Starting your day with a good cup of coffee is awesome. But if your Keurig K-Compact doesn’t give water or coffee, it’s tough to enjoy. Don’t stress; there are reasons this happens and ways to solve it.
In this guide, I will show you some easy steps to make your K-Compact work right. This way, you can have your morning coffee happily!
Why Does Keurig Compact Not Pumping Water?
When Keurig Compact is not pumping water, this could be because something inside is stopping the water from flowing as it should. Let’s try to understand why this happens so we can figure out how to fix it.
How To Notice Keurig K-Compact Not Pumping
Having a coffee machine that doesn’t work can be really upsetting, especially when you’re looking forward to your morning coffee. Here are some simple signs that can help you realize if something is wrong with your Keurig K-Compact:
- Keeps Asking for Water: The machine keeps saying “Add water,” even when there is already enough water in it.
- Takes a Long Time to Get Ready: Your coffee machine is slow. It takes a really long time to warm up and start making coffee.
- Coffee Drips Out Slowly: Your coffee isn’t pouring properly. It either comes out too slowly, or you don’t get the full amount you expected.
- Coffee Doesn’t Taste the Same: Your coffee tastes different, and not in a good way. You might even find tiny pieces floating in your cup that shouldn’t be there.
How To Fix Keurig Compact Not Pumping Water Issue
Fortunately, in most cases, the underlying cause can be easily addressed. Here are the most common reasons and their solutions:
1. Checking the Water Reservoir
Is there enough water? First, look at the water container. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as not having enough water. Make sure it has enough fresh, cold water before you try to make coffee.
Is the container put in right? Make sure the water container is set in the machine the correct way. If it’s not put in properly, your Keurig might not work. Everything should be tightly fixed in place, and the lid should be closed the right way.
Check the magnet in the container. Inside the water container, there’s a special magnet. It helps the machine know how much water is left. But sometimes, this magnet moves because the machine shakes when making coffee. If this happens, your Keurig might think there’s no water left. To fix this, gently tap the container to move the magnet back. You might also shake it lightly. If these steps don’t help, you might need to get a new water reservoir.
2. Keurig Require Descaling
Your Keurig might not be pumping water because it needs cleaning, also known as descaling. Sometimes, parts inside the coffee maker get blocked by minerals like calcium and magnesium. This happens when water, especially hard water with lots of minerals, flows through the machine over time. These minerals build up in different parts like the tubes and brewing chamber, causing problems like slower water flow and changes in coffee taste.
Cleaning or descaling helps remove these mineral deposits. It’s good to descale your Keurig every three to six months, but if your water has more minerals (hard water), you might need to clean it more often. You can find out if your water is hard using a simple, low-cost test kit.
Keurig has made its own cleaning solution, and there are instructions on the package that you should follow. Here’s a simple way to descale your Keurig:
- Buy a descaling solution. Keurig has one, but others are good too.
- Mix the solution with water and put it in the Keurig.
- Place a big cup under the coffee spout.
- Run the Keurig a few times without coffee to clean it.
- Then, run it with just clean water a few times to rinse it.
3. Cleaning the Water Line
If cleaning your Keurig didn’t fix the issue, you might need to check the water line next. The water line is like a pipe that carries water from the container to where the coffee is made. Sometimes, minerals from the water can block this pipe, stopping the water from moving through it.
Here’s how you can clean the water line to fix this issue:
First, take off the water tank and empty it, and also remove the part where the water filter is held. Turn the water tank upside down and find the nozzle with a spring inside it. You can use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the spring a few times. If the spring can move easily, it means there might be a problem with the water line.
Next, put the tank back on the machine and add a little bit of water to it. You can use a tool like a Turkey Baster to suck up some of this water. Point the Baster into the nozzle where the tank connects to the water line, and squirt the water in. This action helps to clean the inside by flushing out anything that might be blocking the water line.
You might need to do this cleaning step a few times until the water can flow freely through the line. After you’ve done this, run a cycle with hot water in the machine. This step makes sure that the water line is completely clean, and it should help your Keurig work properly again.
4. Cleaning the Needles
If your Keurig Mini still isn’t pumping after checking the water line, the needles might be causing the issue. These needles poke into the coffee pod, letting water flow in to make your coffee. But, they can get blocked sometimes, stopping the water.
Here’s how to clean the needles easily:
- First, turn off your machine and unplug it to be safe.
- Next, remove the cup holder from your Keurig. It has different parts attached; separate them for cleaning.
- Focus on the exit needle on the cup holder, where the coffee comes out. If it’s blocked, use a paperclip or needle to gently clean it. Poke inside to remove any blockages.
- Then, find the entrance needle under the part where coffee is made. It has two holes that might need cleaning. Use a paperclip or needle to gently remove any blockages.
- After cleaning both needles, put the cup holder back together and in the machine.
- Lastly, turn on your Keurig. Run a cycle with only water on the largest cup setting. This cleans the inside, making sure your machine is ready to make coffee.
More Advanced Issues – Keurig Compact Not Pumping
If you have tried all the simple fixes and your Keurig is still not working, there might be bigger issues causing the problem, such as issues with the motor or water pump.
One problem could be with the motor. If you don’t hear any noise from the motor when trying to make coffee, it might be broken. In this situation, you might need to replace the motor, or in some cases, it might be necessary to get a new coffee machine.
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Water Pump Problems
Another issue could be with the water pump in the machine. Pumps can wear out after being used for a long time. If after trying all the other fixes, it’s still not working, it may mean that the water pump needs to be replaced. If you do this, make sure to get a pump that matches your Keurig model. While changing the pump might seem like something you can do yourself, it’s usually better to have a professional handle it. They know the machine well and will be able to fix it correctly and safely.
Asking for Professional Help
If you find that nothing is fixing the problem, it might be time to reach out to Keurig’s customer service for help. They can give you advice on what to do next, offer more solutions for fixing it, or provide information about repair options. If your coffee machine is still under warranty, they might replace it with a new one. When dealing with complicated issues, getting help from experts is always a good idea.
It wasn’t until high school that I regularly started drinking coffee. I grew up in Houston, TX. I have experience with many types of coffee makers as well as cupping, roasting, and brewing techniques. I take pride in creating a great cup of coffee. My Coffee City’s main goal is to provide authentic information to readers.