Keurig frother not Working Properly? (Here’s how to fix it!)

Keurig manufactures some cool milk frother that helps you in brewing any beverage recipes you want.

It can be frustrating to discover that the Keurig milk frother is not working properly when you want milk-based coffee drinks. In that case, you need to understand what’s wrong with your milk frother. Either you need to repair or replace the frother.

Some of the problems you may encounter with the Keurig milk frother (whether standalone frother or a brewer attachment) include:

  1. The Keurig Frother keeps flashing and doesn’t work at all.
  2. The frother turns on and heats the milk but isn’t frothing.
Keurig milk frother

Signs that show that the Keurig milk frother not working

Here are some signs that indicate that the Keurig frother has some problems.

  1. The machine starts beeping when you don’t place the frother in the correct place on the base, so the frother will not work. Beeping involves three consecutive short sounds.
  2. Light starts flashing on the front of the Keurig K cafe machine, indicating that you are trying to carry out two processes simultaneously.
  3. The frother does not start properly when you turn it on.

Read the review of Keurig K Cafe Only Keurig with a Milk Frother

Keurig Milk Frother not working Properly | 6 reasons and solutions

Usually, there are many reasons behind Keurig standalone or K-cafe frother not working, especially if you haven’t been keeping it clean. Here we discuss some of the likely reasons why the Keurig milk frother isn’t frothing.

1) The frother does not fit properly on the frother base

Sometimes the frother isn’t properly placed on the machine base. Usually, this happens after you have moved or cleaned your machine.

When you don’t place the frother properly on the base the Keurig frother will beep 3 times and refuse to work.


Make sure that the frother is correctly seated on the machine base.

Keurig milk frother base

2) Milk is above the maximum line

The frother will not function properly when you add more milk than it can handle. In some scenarios, you overfill milk in the machine so it does not work properly.


In this situation, make sure that the milk does not cross the overfill line. Add the milk in the second cycle if needed.

3)Trying to brew coffee and froth milk at the same time In Keurig K cafe

If you try to brew coffee and froth milk at the same time in Keurig K cafe the frother will not work and all lights start flashing.


Wait patiently until the machine brew coffee. Once the coffee is brewed, the frother will automatically start frothing milk.

4)You haven’t covered the frother with the lid

This sounds obvious though, the frother isn’t going to work unless you cover it with the lid.

Sometimes users forget to cover the frother, which is why the milk frother isn’t working.


Make sure to cover the frother with the lid that is shipped with the brewer.

5)The whisk has a buildup guck

If you haven’t cleaned your frother for a longer time, Guck will form around the whisk and other components of the frother.

Guck inhibits the magnetic force used by the frother to prepare the milk.


The milk frother and the whisk are completely dishwasher-safe. Therefore, you may clean them anytime or after regular use.

Soak the whisk in warm soapy water and scrub the guck off with a light brush when washing by hand.

Clean keurig milk frother

6) Whisk is misplaced in the frother

After cleaning or moving the machine, many users forget to check whether the whisk is correctly positioned in the frother or not.

If the magnetic whisk is misplaced the light on the frother will start blinking and won’t work


Make sure the magnetic whisk is securely attached to the frother.

Keurig milk frother whisk

Why is Keurig Frother only heating the milk but not frothing it?

If your Keurig frother is only heating the milk but not frothing it then there is an issue with the milk you are using. Your frother is completely fine.

It is recommended to use fresh dairy milk, especially 2 percent or whole milk. These kinds of milk have a high-fat content, making them suitable for frothing. Although, You can also use skimmed milk or non-dairy kinds of milk such as Almond or Soy Milk but it won’t form the perfect froth.

Most people face this issue because they add the creamer to the frother while it is certainly not recommended and can damage the frother. You can add the creamer at the top after preparing a cup of Cappucino or Latte

In Keurig K cafe frother, there is an option for Latte and Cappuccino. You will get more froth when you press the Cappuccino button and less froth when you press the Latte button.

So, Press the Cappuccino button in Keurig K cafe frother if you are looking for more froth.

Keurig k-Cafe milk frother replacement parts

The damaged electrical part might be the reason that your Keurig frother does not work. But luckily your machine is not a waste if some of its parts start malfunctioning. You can find the replacement parts on Amazon or other online or local stores as well.

Keurig frothing Cup

Replacement Frother Whisk

Final Thoughts

I hope this article has helped you in finding the answer to why Keurig frother not working properly whether it’s a standalone Keurig frother or a K cafe frother.

In most cases, this problem occurs when users don’t clean the frother for a very long time or misplace the magnetic whisk when cleaning it.

However, if these simple hacks don’t work for you then it’s best to contact Keurig support.


Frequently asked question


To froth milk without a frother, you need to follow these steps:
Fill a big container with milk and seal it properly. Fill the jar with no more than 1/3 of the total portion. Close the jar securely and firmly shake it until the milk is foamy and has about doubled in volume.
It takes between 30 and 60 seconds.

Can you add creamer in Keurig frother?

Keurig frother is designed to froth milk. Yes! you can add the creamer to the Keurig milk frother but you will not get the best results.

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