Why Does My Keurig Barely Drip?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “Why Does My Keurig Barely Drip?” and will discuss some ways to fix the slowly dripping Keurig.

Why Does My Keurig Barely Drip?

Excess scale in the water pipes of a Keurig is the most probable cause of a machine that barely drips or doesn’t dispense the proper quantity of coffee. The exit needle, on the other hand, may get clogged. Keurig descale and exit needle cleaning typically solve these problems.

The reason behind slowly dripping Keurig

Slow pouring coffee is popular for two reasons.

  • Clogged water lines 
  • You’ve had a blocked needle after a puncture

If your Keurig is sluggishly leaking, you may attempt the following fixes. The simplest and first thing you should do is descale your brewer.

How to fix your slowly dripping Keurig?

If your Keurig isn’t brewing the correct amount of coffee for the chosen cup size, check for a blocked needle or descale the machine. First, try descaling your Keurig if you’re only getting one-half of a cup of coffee from it. Scale accumulates in your water system’s pipes over time. This accumulation may be removed by descaling. K-Cup machines need to be descaling every three months, according to the manufacturer.

Follow these steps to descale your full-sized Keurig:

  • Remove the water container from the sink and let it air dry.
  • Be sure to get rid of the coffee pod first!
  • Disable the “auto-off” function (if you have that)
  • Disconnect the brewer from the power source.
  • Fill your brewer’s water container halfway with the Keurig descaling solution.
  • Add the water you just filled up from the bottle to the water container.
  • Attach a big cup of coffee to the holder.
  • The Keurig handle should be raised and then lowered.
  • Start the procedure by pressing the 10oz button (the biggest button).
  • Allow your Keurig to rest (power on) for 30 minutes after you’ve emptied the contents and repeated the procedure till the “add more water” light turns on.
  • Freshwater may be added up to a certain point in the water container before it is full.
  • Rinse the machine by brewing at least 12 times (without using a K-cup) (adding more water if necessary).

Just use 1/3 of the descaling solution if you’re using a small Keurig. Follow these instructions without a K-cup in your small Keurig to descale it:

  • Wait 5 seconds after lifting the handle before pressing down and selecting brew.
  • Don’t press brew until the cup is empty again.
  • Turn the power off when the brew button becomes red and the coffee begins dispensing.
  • Allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes before using.
  • Restart the machine after 30 minutes and choose brew.
  • Get rid of the water.
  • Then, for a total of three times, use just water (no descale solution).

The needles in your machine may need to be cleaned if you’re only getting half a cup from it.

How to properly clean the needles in a Keurig machine?

The only thing required to clean the Keurig needles is a paperclip. Follow these procedures to clean your syringe needles:

  • Verify that the machine does not include a K-cup.
  • Turn the machine off and disconnect it.
  • Don’t forget to empty the water reservoir!
  • The pack holder should be easily removed by pushing it away from the brewer and away from your face
  • When you’re done using the pack holder, use the buttons on each side to remove it from the housing
  • To access the bottom exit needle, use the pack holder lever.
  • The pack holder may be turned over by holding the lever down.
  • To clear any blockages, insert a straightened paper clip through the needle’s exit.
  • Reassemble the pack holder and housing after thoroughly rinsing it with water.
  • After that, clean the needles at the entry and exit points on the roof.
  • Look beneath the top by opening the handle. There will be two needles visible.
  • To make sure both holes are clean, use a paperclip to clean.
  • The brewer may be slightly slanted to obtain a better look. However, be careful not to over-tilt it, since there is still water in the machine.
  • Reinstall the pack holder and reservoir in the brewer.
  • No K-cup, only the water in the reservoir to start.
  • Continue until the task is completed.

For the visual demonstration, click here

Repair for a Keurig that won’t put out water

Clogged water pipes are a common cause of your Keurig not dispensing water. Minerals and calcium abound in both soft and hard water. The machine’s microscopic lines get caked with minerals and calcium deposits over time. So, the system becomes jammed. Use the following procedures to descale your machine and clean the needles. When everything else fails, check to see if there is any air in your system’s lines.

To bleed the lines of air, take these steps:

  • Reservoirs should be filled approximately one-fourth of the way.
  • When you notice tiny air bubbles rising from the reservoir’s bottom, quickly lift and lower the reservoir. Make as many bubbles as you can until none remain.
  • Refill the reservoir when you no longer notice any bubbles. You’re all set now.


In this brief guide, we answered the query, “Why Does My Keurig Barely Drip?” and discussed some ways to fix the slowly dripping Keurig.


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