5 Wacky Ways on How to Fix a Keurig that Doesn’t Pour

5 Wacky Ways on How to Fix a Keurig that Does not Pour

When my Keurig brewer started not to pour water after almost 2 years of use,I thought it was time to throw it away. There was something in me though that said it still is not the end. I did some research and learned how to fix a Keurig that doesn’t pour.

The thought of the number of Keurig owners who have thrown their brewers because they did not know what to do when it suddenly stopped pouring coffee or water. I knew there are a lot because I almost did just that. Now that I have found solutions, I would like to share them with you.

When your Keurig runs when you turn it on but doesn’t pour, it only means one thing - it is clogged. I have discovered 5 ways on how to troubleshoot that problem.

What You Will Need

  • Paper Clip
  • Vinegar
  • Drinking Straw
  • Clean Cloth

What You Need to Do

Technique # 1: Use a Paper Clip

  1. Unplug the brewer
  2. Open the top of the brewer.
  3. Remove the K-cup holder and the gasket around the needle.
  4. Insert the paper clip on each of the 3 holes around the needle that punctures the K-cup.
  5. Insert the paper clip to about 2 inches into the hole and jiggle it. This will remove the debris and scales inside the holes.
  6. Using a damp cloth, wipe the area where the k-cup is inserted.
  7. Place the gasket and k-cup back in place.
  8. Run the brewer to check if it is already pouring.

After doing this, the needle should be free of all ground coffee residue and mineral deposits.

Technique # 2: Use Vinegar (De-scaling)

  1. Fill the reservoir with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar.
  2. Run the brewer until all the vinegar and water mixture is used.
  3. Wash the reservoir and fill it up with clean water.
  4. Run the entire reservoir.
  5. Smell and taste the water that came out of the brewer. Make sure it does not smell or taste like vinegar.

After doing this, the needle should be free of all ground coffee residue and mineral deposits.

Technique # 3: Give it a Squeeze

  1. Open the top of the brewer to expose the tube where water flows from the water reservoir to the K-cup.
  2. At the tip of the tubing you should be seeing clogged coffee grounds and mineral residue.
  3. Place the brewer on the sink.
  4. Squeeze the tubing to release the ground coffee and the residue.

As you squeeze the tube, the ground coffee and residue should flow out.

Technique # 4: Give it a Bang

  1. Open the top of the brew.
  2. Remove the drip tray and k-cup holder.
  3. Turn the brewer upside down.
  4. Take the brewer to the sink.
  5. Give the bottom of the brewer a few slaps with the palm of hand.
  6. Run a brew cycle to check if water pours out.

This how to fix a Keurig that doesn’t pour may sound crazy but it will help loosen the mineral deposit and coffee ground build-up.

Technique # 5: Give it a Shake

  1. Place water on the reservoir.
  2. Gently shake the brewer.
  3. Run a brewing cycle to check if water is already pouring.

This technique will release the air bubbles that is causing been the clogging.


All of the techniques prevent above will de-clog your Keurig of mineral deposits and coffee ground. When free of any clogs, water and coffee will swiftly pour out of your brewer.

Have you tried getting rid of clogging in your Keurig brewer? Share with us your how to fix a Keurig that doesn’t pour techniques in the comments section.

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About the Author

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. In this blog, I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge.

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