Keurig is the manufacturer of some of the finest coffee makers that are available. They use the best materials and the best design concepts on their coffee makers. However, this does not mean that their products are free from any problems and defects. Like any other machine, a Keurig coffee maker can break down. Because of that possibility, it is quite important that you should have some ideas about Keurig coffee maker troubleshooting. You have to be familiar with the common problems that might arise when using a Keurig coffee maker. We have made a list here of some of the usual troubles and how you can deal with them on your own. You need not be an expert when it comes to handling the machine. You just have to be aware of some simple things that you can do on your own.
Problem no.1: Clogged Water Line
The most usual complaint against Keurig coffee makers, is that they are equipped with water lines that are so thin that the machine can get clogged and blocked so easily. When you brew the machine and no coffee comes out, that’s the best indicator that you have a clogged water line. In fact your first indication will come before a full blockage, as when you notice a much slower output of coffee than you have experienced before. The best thing that you can try in this scenario is to run a few cups of water through the machine without the K-Cup. You can also try cleaning the nozzle that is used for puncturing the K-Cup which usually gets choked up with coffee grounds and foil sometimes.
Problem no.2: Buildup of Minerals
You have to make sure that you keep your coffee maker clean, not just from dirt and debris when you use it, but from mineral buildup as well. Mineral from the water that you use will build up inside the coffee maker, and that will affect its performance and the quality of the drink that it produces. Fortunately for you, Keurig coffee makers are equipped with descaling indicators that will tell you when you need to remove the mineral buildup inside the machine. There are specially descaling formulas that are available, but an easy and effective homemade method is to pour vinegar inside the coffee maker. You just have to make sure that you rinse it with a lot of water to remove the taste of the vinegar after you’ve cleaned it. I have found 3 cycles of just plain water brewed through the Keurig coffee machine does the trick.
Problem no.3: Faulty shut down
Another common problem with Keurig coffee makers that has been reported, is that it could shut down while in the middle of the brewing process. Some people try to turn it off and turn it back on. But there is a better method than that. One that treats the source of the trouble. Try removing the water container inside the machine and then gently drop it back in place. The switch is controlled by a magnet inside the machine that can get displaced with the vibration of the coffee maker when brewing. Lifting the container will help place the magnet back in its proper slot.
Those are just of the more common problems that you might encounter with the Keurig coffee maker. The steps to correct them are very easy to follow.