If the ‘water under pressure’ indicator from Keurig has become the bane of your existence, we’re here to tell you those dark days are over. For we have some solutions that are promising and likely to resolve the Keurig 2.0 water under pressure error.
Many people struggle with this problem with their Keurig espresso machines. This means it is a pretty common issue with ready solutions. Your Keurig is not Kaput and can easily be fixed so you can start brewing and sipping espresso!
Why Does Keurig Have a “Water Under Pressure” Problem?
There is a very simple explanation behind this extremely annoying sign. Basically, your espresso maker contains a needle inside it. Its function is to puncture the top part of the pod, so when you’re brewing the coffee, hot water can pass through the capsule to your cup.
However, your ground coffee can clog the exit needle. It sticks to the needle and hardens over time. This is likely to happen if you get lazy in discarding the pods after use. The grounds sticking to the needle block the water flow. As a result, your Keurig is not able to generate enough pressure to brew your coffee. Hence, the sign.
Clogged Needle Needs Cleaning
So, to get rid of this glaring sign, you need to clean your clogged needle. However, before things get this worse, there are signs you should look out for that indicate that the clogging has begun.
Bitter Taste: If your coffee is tasting bitter despite accurate brewing, it can be a sign of a clogged needle. It means that old coffee grounds stuck to the needle are falling into your coffee. Making it bitter.
Longer Brewing Time: The clogging makes it difficult for the water to pass through the machine. This means your brewing time will increase. So, look out for that sign too!
Steps for Unclogging the Needle
You can easily clean the clogged needle in your Keurig with the Orange maintenance accessory. Here’s what you will have to do:
- Make sure the machine is powered off and unplugged.
- You’ll find a silicon bulb in the middle of the accessory. Fill it with water.
- Open the brewer and place the accessory in the pod and firmly push it down. The arrows should be pointing down.
- Now you’ll have to lower and raise the handle. Repeat this five times so the coffee grounds are drawn out. The accessory will collect the coffee ground clogging the needle.
- Remove the maintenance accessory.
- Cleanse the Keurig using water only.
- Clean the accessory as well with water and dry it.
- Place the pod holder back in its place, and make sure you hear a click.
How Else Can You Fix the Keurig ‘Water Under Pressure’ Issue?
There are three easy alternatives to using the orange maintenance accessory. Those ground coffee clogs have no chance in the face of your coffee cravings!
1. Paper Clips Cleaning:
Using paper clips is a DIY method of cleaning the clogs. If you’re home and want to do a quick fix, here’s what you can do:
- Get a paper clip and straighten one end of it.
- Turn off and unplug the Keurig. Remove the water tank.
- Gently remove the pod holder as well.
- Push the lever to see the exit needle and insert the straight part of the paper clip and move it circles for some time.
- Open the handle so you can view the top exit and entrance needles. Insert your paper clip in each part to clean and unclog it.
2. Replacing the Needle Gasket
This third alternative is for those who either weren’t able to fix the problem still or just don’t want to bother with cleaning. What you can do is buy yourself a new needle gasket and replace it with the old one.
It’s easy to install. And MUCH CHEAPER than just going for a new espresso machine. Plus, it works! So why not?
3. Replacing the Sensor
One other thing you can do is check your sensor. You’ll need to unscrew and remove the head to see if the pressure sensor has been damaged. In order to check this, you will need to examine the output voltage.
Typically, the voltage should be under 1 volt. However, if the voltage is seen above 1 volt, then your sensor is damaged. Replacing it with a new sensor could help fix the problem! However, keep this your last resort after checking for the other things first.
See! There are a number of solutions to your ‘water under pressure’ Keurig problem. The best part is that all these solutions are easily doable! So, the next time (hopefully not ever but just in case) your Keurig annoys you this way, tame and fix it with these solutions!
Coffee lovers have no time to be dealing with coffee delays!