Keurig not pumping water? Complete guide to fix this issue!

keurig coffee maker brought great innovation and convenience to the art of brewing a great cup of coffee. Using Keurig coffee maker is so easy that many newbies initially switch to Keurig to get a hand-over brewing experience. It is pretty faster as compared to other regular coffee makers. It made things pretty much easier.

In other words, we can say Keurig coffee makers are modern miracles. No lengthy, complicated brewing process is required; all you need to do is simply fill a Keurig water reservoir, insert a k-cup and guess what? You’ll get a hot brewed cup of your favorite coffee within a minute.

But how bizarre that is when you wake up on Monday morning rushing towards your workplace and find that your Keurig is broken down. You could hear the struggling sound of the coffee brewer, but it was not dispensing water. Let’s discuss some of the potential reasons why you’re Keurig not pumping water, as well as other Keurig water flow problems and solutions to fix them. So keep reading to learn how!

 The reason why your Keurig not pumping water?

These are some potential reasons why your Keurig is not dispensing water.

  1. Clogged water lines and filters due to the buildup of debris and scales.
  2. Add more water Error
  3. Air bubbles in water channels lead to blockage
  4. Misaligned Keurig components
  5. Clogged entry and existing needle
  6. Brewer wonts power on
  7. Magnet issue
  8. Water is below the minimum fill level
  9. faulty or clogged mesh screen in the reservoir
  10. Damaged pump

Clogging in the brewer can interface with Keurig’s ability to brew hot water. If you are facing the issue of Keurig not brewing hot water or your Keurig coffee not being hot enough, you can read our guide article to fix these issues.

Let’s discuss each of these reasons in detail and their troubleshooting solution.

How to detect that your Keurig not pumping water?

You might encounter one or more of these problems if your Keurig is not pumping water

  1. Keurig brews a tiny amount of coffee or a half-filled cup
  2. Add more water Error on brewer screen
  3. Coffee drips slowly or takes a long period of time to fill up the cup.
  4. Keurig splits water back into water reservoir through overflow pipes
  5. Keurig wonts turn on, or Keurig 2.0 screen is blank
  6. Keurig doesn’t disperse water at all or is stuck on pre-heating

Solution for Keurig that is not Dispersing water

There are some quick fixes to resolve Keurig not pumping water issue!

Solution 1) Descale your Keurig coffee machine

Seemingly, clogged water lines and filters are one of the most prominent reasons why you’re Keurig not pumping water or could pump a little. The main reason behind this is the type of water to brew the coffee. If your geographical location contains more hard water, which means it contains a high concentration of minerals (calcium and magnesium), then there are more chances of clogging the internal blocks of your brewer.

The reason is water used to brew k-cup left behind minerals which are the ultimate cause of limescale buildup inside the machine when passing through the brewer. Eventually, this buildup can get big enough with time and ultimately result in Keurig becoming clogged. When this happens, then sadly, your Keurig won’t disperse water. Then you need to descale or clean your Keurig machine. Vinegar proves to be fruitful in descaling your coffee machine.

Follow these steps to descale your Keurig coffee machine.

  1. Fill the machine water reservoir with undiluted vinegar to fill level, or you can use half water and half vinegar ratio.
  2. Ensure that there is no k-pod present in the machine.
  3. Place coffee cup on drip tray. Make sure that the lid is air-tight closed and run the brew cycle (run brew cycle to flush vinegar through the brewer).
  4. Now, run the second brew cycle after the coffee cup content back into the water reservoir. But this time, turn the machine off immediately after it begins dispersing water.
  5. Drain vinegar to its minimal level in the tank
  6. Turn the auto shut-off setting and leave the machine idle for 60 minutes to soak in vinegar.
  7. Empty vinegar from the water tank and fill the tank with distilled water and run another brew cycle.
  8. Refill the water tank and repeat freshwater brew cycles to rid the machine of all the vinegar.
According to coffee enthusiasts, you should descale your coffee machine once every 3-6 months or after brewing 300 cups of coffee, whatever will come first.

Keurig manufactures its own descaling solution, or you can use vinegar to descale your machine. If your geographical location contains more hard water, you’ll need to descale your machine more often (at least 2-3 times); if you are unsure about mineral content in your water, then it is recommended to use a water testing kit.

2)Adding more water Error

In some cases, Keurig displays more water errors. In such a scenario, two probable things might have happened here. Either you are using the wrong water type (distilled water), or your brewer is sending an incorrect signal to the machine. You can fix these issues.

How to fix more water error issues

Follow these steps to fix more water error issues.

  1. Refill the water reservoir and place it back in its original position. Make sure that reservoir is correctly aligned with the brewer before you hit the start button. If the error message is still there, move to the next step.
  2. Empty the water reservoir and clean it manually with a non-abrasive piece of cloth.
  3. Check to see that the valve is not clogged at all.
  4. Again put the back reservoir to its original position, make sure it will be aligned with the Keurig machine and hit the start button. If an error is still there, move to the next step.
  5. There’s the presence of a float in the reservoir that normally runs on top of it. If the bottom is screwed up, your machine may not get the necessary water level signals.
  6. Shake or tap the float; your Keurig machine should return to normal operation.

If you’re Keurig still not pumping water, then you don’t need to worry about it. Just follow other solution instructions to get this fix!

3)Air bubbles in water channels lead to blockage.

Air bubbles escape in the pipe, drawing more water from the water tank and ultimately obstructing water flow. Air bubbles are also responsible for splitting water back into a water reservoir. So, in order to deal with this, here I discuss some hacks to get this issue fix!

  1. Unplug the brewer, and remove the water reservoir and drip tray before bouncing and spitting up the coffee maker to get rid of any trapped air.
  2. Simultaneously, to eliminate air bubbles and debris put the brewer upside down over and shake or slap it. Take proper caution if hot water is dripping from the brewer. To ensure that the water in the heating tank has cooled, we recommend unplugging your brewer for at least one hour before flipping it upside down.

Another hack to fix this issue

Open the water reservoir tank, and with the help of your finger, shut the coffee maker’s overflow outlet. Ensure that there is no pod inside the machine. Now, run water only brew cycle with the overflow pipe being covered. This forces the brewer to pump water through the water lines, expelling any air bubbles or loose debris that is creating the clog.

4)Clean needles to unclog the Keurig that is not dispersing water

If you know how to use the Keurig coffee maker, you might know that there are two needles inside the machine-top and bottom that makes two holes in the pods. While brewing K-cup, these holes allow hot water to pass through them and eventually make its way to your cup. Over time, coffee grounds get stuck around needles and eventually become dry. This condition is more likely to occur if you don’t dispose of the K cup immediately after brewing.

Clogging in needles interferes with the flow of water, so Keurig will not disperse water. To clean exist needle that is located at the bottom of the base holder.

  • Lift the lid handle and remove the pod holder. Locate the pod holder and hold its top end with one hand while pressing the holder from below with the other hand.
  • After removing the pod holder, pull from both ends to remove the funnel and disclose the narrow tube at the pod holder’s bottom.
  • Wiggle a paper clip inside the machine tube to remove any kind of debris.
  • Rinse the pod holder and funnel with warm, soapy water.
  • Reconnect the funnel and re-insert the holder back into the brewer.

To clean the needle located inside the Keurig head, follow these instructions.

  1. Turn the machine off.
  2. Lift the brewer handle carefully and remove the pod and the pod holder.
  3. Find the inlet needle with caution. The top needle has three holes and is elongated.
  4. Straighten a paper clip and insert it to a depth of about one inch into each hole. Twist the clip to loosen it and remove debris.
how to clean Keurig needle with a paper clip
Remember, the machine may eject hot water after unblocking the upper needle. It is recommended to wait for the machine to cool down before trying to unblock the inlet needle. Also, while working with sharp needles, be careful.

5)Clean water tanks Exit

For brewing K-cup, water needs to flow freely from the water reservoir to inside the machine without any disturbance. Make sure that the water tank is aligned correctly and attached securely. If it is, there might be some mineral buildup around the existing nozzle that is responsible for clogging and eventually prohibiting the Keurig machine from dispersing water.

If you are facing this issue, then follow these instructions to resolve this.

  1. Turn the machine off and drain out the water reservoir.
  2. Remove the water filter holder.
  3. Turn the reservoir upside down. With the help of a spring, locate the nozzle. Push the spring down. If it travels easily, you can locate the problem occurring with the machine.
  4. Reconnect the tank on the machine. Fill it halfway with water (approximately two to three inches).
  5. Take out a turkey baster. Suck up some of the water in the tank.
  6. Inject the baster into the top side of the nozzle, where the water should escape the tank. Repeat this process multiple times, going around the nozzle two or three times.

If you notice particles floating up from the nozzle, calcium buildup is responsible for clogging, and your Keurig is not pumping water.

6)Stop Keurig from sprinting water back into the water reservoir.

There’s a present water inlet channel that draws water from the reservoir into the entrance needle. If this channel is blocked, then water starts flowing back into the water tank through the overflow pipe.

There are two ways by which you can stop Keurig from sprinting water back into the water reservoir.

  1. Using straw
  2. Using compressed air

Use a straw to unclog the Keurig.

  1. Lift Keurig lid handle and remove the K-pod.
  2. Locate the upper needle and place it into one end of the straw.
  3. Draw air through the opposite end of the straw as you are drinking water
  4. Water and debris start collecting in your mouth.
  5. Re-attach the water tank and plug the machine back in to see whether the Keurig is pumping out water and if there are no backflow concerns.

If this resolves the issue, then it is recommended to clean your machine with vinegar or Keurig descaling solution before making your favorite cup of coffee.

Using compressed air to unblock the Keurig.

  1. Place a cup beneath the brewer.
  2. Seal the inlet channel firmly with a towel and push your fingers on the towel.
  3. Noe, blow compressed air from the air can into the overflow tube to clean the debris. Dirt and water start collecting in your cup.

7)Ensure correct water magnet alignment

There presents a magnet inside the water tank by which Keurig identifies the water level inside the tank. Sometimes with the regular use of the coffee maker, the water magnet is misaligned from its original position and struck due to vibration from the machine while brewing. Under this condition, Keurig is unable to detect the water level and eventually will stop dispensing water.

To resolve these issues, follow these instructions

  1. Tap the tank slightly near the magnet housing. 
  2. If this doesn’t function, give it a slight shake. If it is still stuck, empty the tank, rinse it with soft soap, and refill it with water.
  3. If you still don’t succeed, then you’ll need to purchase a new tank.

8)Damaged pipe

If the problem persists after carefully checking the water reservoir and inlet pipes, then there is the most probability of an issue with the pump itself. Unfortunately, you can’t just repair the pump. You have to buy a new one. Recommended places are Amazon and Keurig itself.

But before going to take any kind of step, it is highly recommended to contact Keurig customer support to seek their professional support.

Other troubleshooting solution guide to fix Keurig not pumping water issue.

These are some more general guidelines to resolve Keurig dispersing issue.

1)Ensure to have enough water in the water tank

Keurig water reservoir has markings for the maximum level of fill. Ensure the water level is well over the halfway line but below the maximum level to avoid adding more water error issues.

2)Disable the auto shut-off feature.

Some Keurig brewers have a built-in auto shut-off feature that automatically turns the machine off in case of no activity for a specific period of time, and that’s the reason Keurig coffee makers are highly energy efficient. Usually, Keurig coffee machines without a display screen but having an auto-off feature typically have an auto-shut-off light that lights(on and off) when the function is turned on and vice versa.

3)Clear mesh screen in the water reservoir to remove guck.

A small mesh filter in the Keurig model function as a filter (filter water as it leaves the water tank into inner lines), these mesh screen is sometimes overlooked while cleaning and resultantly get clogged and cause dispersing issue.

Follow these instructions to clean the mesh screen inside the water tank.

  1. Turn off the machine, empty the water tank, and remove the filter holder.
  2. Open the three screws holding the lower filter on the tank with a long magnetic screwdriver.
  3. To remove the guck, rinse the screen with warm soapy water or soak the bottom filter holder in the vinegar solution or Keurig descaling solution for around 45 minutes. You may also use a toothbrush to clean the mesh filter.
  4. Run water through the mesh after cleaning to check that it is not blocked.
  5. Replace the filter holder in the reservoir and tighten it down. Return the top filter holder to its original position.

4)Fixing Keurig 2.0 display issue.

Keurig 2.0 is famous for making display screen issues. To resolve this issue, you can read our detailed article on fixing Keurig 2.0 display issue.

What to do if Keurig coffee Maker still not Pumping water?

If all the above-mentioned hacks have not proved to be fruitful for you, and the problem is still there, then you can use a screwdriver, a thumbtack, and a knife to open up the coffee maker to check if anything is out of place.

Remove the cover under the brewer handle to check the internal dynamics of your Keurig. However, take proper precautions while operating. Check that both hose ends are connected and that there are no blockages. Close it up once you’ve ensured that everything is in place.

After that, cover your Keurig and test your coffee machine. If it still does not work, then seek professional support.

frequently asked question

How do you know if you need a new Keurig?

Many factors play an important role in determining how often a Keurig coffee machine should be replaced. If the machine produces weak coffee, takes more than five minutes to brew a cup, or makes unusual noises, it is losing water on a regular basis. All of these might be indicators that it is time for a new coffee maker.

How do you unclog a Keurig water line?

Run a few water-only cycles through your brewer. Fill the reservoir with water without popping K-Cup. Push the brew button and dump the resulting water. Your Keurig Mini should be completely unclogged and ready to brew immediately.

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