Keurig Won’t Turn On

Keurig Won’t Turn On

Everybody has been there. You wake up early in the morning and go to make your daily cup of coffee. But then you realize your Keurig is not turning on. And now you are not going to get your daily dose of caffeine. It is a real struggle, but do not worry, it is easily fixable, and this article will show you how. 

History of Keurig 

In 1992, John Sylvan and Peter Dragone founded Keurig, named after the Dutch word for excellence. After Sylvan and Dragone left Keurig in 1997, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters became the first roaster to work with Keurig. Then in 1998, Keurig released its first market-ready brewing system, the Keurig B2000. This model, designed for offices, was first distributed in the New England region. 

In 2004, Keurig released their home-ready brewer, the B100, leading Keurig to become the industry leader in home brewer products and single-serve pods. Later on, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters merged with Keurig. And more recently, in 2018, Keurig Green Mountain merged with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.

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But even with this extensive history and industry prowess, these machines still end up breaking. Waking up and not being able to make your favorite caffeinated drink can be a major downer to your day. When you turn on your Keurig coffee machine, a green light indicator or display should be visible at the front. If you do not see these indicators, it is not on.

Components To Check

If your Keurig is not turning on, there are four components to check before returning it. These causes take only a few minutes to check up on, and you do not need extensive knowledge of electronics to know what to do. A Keurig commonly fails to turn on due to the power cord, thermal fuses, control board, or thermostat

Before taking apart your Keurig to find the issue, troubleshoot the electrical wiring in your home. The outlet in use could be faulty, so try using a different one. Or you might need to hit the reset button on the socket. If both of these fail, it is time to check the four components that could be the culprit. Let’s fix your Keurig coffee maker. 

Remember, the four components we have to check are the power cord, thermal fuses, control board, and thermostat.

#1 The Power Cord

A common culprit with this issue is the power cord not working. If the power cord is damaged, bent, or has exposed wires, it will not be able to power your Keurig. It may cause the machine to turn on and off and, in most cases, not even turn on. Depending on which model you own, there are several options:

Any of these solutions should fix the problem, but if it does not, the problem might lie elsewhere.

#2 Thermal Fuses 

In the event of a power surge, thermal fuses will cut off the power supply of your Keurig to protect it. In this case, open your Keurig with a screwdriver and find the thermal fuses. Once you find them, carefully remove them. You may need to cut the old fuses before the solder points to remove them.

You will have to buy replacements online and insert them yourself before you can use your Keurig again. To install your new fuses, you can use a metal clip to hold them in place. Replace the plastic cover and fuse assembly before reassembling your Keurig.

#3 Control board 

Like computers, Keurigs have a brain called the control board. It can also be called a circuit board or circuit motherboard. This control board communicates with every part of Keurig to tell them what to do. Turning off the power is included in this communication function. If your Keurig control board is faulty, it will not be able to be turned on.

So, like the previous entry, you will need to disassemble your Keurig to get to the control board. Disconnect any wires connected to the control board. Once removed, you can replace it with a new control board.

#4 Thermostat 

The thermostat within your Keurig regulates the temperatures inside the machine to prevent overheating. When the thermostat stops working, this will cause a power-on failure, preventing your Keurig from turning on. 

To fix the thermostat inside your Keurig, you will need to reset it. Resetting is a simple process. See how to do that in this youtube video.

Other Common Issues of Keurig Brewer

If you have other issues with your Keurig, you can find solutions for eight other common problems below.

#1 Keurig Won’t Brew

There are several reasons why your Keurig will not brew. The most common problem is that your Keurig does not have enough water to brew a full cup. So the simple solution is to fill the reservoir with more water. If this does not work, you could try two things:

  • Unclog the needle and soak it in white vinegar for 20 minutes.
  • Descale your brewer. Turn it upside down and tap the bottom. 

These solutions should fix your problem, and your Keurig should start brewing again.

#2 Keurig Not Dispensing Water 

Inconsistent dispensing of water or the lack of any water dispensing could be a result of three possible culprits.

Debris may be clogging the water reservoir or somewhere inside your unit. To clear the debris, remove the water reservoir and empty it. Next, refill the water reservoir to a little under halfway full. Lastly, shake the water reservoir with the liquid still inside for a few minutes. Doing this should clear any debris within it. You can also remove the debris by mixing vinegar in the water and running a brewing cycle.

Another possible issue is that you may need to descale your Keurig. Over time, limescale builds up within the coffee maker. Limescale can cause machine failure eventually; it is good practice to clean your machine monthly. To descale your Keurig, use white vinegar and water in equal parts and run a brewing cycle.

The last possible issue could be that air bubbles inside your system, preventing water from moving freely within the pumps, are keeping your unit from dispensing water. Shaking up some water and pouring it into the water reservoir should clear up these air bubbles in your Keurig.

#3 Keurig Not Heating 

If your Keurig is not heating, the cause could be your water pump. When your water pump is not working, the heating mechanism within your Keurig will automatically shut off, protecting your brewer from overheating. The only way to fix this is by resetting your water reservoir.

Hold the brew button on your Keurig for at least five seconds to reset your reservoir. Your Keurig will get rid of the excess water in the reservoir tank. If this does not work, the problem may be in the control board inside your Keurig. 

#4 Keurig Turning Off 

If your Keurig keeps turning off while you are brewing some coffee, there could be multiple causes. The most common cause is the K Cup. Water will not be able to escape the K Cut if the needle has not punctured the bottom of the pod. To prevent overflowing, your Keurig will stop brewing. 

To fix this issue, you need to manually poke a hole at the bottom of the K Cup or bend the needle that punctures the hole back into place.

#5 Keurig Keeps Pumping Water

If you have noticed that your Keurig does not stop pumping water out(to the point it starts pouring into the drip tray or your coffee), there may be an issue with the pump inside your brewer. 

The first and easiest fix is realigning your water reservoir to its proper place. When the water reservoir is not seated correctly, the magnets within are disturbed, and your Keurig will overflow.

You also might need to replace the charcoal water filters. These will get clogged over time and lead to overflows in your Keurig. Replace these filters every couple of months to prevent this.

#6 Keurig Leaking

If your Keurig is leaking from the bottom, you may need to clean out clogs in the pump. Running some vinegar through the pumps will clear out any clogging inside.

If that does not work, the pump valve may not be working or sealed. You will have to get a replacement valve for this issue.

Lastly, the pipe connectors may be faulty. To fix this, replace the tubes and refit the pipes. 

#7 Keurig Descale Light Stays On 

The descale light on your Keurig tells you when your machine needs cleaning. So if you see this light on, the simple fix is to clean your Keurig brewer. 

If cleaning your brewer does not work, you can try using vinegar. Sometimes the debris within your brewer is tough to remove, and vinegar is good at removing this debris. You may also need to clean the needles inside your Keurig. Cleaning your Keurig every couple of months should help you avoid this issue in the future.

#8 Keurig Coffee Stays Bitter 

If your coffee from a Keurig machine is too bitter, the most common cause is over-extraction. To reduce the bitterness, you can:

  • Use medium/light roasted coffee grounds.
  • Brew smaller cups.
  • Add Salt.

Regularly descaling your Keurig will also make your coffee taste better.


So did you enjoy this list? Keep these fixes in mind so you can keep drinking your morning coffee! If none of these fixes worked, it is probably time to contact Keurig for more assistance. 

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