Getting your morning coffee should be a quick and enjoyable experience. You just have to turn on your Keurig machine, pour water in it, pop in your K-cup, and wait till you get your favorite cup of coffee.
But, when your Keurig is dripping slowly, it could quickly ruin your morning, kill your vibe or annoy you as you wait for the warm and inviting cup of coffee to brew.
Here are some of the reasons why your Keurig might be too slow and what you can do about it.
#1 Blocked Water Line
The primary reason your Keurig is obnoxiously dripping at a snail’s pace is that of the blocked water line. When the small, concentrated needle line or channel where your coffee passes through gets blocked your Keurig will not work properly.
So, you have to unplug the water lines inside the machine. While your brewer is making your coffee, it’s just not reaching your cup as soon as you expect it to.
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#2 Puncture Needle
You have to replace the puncture needle. While you can simply fix the clog on your coffee machine with a sewing needle or a toothpick, in severe cases you may have to buy a new needle. Still, it is cheaper than buying a new Keurig.
#3 Internal Water Line Issue
When you tried to unclog the water line or replaced the needle but they didn’t solve the problem, there’s a high probability that a more serious issue exists inside your coffee maker. If so, you may have to disassemble your machine.
First, you have to restart the machine. Simply resetting it could do the trick. Perhaps you have kept it plugged in all the time.
Turn the power off. It’s better to be safe when trying to perform a diagnosis on your brewer. After a few minutes, flip it back on again.
Next, take the reservoir off to get to the important pieces.
Open up the top as if you’re just inserting a K-Cup. Doing so would allow you to access the needle and K-cup. Dig into the open lid on the upper portion of the K-cup reservoir to get the needle. This is the part where boiling water shoots through your K-cup.
Use a paperclip or another needle to do so. Remember that it punctures the K-cups so it can make your delicious coffee, so don’t use your fingers. This process will clear out the blockages and restore the water flow. Take the needle out and clear it using objects like needle and toothpick.
The tubes behind the puncture needle are clogged. If the needle is clear and there are no coffee grounds or lint hiding inside, look into the tubes behind it. Just use a paper clip or toothpick to clear out the blockage inside. It is also advisable to wash the inside of the tubes, to clear out whatever was blocking it.
Finally, put your Keurig back together. Just do everything you did backward to put it back together. Turn the machine back on, and try again.
If the normal flow hasn’t returned, you may have to give call the customer service or officially say goodbye to your machine. But, if this process worked—then you can enjoy your cup of coffee, as the water flows normally, and the flow speed goes back to normal.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.