How Do You Drain A Keurig?
  • Post last modified:June 10, 2021
  • Post category:Coffee Advice / Keurig
  • Reading time:6 mins read

We all love a cup of coffee in the morning to scare away the Monday slumbers, and what better device to have to facilitate that than with your favorite coffee making machine.

A Keurig machine delivers you a fresh cup of coffee in just a few minutes by popping the seal on a coffee pod and running hot water through the built-in filter.

Using a Keurig coffee maker is a daily occurrence, so you can be sure that you’ll be experiencing some wear and tear on your machine. If you don’t take care of your coffee maker, you can expect a deterioration in the quality of your morning caffeine drink.

Running coffee through this machine over and over again will cause damage from chemicals such as limescale and salt deposits.

Also, hot water can certainly corrode the plastic housing on your coffee maker, so it will be important to drain the water and cleaning the various components daily.

But dismantling a coffee maker is a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. But there is a proper method of cleaning and draining your Keurig coffee maker so that you can avoid damaging the casing.

But what is the best way of draining your Keurig? How can you dismantle the various components and in what order should you do it? How can you put it all back together again and test its functionality before making your next coffee?

Well, coffee-lovers need not worry about inadvertently breaking their coffee machine because we’ve broken down the proper way of dismantling, draining and reassembling your coffee maker.

From LED display features to adjusting the float in your coffee pot reservoir, we’ll give you all the information you need to know to make this process as pain-free as possible.

Run Through Some Boiling Water Without the Coffee

There is an easy way you can get boiling water to run through your K-machine, even if your reservoir is registering as empty.

When you have brewed a cup of Keurig-infused coffee, you’ll notice that the LED screen will read ‘Prime’ once complete. This will mean that your water reservoir is empty. Take note that you might have to brew a few batches of water for your LED to read ‘Prime’.

Move the Float in Your External Reservoir

You can remove the water from your reservoir to inspect the inside casing. There will be a metal disk at the bottom, usually angled on one side.

You can slide this disc along a railing until it reaches the top of the reservoir. To make sure that this disc is secured firmly, you might need to push it hard until it clicks into place.

Now your Keurig machine will be operating as if it is full, this way you will be able to get the ‘Prime’ readout without there being any actual water inside.

Brew the Machine

Now press the brew button to drain the water through the hose, as you normally would when making a coffee. However, make sure that you don’t have any Keurig pods clasped into your machine.

All you are doing is running clean water through your hose to give it a preparatory clean.

Keep an Eye on The LED

Watch your LED display. When you have finished brewing your Keurig, the display will tell you to add more water to the reservoir. If that is the only message that you see, then remove the water tank, reset your float and repeat the brewing process.

Once the second brewing has been completed, hopefully, the LED display will read ‘Prime’, which will indicate that the internal reservoir is now empty.

Dissassemble the Reservoir

The reservoir of your coffee maker will be attached to its internal pump via a plastic hose. Once you have disconnected this hose, then you should see some water leaking out of it.

Where his hose is located will all depend on what model of Keurig machine you have. On most models, you’ll either have to remove the bottom coffee maker or remove a discreet side panel on the water reservoir.

Check Your Schematic

Consulting your instruction manual will only get you so far, as most of them won’t tell you exactly how to drain your coffee maker.

However, a lot of manuals will tell you where to find the various parts of your machine, so you can consult them and this guide to dismantle your coffee machine properly.

Your manual should also tell you whether the hose is located underneath the coffee machine or on the side panel of the reservoir. This might save you precious minutes scanning the entire length and breadth of your machine.

Remove the Panel and Drain Hose

Before removing the panel and the hose, make sure that you’ve turned off the coffee maker, unplugged it and left it to cool completely.

Once this is done, remove the screws that are holding the bottom or the side panel, depending on which one your manual has indicated that you need to remove.

You should be able to easily remove the drainage hose but pulling it gently away from the fitting. However, if it is secured with a cable tie, then you might have to slice it free with a small knife.

If you have to slice a cable tie, then we’d recommend that you go buy a new one first before you attempt to dismantle your Keurig machine.

Run the Water

Now that the hose is completely unmoored, place the loose end into a cup or drain it into a separate drain system. The water might take a few minutes to drain completely, so be patient with it.

Once the water has stopped dripping, that means the tank is completely clean.

Reattach the Panel and Drain Hose

Once the hose is empty, take the loose end and reattach it with the new cable tie, if necessary. Then screw the panel or bottom of the coffee maker back into place.

When everything is reattached, your LED panel should read ‘prime’ again. If the LED reads ‘error’ then you have not properly reattached either the hose or the panel.

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