We know you admire your Keurig coffee maker for delivering a hot and savory cup of magical caffeine in the morning, and that too very quickly. It can deliver such fast and amazing performance as it can store around one cup of water inside its reservoir.
However, if you plan to take the Keurig along with you for travelling purposes, or want to put it for storage for some time; you must learn to drain it properly. Draining a Keurig is also necessary for deep cleaning especially if you had put milk in the reservoir by mistake. In this post you’ll learn how to drain a Keurig easily and effectively.
Draining Keurig Coffee Maker Without Disassembly:
- Time required: 5-8 minutes
- Tools needed: None
This method is very simple and if you’re in a hurry, you can easily empty Keurig for storage this way. The trick used in this method is that you have to make the Keurig feel like the reservoir is full so that it starts brewing. This will allow the Keurig to drain all the water that is stored inside your Keurig water tank. Following steps should be taken to drain a Keurig without disassembling it:
1. Adjust The Float
You must have noticed that when your Keurig has completed brewing, it sends a message ‘Prime’ on the LCD. The prime message is given when the Keurig water tank is empty. Now that you have emptied the water tank, you can adjust the float. Look inside the reservoir and you’ll see a metal disk at the bottom. Pull this floating magnet upward till it reaches the top track and then place the lid of the reservoir back. You can also see your Keurig manual for understanding the mechanism of the reservoir. Now the Keurig will behave as the reservoir is full.
2. Start Brewing
Now press the brew button so that the Keurig starts brewing. You don’t need to put the coffee cartridge as the reservoir is empty and you just have to drain it.
3. Wait For It To Say ‘Prime’
You must have read in the Keurig instructions that the machine says Prime when brewing is complete. If the machine is giving the message to add more water, you should perform the whole procedure again. That is, adjust the float again and replace the reservoir and then repeat the brewing process. After you’ve done with the brewing thing again, the machine should now say Prime, which means the Keurig has been drained completely.
Draining Keurig By Disassembly:
- Time required: 10-15 minutes
- Tools needed: Needle-nose pliers, Phillips head screw driver, plastic syringe
If you want to drain Keurig by this method, first you must read your Keurig manual thoroughly. Though the Keurig manual won’t tell you about the draining process, but it will tell you where the different components are located. This is because we don’t want our readers to end up damaging their coffee machine. The idea is to disconnect the hose that connects the Keurig water tank or reservoir to the internal pump. The location of this hose will depend on the model of Keurig you own. Follow these steps to drain Keurig by disassembling it:
1. Check Keurig Instructions or Manual
The first step is to check the Keurig instructions or the manual and locate the hose. When you get to know where it is located, you can easily remove the bottom or side panel to disconnect the hose easily.
2. Remove The Panel
Now unplug your Keurig and remove the screws of the panel. Make sure that the machine is cool before you start disassembly procedure.
3. Disconnect The Hose
The hose is made up of a plastic material and it is white in color. You just have to pull out it’s fitting to disconnect it. If your Keurig model has the hose attached with a cable tie, you’ll have to cut it. Before cutting the tie, make sure that you have an extra tie so that you can connect the hose easily back again.
4. Drain Water and Reconnect Hose
Place the end of the hose near a cup so that the water drains into it. The water will take time to drain so be patient. Now push the hose back into the fitting and attach the tie if needed. Read the Keurig instructions and attach the panel again to assemble it.
Draining Keurig 2.0 For Storage:
- Time required: 15-20 minutes
- Tools needed: Needle-nose pliers, Phillips screw driver, and plastic syringe
This method is a bit lengthy but it will easily drain Keurig if you want to keep it for storage purposes. The most important thing is to read the Keurig manual and learn about the location of different components of the machine. After you’ve understood the design thoroughly, now is the time to implement this method.
- The first step is to detach the chrome ring in Keurig 2.0 which is present around the top back of the coffee maker. You can expose it by lifting the handle.
- Now turn the brewer upside down and remove the 6 screws. Then open the front of the machine by sliding off the silver tall piece present at the front.
- Now make the brewer stand upright and remove the screws at the top and dislodge the top portion of the machine.
- Now the exterior casing will be left, which you have to remove too.
- Detach the three clips to remove the water intake system. Water will come out of it but some will still remain inside the black piece. Shake it to drain the remaining water.
- Take out the internal filter by removing the screw from the base. Turn the brewer to other side and remove the screw at the top of the washer to detach the Keurig water tank. Slide out the water tank gently.
- Now detach the filter from the pump assembly and make sure that you empty the filter. There is a tube on the top of the water tank, detach it so that air displaces the water inside.
- Now detach the tube that leads from the pump to the water tank, this will allow water to gush out in stream form.
- Some water will still be remaining inside the pump and here you have to use the plastic syringe to take it out. Expel water by connecting the syringe on top of the water tank.
- Now you can reassemble the brewer by following the Keurig instructions or manual.
After you’ve completed the draining process of your Keurig, you can also clean a Keurig with vinegar to make sure it works properly and there is no mineral buildup or debris left behind. You can try these Keurig draining methods even if you’re facing other Keurig problems too. So, if you’re worried about your Keurig 2.0 not working, you can learn about how to drain a Keurig here and save your day.
Lorraine Petersen says
I need to drain my Keurig 2.0 for storage. In directions it talks of the float in reservoir. What or where is the float magnet?