems with coffee dripping and extraction could also be experienced when air bubbles are trapped inside your machine. If such is the case, your machines on/off switch will also start experiencing troubles.

No matter what the problem, here is the simple, step-by-step procedure that will help you get rid of the problems.

Step 1

Unplug your coffee machine

Unplug your coffee machine. You don’t want to work on your machine while it is still plugged to an electric current. The press of a button, even unknowingly, could harm you or give you an electric shock. Be careful. Switch off the machine and make sure you have unplugged it before cleaning.

Step 2

Remove all the detachable parts

Remove all the detachable parts of the machine. Most Keurig machines have a detachable water tank. Remove this tank and fill it with water. Now shake the tank a little and let any extra calcium buildups come off. Drain the water.

Step 3

fill keurig with water

Fill the water tank with water and plug in your machine. Now run the machine without loading a K-cup. This will help in cleaning the machine thoroughly. If the calcium buildup is light, running the machine a couple of times with plain water will do the trick. However, if the buildup is thicker, you will have to use vinegar.

Just take one cup of vinegar and pour it into a filled water tank. Let the vinegar mixed water sit fir the next 30 minutes in your machine. It helps in cleaning off the scale on your machine. Vinegar actually does an abrasive action on the calcium deposits, which helps in cleaning your machine. After 30 minutes, run the machine again with this tank full of vinegar and water mix. It will clean up the machine.

You can also use freshly squeezed lime and lukewarm water to get the same abrasive action. However, vinegar is more powerful and will do in one cleansing what lime and lukewarm water will do in two cleanses. You can choose which solution you want to use.

After the machine has run without a K-cup, drain the water and the dissolved calcium deposits. Your machine should look clean now. Make sure that you run the machine again with clear water (at least a couple of times) to remove any traces of vinegar or lime. If these traces remain, they could interfere with the taste of your coffee and you could end up spoiling your brew while trying to get the best cleanse possible.

Step 4

wipe away dust

Blow air through a straw on the entry and exit needles to remove debris and dust. Make sure that you check the cables of the machine and blow away dust from there as well. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any small dust particles.

Step 5

Unplug the machine. Take a soft microfiber cloth (dampen it if there are any stains on your machine) and wipe the surface of the machine properly. This will clean up any dust on the surface and make your Keurig shine like new.

Make sure that you keep rinsing the reservoir thoroughly by running multiple brewing cycles (without the K-cup) unless the vinegar taste goes away. You should use only distilled vinegar while cleaning your Keurig coffee maker. Lime and lukewarm water should only be used when you don’t have distilled vinegar available readily.

This is the simplest and easiest way of descaling your machine and cleaning it thoroughly. New Keurig models let you clean and descale at home without having to visit a technician. If you think your Keurig is broken and needs fixing, try rinsing it this way and you may be surprised to find that the coffee maker is still working and provides the same old delicious brews to you at the touch of a button.


Grant is the man behind Just Coffee Maker, a site dedicated to the art of brewing coffee manually! Grants's writing is unpretentious and really captures the beauty of the ritual in making great coffee.

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