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Keurig is one of the most popular coffee makers for many reasons, but just like any other appliances, these coffee makers do sometimes malfunction. Keurig troubleshooting isn’t hard, but there are a few tricks you need to know—including how to do a hard reset.
In this article, I’ll show you how to reset Keurig coffee makers, including specific instructions for most models. You’ll be back to drinking coffee fast, the only speed that K-cup fans know.
When Do You Need to Reset a Keurig?
It’s not always easy to determine whether your Keurig needs to be reset or not. It’s always safe to try a restart, but you may need other Keurig troubleshooting methods, too.
Here are some common Keurig problems that can require a restart:
- Keurig won’t turn on – If your machine won’t come on at all and you’ve checked all other possible issues, such as whether the outlet it’s plugged in is working, a reset could fix the issue.
- All the lights are on simultaneously – There are only certain times when all the lights on your Keurig should be lit up simultaneously, and it’s not when it’s working properly.
- Your coffee maker is making strange noises – As a Keurig owner, you are aware of the normal sounds that your coffee maker makes, and if yours simply doesn’t sound right, then it may need to be reset.
- The touchscreen doesn’t show anything – If all you see on your Keurig’s display is a completely gray or white screen, then your machine could likely benefit from a hard reset.
- Your Keurig says prime – The Keurig prime message can indicate a few different problems. In most cases, you’ll have to reset as part of the troubleshooting process.
How to Reset Your Keurig
Every Keurig model is reset differently, and unfortunately, many of the manuals that accompany the machines don’t contain reset instructions. The instructions below cover most of the current Keurig line-up.
(Not sure which Keurig you have? Check out our Keurig identification guide before proceeding)
Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Essentials reset instructions
To reset this machine, all you need to do is press the power button and then press and hold the 8 oz and 10 oz buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds.
Keurig K-Classic reset instructions
Simultaneously press and hold these three buttons: medium cup, large cup, and auto-off.
Keurig K-Compact reset instructions
Open and close the lid. Hold down the power button and then press the small, medium, and large buttons one at a time, in that order. If the machine doesn’t appear to be priming itself, you may need to repeat the steps a time or two.
Keurig K-Mini reset instructions
Open and then close the K-cup lever. Press the power button and once the machine is off, unplug it, plug the machine back in and power it on.
Keurig 2.0 reset instructions
Turn off the machine, unplug it and remove the water tank. Wait five minutes before plugging it back in. Power the machine back on, and replace the water reservoir. Open and close the cup holder.
What if a Keurig Hard Reset Doesn’t Work?
Like with any electronic, resetting your Keurig coffee maker will solve a host of issues. It won’t, however, fix hardware problems or mechanical defects.
If a reset fails, it’s time to contact Keurig support. Keurig’s warranty should cover defects in newer machines, but you’ll likely have to pay to fix your older Keurig.
Sadly, no Keurig lasts forever. On the off chance that your machine is beyond repair, I’d suggest taking this opportunity to consider an upgrade to the new K-Supreme Plus Smart, my favorite K-cup machine.
After the reset, it’s K-cup time again! How many of the best coffee K-cups have you tried out? If you’ve made it through that list, it’s time to switch it up with some espresso k-cups or high-caffeine k-cups. Or just go back to your favorites. After all, there’s no wrong way to Keurig.