Fix your Keurig at Home

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So, my mom’s Keurig sounded like it was dying. It would start a brew cycle and then die out just before the water started dripping. Once in a while it would produce mayyybe a 1/4 cup of coffee…when it felt like it. I decided I really wanted my morning coffee and  I’m sure she was getting tired of dealing with a broken Keurig. I did a whole lot o’ research and tried a few different things to get it up and running again. There are a lot of different components to the Kuerig and I tried everything that I could from top-to-bottom, front-to-back, without breaking the darn thing!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 2 separate cups of super-hot water
  2. A philips-head screw driver
  3. Pliers
  4. A flavor injector

Flavor Injector

I bought this one from Bed Bath & Beyond for under $5

It comes with two needle-like attachments.

UPDATE: Found same thing at the Dollar Tree!

 

Here’s What I Did:

First: Empty Water Reservoir, Remove Excess Water & Force Water through Filter

Use your fun (needle-less) flavor injector to suck up any water left behind in the bottom from the reservoir. Wipe the crevices with a cloth.Then, force very hot water through the filter with the empty reservoir attached.

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This is a good step to take when you don’t want to bother with taking the bottom apart.

Second: Prep the Coffee Maker

Remove the water reservoir, unplug it and lay it on its side atop a towel.

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While doing everything else, take apart the k-cup holder and soak it in hot water.

Third: Open the Bottom

Use a Philips-head screwdriver to open the bottom. Inside you’ll see a flexible tube with a metal ring around it. Next, remove the screws on the black cap over the flexi-tube.

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Fourth: Detach the Flexi-tube

Take out the flexi-tube by using the pliers to move the metal ring up the tube. Squeeze the two separate pieces together to loosen and move the clip.
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Fifth: Clean Flexi-tube & Filter

Once the metal ring is moved you can wiggle the tube off of its base.

To clean the filter you can take it apart & soak it in your hot water. When you put it back together ensure that the flat piece on the bottom is sticking into the rubber properly. You don’t want that black piece to move around at all. I made the mistake of not checking that and had to re-do this entire process.

Reattach the bottom

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Sixth: Clean and Unclog K-Cup “Poker”

Attach the needle-head and use hot water to clean in and around the k-cup needle.

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Seventh: Unclog the side piping

Force air through both holes as shown. The rightmost hole goes directly to the water reservoir opening and the leftmost hole goes to the piping inside the Keurig. Before beginning, shut the top and put a cup down to catch any water that is forced out.

You’ll feel more pressure on the left one. Make sure there aren’t any gaps around the injector and the rubber. You’ll hear a bubbling noise.

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If yours is clogged you’ll see lots of coffee grinds or other gunk in the catching cup.

Eighth: Clean K-cup Holder

Use the needle attachment to force water through the holes in the k-cup holder.

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Lastly: Run a Combination of Vinegar and Water through Machine

This “descales” and cleanses the machine. Keep adding water until the vinegar smell is gone. You may have to fill the reservoir 3-4 times. This is the true test to see if your Keurig will run a full cycle.

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It should fill the WHOLE cup now! Yay!

Now: You deserve a coffee!

For me it was well worth the effort because I got my coffee and we saved lots of money in the process.

Win-win

 

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<3 Amber

2 comments

    • amber says:

      Yay! I love fix-it projects, especially when the broken thing actually works in the end ;-).A post like this would definitely have saved me some time researching but I learned a lot! I’m happy I got to do it!

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