How can I descale my Keurig K-Cup brewer?

by Selena
(Granbury, Texas)

Spanking my Keurig Brewer

Spanking my Keurig Brewer


I have a Keurig B60 coffee maker and the display is telling me to descale the brewer. But it doesn't tell me how! What do I do?


Selena, hi

We have a Keurig B60 ourselves and were stumped when we first saw that message on the brewer.

There are a number of ways to descale a brewer, the least expensive being to run some vinegar through the machine a couple of times, and then run cold water through a few more times to rinse it.

However, simply trying to clear the lines often doesn't work. And as you will see from the many comments below, by far the most reliable way to get your Keurig brewer working again is the "Slap and Burp" method.

Here is how you do it.

First, unplug the brewer and remove both the water reservoir and drip tray.

Next, hold the brewer upside down over the sink and slap the base a few times. And I mean really slap it.

Now put everything back together and try brewing again. Most of the time this works with a couple of good slaps. If not, try it again.

And don't worry, there are no laws against giving your Keurig a good slapping!

Good luck!

Related pages about Keurig brewers and K-cups…

Can I still get one of the original Keurig brewers, like the B40 Elite?

How many times can I use the same K-Cup?

Is the plastic used in Keurig K-Cups safe?

Can I recycle my Keurig K-Cups?

Static shock "killed" my Keurig!

If you have lost patience with your Keurig, here are some alternative single-serve brewers to explore...

The Tassimo T55 Single Cup Home Brewing System.

Nespresso Machines are automatic espresso makers, using capsules.

Verismo brewers – Starbucks coffee makers for single-serve coffee lovers.

The BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer.

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Jan 26, 2015
Didn't believe it...
by: Amanda M

I was entirely skeptical when I read this post but I kept scrolling. Comment after comment stated it worked so I decided why not give it a go. In the office, I started slapping an upside down Keurig and the stares I got were unforgettable but it worked... much to my surprise! Great hack!

Jan 25, 2015
It really worked!!
by: Anonymous

Just tried it. My husband turned it upside down and banged and it freakin works.

Jan 25, 2015
It worked!!
by: Happy Girl

I was beside myself trying to figure out how to 'Descale' my Keurig until I came across this post. I thought, surely not, at first but was willing to try anything to get my best friend up and running again. So as instructed, I unplugged the unit, turned her upside down and gave her a few good wacks on the bottom. All the while stating, "stop being bad and go back to being a good little Keurig" with each smack. To my astonishment the little trick WORKED!! Thank you so much!! And my family thanks you to. I'm much nicer with coffee on board first thing in the morning!

~Happy Girl (and family!)

Jan 24, 2015
Did not work
by: Anonymous

I have tried everything. I've called customer service several times. I just get an "I'm sorry for the inconvenience " I initially called with the problem about 9/2011, I purchased it in 11/2010. I got so frustrated with not being able to fix it I put it away. I pulled it out again later to try to fix it still nothing. I put it away again. It's now 2015, I'm trying one more time after reading your suggestions. Nothing, I'm tossing it out. If this happens to you insist on getting your Kurig replaced. I didn't, now time has passed and it's too late.

Jan 24, 2015
It worked!!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig just stopped in the middle of a brew cycle. Nothing came out. I did all the same things almost everyone had posted to no avail. I turned it off for a few hours and thought it just needed time. Nope! So I found googled my last time and found this. Sure enough....turned it upside down, couple slaps on the bottom and fresh cup of coffee in the cleanest shape it has been. Thanks!!

Jan 22, 2015
Slap job
by: Anonymous

Worked like a charm. After spending hours watching you tube videos on how to fix, I gave up when nothing worked. Then I found this site. Would have never imagined that slapping the bottle would fix my machine. Thanks for the advise.

Jan 19, 2015
It work
by: Cheryl

Thank you for help me with this problem. It work very well.

Jan 19, 2015
by: Anonymous

I gave it a good spanking and the de-scale light erased. Perfect!

Jan 18, 2015
was a non-believer
by: Anonymous

I thought this was funny and never would work...surprise it did! thanks for the tip!!!

Jan 15, 2015
Wow it works
by: DannyGee77

I have tried so much to 'descale' the pot it probably is as clean now as the day I bought it. But the darn 'de-scale' sign was still up and annoying. A few hard slaps later, presto, no more irritating sign.

Jan 15, 2015
This worked!
by: Sailor

I called Keurig to fix this issue. After trying each method on the phone they kept telling me I needed to purchase a new unit. Probably 5 or 6 times. Trying to sell it to me relentlessly. I almost gave up and then tried this slap method and my Keurig works fine now. Thank you for the post it made me a hero on the ship I work on. And as for Keurig, sorry I won't be purchasing another 150$ unit.

Jan 12, 2015
by: Chrissy

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!! X a million. Well like all the others, I believed it was time to go buy a new Keurig. Mine too showed the descale light and was not working right for a couple weeks. Sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't. When it did work it was slow and spitting. It wasn't making a full cup. It was so frustrating. This page saved me from buying a new one! As crazy as it sounds. Yup turned it upside down, gave it 15 good spanks and it is working like the day I got it. woooo-hoooo!

Jan 11, 2015
this works!
by: shan

This method worked for ours, I was pleasantly surprised. Took two tries but once the water finally released and drained, it's working fine now. Just a tip, purchase your keurigs from kohls, when they absolutely quit; just take the unit back to kohls and they'll give you a new one!

Jan 10, 2015
by: Anonymous

my de-scale light came on this morning so I ran a cup of vinegar through it in my Keurig wouldn't work after that. I tried a multitude of things cleaning out the reservoir cleaning out the filters cleaning out the little needles basically about 5 different videos that I watched I tried everything. as a last resort I tried this spanking it, turning it upside down and about a fourth of a cup of vinegar came pouring out. I put it up right fill the reservoir with water again and holy crap its fixed! thank you thank you thank you you just saved me about $150. I was ready to purchase a new one.

Jan 08, 2015
Spanking Really Works
by: Anonymous

My office has a Mr. Coffee K6. It wasn't brewing and I noticed the resevoir was low, so I filled it back up. The brew light would flash for a few seconds then the maching would shut off. Tried replacing the cup THREE times, still to no avail. I came across this site and saw all the posts about spanking it. I decided to try it and HOLY CRAP it actually worked!!!

Jan 06, 2015
Universe has a sense of humor
by: Mittens

It worked, I'm thrilled. Try it guys! :D

Jan 06, 2015
Beating Your Coffeemaker?
by: K-Offee

The Book? 50 Shades of K.

Jan 05, 2015
A New Years Miracle!
by: Saba

Same problem with our Keurig at work as described, spitting water back into the reservoir and showing the descaling alert, not brewing a drop.

Tried slapping it silly, but no luck. Soaked the reservoir with a vinegar solution and it still couldn't suck it in. Took apart the k-cup holder and cleared the needle with a paperclip. Took a can of compressed air with the supplied little straw and blew air into the needle, then removed the reservoir and blew air into both sides of the drain at the top.

Pressed the brew button again and after some angry noises, voila, dirty warm vinegar! Letting the insides soak with vinegar now but happy and hopeful.


Jan 04, 2015
amazing amazing amazing!
by: Mama Celeste Eve

My Keurig this morning decided to no make its usual one cup for me. (ive had my brewer for almost three years and its used maybe once a day)...well until my brother in law moved in with us and now uses it to fill hot water in his cup to dunk his zillion tea bags into. Yeah, thats another story.

It appeared to not suck any water out of the reservoir and would spit water out of the return hose? then literally sputter water out the last few pumps. Telling me it was empty inside. Only one light would light up on the controls. It had been soudning ROUGH the past few months when it would take water in.

I was freaking out, saying some rude things to "you know who" then found this site.

I flipped that puppy over and with all my building anger gave it about 20 real good, "I-dont-care-if-this-breaks-you-worse spanks". I followed with poking a paperclip ito al three needle holes.

Voila! Dirty dirty water was coming out. I figured this could be a fluke so I gave it 5 final spanks and another needle clean and ran 3 more FULL cups of hot water through.

Im on my first sucessful cup now. :):) I am going to finish this, make another then start a vinegar clean. maybe i wont even rinse it that well and let "you know who" its ready to do his tea water. kidding I mean THATS what the microwave is for. :)

Celeste Eve

Jan 03, 2015
by: Dis Guy

The spanking trick didn't work for me at all. I did get a paperclip and used it to break up anything that was left in the TOP needle. Worked perfectly after that. I was impressed with the amount of coffee grounds that actually came out of the needle at that point.

Jan 01, 2015
Spank, Spank!
by: Mary Anne

First spanking and paper clip helped a little. Second spanking was a real spanking, not like a scared momma. And a little bit more with the paper clip. I guess it learned it's lesson :)

Dec 29, 2014
spank your keurig
by: Bob A

was ready to throw my b70 in trash. called Keurig got the whole stick a paper clip in, take the k-cup holder out and clean, descale with white vinegar routine from them. did all of the above still didn't work.Unplugged,took water reservoir off and turned upside down in sink,smacked bottom 4 or 5 times. reassembled plugged in and made 3 cups of coffee in a row without any issue. Works like brand new

Dec 29, 2014
It worked!!
by: Anonymous

Giving the Keuring 10 spanks on the bottom unclogged our machine! It would not dispense any water and we tried vinegar and it didnt work. Once it was unclogged we ran vinegar and ran water threw and we can now see the 3 streams of water coming out! Thank you for the tip!

Dec 29, 2014
by: Anonymous

We tried running vinegar through, but it still wasn't working and said to descale. We flipped it over and hit the bottom a few times, vinegar started pouring out. Once we plugged it back in, it is now working again! Amazing!!
Thank you!!

Dec 28, 2014
how to declog
by: Anonymous

tried the spank - NG
Tried the needle - NG but on the right track.
Took a needle nosed tweezer, shined a flashlight into the top needle that pierces the k cup and saw the clog which was the pieces of lid from all the k cup piercings. Pulled it out and ran 3 more cups of water through. Shinned the flashlight on the upper needle and saw more fibrous gunk which I pulled out. rinsed 3 more times and now runs great.

Dec 28, 2014
Spanking my Keurig did the trick!
by: Sue M.

It was time to decale again but this time it wasn't working. I tried for two days but wasn't having much success. I went online and saw that users were giving their Keurig a spanking. What do I have to lose at this point. I unplugged it, tipped it over and started to give it about 10 whacks. Plugged it back in....WHOLY CRAP IT WORKED!

Dec 24, 2014
Craziest Thing Ive Heard..... But It ACTUALLY Works!
by: Sarah

I got my Keurig for a Christmas present about a year ago and it had been working perfectly up until about a month ago. It would take forever to heat the water and drip into the cup. I was looking for a fix because Im having company for Christmas. I was about to descale with vinegar when I thought Id look a bit further and found this "fix it". I thought..... "HUH? There is no way this works" But in a fit of desperation I am willing to try anything. Smacked the crap out of the bottom of my Keurig. Put the water reservoir back with water and turned it on. Made myself some Hot apple cider and BAM! It works like the day it was given to me. I was shocked. It really works!!

Dec 24, 2014
A way to check your Keurig
by: Squeaky

If your Keurig is not giving you a full cup try this. Open the lid to the water reservoir and run a brew cycle. When it stops pushing the water out pinch the clear rubber return tube closed and hold it. If the water starts to flow then what you have is one of two internal solenoids is sticking open causing the "push" from the air pump to go out the return tube instead of into the main tank, which pushes the water out the main port. If it is pumping water out the return tube then the other solenoid is stuck. Spanking might unstick these but good cleaning still should be done. If nothing helps it is possible a solenoid has failed.

Dec 20, 2014
Forget banging.
by: Anonymous

when the keurig machine displayed descale light we used vinegar , let it soak overnight and it worked in the morning, however it really clogged up two weeks later, showing descale light again. This time it wouldn't even take water, but rather was recirculating it back into the reservoir. Tried banging it to the point the bottom metal gills bent. No luck. Fixed up the gills with screwdriver, opened up the 5 bottom screws took the metal plate off. Found the intake port for the water on the bottom of the case, unscrewed the two little screws that hold the intake casing and the hose, tipped the machine sideways over the sink, then blew into the intake port with my mouth , holding the recirculating valve into the reservoir closed with fingers, until the machine spewed up the water out the proper exit. Emptied out all the water that way. Put all the parts back together. Plugged it in. Poured half a reservoir of vinegar in and the machine took it right in, and made me a nice cup of hot vinegar. Letting it sit overnight and tomorrow will give it a good rinse with clean water.

Dec 19, 2014
Thank You Coffee Detective!!!
by: Anonymous

A couple of days ago my mom came to visit from out of town. She's not good with technology and only used the Keurig for hot water. I'm not sure what she did to our machine, but it stopped working while she was here. It was spitting and sputtering, water was flowing backwards into the supply reservoir, and then it stopped working altogether.

I noticed the "descale" indicator on the display and promptly checked YouTube for a solution. The standard descale solutions people were posting just didn't work since the Keurig wasn't pumping.

Then I came across this post. I laughed when I read that people were spanking and slapping the holy heck out of their coffee makers. Could the solution really be so simple? YES!!!

Thank you Coffee Detective!!!

Dec 18, 2014
it worked
by: Dave

OMG This worked, Thank you so much!!!

Dec 17, 2014
It really works!
by: Mark in Nashville

Picked up a new looking Keurig B70 at a thrift store for $8 and thought I would take a chance on it working. Turned out it would only give out about a quarter of a cup, drip a little and stop. After several days of trying all the youtube fixes I ran across this site and thought I would give it a try. Low and behold it worked! Thank you for sharing this fix!

Dec 16, 2014
Fourth time's a charm!!
by: Anonymous

Mine had been sitting in storage for about 6 months, hasn't worked since I unpacked it.. on the 3rd try some water finally came out but it wasn't till after the 4th spanking that it finally worked

Dec 14, 2014
I am sooooo happy!
by: Carrie

Thank you. I found this after trying everything else. It did take me four tries of beating my Keurig. On my last try I turned the coffee maker over and rested it on my dish drying mat (which is padded) and then I slapped the "%$^ out of it with a pot holder on my hand (because my hand hurt from the previous three tried). Low and behold, I heard the magical sound of my coffee maker belching out water. I then turned it on its side so that it could empty completely.

Dec 13, 2014
Can't believe this worked!
by: KimBerley

Our Keurig started to just "dribble". Followed all the steps on the Keurig site to try and fix. Told my hubby to give it a spank..he thought I was nuts! It worked….unbelievable.


Dec 10, 2014
Don't give up
by: Anonymous

Krystal - it sounds like you definitely have an obstruction in the water line…don't give up…try the straw method for the bottom of the water reservoir and covering it with a paper towel before you blow through it or some compressed air if you don't have the lung capacity. Read through the comments, you'll find it listed in there.

Dec 07, 2014
by: krystal

Well.... this did not help me. My hand is blood red aND my machine is still dead . I will just have to buy another , mine is 3 to years old an just the last month has been not making any cups only water back into tank. I also cleaned out top where cups go, but I can't do the vinegar since it won't pour water in front , only the back with water out the white plastic side . :( very upset it died on me

Dec 02, 2014
spank the keurig worked!
by: auntsuzzie

it took 5 times. then finally i thought, this thing can't take a joke, so i turned that badboy over and thwacked it so hard. my hand hurt. and then, and then, it burped! eally, a bubbly belch, then some water spewed out of it. i followed sop's and it worked right away! thank you! the macarthur genius award for you, sir.
did i mention my coffee maker is the ss-700, 3 years old and hasn't worked in 6 months? yeah, i'm that happy.

Nov 23, 2014
condensed air did the trick
by: Anonymous

So after missing my pre church coffee... I came home on a mission. I spanked it...spurt spurt spurt nothing.... then the condensed air through all the hose and viola! It worked so I could descale it...! Now its great try the canned air through the holes.

Nov 23, 2014
No Brew Frustrations
by: Ray in Phoenix

I dont even drink coffee but my wife goes crazy without her coffee every morning. This norning it wouldnot brew. I went as far as trying to disassemble it and then gave up and went to the internet to see if i could find a way to take it apart. I came across this post and decided to try spanking it. Dont know why this worked but it worked the first time. Now my wife can have her coffee and quit threatning to go buy a new one right away. THANKS EVERYBODY !!!

Nov 20, 2014
Very temporary repair.
by: Anonymous

Spanking works for a day. Anyone know a more long term solution?

Nov 19, 2014
3rd Time was a charm!
by: Anonymous

If it doesn't work for you the first time, keep trying. I was about to give up, and the 3rd time it finally worked! I also ran it through with vinegar a few times. Good as new!thanks so much!

Nov 18, 2014
A skeptic no more!
by: Anonymous

I have spent the entire morning trying to fix my keurig. Nothing worked until I reluctantly gave it a good spanking. Good as new!

Nov 15, 2014
an engineer says...
by: Anonymous

I didn't try this because I thought it would work, I tried it because I was frustrated.

Doesn't matter: IT WORKS!

Now I am going to drive myself crazy figuring out WHY it works.

Editor's Note: A clue for you...a pump inside holds a small water reservoir, that sometimes collects an air bubble or two. ; )

Nov 15, 2014
Second times a charm! Very cool!
by: Anonymous

I tried everything, even spanking but nothing worked. So, I decided to continue reading the comments below and read that someone had to spank it a second time, harder than she had the first time. I tried that and now it works like a charm! Very cool!

Nov 15, 2014
It works
by: Bronco for life in Pa.

Keurig B70 of two years suddenly stopped working. Dribbling water, Descaling message came on. Also said it was brewing when it wasn't. Slapped it a few times and now its golden. Thanks for the tip.

Nov 14, 2014
Spanking works!
by: Anonymous

Machine was dribbling water - cleaned the machine...did the paperclip thing and the vinegar w/ no results. Tried the spanking and it really works! Water coming out as if it was a brand new machine.

Nov 09, 2014
Coffee trickles out
by: bjc613

All the things mentioned here worked to get my machine running, but I found that even though the brewer worked fine without a K-cup in the machine, as soon as I put the K-cup in, the water would only trickle out and make about 1/4 cup of coffee. No one has mentioned that the K-cup holder that pops out comes apart into 2 pieces. If you take the holder apart and use a paperclip to put inside the needle that punctures the bottom of the K-cup, chances are you will be able to remove a plug. The machine is working perfect now!

Nov 08, 2014
Slap her if she refuses to make coffee
by: Guy

Had my Keurig of 3yrs just stop pouring coffee midway through my morning brew (and I'm not a morning person without my cup "a" Joe). The past year I had to descale several times and penetrate every orifice with a paperclip only way to often, after trying all these solutions I feared my Keurig had met its doom, I then told my wife that she would have to make my coffee from now on, (did not go well as she spilled into a speal of chauvinism and what not)anyway that sent me to do more research on an easy fix that I had not attempted, and found the slap and burb technique. Flipped her over and spanked her a few times (my Keurig that is)plugged her in and away she went, it was actually overflowed as it emptied over a cup and a half. Purchasing another would have been justified after 3yrs of use, but why not try everything first, this trick works guys. Thanks.

Nov 02, 2014
Goodwill find
by: AnonymousScintillady

After buying a Keurig coffee machine for $5.00, (That's right, FIVE DOLLARS) I decided that even if it wasn't perfect it was worth a try. I tried the vinegar solution a few times and then the spanking. So far, it seems to be working just fine. A few more cycles of vinegar and tomorrow will be it's maiden voyage with coffee in my house. Even 5 cups of coffee and it will have paid for itself!!! I also found a site that offers reusable lids for K-cups so you can fill them with coffee yourself and use the original cups at least 4 times. Some would call me frugal, some would call me cheap. Either way I save money!!!

Oct 31, 2014
Never would have imagined how well this worked.
by: Anonymous


We are on our second Keurig and have had it with the company after the last one died and they said they would sell me a replacement at a reduced cost and then 10 days later when I called and found out they no longer support the old coffee makers and are just pushing the new models (which don't support the regular K-cups).

However, found a version of our old machine at Target and tonight after only 3 weeks it started making half cups .....tried the paperclip luck...

Hitting the bottom of it WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!!!

Oct 27, 2014
by: Bobbie

I did the slap on the back an it work perfectly

Oct 27, 2014
if at first you dont succeed, try again
by: mary margaret

i read all your comments ... blew thru the straw everywhere i found a needle, and in the bottom of the resevoir tray ... banged on the bottom holding over the sink ... didn't work ... came back and read more comments ... did the whole thing again ... and i'm now drinking the best cup of coffee brewed in my old keurig ... it does work !!! thank you all you crazy people who figure this stuff out !!

Oct 22, 2014
by: Nancyeee

Well after spanking it a few times nothing happened fearing I didn't do it hard enough out of fear of breaking it I tried it again this time I spanked it about 6 times hard while upside down and when I turned it back over all this sandy water flowed out so descale solution or vinegar might help you prevent getting to the point where it gets clogged but if it is trickling or making only half a cup on a full cup setting then throw on some Michael Jackson and Beat it!!

Oct 21, 2014
Spanking apparently not enought
by: Anonymous

Tried the spanking with no effect. NOTHING runs through. I press the brew button, it spits a little into the cup and then freezes up in the brewing mode.

Oct 19, 2014
It works PLUS
by: Anonymous

Our old and faithful office Keurig developed all the problems listed in the posts. We replaced it and I took all the removable parts off to fit it in a box for the trip home. The symptoms seemed to indicate a switch problem and I thought I might disassemble it someday and check for dirty switches. It took several tries of putting it in the box and taking it out to make it and the parts fit. So it got shaken in the fitting process. Also, at the last minute I decided to take it to the sink and try to shake any last residual water out of it so it wouldn't leak on the carpets in the car. Not the same as spanking it but it did seem to work because weeks later when I tested it before disassembly it worked fine. I offered it to my daughter who lost hers to a power surge. When I tested it again I got the descale light. I Googled and then did the spank treatment. I also used a sewing needle on both the top and bottom cup puncture needles. Everything was great except it would not drain. I did the blow through the straw treatment on the clear/white drain spout above the reservoir which apparently cleaned out the drain tube. It drained properly after that. I used a flexible straw so I could keep the machine upright while I blew the tube clear.
You can get the vinegar smell out quicker if you drain (drain switch) the heating chamber of any residual vinegar a few times before going into a full fledged rinse mode. Fill with water and then "brew" a cycle then drain. Pour out the drained water/vinegar and refill the reservoir at least half way with clean water and repeat as needed. It is quicker because you aren't trying to constantly dilute the remaining vinegar/water mix in the heating chamber and "brew" it out.
The spank method is awesome. I guess when I shook mine over the sink it did the same thing but not as well. I speculated that maybe it dislodged a clog but didn't know for sure until I read this blog. Thanks.

Oct 18, 2014
by: Sarge

I spanked that bad boy, and the second cup came put perfectly. I can't believe this worked, but it did! I was going to throw it out.

Oct 17, 2014
works with only water, not with k-cup
by: Anonymous

I'm with Lori A - water runs through just fine -- but only dribbles when placing a k-cup. I have descaled.

Oct 11, 2014
Tried everything
by: Annoyed

Felt much less stressed after launching it 20' out the front door into the yard and filling it full of 00 buckshot!
Aaaaah. :)

Oct 11, 2014
by: Anonymous

I followed online directions with the paperclip cleaned needles ran vinegar in the water holder nothing would come out flipped it spanked it 3 times it flows now thank you,,

Oct 11, 2014
by: Anonymous

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!.. two slaps and it's working again after all the frustration of the descaling and paperclip in the needles.

Oct 09, 2014
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Shaking and turning it upside down and beating the hell out of it really works!!!

Oct 08, 2014
Thanks - plus another suggestions
by: Anonymous

We got as far as the spanking and it did help a little, but then we also removed the screen from the bottom of the water resevoir to clean it. We did this as a last resort because the Kurig was insisting it needed to be primed when the water level was still at about 85%.

The screen is located inside the water resevoir, at the bottom. We used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 3 screws attaching the screen. When we removed the screen we found it heavily encrusted with scaling. After cleaning it with CLR and a toothbrush, and rinsing it with lots of hot water "backwards" through the screen, the screen was clean and new looking. To set the screws back into place, we found a pair of metal tongs worked well (i.e. the sort one uses to pick up hot weiners from boiling water).

After spanking, cleaning up all the nooks and crannies we could find, and cleaning out the screen, our Kurig is now working perfectly. Where we previously had to reset it by unplugging and filling the reservoir to capacity for every cup - and still getting only about half a cup - it's now going all the way through a full reservoir without any complaints at all, and giving a full cup of coffee.

Thanks for the "spanking" suggestion. It definitely made a difference.

Before we tried all these things, we were ready to throw out the Kurig.

Oct 08, 2014
k cup choices?
by: Lori A

Hi there. I'm wondering if anyone has better success with a certain brand of K-cups? I have recently thoroughly cleaned our machine (the citric acid route) If I run water through, the pressure is great. As soon as I place the k-cups, I may get one or two cups at a decent drip, then the top needle becomes plugged and it barely fills 1/2 a cup.

Thanks for any advice!

Oct 08, 2014
by: MK

I had even hit mine on the sides and banged it around a little, but that didn't do it. The harsh upside down spanking did though. THANKS!

Oct 07, 2014
Spank-resistant Keurig
by: Dan

Thanks to all of the folks here offering suggestions. I tried them all, vinegar, spanking, toothpicks, swabbing out all of its little orifices, etc. but nothing helped. Occasionally it would produce a cup of coffee but mostly just a dribble. Then I noticed a pattern: the first try after refilling the water tank always works. Leaving the tank in place means that the second try won't work. I really don't get it but at the moment this is my solution: just lift and replace the water tank after each cup, and it cooperates. Probably not a permanent solution but, hey, tomorrow morning looks better already.

Oct 05, 2014
I tried the spanking
by: Grace

Hadn't worked in a year, found your site. Spanked it really good! It did one cup with vinegar then stopped. I repeated. It did the same. Now what????

Oct 05, 2014
This is how to clean a Keurig
by: Anonymous

Most importantly, get a roll of paper towels and unplug the Keurig. Carefully take the lid off and the two part filter cups.

Turn gently start wiping out the crud that is all inside the water tank. You can carefully fill the tank with water to wash that crud out easily-but be careful not to get the bottom of coffee maker wet, or you may ruin the machine. Perhaps, bag that first with plastic bag, but I never did.

Take the lid apart and clean inside of it and all of every aspect that you can with the paper towels.

Finally, do run at least 2 pots of just hot water through brew process before making your fist cup of java.

Your machine work like new.

Oct 04, 2014
Beyond Spanking ???
by: Anonymous

Spanking works.. but only for 4 or 5 cycles...
then it needs another go.
Question: What part is 'resetting' when you spank ? Is it a VALVE or a RELAY or what. I need to find a schematic for a Cuisinard SS770 (700?) as clearly the offending gizmo is not STAYING spanked... Rinse always works.

I wonder. Is the pump a stepper motor pump ? When the HOT WATER and/or BREW doesn't work the pump motor sound VERY SLOW.... maybe that's a CLUE.

Please advise.

Yours in Coffee,


Oct 02, 2014
by: Anonymous

It works...saved me from buying a new on....thank you.

Oct 02, 2014
Sweet fancy Moses IT ACTUALLY WORKED.
by: Kek

After giggling maniacally from these responses (thanks Nora and Lucky Number 7), I decided to give this 'fix' a go. Our small office uses a coworker's personal machine, so I really didn't want to tell her we'd killed it dead. Tried the blow, burp & beat method, and what do you actually worked! Cycled descaling solution thru it a couple times and (BIG TIP FOR YOU ALL) used a can of condensed air (lots more pressure) to clear the tubes, et voila! She's back on track. WHO KNEW? Oh, apparently you, Coffee Detective! My coworkers and I thank you!

Oct 01, 2014
OMG it worked
by: Anonymous

Mine has been broken for a year. I decided to google before tossing it out. A quick beating and now its brewing again! Thanks for the suggestion!

Sep 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

I searched and searched the internet and tried everything....except turning it over and trying the burping method. Low and behold it is Who would have thought? Too funny. Now that it is pumping water, I can descale. Not sure how long it will last but I am happy.

Sep 24, 2014
by: Art

I tried to descale my K70 with vinegar, as they instructed. It only let a few drops go through, but then...miracle! A few slaps on the bottom and a few on the side and it works again as new ! Thanks guys for the tip !

Sep 21, 2014
Made an Example of My Keurig
by: Dani in Miami

My Keurig randomly stopped working this morning. Worked fine to brew a cup of coffee after dinner last night, but wouldn't brew a drop this morning. Luckily, we found this site really quick. My husband "spanked" our Keurig while saying "This is what happens when you upset Mommy!"

I now have a lovely cup of coffee and my children are listening. LOL

Sep 21, 2014
Spank the keurig???
by: Jessielu

It's a miracle. Someone must have gotten so angry that they couldn't get their coffee fix and took it out on the Keurig. Miraculous discovery! I'm so happy to have a full, hot cup of coffee. It's the little things that make the day!

Sep 19, 2014
Thank you, thank you!
by: Sad Swede

My life blood machine(Keurig) stopped working this morning and I was about to flip out. Tried to de scale to no avail. I was telling my husband I was never going to buy another cause this is our 2nd "platinum " I found your site(bless you) and turned the thing over the sink. I whacked it about 7 times. WOW! It runs so fast now. Thank you! Thank You!

Sep 15, 2014
Yes, this really worked.
by: Betina

I had given up hope and almost started to cry. I found this and followed instructions. First time I "spanked" it, nothing happened. I unplugged it and waited about 5 hours. Plugged it back in, and nothing. So, I had to plug it in, take off the resevoir, place several towels in a baking sheet, then "spanked" it about10 times. I heard it choke, then sputter and just knew I had completely ruined it, but the "ready to brew" lite came on and I made 4 cups of coffee in a few moments. Thanks so much for saving my Keurig.

Sep 14, 2014
I was so mad I wanted to beat on it!
by: Tammy S.

I was so frustrated at trying to get my Keuring to work that I really wanted to beat on it. Then I laughed so hard when it actually worked. You are an absolute genius! I don't know why you tried it, I don't care why, I only care that you shared and it worked like a charm. Bless you!

Sep 14, 2014
just get a new one
by: theshredguy

I had a similar experience. The spanking is basically just a "burping" that gives a very short term fix. You do not have a new machine after this. I tried all these methods numerous times and had varying results for the short term. Never could get the straw blowing thing to even get air through it. (Thanks for a more thorough expansion in that method).
My suggestion is to get a new machine through Keurig's customer service at a discount price OR, if you got it at Costco, get a new one for free. They have an outstanding return policy. Would love to see some long-term comments. I think most of you will be getting new machines in less than a year.

Sep 14, 2014
Thank you!
by: Happy again with Keurig!

Lori, I hope you see this comment. Try clearing the area, where the water reservoir sits, that pulls the water to brew. Do this by removing the water reservoir and set aside. Look for the drain hole and place a straw in the drain, seal a paper towel around the straw and blow several times to get the residue blown out. Now, I tried with a straw, but had no luck, but many others did. I used an air compressor and kept it going for several minutes. Be careful, it does splatter a little and use a glass bowl to catch the water as it comes out where it normally brews. After this, I gave it the burp and spank, and then used the compressed air one more time. Works like a charm! Good luck!

Sep 14, 2014
by: Susie MN

We've had our keurig for about a year, have never tried to clean it until today. Don't judge. We ran one cup of vinegar through, then the machine STOPPED WORKING almost completely. Wtf? Ran to the google machine, tried the paper clip thing, which was bunk. Then found you wonderful people. We slapped, we burped. It worked like a charm! We actually did it twice. The first time we slapped the keurig seven times, along with a very stern verbal warning. The keurig ignored us. We did it again, this time striking it more like 10-12 times. The keurig promptly obeyed. Thank you thank you!

Sep 13, 2014
Trouble Brewing Second Cup
by: Lori

I've descaled, paper-clipped, and smacked. I can get a full first cup, but that's it. The second cup is half the size it's supposed to be. Any reason this might be happening? Has anyone here tried all the tricks and managed to get a full SECOND cup? Thanks in advance for your help.

Sep 12, 2014
Thank you
by: Deprived of my Caibou

Thank you all so much!!!! This saved me from buying a new Keurig. How amazing are a few smacks to the bottom side👋👋👋👋.

Sep 12, 2014
Crank it, spank it, smack it on the bing bong!
by: Nora

David Spade used to say that on the TV show Just Shoot Me. Apparently he had the right idea.....

Our Keurig was giving us 4 oz cups and 6 oz, which is totally inadequate. Then it just stopped giving altogether. I had descaled recently and wondered what else could be going on.

Did the paper clip (no straws in house, though), did the clean and shine and then put it in the sink upside down, took off my Croc and smacked the Croc out of it.

Dried the coffee maker carefully, made sure no crumbs, etc., plugged it in and voila! I now have a full cup of HOT coffee - it worked!

Thank you for such a "whacky" idea (get it, whack it?) What a blessing!

Sep 12, 2014
It worked
by: Anonymous

After trying the paper clip numerous times and failed, this worked. took it to the sink burped it about 5 times,then 5 more times. pluged it in and presto!!

Sep 09, 2014
by: Anonymous

Thank you for being a great coffee detective! This trick worked like a charm! Whew! You saved the day!

Sep 07, 2014
by: Anonymous

I cleaned mine and it still was not brewing. Then I read your instructions, I gave it a few good shakes and some slaps on the "bottom", and now it works great! Thanks

Sep 05, 2014
Worked Like a Charm!
by: Jim in Tennessee

My Keurig Platinum stopped working this morning at 6 AM in mid-cup, showing the "descale" message, but refusing to intake any vinegar from the reservoir. After following all the "conventional" troubleshooting steps with no success, I stumbled upon your site and -skeptically- spanked my Keurig over the kitchen sink. Nothing came out, but I plugged it back in and turned it on. Voila! After running it through a normal descale process, it works like new. Thanks!

Sep 04, 2014
It's like MAGIC! Worked here too...
by: AnonymousInLA

So I have an office grade Keurig brewer at home. I just got finished bragging to a friend (bought her the same one for a wedding gift) how mine is calibrated for 30 cups a day or something, instead of 3-5, and how mine has never had any breakdown problems and we've had it for a few years. JINX! So every so often I did get that "half in the cup, half sprayed back into the tank" issue, and killing the power and letting it rest worked. Now suddenly I'm jinxed and in the broken Keurig club.


Read the comments, and then proceeded to drain, paper clip, straw, flip, smack, bang, clean the smaller parts, and BLAM!! Back to our happy instant perfect cup of coffee it-will-change-your-life Keurig world. THANKS EVERYONE!!

Sep 02, 2014
by: Anonymous

I slapped. It barfed.............we are back to descaling! Still laughing!!' making up for lost time. Had to jump in and change the 16 oz cup!!

Sep 01, 2014

How much do you love Google? Spank that thang! I'm no engineer, but I'd say that turning the machine upside down and slapping it (seven times!) aids in calibrating something inside. Unconventional but it really really works!!!!

Aug 31, 2014
by: Anonymous

I tried the paper clip in the needle, running vinegar thru it & neither worked. This was my last chance to get my keurig working properly. My husband took advantage of slapping it around (I think being without coffee for the past week was his motivator) and I'm thankful to say that it worked!! Thank you!!!

Aug 31, 2014
what really happens?
by: hkp

Well spanking works great. You just saved me $100+
Descaling worked for 4 cups of vinegar.. then it stopped pumping again. Now maybe someone can tell me what happened... does the pump need a reminder? Is there a pump in there?

Aug 30, 2014
hilarious but it works
by: caffeine addict

You know you have a real problem when you resort to spanking your kurig. We thought it was a joke but in desperation we tried it. Works like a funny.

Aug 30, 2014
by: Chris

IT LIVES!!!!!! wacked it a few times held it completely upside down, shook it a little. It made some weird noises and leaked out some hot water. After cleaning off with paper towel and plugging in.......IT WORKS AGAIN THANK YOU!!!

Aug 30, 2014
by: John Kord

Seven whacks upside down in the sink and all is well! Noticed a bunch of crud empty out in the sink, both solid and liquid. Hooray! It worked!

Aug 28, 2014
it worked!
by: Anonymous

I did the paperclip thing and numerous other online fix-its... I'm truly amazed that this worked!
Thank you!

Aug 27, 2014
spank and burp
by: Launiymous

Not sure I can get along without it! was so happy when spank and burping wworked three times but while upsiide down and spraying off the scale got water in the computer part and now it is not working again. Any ideas!

Aug 25, 2014
Descale and water won't pump (fill internal reservoir)
by: Mark

CLR works great to descale but make sure to rinse thoroughly.

Because the unit wouldn't draw any water we too turned it upside down and started spanking like everybody said and now the water is flowing again!

Aug 24, 2014
Lucky Number 7
by: Anonymous

There is an extra element to the "slap and burp" method that I have found to be particularly effecting...

1. You must slap the bottom precisely seven (7) times.
2. You must punctuate each of the seven (7) slaps with one of the following seven words/syllables:


3. You must speak in a harsh disapproving tone, and it also helps to give the Keurig a bit of a glare/stinkeye.

Do this, and you will be blissfully brewing again in no time.

Aug 24, 2014
Who's yer Daddy
by: Kauphy Lover

Spank that bottom, IT WORKS! Maybe some fetish engineers at Keurig.

Aug 23, 2014
Believe it!!!
by: The Spankster

This is totally unbelievable after a good spanking is working just like new again. I still don't know why it has a D scale light but the spanking solve the problem thanks so much.

Aug 21, 2014
Worked for Me!
by: xoxos701

It worked!! still not brewing a full cup so I am going to try the vinegar rinse and also clean out the lines with a paperclip!

Aug 20, 2014
It works.
by: Loves cats 44

Our machine stopped working so we went online. we thouht this was kid of a joke but we tried and it worked!!!

Aug 19, 2014
IT WORKED... no more tears
by: Cowgirl in HEAVEN

I was crushed when my beloved keurig would not work after a few months of rest.. (Solar power and long story) So I happily bought my favorite K cups cleaned it off and plugged it on and filled it up... Imaging the horror of NOTHING Coming out... It made sounds, water went from the reservoir to machine but NOTHING in my cup... Tears started forming and the screaming began, the dog ran and hid, the cat... still cant find her..
I found your site quite by accident and I sure am glad I did... I was prepared to give it a proper burial with my trusty 45 (its the Cowgirl way). With disbelief in my head, I figured I would give it a shot.. I had nothing to loose.
Did it, put it back together, plugged in and turned it on...
OH YAAA WHOOO HOOOO my baby started purring and spitting out water... I am now enjoying an awesome cup of peppermint tea..
I tip my hat to you.

Aug 18, 2014
It worked!
by: hpat157

Amazing, and so simple! I had tried to clean out the needle with a paper clip and I also blew water through the reservoir with a straw. Neither resolved the problem. Finally, I found your suggestion. After a sturdy "talking-to" and a good spanking, my Keurig is now brewing like the old days. I laughed so hard!

Aug 18, 2014
by: Cortney

Seriously!!! I was already shopping around for a new one!! But it worked!!! Just beat the crap out of the bottom

Aug 17, 2014
by: Anonymous

Like everyone else, I could not get my keurig to work. Finally found this post for spanking. After laughing for a few minutes, I said, Why not. It worked. Thank you so much for saving my keurig and my sanity.

Aug 11, 2014
Bottom not side
by: Anonymous

I am a new mom and have a 5 month old baby. I need my caffeine and my trusty 5 year old Keurig quit working. I tried "burping" the Keurig as if it were my baby and it did not work. Then I realized (based on the funny comments on this page) you need to tip the machine completely UPSiDE DOWN to get it to work. Tried it this morning and it worked! Thank you! A day without my Keurig is like a day without sunshine. ;)

Jul 30, 2014
Another weird save!
by: Anonymous

I used the spanking method a year ago with the overflow. Now I tried all the other ways to des ale but my husband hit it two times and it stopped working so we tried it again now were getting a full cup if coffee!! Yay!!

Jul 26, 2014
I can't believe it worked!!!
by: Braxton's Mom

I have been reading and re-reading the Keuirg descaling how to for the past two hours. I could not figure out how to get the dang thing to actually brew. I thought I was missing a step or something. I was so frustrated.

I finally said, google it!!! When I read the posts on here I thought you all were crazy!!! But I'm happy to say!!! It worked!!! I am so thankful!!!

Thanks so much!!!

Jul 26, 2014
Like a charm
by: Anonymous

We thought we were going to have to buy a new coffee maker. Stumbled upon this page and thought what have I got to worked great!!!! We are enjoying our first cups of coffee from our Keurig in over a month!
Thank you to the site owner!

Jul 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

I understand the paper clip and turning over the brewer to slap the bottom, but what is the part about using a straw? Would someone please explained that process? My brewer is acting just like described here, runs on the hot water setting but only 1/4 to a 1/2 cup on coffee. I have rescaled it twice but no help.

Jul 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

The idea actually made some sense to me and I figured why not try it. I removed the reservoir, gave the bottom a few good whacks, and set it up again. I giddily awaited a renewed flow of water... and nothing happened. So I gave it one good, sharp whack on the top as well. It worked! :)

Jul 23, 2014
by: Anonymous

We have a Cuisinart SS-700. Vinegar descale didn't help. Slap and burp worked wonders. Thank you!!!!!

Jul 22, 2014
Strange but effective
by: David

If your brewer is acting up, definitely give the ol Burp-and-Slap a try! This method had my brewer humming after a week of sounding like an old Go-Kart! I highly recommend!

Jul 22, 2014
It works!
by: Anonymous

Hah!!! Miraculous!!! I slapped it hard about 10 times (hurt my hand lol), and plugged it in. That baby kicked right in and brewed properly. Thanks so much!

Jul 22, 2014
Spanking did the trick.
by: Cathy

I was making hot chocolate for grandkids, yesterday, and my wonderful Keurig wouldn't brew. I turned it off, unplugged it, refilled the tank, reseated the tank. Nada.

This morning, before we went off to buy an new one, I decided to go online. Yours was the first post I read, and decided to try the spanking method. I lined the sink with a beach towel, got one of my husbands sneakers and smacked the bottom of the machine 5 solid times.
Voila, it just brewed a cup of water.
Thank you.

Jul 21, 2014
still not working
by: Anonymous

I have been spanking my Keurig for weeks now. It still doesn't work. It shuts off in the middle of the brewing cycle and after every cup. I have descaled it with vinegar and with the actual Keurig solution that I bought at BB&B. I'm so frustrated. Any suggestions? Thanks

Jul 19, 2014
by: Anonymous

I can't believe it! I had the water returning into the reservoir and only brewing the partial cup problem. I did just like you said I obviously unplugged, took off the talk, put it over the sink upside down, and spanked it with my hand! like 5 times...Even when I flipped it back right side up, some old water from the machine coughed up or drained out on my counter. So in a sense you can actually witness that this approach works. It clearly clears out the lines w air etc and resets the suction and correct timing of the machine. Thanks!!! ~ARob

Jul 18, 2014
Worked for me, too
by: Anonymous

My Keurig Platinum was flashing "descale", but would not draw in any water. I did the burp/slap, and also used a bent paperclip to clear out the upper water holes next to the needle. Plugged it in and it began working like new. Thanks for the help!

Jul 15, 2014
Can't blow air through needles
by: Butch Hollywood

I'm trying the spanking method because I can't believe the success everyone is having, but I'm not sure I'm using the straw/blowing idea correctly. I push the straw over the top needles and blow. No air comes out anywhere. If I suck, I get a straw and mouth of hot water. Why can't I blow? Is there a back flow flap? The hole at the bottom of the reservoir is way too big for any straw and has a screen. Water is clean and clear when I turn the machine over and easily comes out all openings. Do I have a pump problem instead? Any help appreciated.

Jul 14, 2014
Wow it really worked
by: Anonymous

My Keurig would not heat or brew. It had water and knew when the reservoir was removed but it did not start the heat cycle or allow cup selection. I tried unplugging it but that had no effect. Then I found your post and tried the spanking. The machine starting working perfectly just like you said. Thank you. The only change I made was to say BAD KEURIG when I spanked it. Ha

Jul 13, 2014
I cannot BELIEVE this worked! (Spanking + Straw Technique)
by: Sharon

Had my Keurig for maybe 3 years. I use filtered water. Machine got slow and cranky. Finally had to de-scale it. Did the vinegar treatment TWICE, but water/coffee still slow to almost non-existent. Then tried the Keurig-recommended paper-clip. After that, the water alone went through great - but coffee was still slow to almost non-existent. In desperation, turned to the InterWebs, and found you guys. (yaay!) I tried the burping/slapping thing, and coffee went through to a full cup - albeit still a tiny bit slowly -- certainly much much better than before. So I also tried the straw thingy. First cup worked like a charm! We'll see what happens tomorrow morning, because I've reached my caffeine-tolerance level for today. But I think you have solved my problem! Many thanks!!!

Jul 13, 2014
by: RC

I too was going to take it apart. Gave it some "love taps" on its behind and it cried a little in the sink. Now it has learned its place and is brewing again.

Jul 09, 2014
by: Anonymous

Thank you! I never ever would have thought to turn it upside down and give it a good smack!

However, I must say, it took me doing this a few times AND cleaning out the top needle with a smaller clothing needle AND running vinegar through. Don't give up, it will work!

Jul 08, 2014
I spanked my Keurig.
by: Anonymous

And now it works like a charm!

Jul 07, 2014
Wow! It worked!
by: Anonymous

We decided to descale and followed Keurig's descaling instructions. Made things worse. Brewing cycle would not work. Checked internet for a solution. Found your website and read technique. We thought, "no way", but decided to try it. Tipped her over, and spanked the bottom hard a few times. Plugged it back in and voila! Worked like a charm! Thank you very much!

Jul 06, 2014
Holy Cow Batman!
by: Bruce Wayne

I thought the Joker was leading me on a Goose chase once again....but I got to this post and laughed - burp a Coffee Machine - your kidding me?

Well Holy Cow - BAM - It worked!!

Now I have some smokin hot java to start my night of crime fighting!!

Jul 06, 2014
Spanking worked
by: Anonymous

Our's quit this morning, saw this and guess what? It started working again. My husband & I had a good laugh!!! Thanks for sharing.

Jul 04, 2014
by: Daniel

Tipped over sink , started beating and screaming "bad baby , bad baby". Put in time out for 5 min now its back on best behavior

Jul 02, 2014
I'm aaaaammmmaaazed!!
by: jamesretired!

I officially retired on June 30, 2014 - and on July 1 my Keurig failed me...:( I couldn't believe it - after researching the how to videos, I tried the paperclip and straw method - worked like a CHARM!!! Thank you so much, my mornings will definitely be much brighter now I just wonder how many people threw their Keurigs out instead of trying this simple fix

Jun 29, 2014
It works!
by: Anonymous

Amazing!!! After descaling for 36+ hours over and over I tried this as a last resort! It works beautifully! Thank you so much!

Jun 26, 2014
Spanking does have its place!
by: Loafmeister

This was a tough day for the wife, when she discovered that her fav coffee machine all of a sudden was brewing coffee. With her surfing the net this evening looking for "deals" on a new Keurig, I figured I'd give good old google a try.

I ensured I mentally prepared myself, let out a "bad Keurig, BAD!" and slapped its backside at least 6 times. Really good ones too.

Well, thanks to google and this site, our temperamental keurig now works as advertised, as the spanking cause the coffee maker to rethink its bad behaviour.


Lucky husband who now looks like a genius :)

Jun 25, 2014
Old-school repair... love it!
by: Nina Giles

While I have occasionally pounded on something in frustration, it has never worked to fix the problem... until now!

Bad Keurig! I turned it upsidedown in the sink and gave it a few good slaps. Much to my surprise, it burped out an amazing amount of coffee grounds, and now it works perfectly!

Thanks for the solution, and the good laugh!

Jun 24, 2014
by: Anonymous

I tried the descaling and it would do nothing so in frustration back to the computer I went. Thanks for the idea, works like a charm and brewing great!!!

Jun 21, 2014
Slapping method works!
by: Anonymous

I tried descaling my keurig brewer with the vinegar method with minimal results, and lo and behold I find this site and tried the slap method. Needless to say, it works! My machine works fine and descaling is going great. Thank you for the great advice!

Jun 20, 2014
So grateful for the good slap!
by: Anonymous

Oh my goodness, thank you a thousand times. I was just about to take Keurig offer to buy a new one at discount. That darn de-scle which was flashing soon after again after the vinegar and paperclip treatments.

AMAZING, bless you for sharing this idea. Many mention the B? model, fyi my late sister purchased the one that if programmable & 3 size cups choice in 2008. It had never been de-scaled until this year when it first started acting up. I found the manual and even got help for Keurig which up to this week worked. I really thought it was broken due to lack of regular maintenance.

So happy again by enjoying my various flavors of coffee with my old inheirited machine. Cheers everyone!

Jun 15, 2014
im a believer!!!
by: Cindy D

OMG, everyone says.
"never believe all what you see on the internet", well if you don't believe this then you dumber than I was....I did exactly what it said remove try and water container turn upside down in sink and I was pounding not slapping about 4-5 times put it all together again and WA-LA worked like a charm...thank you so very much , I to thought I was going to the store to get another one...working extremely well, I have had mine for about 5 years now and it was slowing going you could hear the motor changing noises..not to mention put in for 12 oz coffee and get 2 its doing everything it should right up to my 12 oz coffee if your in doubt don't be..this is a great idea...and what have you got to lose anyhow..sooner or later it will die anyhow...great trick to make it last a bit longer, I wonder if they do this if your return them to the company in order to get it working again??? if so not a bad idea to make a lot of money and no tools required..LOLOLOLOL...THANKS AGAIN!!! YOUR THE BEST.

Jun 14, 2014
Good Slap
by: Anonymous

You have to give it a good slap as suggested above. Mine was doing the same thing until I gave it a good slap.
I want to say thanks to the person that suggested it.

Jun 13, 2014
by: Anonymsueous

Okay, I tried vinegar, descaling products and still nothing......sooooo I turned my machine upside down over the sink and plugged her in, VOILA it's brewing wonderfully again. I thought I might have to buy a new one!

Jun 09, 2014
How did you figure this out?
by: Sally

I am amazed as everyone else at how effectively a good spanking fixed the brewer. How did you think to do this?! It's amazing!

I also pushed a paperclip into the upper needle a few times and will descale it for good measure, but the tip-over-and-spank was DA BOMB. I gave it 10 good open-palm whacks. My officemates are crying with joy.

Jun 07, 2014
Finally a fix
by: Brad

I was to the point of trying to take the whole thing apart. Glad I ran across this post this morning. Got everything running after slapping the bottom a couple of times. I was then able to do a good descaling and now it is like new. Wonder how many of these expensive brewers get tossed in the trash or broken by people trying to take them apart.

May 31, 2014
Embarrassed to spank
by: KNO

On LAST resort, I figured I would try spanking as suggested. As I turned over my brewer, I literally looked over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching, mumbled "I can't believe I'm doing this" (as if your site were a prank,) then spanked my brewer. It worked!!!! Crazy.

May 23, 2014
Burped it...enjoying coffee again
by: Anonymous

I was commenting to a co-worker my tale of woe on how my Keurig up and died on me before even one cup of the life-sustaining elixir sprang forth. She giddily explained how to burp it and lo and behold, I am once again gleefully slurping up the black liquid gold as though others lives depend on it.

May 18, 2014
Wouldn't brew
by: AZ

You are wonderful people! Thank you so much. I turned ours upside down and really only shook it a couple of times and it is working perfectly now.

May 17, 2014
It may take more than once
by: Anonymous

With the Keurig working fine and a fresh brewed cup of Java in my hand, I decided it was time for some preventive maintenance, and I would de-scale the Keurig before the machine told me to. I used the vinegar trick, running it into, and completely through, leaving the Keurig on all morning long, like the directions say. Well ... the vinegar worked so well dissolving whatever had calcified in the water tank and all the coffee maker components, that it was obvious that my Keurig was now one partially plugged up piece of junk. The dissolved "crap" had plugged up everything. I did my research and did all the tricks on the tank and the paper clip trick. I was almost convinced that I'd ruined my perfectly good coffee maker.

Then I came across your "tip it upside-down and whack it" method. As I was doing this (over the sink), I noticed this gray-ish fluid that was coming out, so I let it drip into a clear glass measuring cup. Once I could get no more fluid out, I examined what was in the measuring cup. It was all the "crap" that the vinegar had partially dissolved. I put the Keurig back together and let-er-rip. No Joy. Bottom Line wrapping up: I had to do this "3" times. I had to "tip it upside-down and whack it, tip forward, tip back, shake, repeat until all the fluid comes out", then put it back together, and see if it would brew properly. It was 3 evolutions of that routine before I got enough gunk out that the Keurig would consistently brew full cups of coffee. So ... don't give up after one try.

Also, and this is important ... after all of the above, via regular brew cycles, I had to run through about a tank and a half of fresh clean water before the hot water came out clear and crystal clean ... acceptable for drinking. Hope this helps someone.

May 14, 2014
my my my
by: HBR1

Why doesn't the company include this as the repair step of last resort. I spent 2 days on descaling and put everything except Iowa ethanol gas through and still no coffee. just before junking began I came here, said this is stupid but what have I to lose, and lo and behold. there is coffee brewing captain.

Thank you to the kindness of strangers

May 13, 2014
An alternative to slapping
by: Tom Zeeba

My sister-in-law asked me to take a look at her B40, and when asked what was wrong with it, said, "I don't know". I thought perhaps it needed descaling, but she said she had no vinegar in the house. I offered to take it home and look at it, thinking perhaps, if the descaling didn't work, I'd operate and see if there was a blown fuse or something. I came upon this site before I got into it and found the slap and burp method. I chuckled thinking this was a division of The Onion.
I flushed the reservoir and filled it with water, plugged it in, and it worked!
For those of you who may be loathe to smack your favorite coffee machine, put it in the trunk of your car and drive 45 miles. It'll work like a champ!

May 11, 2014
Corporal Punishment!!
by: Bertie

My Keurig, all of a sudden, just quit working. I read up on the subject and it said to descale. I tried to do that, but nothing happened. It wouldn't do a thing. The blue light that is suppose to turn red, Didn't, stayed blue. Getting desperate here, two days with no morning Cappuccino and no bedtime tea. So I Googled it. Tried the paper clip and everything else, but just couldn't bring myself to "spank" the machine. After the third day of trying to coax it into submission, i became totally desperate and decided that corporal punishment was called far. Spanked it and it worked fine. Descaling went great. AHHHHH!!! Finally, a nice cup of tea. Looking forward to Cappucino in the morning.

May 03, 2014
Spank that...
by: Anonymous

OMG....I was laughing reading all the comments about the 'spank' method....until I tried it! Worked like a charm!! I hadn't used my Keurig for about 3 months so when I turned it on, everything lit up and worked except it wouldn't brew. After my boyfriend pried me off the ceiling, I googled the issue and whatdoyaknow....found this forum and tried the spank method. Still chuckling as I sip that sweet brew....

Apr 27, 2014
coffee again!
by: Anonymous

Slapping it didn't work for me. But after calling Keurig they had me take a paperclip and insert into the needle. When I did that, water started pouring out of the needle! There are two holes so make sure you unclog both. That worked for me and now it's working like a charm!

Apr 27, 2014
Brewer Abuse?
by: Anonymous

Our brewer was doing the same thing this morning, brewed one cup, then, the next cup, only half a cup, next cup, full, then, nothing. Sunday morning panic!spent the last 6 hours de-scaling, waiting, gave it a few feeble "pats" on the back, me becoming frustrated with the machine, lol, then, came across the comments to slap and burp!What the heck? nothing to lose! Gave it some real HARD whacks on the bottom and, yes!! working!! It is now on the counter going through another de-scaling ( for good measure)and it is making growling type noises as i walk past it. Some may say abuse, yes, but i think the need for the morning cuppa justifies the harsh treatment.

Apr 26, 2014
Naughty Keurig
by: Laura

I tried everything - lecturing, timeout in the corner, no TV or XBox for a week, sent to bed without supper - yet, nothing got through.

Finally, as an act of desperation, I turned it over and paddled it's bottom.

It worked. Coffee anyone?

Apr 24, 2014
Slapping it worked!!
by: Anonymous

I've had my Keurig for over 5 years and never had a problem until it just stopped working. The blue light would not stay on. I tried the straw and paperclip and then turned it over and gave it 5-6 hard slaps. It started to work. I descaled it and just a little water was coming out each time. After the 4 hour wait and clean water rinse, it now works perfectly! Thanks for the great advice.

Apr 22, 2014
Really works
by: NTH

I couldn't get my morning cup of coffee and neither could my wife. I left for work and she headed for COSTCO and WalMart. She didn't see one like ours so she decided to ask me what model to get. After I got home I read the comments for this method and, like everyone else, I gave the slap and burp method a try. Now I'm drinking a nice cup of coffee and saved myself some cash. Really works, but I'm sure it's not a cure all for all the possible problems. But, it's a quick easy place to start.

Apr 18, 2014
I tried it and I could not believe it.
by: Bonolobo

Just as the comments here stated. Turn it over an give it a good spanking. I did just that and after trying every trick I knew just prior to that it worked like some kinda of magic. Yes I slapped it about 3 or 4 times very hard, plugged it back in and boom......... Water brewed out. Thanks for the great tip people.

Apr 15, 2014
Crazy but Ture
by: JFB

As everybody else, my Keurig refused to brew. The display said it was ready to brew, but when I pushed the Brew Button...........Nothing. I read the previous comments, and said what the hell, unplugged the unit, tipped it over the sink, gave it about five open handed whacks on the bottom, plugged it in and good as new. UNBELEIVABLE!! Thanks to the person who discovered this little secret.

Apr 15, 2014
Crazy but True
by: JFB

As everybody else, my Keurig refused to brew. The display said it was ready to brew, but when I pushed the Brew Button...........Nothing. I read the previous comments, and said what the hell, unplugged the unit, tipped it over the sink, gave it about five open handed whacks on the bottom, plugged it in and good as new. UNBELEIVABLE!! Thanks to the person who discovered this little secret.

Apr 13, 2014
YES! yay for spanking
by: Anonymous

It worked like a charm - and that is after I tried every, and I mean EVERY think that Keurig recommended. THANKS SO MUCH!!! Now off to the porch for my morning cuppa.

Apr 11, 2014
Nothing to lose, so whack it.
by: Anonymous

I already had COstco and Amazon tabs open, comparing prices as I have tried everything to fix my Keurig. Since not a drop was coming through, I couldn't even do the vinegar rinse (this has worked in the past.) Paperclips didn't help either. Saw the spanking method, laughed and figured "what the hell?" It just may save me $150 (BTW, Costco is $20 cheaper.) Guess what? It did! 4 or 5 whacks on the bottom and it came out full strength. I then ran vinegar though it and it's as good as new!

Apr 09, 2014
Slap and Burp B70
by: Lois K

My 2 year old(ish) Keurig B70 that has been used to brew 5 cups of coffee a day for 2 years using only cheap distilled water and never descaled suddenly decided that it would not brew. The Brew light would light up but wouldn't brew when pressed. I tried turning it off, unplugging, removing and replacing water tank to no avail. The Slap and Burp did correct whatever was wrong. Remember to take the K Cup out of the brewer before attempting a Slap and Burp. I didn't.

Apr 04, 2014
Works like a charm
by: Wes

I was no longer getting coffee on a regular basis like I was accustomed to. I came to this forum and learned the spanking trick. After I performed several firm spanks as many of you have suggested, the situation improved a whole bunch. My wife was not for it at first, but I insisted that it had worked for many others, so she did allow me to proceed.

After she received her spank, the coffee making and delivery improved a lot and she is now consistently keeping my coffee habit going strong.

Hopefully it works for all of you too.haha

Mar 27, 2014
I'm not even kidding, this worked.
by: coffee addict

I was extremely skeptical and was really about to give up but I'm going through some caffeine withdrawal and was left home without a car. Our Keurig has been going through a lot of struggles lately, after it says it's ready to brew, it gurgles a bit and then just makes this quiet churning sound and nothing comes out. I unplugged the machine, removed the water reservoir, and tilted the thing over the sink. Then smacked the bottom a couple of times until I heard this odd gurgling sound, sounded like something was being cleared out. I replaced the Keurig, plugged it back in, and BOOM coffee! It was amazing. Seriously, give your Keurig a few good spankings if it's misbehaving, but I wouldn't try this on children.

Mar 23, 2014
Laughing all the way to the brewery
by: Riza

I got my B60 from my grandmother, who generously gave it to me after deciding she didn't like it. Got it to my apartment after a week trip around 10pm plugged it in for a pre-bedtime cup of tea. To my horror-- nothing! Just a weak gurgle and then it quit. To google I flew! And I could not /believe/ what I read-- but with nothing to lose I took the machine to the sink, prayed to the gods my roommates wouldn't kill me for the noise and spanked that thing like a naughty child. After about sixteen good hard smacks (eight and eight again after a test halfway through), my keurig learned it's lesson. I called my dad laughing so hard I couldn't breathe and we all had a lovely chuckle! Burp and slap is tried and true, folks.

Mar 20, 2014
Thank you!!!
by: josie

As I am slapping the bottom of my Keurig at 3:30 am, I start to wonder if the suggestion to do so is a prank. With a angry, cursing husband who wants his coffee I was game. It's a miracle it worked. Thank you so much!! Believe it or not your tip was a lifesaver.

Mar 19, 2014
Just like burpin' a baby...
by: Anonymous

Oh wow. We've been unplugging it, plugging it back in, unplugging it, actually slapping the side of it for weeks now trying to get it to work like it once did. I held it over the sink and my daughter slapped the crap out of it (maybe five or so good hard whacks) and it's working like a charm. Immediately. Proudly I said "just like burping a baby" and she retorted "gawd I sincerely hope you don't burp a baby that hard!!" LOL

Mar 16, 2014
Naughty coffee maker needs a spanking!
by: Anonymous

I thought this was a joke when I read it, but I was so desperate that I was ready to try anything! I was so shocked when it worked! My brother always tells me that you need to pound things and swear at them to get them to work, guess he's right! THANK YOU!!!!

Mar 15, 2014
It works!!
by: Anonymous

I feel like I am beating a dead horse (or an unconscious Keurig) at this point after reading all these posts, but i have to say it works!!! Turned my unit upside down SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP.. Presto! Im drinking my coffee now :)

Mar 14, 2014
Love this old-school method!!
by: David P.

Well my Keurig was particularly naughty and needed 2 sets of spankings (not unlike my youngest child!). I put a folded hand towel over the bottom so I wouldn't hurt my hand giving it some good hard whacks!!

Mar 13, 2014
Keurig not brewing
by: Anonymous

Thank you Jesus, it works, I was about ready to throw in the towel, but I kept praying and asking God to help me, I shouted, this has saved me $$$. Thank you and may God bless you.

Mar 12, 2014
Spanking Resulted in a Burp But Not Coffee :(
by: Mary Barnhill

Well it actually burped and we can get some liquid through using compressed air but otherwise it dribbles a small amount of water and that's it. Guess I'd be more upset if I used it for my tea but I haven't been satisfied with it for that purpose. My husband is the coffee drinker and since having his Keurig for about 3 1/2 years instant coffee just doesn't pass muster.

Mar 11, 2014
It worked
by: Anonymous

It just needed a little burping and gurgled a bit and then worked perfectly. Thanks for the advice. :)

Mar 08, 2014
Last Straw, It Worked
by: Anonymous

Have spent 2 days playing with the unit. Vinegar and paper clip the whole thing. Laughing all the way as I spanked the unit. It is now working as if it was new. LOL

Mar 05, 2014
I can now brew all the brews...
by: Anonymous

As with so many domains in life, a good spanking did the trick. However, unlike these obvious cause and effect relationships, the reason here is a little more elusive. Does anyone know WHY tough love works on the Keurig? Just taught mine not to ask the same question twice, and it definitely solved the problem. I can only imagine it has something to do with burping the pump line, like bleeding a set of brakes, but could an engineer give us rationale?

Mar 04, 2014
by: Anonymous

Like most of you, I tried all the other things to get it to work. I found this site and was amazed by everyone's comments that spanking the bad Keurigs bottom really worked. So I tried it. Gave it about 8 good swats, put it back together and wow....the water flowed out like it was brand new!

Mar 01, 2014
by: Anonymous

Dying laughing but better yet I'M DRINKING MY COFFEE NOW!!!
Thank you!!!!!!!!

Feb 26, 2014
Slapping my Keurig
by: Ditch digger

Thanks for the info on how to slap your Keurig around to get a full cup of coffee! After descaling multiple times and cleaning out all holes, still had short cups brewed with water recirculating back into tank. Getting ready to pitch in trash, but tried google one last time, and saw your comments about spanking! Took water tank off, unplugged unit, held over sink, and gave my B60 a couple good slaps! Reassembled and brewed my first FULL cup, with no recirculation whatsoever!
Remember to spank its bottom good;)

Feb 24, 2014
Saved my life!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig stopped brewing this morning... it would hum like it was going to brew, but then stop. Tried power on/off, unplug, etc., but it just wouldn't work.

I found this site, turned it over and smacked it on the bottom and sides...

When I plugged it back in, it immediately started working perfectly!!! THANK YOU :-)))))

Feb 22, 2014
by: Kitsy

We have a really old B40, about 5 years old, it has been awesome until about a month ago. First it began making 1/2 cups, we thought it might be certain brands of coffee and maybe the pods were overfilled. Then about a week ago, we turned it on, and as it was heating, water was being drawn up, and at the same time, it would begin brewing. We hadn't even put a pod in yet, or pushed the button and it was brewing. So, then we make our cup, and it stops as it is supposed to, but as water is drawn in to the chamber at the end of the brew, it would brew more. Totally freaky. We had to keep an extra mug next to it to be ready for the 2nd cup. Of course, I was being blamed for not refilling the resevoir and that was causing it, and because I am the primary user, so I began the hunt to fix it. Hubby was all set to trash it and buy another machine, then I found this site, and wham...burbing began. I smackecked and smacked, to the point of, "wow, I really hope I am not breaking this more..." We just brewed 4 cups, fine and dandy. It totally works! Yeah!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Feb 22, 2014
by: Anonymous

For the last 6 months I've put up with unplugging and plugging back in just to make a cup of coffee on my Keurig. And I read here to turn it upside down and slap it a couple of times on the worked! Unbelievable. Thank you for this information!

Feb 21, 2014
You are a genius!!!!
by: Ron G

To all, TRY IT!!!!!! IT WORKS..... I did the vinegar descale blah blah blah like four times and my keurig still would't cooperate. I searched all over the web, until I found this page. I gave that naughty machine quite the spanking and low and behold it decided to act right. Thank you to the person who started this page..... YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!

Feb 19, 2014
IT works!
by: Anonymous

Having the exact same problem as everyone else. Descale showed, used vinegar, still the water wouldnt flow. This morning, cleaned needle with toothbrush AND burped it, banged it about 10 times very hard and so far i have 3 full cups of coffee! I WAS skeptical!! not sure if it will continue to work but OMG!!! Amazing! Try it!

Feb 17, 2014
by: Roper

This Keurig was a gift from my dad and his wife, so imagine my disappointment when I went to use it yesterday....and nothing. No gurgling. No sucking-up-the-water sounds. No coffee trickle. Nothing.
So, I tried the "burping" method and am enjoying a cup of caffeine gold as I type.
Felt like an idiot while smacking the heck out of the bottom of a coffee pot/maker, but, now I'm a happy caffienated idiot, so no complaints here.

Feb 16, 2014
by: Bob L

I tried all the other fix-its and was ready to scrap this thing. Took one last look on the web, found this site, and decided to try the slap and burp method. Upside down in the sink. Four solid slaps the bottom, and voila, its fixed. I've just run 10 cups through and its like New again!


Feb 14, 2014
Love it!!!
by: Anonymous

I just did this after shaking and banging the Kuerig when the vinegar wouldn't go through. So I turned that baby upside down and gave it 5 good swats and the water came out perfectly just like it did when I bought it. It is now full of vinegar to descale so I won't know yet until I run the vinegar through so wish me luck....

I so wish I had found this website earlier as we have been brewing coffee with a weak flow for quite some time and I have been frustrated lately at the poor taste of the coffee.

Feb 12, 2014
You Saved My Morning!!!
by: Anonymous

Woke up this morning and made myself a cup of coffee as usual. One problem, no coffee came out of the Keurig brewer. It lit up; I could hear the water heat, but nothing came out. Grudgingly brewed a cup of tea the old fashioned way, and sat down at the computer. I found this post almost immediately. Like so many others, I had nothing to lose by trying the slap and burp technique. I was prepared to buy a new brewer even though this one was less than a year old.

Unplugged the brewer, removed the drip tray, and flipped it over the sink dumping out the water. (I have the very basic hotel style brewer.) Being a fan of the occaisional slap and tickle, I fearlessly gave my Keurig several (10?) good whacks along its base. Set it back up and brewed a cup of coffee! Thank you!

Feb 10, 2014
Give it The Fonz
by: Holly

Just like Fonzi turning on the juke box, this worked like a charm.

We spent a half hour cleaning bits and pieces and pulling stuff apart. I decided to google what else we could try since it sounded like the pump quit. I ran across the slap n burp method and laughed out loud. But of course I tried it and it brewed fine on the next cup!

Feb 09, 2014
As I laugh with a full cup of coffee
by: Lisa

The men in my house all laughed when I bought my Keurig. Only because I'm the only coffee drinker. But after I showed them what it does, they now use it. I leave to visit family and when I come back my brewer is acting funny. Ok. Let go see what's wrong. Plug and unplug. Power on power off....... Yama yada yada. Ok that worked. Now nothing. Now I'm pissed. Do I trash it. No, let's see what Google has to say. Wow !! Spank the machine, REALLY!! I'm now laughing. Well what can it hurt. Slap away I did. And now I sit with my cup of yummy coffee. It's going to be a great day.

Feb 06, 2014
This works!
by: Rachel

I was very mad when my Keurig only brewed about a 1/4 cup of coffee and stopped. It wouldn't do anything after that! I turned it off and turned it back on, still nothing when I hit brew. It then showed descaled on the screen. I thought, how do I run vinegar through it if it isn't brewing? I saw this post and figured I would try it. Yup, I turned it over and hit it pretty good a few times. It took me two different attempts but now I have coffee!! My coffee maker is only about 13 months old. I will keep this in mind next time this happens. I did descale it too. Thank you!!

Feb 05, 2014
Burp N' Slap
by: SFW

I spent a good hour trying to clear the line and cleaning the reservoir screen to no avail. I then found your Burp N' Slap repair suggestion. Tried it and all I can say is "Wow". Perfect. Bend, Oregon. It would be helpful if Kuerig would post a response as to what your recommended fix is doing.

Feb 03, 2014
Spank that machine!
by: Mike

Mine was brewing half cups and the reservoir vent always had a steady stream of water coming out of it. I am a handy guy so I was prepared to take this baby apart and tinker with it. I happened across this "method" and gave it a try. I held it over the sink upside down and gave it five good whacks with the palm of my hand. It's back to original brewing capacity and the vent isn't letting out any water anymore. I couldn't be happier. DO IT! IT WORKS!

Feb 01, 2014
A marriage saved.
by: Big mike

Man you can read some strange stuff on the internet, IE burp the Keurig!

My wife took the brewer to a birthday party and it worked at the party. Brought it home plugged it in and made some horrible noise and brewed one cup. I tried to try another cup but it went through a cycle but no flow.

I started to blame my wife, she must have had bumped it and I was going to toss the brewer and maybe my wife in the trash bin, and go buy another wife, I meant to say brewer.

Anyway, I read here on coffee detective, how to burp the brewer. Yea right???????

Wow sure enough it worked, turned it over, held it over the sink and beat the end near the backside of the brewer a couple of times. Spank the lil beotch, (brewer) and show it who's boss. When I did this I could hear a slight gurgling sound.
It worked like it came out of the box. And my wife is now off the hook.

Thank you coffee detective.

Feb 01, 2014
by: Anonymous

Finally, after a lot of other tries. Who would of thought spanking would do it.Great

Jan 29, 2014
Just beat it!
by: TJ

Wow! Who would have thought! I did have to abuse it several times to get its attention and give me a full cup of coffee. Thank you all so much for your comments, it has saved my coffee maker from the recycle bin.

Jan 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

After asking the wife to Google the problem and find a solution on the internet, I did it myself....and found this solution. Tried it and my wife just brewed her first cup in days. Keeping the fingers crossed this is a permanent solution. She was ready to buy another!

Jan 24, 2014
It FINALLY worked
by: Anonymous

I "spanked" this baby about 4-5 different times. It would brew one cup then no more. I was ready to get rid of it forever as it is too much hassle to deal with. The last time I turned it upside down, I realized I had been spanking more towards the water reservoir side and not the coffe perking side so I shifted my swats....Yippee!!! It finally worked....cup after cup. :-)

Jan 19, 2014
by: Anonymous

As a college student I am on a pretty strict budget. When my Keurig wouldn't work two days age, I almost broke down in tears. In the month that I have had it since it was gifted to me for Christmas, I have come to rely on it alarmingly so.
After doing some research and finding out that I, in fact, do not own vinegar, I found this method.
In the span of seconds, I went from a somewhat responsible college student, to an angry person filled with rage, to a four year old on Christmas morning.
I dedicate this delicious hot chocolate to you, friend ! :)

Jan 18, 2014
flummoxed in Japan
by: ej

The wife has complained that the unit wasn't working right. I followed the directions to descale and it worked fine, last November Veterans day. It's now Jan 2014 and the unit just won't brew. It takes water than says add water. I disconnected it and picked at the internal reservoir. There's water with full to the top. I turned it over a couple of times and tried it again but nothing. I then started searching for answers and came across the this page. I immediately employed the slap and tickle method, much to my Japanese wife's amusement, on the unit not her and what do you know I got a full cup of tea. What I found interesting was while the unit was full and running through its normal routine the outside reservoir began bubbling and I believe the level was rising.
any way after a minute or so of that the lights came on for the small and large cup. I dropped in a Kcup and it brewed. Then did a cup of coffee for her. So it's working, once again the scientific method of getting machines to work has been proven, if it doesn't work kick it a couple of times.


Jan 16, 2014
It Works
by: Anonymous

The first time I ever saw a Keurig was at the Hospice unit while my Dad was dying, The little kitchenette had a bunch of K-cups and so jonesing for a cup I tried it out. Nothing! WTH? Somehow I knew a few strategic slaps may just do the trick. Well I fell in love with that thing.

This is why I love the internet - my Keurig just started the 1/4 cup routine, so I'm running a descale process with ClLR (yeah, rinse well) and will try the invert and spank method. I've noticed that part of the problem is for some reason the reservoir will not draw a full measure. By unplugging the unit and "rebooting" it will top itself off a little more each time.

Jan 15, 2014
Not in the cards!
by: Mair

I have put vinegar in My keurig Just this evening. That isn't working, So I find this site and bEgin the process of elimination. It seems the keurig is what will be eliminated!! I have tried all of the ideas on this site, the Slap n burp didn't even I'M So frustrated, I truly beat this machine all over even. It seems to be getting worse! ± Will have my husband give it a beating later and if that doesn't worK... to the trash with the damn thing!!

Jan 14, 2014
by: Anonymous

Ummm....who knew? Try it, it works! This is my 3rd Keurig since 2008- wish I would have known this sooner!

Jan 11, 2014
Hanky Spanky,Spank Me
by: Anonymous

Yay I thought only naughty people liked a little spanking, but guess my Keurig liked it too!!! Working like a charm now and everyone is ,Happy,Happy,Happy!!!!!

Jan 11, 2014
Just saved my sweethearts mornings and me $200
by: Margit's Man

My beautiful fiance is a nurse and needs her 2 cups of coffee to get her ready for her 12 hour overnight shifts at the hospital. He traveled to Las Vegas for a 12 day vacation and took her keurig platinum K75 machine with us. while there it acted a little quirky, but worked. when we returned home it made 1-2 cups of coffee and said "descale" and refused to pump even a drop of water. So i read up on descaling and every article said run vinegar through the machine...Well how do you run vinegar through the machine if it does not pour even a drop of water out?? So my lady had to to pull out the ancient coffee machine and brew a pot of coffee. I wasnt going to have her go another day without her Keurig she loves so much. I took the machine apart so no evidence of any broken parts or clogs, so i put it together and still...NO COFFEE, NOT A DROP. I ran to the store bought another K75 and was doing the routine start up cycles of running water through the system and was about to throw the machine in the dumpster, but the thought of throwing a $200 machine in the trash less than a year after we purchased it was more than I could take. I read and read online, everyone said vinegar, vinegar, blah, blah, blah, vinegar. Then I found this page and thought it will never work since mine doesnt even pour a drop....But I was at least going to get the pleaseure of smacking the crap out of it before I had to toss it, so I turned over and smacked the crap out of the bottom plate until my hand hurt, literally hurt, i let all my aggression out ooon it... GUESS WHAT?? Worked perfectly after I spanked the crap out of it. Now I get to return the one I just bought. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Jan 09, 2014
Hilarious that this works
by: Anonymous

After researching the heck out of the solution to this problem and taking the machine apart a few times, I came across this method. The second I turned it over after slapping it, hot water flowed out perfectly. One word of advice, let your machine cool down before trying this. I scalded my arm pretty good but it was worth it. :)

Jan 06, 2014
Pretend it's a naughty child
by: Dee-- Kentucky

I left on vacation for a week, and when I came back I could not get Keurig to work. I saw the spanking advice, and gave it a few good whacks on the bottom, and it brewed right after. I never thought beating machinery would actually work!

Jan 06, 2014
by: Marie

I beat the devil out of it and IT WORKED!! I was just about to make a trip to the trash can to dump it but I guess I'll be keeping it now!! Thanks for the tip!!!

Jan 06, 2014
It Worked
by: Anonymous

Who'd a thought! Spanking the Keurig! Thank you, Thank you! It worked like a charmed after all other attempts to descale had failed.

Jan 05, 2014
spank, spanking and spanked
by: matt in ny

Kudos to whoever came up with this one!!!!
I had my machine and used it for six months. Then it was put in storage for a year and a half. Pulled it out recentley and tried to use it with the same results as everyone else here. Spanked it several shots and nothing. Spanked it a second time adding shots to the brewer side and still nothing. Gave it one more attempt before a trip to the dumpster. Really beat the s@#$ out of it and works beautifully now!

Jan 04, 2014
Bless you!
by: Barb P.

When my Keurig brewer quit working, I followed the directions for de-scaling but the machine wouldn't do more than slowly drip liquid. Desperate for my morning caffeine, I thought about going to town to buy a new machine, but not having enough in my bank account to do so, I decided to look online for possible solutions. I saw your advice about "spanking" the machine and gave it a try. I can hardly believe it, it worked! Thank you so much.

Jan 04, 2014
Good spanking worked
by: Anonymous

My husband was so upset when ours stopped working this morning so I decided to read up on it came across this and it totally worked! Thanks!

Jan 03, 2014
Bad Keurig!
by: Anonymous

Ok, so I got quite a chuckle over hitting the keurig, but it was worth a try. I didn't unplug it and turn it upside down, just smacked it a few times on the brew side and voila! It started brewing and de scaling! Crazy, but it does work!

Jan 02, 2014
It worked
by: Coffee lover

Spanking the Keurig works. I didn't have anything to loose as the next step was the trash. Working wonderfully now.

Jan 01, 2014
by: Anonymous

It really worked lol : )

Dec 31, 2013
Just Beat it!
by: Anonymous

I took great satisfaction at turning this POS over the sink and giving a good wack or 10. Evidently it was good for me and, more importantly, good for the coffee maker. Thanks for the advice.

PS... any appliance I have to spank to get working is not worth purchasing ever again.

Dec 31, 2013
Why the slap works
by: JT

During normal operation this valve is closed, with the input coming from the Pump/Tank/KCup and the output going to the reservoir recycle hose. I believe the function of this valve is to vent pressure in the KCup after brewing to prevent it from being forced into the pump and tank system. This valve fouling is then a function of the fouling of the brew outlet (KCup bottom puncture): Grounds from a pressurized cup flow toward the valve which is now in the open position, some of which leaks between the solenoid core and coil (that, being the low pressure side of the valve, is vented to the air) making it stick in that position.

Editor: JT...thanks! Great to be able to see the culprit.

Dec 31, 2013
Can't believe it but it's true!!
by: Anonymous

Yup. It's true. This really works. I don't know why or how. My husband will tell me It's just a fluke and i've probably damaged somwthing and it's not safe to use. But i dont care - we threw away one machine a few years back for a similar problem. Got this machine over Christmas from my sister who got it from my dad. She'd given up and bought a new one, but had 't thrown this one out yet. I have no coffe yet to brew in it but have gone abead and descaled and rinsed it through thoroughly with no further problems. Can't wait to have my first cup of coffee...!

Dec 30, 2013
You're a naughty pot!
by: Linda K

Thanks for your help! This is my third brewer and I probably got rid of two good pots before I found the answer! I am new to the internet and u were right! I gave my baby I real whacking and boy did it brew!!

Dec 30, 2013
WOW...!!! This really worked...!!!
by: Anonymous

Well, I was at the end of my wits before I came across this thread. I figured, what the heck..!! I had nothing to lose at this point because I had finally decided to trash it and buy a new one, since it was past the warranty anyway.

It wasn't brewing "anything" at all. Just sat there and said "brewing" in the display but nothing else was happening. I poked it with my trusty stretched out paper clip but to no avail. But when I read this thread, I had nothing else to lose.

I turned this baby over and gave it a "healthy" wack and two more for good measure. I turned it over, plugged it back in and Wah-La..!!! The darn thing worked like new..!! Perfect coffee once again...Hmmm-hmmm got my morning coffee back. Let that be a lessen to you baby..:)

Dec 29, 2013
by: Anonymous

Well, the spanking worked. I had to do it a few times repeatedly.....guess I had to show it who's the boss.
With every hit, and subsequently every attempt to brew a cup, the machine began to sound more and more normal.
Finally, it started sputtering and trying to brew. I started hitting it on the left side where the brewing mechanism is. That did it!
I now am getting normal cups of coffee! Thank you!!

Dec 29, 2013
I've done crazier things......
by: Anonymous

My Keurig has been giving me fits for weeks boyfriend has been working out of town and I have been drinking expensive coffee from Starbucks and cheap coffee from Mc Donald's........inconvenient and expensive.....every time I have a day off I have cleaned or descaled or something.....nothing worked....but last night after my boyfriend came home and we made a 2AM run to Walmart he decided to try descaling it again.....vinegar would sputter into the cup and then shut off...with about a 1/4 cup brewed.....the blue lights would either go off or one of them after a half hour of entertaining myself by watching him perform the same ritual I had performed many times before, I googled " my Keurig won't brew a full cup" and ended up here laughing and reading these comments to him.....he decided to try it after I had read about 25 positive posts......and so he removed the water tank and turned it upside down and spanked it....plugged it back in but it wasn't working that much he repeated the process two more times....and the more frustrated he became the harder and longer he spanked was cheap entertainment for me even if it hadn't worked.....but this morning we are drinking our hot flavorful coffee....the perfect like brand new.......share this with all your friends.....I'm going to...

Dec 28, 2013
by: Anonymous

Same problem as others: partial cups with water returning to the reservoir instead of my cup and then no brewing at all. I tried vinegar to descale and still nothing, although it's a mystery where the vinegar that was being sucked up went to.

First two times of "spanking" didn't do anything but hurt my hand. Just before I chucked the machine out, I used a rolling pin to spank its bottom. Very cathartic and it WORKED!

Dec 27, 2013
Impressive results
by: DaGeezerUS

I have a Keurig Platinum that has had daily use for over 15 months. Today out of the blue, it would not flow out to produce coffee. It indicated brewing, but nothing was injected into the cup.

I followed all troubleshooting steps indicated in the manual and the Keurig web site to no avail.

I followed the instructions listed here, (removed catch pan and water tank.) I held unplugged system over sink just in case, and then I gave it five sharp swats on the bottom. Hooked it all up, and VIOLA! coffee again.

Dec 23, 2013
by: Anonymous

Thought we were going to have to buy a new one right before everyone came for Christmas morning and son of a gun spanking worked!!

Dec 23, 2013
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
by: Kristin

Got my mother a new K cup holder full of her favorite coffee,,,wrapped and under the tree then she tells me "it wont brew but just the first cup then stops!! I beat the !@#& out of it on the second try and HOLA! This does work,,,,was going to go buy a new one but dont have to now...Merry Christmas all.....

Dec 16, 2013
It works!!
by: Anonymous

I stumbled on this website after my son was having problems with his machine so I could help him, I have had one sitting on a shelf for almost 2 years that would not work and just gave it 4 sound whacks and it started working again!!!!!!!!

Dec 15, 2013
Why not?
by: KD

I know it sounds insane and it really was my last resort - I had tried to de-scale and use a toothbrush, a paperclip, everything else everyone had posted. It was only when I turned it upside down and smacked the dang thing that it actually started working again. So....if you have tried everything else and the only resort is to buy another, why the heck not try it?

Dec 08, 2013
Spank IT!
by: Susan

My brewer said de-scale as well, and I read this and told my daughter no to laugh at me as I spanked my brewer over the sink and yes people....YES...IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!

Nov 27, 2013
Oh my lord!
by: Anonymous

Was about to throw mine in the garbage, when I came upon this blog. Our Keurig wouldn't stop cycling water through until it was empty and then would go to prime. Slap and burp totally worked!

Nov 25, 2013
Holy Mackeral!! It frigging works!!
by: Babzee

Skeptical husband denied this could ever be a proper fix. Our Cuisinart SS-700 (refurb, 2 years old) had slowed down so I ran a tank of vinegar through it, then two tanks of water, and then it wouldn't brew at all!!

Someone had forwarded this thread to me over a year ago and I'd laughed and laughed -- thank goodness I was able to find it again (my search history now shows "coffee k-cup and spanking"). Convinced the old man to stop fussing over it (and threatening to take it apart with a screwdriver) and try this - VOILA!! Now we expect to fix my Mother-in-law's on Thanksgiving the same way! Spank it, Momma!

Nov 12, 2013
This absolutely worked!
by: Anonymous

My brewer was showing DESCALE on the screen and it wouldn't brew correctly. It was spitting water back into the reservoir while it was brewing, not brewing correct cup sizes. I read this, held it over the sink and gave it 5 good slaps on the bottom. Plugged it back in, the descale message went away and it started working normally again! Thanks so much!

Oct 25, 2013
by: Jenny P

SO glad this worked or my research paper for school would have suffered on my 3rd cup and gearing up for a loooong night!

Oct 12, 2013
It works
by: Steve

Yup spanking works. Thank You!!

Jun 03, 2013
Thank you!!!!!
by: Anonymous

I would have never thought to do this. I like everyone else was ready to cry! Thanks so much for the advice!

Apr 19, 2013
Willing skeptic
by: Anonymous

WOW! My sister was about to have a sad burial for her beloved Kuerig. Then I found this site! I'll be darned!!! It totally worked! I, too am a Kuerig owner as are many of my friends. I will pay it forward!! Thank you to whoever discovered this simple fix!!

Never underestimate a good spank!

Apr 03, 2013
It really does work!
by: Anonymous

I was ready to throw my Keurig out until I read these posts about burping. I just burped it and it works! Try it when all else fails!

Mar 27, 2013
Spank Spank Sounds stupid but yes it works!!!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

This has worked for me 2 times. I think when you turn it over and slap it the air comes out. Anyway it works mine kept flashing brew in red and then light would go off and it would do nothing till I spanked it. I have a keurig mini and alot of them from what i read do this just slap it.

Mar 05, 2013
Never would have believed it!!
by: Barbara R.

I am currently on my fifth...yes fifth...Keurig. All but one return has been for not brewing. Keurig has sent me out a new one each time, so I really can't complain. And I do everything they say to do - clean the needles once a week, pre-puncture my k-cups (I live in a high altitude area), descale every couple of months and use only bottled water. I just descaled two days ago, so I couldn't believe it when the machine said "brewing", but nothing was happening. Not again?!! Went online, found this site and thought "What the heck?". So, I unplugged it, removed water reservoir, turned it upside down and give it a few good whacks on it's behind and wouldn't you know, it's brewing now!!

Feb 23, 2013
Believe in Spanking the Keirig!
by: Jfox0423

Imagine waking up to you Keirig being a bit fussy and not willing to brew! Read these posts and tried this and now I'm enjoying my regular cup of coffee! It really works. Unplug, remove water reservoir, turn upside down and give a good spank. What a simple fix!

Feb 04, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have to admit I thought you were all crazy but I take it back completely. We tried absolutely every other suggestion we read. Finally I thought "Oh what the heck - uruned it over the sink and whapped it a few times, then a few more for good measure. Good grief it works perfectly. I wonder who first came up with this idea. Keurig should give them a medal.

Jan 30, 2013
Thank You... Thank You.. Thank You!!!
by: Anonymous

This has been the best advice on how to get by beloved coffee pot back online. I was in serious coffee withdraw when I came upon this post. Was not sure through my lack of coffee haze if this could possibly work, but was in such a state of despair that I was willing to try anything including being physically abusive to my Keurig coffee brewer.

Not only was it slow to brew, it was filling cups with coffee grounds.. Blah! This did the trick.

I cleaned out the K-Cup holder, poked a paperclip through the pin in the holder, removed the water reservoir, then spanked by brewer. It's amazing what a good spanking can do! I have my delicious coffee again!

Jan 24, 2013
THE "persuader", OR the 'slap and burp' works...
by: Anonymous

My husband is a mechanical engineer, so I had to wait until he wasn't home to give this a try. I didn’t think he would approve.

I gave it two or three of the slap and burp treatments...and it worked!
Never heard a ‘burp’, but it worked like a charm.

I had descaled it several times over the last year as it seemed to loose its "oomph". I tried every known cleaner-descaled concoction I could find; used scads of toothpicks, needles, pins, Q-tips, descaled soaked cotton balls... on any opening, indentation or moving part I could find all to no avail. I put more time into trying to fix this thing than I have on any hobby this year.

I was pretty much resigned to having a very expensive hot water maker and was ready to go out and get a cheap drip coffee machine for when we have guests.

Now it makes DARK coffee, rich hot chocolate and lattes and I even have been making my own K-cups with loose tea that I grind fine in a coffee bean grinder.

It's like Christmas of 2011 all over again (when I got my brand new Keurig.

I did tell my hubby about it after I remembered how he told me how they sometimes fix things at on the “auto-assembly” plant he works at...when something just won't quite fit....they hit it with THE "persuader"-an extra large rubber mallet. I guess everyone has their trade secrets.

Jan 10, 2013
Bad, bad Kourig
by: Anonymous

Mine stopped brewing completely. Tried the slap and burp. It's now brewing like I champ! It's descaling as I write this. I actually made my husband be the bad parent. He actually shook and beat the crap out of it. Darn if it didn't work. I could have cried!

Jan 09, 2013
Whits End
by: Anonymous

So I read the comments...and after everything else failed, I turn the thing upside down and beat the pulp out of it. I plug it in and nothing! Think I may have broke it for good. Oh Yeah, forgot to turn it on....and tadah it works!! The spanking method is the bomb!

Jan 03, 2013
The fine art of Keurig spanking...
by: Michael

...well, well, well. We were like so many others in the threads below, ready to trash it or try to return it. At this stage we had nothing to lose. I opened a big can of *ss-whoop on it as directed. It's working fine now. Truly, truly bizarre...

Dec 29, 2012
Burp and Slap! It Worked On my Keurig Mini
by: April

I was so panic stricken! During a sleepover for my son one of his friends poured MILK into the Keurig for Cocoa! * GASP! *
Seeing this from afar, everything moved in slow motion as It was already running, I quickly dumped the remaning milk out and ran water through many cycles, it seemed fine-- but I KNEW in my gut my poor Keurig was in for some challenges.
Next day, Still fine, Whew, I thought.. but was still leery.
Tonight. I went to make a cup of coffee and at the end of the cycle it seemed that there was water jusy gurgling still at the end of the cycle and not stopping after the brew! UGH. I tried everything, Running more water through, cold water, warmer water, cleaning the whole until. Until I saw the burp and slap. some water drizzled out when I tried it, and then I ran a clean water cycle through again, and with a big *BURP* a bunch of air and water came gushing out and now the brew stop after cycle is done, it just sounded like it was being triggered to continue to brew thinking it still had water in there and I could smell the heating element as well.
Im thrilled all is fixed. I unplugged and opened it to dry- I am giving "Kermit" ( my green Mini Keurig) a day off tomorrow to dry out... I will miss it but i think this is a fix!!! Thanks!!!!

Dec 23, 2012
by: Emily

I was laughing until I had tears at the comment where the woman said she meat her machine like a red headed step child. hahaha! You know what? After forcing air through the water intake hose, the little drain thing that drains water back into the reservoir, running vinegar through it, and running a paper clip through the needle (all to no avail) I flipped the mofo over and beat the hell out of the bottom of it and voila--I have coffee again. I still can't believe this worked...

Dec 10, 2012
by: Sheryl

I would never have believed it, if I had not tried it! My Kuerig would not brew and after many attempts with the paper clip trying to unclog the needle I had to resort to using my old school coffee pot (luckily I kept it! ) I'm so glad I found this information on line and someone suggested to spank the Kuerig! It worked, clog gone, now descaling and looking forward to a great cup of coffee!

Nov 30, 2012
Holy Toledo!
by: Anonymous

I just had to laugh at some of these comments because they were so entertaining! I never believed it would work....but it also worked for me too!! I was just about to throw out my machine for the newer one too (he he). The only logical thing in my mind is that somehow when you turn the machine upside down, you are loosening small bits of guck or whatever it is that is making the water not come out. Thanks for all your tips. My caffeine withdrawal headache is gone now!

Nov 22, 2012
Un freakin real....
by: Doc

I was a little more than a skeptic... I just plain did not believe it was worth trying... But I did it anyways... Lots of things I read could make me believe... Then I gave up and beat the bottom... first time I was a bit soft on it I guess... IT DIDN'T WORK!!!! but then in a fit of desperation ( I NEED MY COFFEE KEURIG!) I beat the bottom like a red-headed step kid... And turned it over water poured out of it... Plugged it back in... And filled it up... And VOILA! I now have coffee again!


Oct 29, 2012
Saved by Spanking!
by: Coffee Lover's Wife

Yesterday my husband started to make his normal daily cup of Joe-to-go & nothing happened, but the Keurig said "Brewing" - he was crushed. He had to stop at the local gas station for his morning dose of caffeine.
I tried cleaning the needles & descaling, but it is tough to descale when nothing happens.
My last ditch effort before purchasing a new one was to search the web. Who would have thought a good spanking would fix the problem - but it is descaling as I write this & tomorrow morning hubbies routine goes back to normal.
You are a marriage saver as my husband said the Keurig is the first useful (and worth the money!) thing I have purchased and we have been married for 36 years, so I have done a lot of shopping.
Not sure who spanked it first, but thank you! Worked like a charm!

Oct 24, 2012
by: Colin

Keurig acting up earlier than normal after last descaling, and this time descaling did not do the trick, so.... Thrice I spanked the keurig out of it. No success. In fact, it seemed worse. Jammed a paper clip up the three pin holes, no blockage detected. I gave it one last spanking - 8 shots to the bottom and a few side swipes for good measure. I then plugged back in and completely emptied and reseated the reservoir. Hit brew (nothing of course because no water), refilled reservoir, hit brew and...SUCCESS! I have no idea what worked, or combo of above, but thank goodness for interwebs.

Oct 04, 2012
Slap happy!
by: Doug

I can't believe this worked! I was 10 seconds away from throwing it in the trash and came across this site. Took it over to the stink and spanked that bottom like no tomorrow. WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 24, 2012
by: Cari B

HOLY WOW!!! It worked!!! I tried everything and nothing could get my poor machine to spit out one drop of anything. I took the water container out and turned ti upside down of the sink and gave it a few good whacks! It worked soooo good that it overflowed my cup when I plugged it back in to descale! I'm one happy camper.

Aug 12, 2012
Goes against everything I know
by: Mechanical Engineer

So like all of you my Keurig started to act up and Descaling popped up. Like most of you the Descaling looked like it was going to take a day as it did not seem to pull or spit much vinegar at all. I cleaned everything like the manual instructed. I reset, unplugged, cleaned needles with tooth picks and even resorted to prayer. Then I Googled and found this forum. I am a 20+ year product designer and have more electronic based products under my belt than can count. I know better than to turn over a machine that has an internal tank of water (now vinegar) and that also contains electronic circuit boards. Vinegar is horrible when it contacts a circuit board. Well after my blood pressure started to rise I decided to try anything. So I did as the 1st person stated. Took the darn thing into the garage, turned it over onto some news paper and burped it with a flat palm using about 10 wacks. A little water came out and then plugged it back in waiting for the thing to blow a fuse or explode. To my amazement it beltched, burped, spit up a bit and possibly even farted a bit but after 10 seconds sucked in fresh vinegar and worked like new! My advise to everyone is to follow the cleaning instruction per the manual but if the descaling looks like it is working at a snails pace then try burping as a last resort. :-)

Jul 10, 2012
by: Bob D

Awesome... worked like a charm. Burped the machine and working better than ever. Thanks for the tip! Saved mom $100!!!

Jun 07, 2012
Are you kidding me? WORKED
by: WyoMom

I have been back and forth all day, but like many comments above, if you can't get the vinegar in, how is it to descale. SMACK IT upside down. The third time was the charm. My husband will never believe it. THANK YOU!!!!

Jun 03, 2012
Successful Burp
by: Anonymous

I turned it over and gave it a half dozen whacks and water started pouring out of the right place which I took as a good sign. Works perfectly now! Just needed to be burped, I guess babies get vapour locked almost daily eh? Lol ^_^

May 30, 2012
by: Craymond55

All other attepmts to fix did not work = this method did!


May 26, 2012
by: Melinda

I am cracking up. It really worked. Thank u thank u!! Now for a cup of joe!! AWESOME!!

May 21, 2012
Worked like a charm
by: Anonymous

Went for my morning cup, set my cup size, hit the brew button and and lo and behold, nothing. Not even a drip. Found this web site, banged the machine around a bit, turned it upside down, banged it some more, and as I write this, I'm drinking my morning cup. Can't believe it worked. Now I'm descaling with the vinegar solution. Thanks for the great advice.

May 19, 2012
It works!
by: Anonymous

Unplug, tip, whack, shake a bit, and we are back in business!

May 15, 2012
Holy Cow!!
by: Sarah

I really never expected that to work. Lo and behold! I spanked, and my brewer that hasn't worked since March is finally brewing again! Best advice ever!!

May 13, 2012
Sure did work
by: Anonymous

Thank you Coffee Detective, and all the people for your comments,I was getting real upset that I could not have my coffee from my kurig. you all are awesome!!!!!!!and God Bless!!!!!

May 12, 2012
Yes, it worked! Ha!
by: Melissa

I'm dying laughing here, but was willing to try anything to get this machine to work!
Flipped it over, gave it a few whacks... it knocked some coffee grinds loose from who knows where... and let the de-scaling begin!

May 10, 2012
You're right! It works!
by: Barbara in maryland

I tried descaled and got nothing. Whacked it a couple of times and a bunch of coffee grounds shook loose, but still didn't help much. Ran a half liter bottle of vinegar through but flow was still so-so then turned it upside down and whacked it with the rubber handle of a good sized screwdriver - eureka! It works like a charm. Thanks for the tips!

May 05, 2012
A Good Spanking!
by: Jeannie

OMG... This really works! Amazed!!!

May 04, 2012
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the advice! I got my frustration out and fixed my Keurig!

May 03, 2012
Stopped Brewing
by: Double R Reindeer Ranch

Our office Keurig stopped working. After using the paperclip method it still did not brew. The spanking method worked. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 24, 2012
Cant believe this worked!
by: Deri

I good spanking and a slap for good measure and e coffee started pouring .

Thanks all

Apr 23, 2012
It worked
by: Nilda

We unclogged, did the vinegar and slapped the hell out of it and it worked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It really does work !

Apr 22, 2012
Spanking didn't work
by: Linda

Fyi- I called Keurig when my brewing stopped. She was so helpful, it was scary. Apparently this is something they recommend once a month. Turn off the unit & unplug. Open the Kcup holder, and remove it. (carefully stick your finger in the hole and pop it up). It also comes apart in 2, just separate it. Then take a paper clip, and stick it through all the needle holes, top & bottom. Really get it in there, move it around etc. then do the same with the paper clip to the top of the Kcup holder, still attached to the machine. There are 2 holes there, the needle & to the left of the needle. Replace the removable part, plug in, turn on and brew a water only. We brewed water only at least 3 times and measured the oz.'s to be sure all was well. Lo and behold, it worked! Her recommendations: 1- do this at least once a month (coffee grinds get stuck in the needles) 2 - shake your Kcups before using (coffee settles) 3 - only use filtered water (we West Coast ppl have very hard water) Good luck all!

Mar 22, 2012
When all else fails...
by: Anonymous

I was so excited to find this blog, but repeated corporal punishment and descaling did not bring my beloved brewer back. So, I called customer service to see if there was maybe something I had not tried. I told them all I had already attempted to revive my machine and they decided it was indeed dead. They are sending me a new one! Mine is two years old, but they are still taking care of things. I'm even getting a model better. THAT is customer service.

Mar 18, 2012
Cuisinart descale
by: Char

Thank you for the spanking suggestion!!! A few smacks and spanks on it's bottom and I'm back in coffee bliss!!!

Mar 15, 2012
by: Anonymous

Keurig should just put it on the box. "if unit fails to operate turn upside down and spank" It would probably make for many more satisfied customers. My machine just got a new lease on life. Its replacement came yesterday and I was about to throw it out the door before i came across this site.

Feb 27, 2012
by: Anonymous

I just tried this "spanking" today, it took a couple of good ones, but it started working again just great!

Feb 19, 2012
by: Anonymous

We found this site and spent 20 minutes laughing about it. we decided to give it a spank.Believe it or not it really did work.Don't waste your time thinking about it just hit it!!! :D

Feb 07, 2012
It worked!
by: Anonymous

The spank worked!! I couldn't believe it. :) Thanks everyone.

Jan 24, 2012
Descaling -spanking
by: Anonymous

I thought I was going to kill my husband when I saw him "spanking" our Keurig, but it worked when nothing else would!

Jan 16, 2012
by: Anonymous

I had the de-scale light this morning, after brewing vinegar all day, i decided to give it the ol i lost all power to the lights, nothing. Any Ideas?

Jan 05, 2012
by: BCR

Ok I thought you were all full of it but I was having coffee withdrawls so I tried the old shake and burp. It actually worked after one try. Full cup!!!! Your my hero!!!!!

Jan 02, 2012
I can't believe this worked!
by: Debbie in MS

I was on my way to Sams to replace my two year old machine, saw this blog. Turned the machine and beat the crap out of it and voila, COFFEE!!! Thanks!!

Jan 02, 2012
by: Slapmaster

Flipped it over and slapped its bottom while saying "bad coffee maker". It spit up a few grinds and now works like new.......

Dec 28, 2011
Slap that Keurig!
by: Maha


Dec 18, 2011
by: Bryan

I was skeptical about the spanking but Itried it and it worked like a charm.

Dec 14, 2011
Just a little love tap! Or two..
by: The Bug Lady

Thank you to all your comments. I've had my coffee maker for over a year. It gets multiple uses throughout the day. I have 3 teenagers who love it also. It just quit working here about a month ago, to our HUGE dismay. After much research and descaling and the store bought products running through the machine, panic ensued when nothing helped. My 17 year old daughter, said, check out the blog." Just like that, we read, flip it over and whack it a couple of times. Wala!! We are back in business. Quick and easy! It works better than ever. Thank you for bringing peace and coffee back into our home. God Bless Hot coffee.

Dec 08, 2011
by: Anonymous

Slapping silly worked for me too...Thanks Coffee Detective. You are a super sleuth :)

Dec 07, 2011
free warranty
by: JulesBo

If you're a Green Mountain customer on their automatic-shipping plan, Green Mt. will replace your machine free of charge. They don't go out of their way to advertise it, but I called to cancel my "membership" because my 3-year-old Keurig wasn't working properly, and they sent me a new machine immediately!

Now that I read your comments, I bet cleaning the pins would've fixed it. But, I'm glad I got a new one because I had one of the old, loud vibrating ones. Wow they're quiet now!

So, just FYI, if you want basically a free lifetime warranty, buy your K Cups from GM.

Dec 02, 2011
by: kevink

I beat it like it owed me money! Now it works!

Nov 27, 2011
omfg burping actually worked
by: Anonymous

i had the same problems as many of the posts coffee wouldn't brew descale light on and so on. tried everything and low and behold burping worked.

Nov 27, 2011
What???!!!! Spank????
by: Anonymous

Thanks to everyone out there who suggested the "spanking" works!!!!

Nov 25, 2011
Slap and Burp
by: Dabirdman

YOU SAVED THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the Slap and Burp info-it worked like a charm.

Nov 16, 2011
by: Anonymous

yes i have an keurig platinum an its reading descale an i have used white vingar that didnt work now im using Dezcal an it still saying de-scale? what is the problem?

Nov 15, 2011
by: Anonymous

The ole smack and burp trick worked wonders. thank you thank you thank you!

Nov 10, 2011
Worked for me too!
by: Anonymous

Turning it upside down and thumong it a few times worked for me too!

Nov 08, 2011
Who woulda thunk?!!
by: Deb

OMG!!! Spanking really worked!

Nov 06, 2011
by: Steve

After cleaning with vinegar 3 times, the thing just would not work, I mean like not at all. De-scale light would stay on and hardly any water would come out. Really didnt want to tip it upside down, but wen the the sink, tiped it upside down. A bit leaked out, smacked the bottom about five times. Turned it back in and plugged it in and works like new. Who would have thunk it. lol

Nov 05, 2011
by: Ant

Just got done "spanking" my Keurig and lo and behold the descale signal disappeared. I guess all the residual coffee grounds got loose and fell into a "black hole" to disappear forever and never to be heard from again! Does work!

Nov 02, 2011
funny!!! but it really works!
by: Virginia

We tried different things and finally read the comment about spanking the bottom of the Keurig. I did and it worked! The de-scale message also dissappeared! Thank you very much!!!

Nov 01, 2011
Really cool
by: Steve

Spanking the bottom really works wish I would have found this blog for first keurig would have saved lots of money and heartache tyvm

Oct 30, 2011
Still laughing
by: Anonymous

This is just too funny. I have never commented on anything but I couldn't resist... THIS REALLY WORKED!!

Oct 28, 2011
Thanks for the help!
by: Anonymous

Finally a full cup of coffee!

Oct 25, 2011
Burping worked like a charm
by: Anonymous

My husband did it for me and you could actually HEAR the air come out - It really BURPS!!

Oct 13, 2011
by: Anonymous

thanks, just did slap and burp and now my machine is working fine!! had to do it twice, and hit pretty hard second time, but works great.

Oct 02, 2011
Another amazed Whacker!
by: LydiaJemB

Followed suit from all you who went before with the whack method and found success - thanks!!!!

Aug 08, 2011
Excellent tip
by: Anonymous

I am stoked! "burped & tapped" my sluggish machine and works with renewed vigor. Extremely pleased with this tip for my beloved Keurig. Thank you.

Jul 27, 2011
Pin trick and good slam
by: Anonymous

Used a pin to clear and also slammed water resevior into place and now it's working. Thanks to all for the good info.

Jul 20, 2011
the burp technique
by: Troy

Thank you!!! The burp technique worked like a charm. Back to drinking coffee. The way life should be.

Jul 15, 2011
Really, your kidding well...
by: Anonymous

I turned it over banged the bottom and back and yep it works. HRd to believe but truce. Coffee now in the am.

Jul 08, 2011
Thanks All
by: Anonymous

The burping thing did it... Im drinking my FULL cup of coffee now...

Jul 07, 2011
Thanks! That worked!
by: Anonymous

The paper clip and the three hits upside down worked for me!

Feb 20, 2011
by: Anonymous

thanks ...the paperclip worked great!

Nov 28, 2010
Clogged Keurig
by: CruellaW

Aha! Tried it all-gallons of vinegar and cleaning and paperclip. But pushing the reservoir down hard worked! A full cup finally! Hope it lasts.

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