How to get hot water from Keurig?

Getting hot water for tea bags or cocoa, hot chocolate, instant soups, oatmeal, and other things might be troublesome unless you have a water kettle. But having extra kitchen appliances for the special purpose of heating water may not be worth it in terms of counter space in your kitchen and Cost.

But how about using a coffee maker as a water kettle. Keurig coffee makers are one of the most convenient ways of getting hot water for hot beverages. Now, the question arises How to get hot water from Keurig? 

All Keurig machines dispense hot water regardless of what Keurig model you have. Only Keurig K-Elite has the special button for getting hot water for all other models you need to simply lift and then close the head without inserting a K-cup pod and start brewing like you normally do while brewing coffee.

How to get hot water from Keurig?

As mentioned earlier, Keurig disperses hot water regardless of whether your Keurig model has a hot water-on-demand function or lacks this feature. If you know how to use the Keurig coffee machine, then using your Keurig machine as a water kettle is not difficult at all.

Keurig model with hot water button

With the release of more than 50 different Keurig models, Keurig only offers one model available with a water dispenser- that is Keurig K-Elite.

Now let’s see how you can get hot water with Keurig K-Elite hot water function.

  1. Fill the water reservoir with filtered water (as filtered water avoids the possibility of mineral buildup inside the machine). However, you can also use tap water if you don’t mind to descale your Keurig machine frequently.
  2. Turn on the power supply, and Keurig preheats the water within 3 minutes.
  3. Press the hot water button- available only in Keurig k-Elite. This unique feature makes this model distinct from other Keurig models.
  4. Choose desired cup size. K-Elite has options for five different cup sizes, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces. So you can choose which one you like according to your desired preference.
  5. So, now wait until the hot water starts coming from the machine.

Keurig model without hot water button

If you don’t have Keurig K- Elite, it doesn’t mean that you just can’t get hot water. You can get hot water with any Keurig model. Simply saying, different Keurig models do the same trick. Let’s see how you can do it.

  1. Fill the water reservoir. Remember smaller Keurig model doesn’t have a custom size option. These models use all water available in the tank. So, better to adjust the volume according to your desired need.
  2. Plug in the machine. Press the power button. Once the green light goes up, Keurig will automatically heat water within 3 minutes.
  3. This is the most important step in getting hot water. These tricks work for all Keurig models having no on-demand hot water function. Open and close the lid without inserting K- the pod. Instead of puncturing a K-Cup, it will hold nothing and let hot water pass through.
  4. Choose the cup size according to your desired preference. You can select a cup size available between 4 to 12 ounces.
  5. You will get the hot water in less than a minute

Now, look at different Keurig models and see how you can get hot water with them.

Hot water from Keurig K-café

  1. Open and close the lid without inserting the K-cup pod
  2. Press coffee button
  3. coffee and latte & Capp buttons will start blinking
  4. Now, Select your desired cup size
  5. Finally, press the blinking brew button.

Hot water from Keurig K-mini & K-mini plus

  1. Add about 6-12 ounces of water into the Water Reservoir
  2. Lift up and close the handle without inserting the K-cup pod into the chamber
  3. Press the brew button (the big K logo at the top) to begin
  4. Brew light pulse for 2 minutes while the machine is heating up.
  5. The brew indicator light starts flashing, indicating that the brewer is ready to dispense hot water
  6. When the light becomes solid, Keurig starts dispensing hot water

Hot water from Keurig k-select, K-classic, k-compact

  1. Turn the machine on& wait until it heats the water.
  2. Lift the handle and close the lid without inserting the K-cup pod.
  3. Select desired cup size (6, 8, 10, or 12 Oz according to your preference)
  4. Start the cycle.

Hot water from Keurig K Duo & K-Duo plus

  1. Turn the machine on.
  2. Lift the handle and close the lid without inserting the K-cup pod.
  3. Pod & carafe button starts blinking
  4. Press the pod button & choose your desired cup size.
  5. Press the brew button, and the machine starts dispersing hot water.

Hot water from Keurig K-Supreme& K-supreme plus

  1. Turn the machine on
  2. Lift the handle and close the lid without inserting the K-cup pod.
  3. Five brew sizes will start blinking. Select desired cup size and press the brew button
  4. The machine starts dispensing hot water.

Keurig K-slim

  1. Lift and close the lid without inserting a K-cup pod.
  2. Select the cup size (8,10,12 according to your preference)
  3. Press the brew button; the machine will start dispersing water.

How to get hot Water from Keurig 2.0?

To dispense hot water from Keurig 2.0 K 500, you need to do the following:

  • Lift the handle and close the lid without inserting the K-cup pod.
  • the machine allows the option to dispense 6 ounces of hot water
  • Press the brew button, and the machine starts dispensing water.

To dispense hot water from Keurig 2.0 k 200, you need to do the following:

  • Lift the handle and close it without inserting the K-cup pod.
  • The display indicates Dispense the hot water.
  • Press continue and select your desired cup size and press the brew button.

How hot is keurig water

Keurig heats the water up to a maximum temperature of 89° C (192° F), which is less than the boiling temperature of water: 100° C (212° F) due to pressure buildup inside the machine. However, 89° C (192° F) (maximum temperature of Keurig) is optimal for brewing hot coffee, chocolates, and tea.

Can you put hot water in Keurig?

Yes, you can, but it doesn’t recommend it at all. The reason is Keurig water tank is made of plastic, which is neither insulted nor heated, so added water becomes cold quickly. Additionally, if you use warm water, your water reservoir is at the risk of damaging.

Keurig features a built-in heating element and a water tank that holds hot water. So, adding hot water to your coffee has little to no influence on the temperature of the coffee.

What to do if Keurig is not dispensing hot water? Reasons and solution

If your Keurig hot water or coffee is below 192 degrees Fahrenheit or not hot as it used to be, there are several reasons why Keurig does not dispense hot water.

  1. Mineral buildup inside the machine
  2. The heating element is not working
  3. Residue buildup inside the machine
  4. Manufacturing defect or error

1)Mineral buildup inside the machine

One of the most prominent reasons why Keurig does not dispense hot water is the limescale buildup inside the machine. This is mainly due to using hard water. If these minerals are left unattended, the buildup decrease the heating efficiency of the machine may clog the pipe and ultimately may let to break Keurig altogether.

The ultimate solution is to descale your Keurig machine as descaling clears mineral buildup inside the machine. Coffee enthusiasts recommend to descale your Keurig machine once every 3 to 6 months, or more often if you are using hard water.

Deep cleaning or descaling helps get rid of mineral buildup and ultimately improves the machine’s efficiency.

2)The heating element is not working.

Sometimes heating elements inside the machine may lose conductivity and no longer produce heat in your Keurig. This is more likely to occur over time due to wear and tear or might be due to a short circuit caused by water spillage.

To deal with this, it is recommended to contact Keurig customer service support to seek professional support. Your machine might need a defective part replacement; in this scenario, you can find them on Amazon, which is highly cost-effective.

3)Residue buildup inside the machine

Over time with regular usage, the coffee residue forms and ultimately clogs the pipe and leaves almost no room for hot water to come out of the machine. Residue buildup not only causes your coffee to taste bitter, burst, or bad but can also break the internal mechanism of your coffee machine and might cause your Keurig to leak.

Therefore, regular cleaning and proper maintenance are mandatory not only for the smooth working function of your machine but can also expand your coffee machine lifespan, avoid residue buildup, and can improve the overall working efficacy of your coffee machine.

4)defects at manufacturing end

Although Keurig manufactures high-quality kitchen appliances, even with hands-on quality control, defective products are still out on the market, and that might be the reason for Keurig not working properly even if you are using it correctly.

In such a scenario, don’t do anything stupid by opening your Keurig machine. Rather, you should reclaim for repair and replacement if you still have your warranty duration left behind.

How to Make Your Keurig Coffee Hotter

Since it is impossible to increase the internal temperature of Keurig beyond 192° F, we have outlined some great tips by which you can make your Keurig coffee hotter.

  1. It is recommended to use a thermos travel mug as it has double-wall insulation, which helps in keeping your coffee hotter for a longer period of time
  2. Usage of a heating plate helps in getting a hot cup of coffee.
  3. Preheat your cup by rinsing it with hot water before brewing coffee.
  4. If your Keurig coffee is not hot enough, then you might accidentally activate the high-altitude setting. Deactivation of the high attitude setting will reset and correct your brewing temperature.
  5. Adjust the temperature of the brew. Some Keurig brewers, including the Elite Special Edition, Platinum, Ultimate, and b155 series, contain a display panel and a temperature adjustment button. When the temperature reading appears on the screen, press the settings button again. To change the temperature, press the up or down arrow. The temperature can be set between 187° and 192° F.

What to do if hot water from Keurig tastes like coffee or looks brownish?

If hot water from your Keurig machine tastes like coffee or looks brownish, then your machine needs cleaning/descaling. The ultimate solution is to use a Keurig rinse pod, as it helps in removing coffee residue or other mineral buildups inside the machine.

Citric acid can also be used as a descaling agent as it has no odor and act fast to remove any mineral residue buildup inside the machine.

Never use Vinegar acid or lemon juice for descaling your Keurig machine.

Regularly cleaning the needle is also important to remove any coffee buildup inside the machine. The dried-up grounds in the needles can give your hot water a slight coffee taste. Coffee grinds may eventually end up in your water.

Frequently Asked Question

Is Keurig Water Hot Enough For Tea?

Yes. Keurig water is quite hot enough for hot tea. Keurig produces water at roughly 192 degrees Fahrenheit, which is ideal for a hot cup of tea. However, it is dependent on the particular tea type and what you want to brew.

Why won’t my Keurig dispense hot water?

The most likely reason for a Keurig not pumping water is water scaling, debris that builds up and interferes with the Keurig water pump

Do all Keurig disperse hot water?

No, not all Keurig needs a hot water button to work. You are able to get hot water out of your Keurig with a hot water button. To do this, all you need to do is to run a hot water brew cycle in our Keurig without the K-Pod.