Keurig drips slow? Learn how to fix it!

Many coffee snobs invest in Keurig because they want to make their coffee cups quickly and effortlessly, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Getting your morning cup should be a quick and enjoyable experience. But that’s really frustrating when your Keurig drips slow, ruins your morning as you wait, and wants your Keurig to brew a delicious cup of brew that satisfied your caffeine punch in the morning.

If your Keurig is dripping slowly, then don’t need to panic. Fortunately, resolving this problem isn’t complicated at all, all you need is to follow some simple easy steps to determine what’s causing your Keurig to drip slowly. You can fix the problem on your own without undertaking a complicated disassembly process. For your guidance, I have written a detailed article on how to troubleshoot slow Keurig, so keep reading to learn how!

Two Reasons behind slow Keurig drips

While searching, I have found the 2 most prominent culprit that causes your Keurig to drip at a snail’s pace. Let’s discuss each one of these reasons and their possible solution.

1)Blocked water line.

One of the most prominent reasons for Keurig dripping at a snail’s pace is the blocked water line. This happens when the small, concentrated needle line where coffee passes through gets blocked due to the buildup of coffee grounds that get stuck to the walls of the Keurig (If you haven’t cleaned your Keurig machine for a longer time), the water line gets blocked resulting in Keurig to drip slow.

2)Clogged existing needle.

Another reason why your Keurig drips slowly is clogged existing needles. Many customers avoid cleaning the existing Keurig needle for a longer time and resultantly, after frequent usage of the coffee machine, the coffee ground gets struck to exist needle slowing down the rate at which coffee comes out of the machine.

How to fix Keurig’s slow drip.

So far we have discussed the reasons behind slow Keurig drip, let’s now discuss a possible solution to fix your brewer.

Clean the needle.

If you use a Keurig coffee machine, you might have noticed that there present two needles inside the Keurig, the upper and bottom needles. These needles make holes that allow hot water to pass through and make its way to your cup. Eventually, after frequent usage of the coffee machine, the used coffee ground starts getting stuck at the needles and eventually becomes dry and hard. This situation is most likely to happen if you don’t discard your pods immediately after brewing. So, the immediate solution is to clean the Keurig needle, but be careful as these needles are quite sharp and can get you hurt.

Follow these steps to clean the Keurig needle.

For any Keurig model other than Keurig 2.0, the method of cleaning the needle is the same. You can use the paper clip method to clean the clogged needle.

  1. Unplug the Keurig, and turn it off.
  2. Remove the water tank
  3. Take a paper clip and Straighten its point on one end.
  4. Remove the pod holder from the brewer.
  5. To detach the holder from the machine, press the button on both sides. Hold the exit needle down while flipping the holder over after pulling the lever.
  6. Insert the needle’s straight end, and then repeatedly move it in a circle. Rinse the pod holder with warm, soapy water.
  7. The upper entrance and exit needles can be seen by opening the handle and peering underneath respectively. To clean, place a paper clip in each and move it around.
  8. Brew a pod to check whether your Keurig’s slow drip has been fixed. If not, try one more time to clean the needles or move on to step 2.

Cleaning Keurig 2.0 model needle.

 Cleaning the Keurig 2.0 needle is quite different from the cleaning needle of other Keurig models. For facilities, Keurig recommends an orange brewer accessory tool for the easiest cleaning.

Follow these steps to clean Keurig 2.0 needle.

  1. Unplug the machine.
  2. Fill the silicone bulb in the middle of the brewer maintenance accessory with water.
  3. Open the Keurig by lifting the handle. Put the maintenance tool in the pod holder. Make sure that the ring’s arrows should be pointing downward. Firmly press down.
  4. Five handles up and down motions will remove the coffee grounds.
  5. Take out the maintenance tool for the brewer.
  6. Make a cleansing brew. You can either insert a Keurig cleansing rinse pod or use only water and no pods, which is recommended. Brew a 6-ounce cup using your touchscreen while allowing the hot water or cleaning rinse to go through the appliance. Once you did, discard the cup content.
  7. Put back the pod holder in the Keurig. Ensure that it clicks. Reconnect the water tank after that.
  8. Brew the pod to see if the dripping problem has been resolved.
  9. Wash the maintenance item in warm water and allowing it to air dry will clean it.

Descale the machine

Another solution to fix this issue is to descale the machine. Usually, water used to brew K-cup contains minerals that cause limescale to build up inside your machine. If you are unsure about the mineral content in your water, then I recommend you try a water testing kit. Eventually, this mineral buildup affects water flow inside the machine resulting in Keurig dripping slowly.

To descale the machine, you can opt Keurig rinse pod or Keurig recommended descaling solution. However, you can also use vinegar, citric acid, or baking soda to descale your Keurig. My personal choice is to choose Keurig recommended descaling solution as it has no odor and also acts fast to remove mineral buildup with gentle citric acid.

So, the question arises, how often you should descale your Keurig machine?

According to coffee enthusiasts, you should descale your machine once in 3-6 months or after brewing 300 cups of coffee, whatever will come first!

Watch the video for complete guidance.

Needle gasket replacement

If cleaning the needle and descaling the machine doesn’t work for you, then you try replacing the needle gasket as it helps to resolve the issue.

What to do if Keurig still dripping slowly?

If you have cleaned the needle and also descale your machine, but it still drips slowly, then you need to contact Keurig customer support and determine how to replace the machine. With regard to Keurig’s replacement policy, I have received different reports. While some users say they had excellent customer support that helped them figure out how to fix their issue, others ended up having to pay for a new machine. It’s worth a chance because sometimes replacing a relatively cheap component can speed up a slow Keurig.

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