How long does a Keurig brewer last?

by Pam
(Hudson, NY)

The Spank and Burp fix for Keurig brewers.

The Spank and Burp fix for Keurig brewers.


I have had my Keurig K45 for about a year now and then last week it suddenly stopped working. It comes on all right, but when I press the button it doesn’t make any coffee.

Is this normal that a Keurig brewer lasts for less than one year? Doesn’t seem right to me.



Pam, hi

I have one of the original Keurig brewers and it’s still going strong. A bit beaten up, and I sometimes have problems with the buttons sticking, but otherwise OK.

That said, you’re not alone in wondering why your Keurig brewer doesn’t work anymore. A lot of other people are wondering why their Keurigs have stopped working, and want to know how long a Keurig brewer typically lasts.

Here are some of the issues we commonly hear about:

- My Keurig descaling light stays on

- My Keurig doesn't make a full cup of coffee

- My Keurig doesn't brew at all

As it turns out, there is a simple and totally weird fix for Keurig brewers when they stop working.

It’s called the “slap and burp” fix. At least, that’s what we call it.

If you have any of the problems above, and have already tried descaling the brewer, here’s something you can try.

Step 1: Unplug the brewer and remove both the water reservoir and drip tray.

Step 2: Hold the brewer upside down over the sink and slap the base a few times. And I mean really slap it.

Step 3: 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.

I know, it sounds weird. But hundreds of people have tried it and brought their Keurig brewers back to life.

One of our readers had the “my Keurig didn’t last very long” problem, tried the slap and burp fix, and then sent us this...

Tears of elation!
Proper caffeination!
Give the Keurig a spank?
I thought this was a prank!
It works, it works, it works!
Now my family can all quit being jerks!

Why does it work? The brewer stopped working because of an air bubble in the pump. When you turn the brewer upside down and spank it hard, that air bubble is released, the water flows in, and the problem is resolved.

In other words, it's not that Keurig brewers don't last very long. It's just that they have this air bubble problem that needs to be taken care of from time to time.

Good luck!


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Jun 30, 2024
Keurig Issue
by: Anonymous

9 year Keurig owner here, same machine. Regular maintenence. Water stopped coming out, tried everything that Keurig and internet suggested. No results. Was fixing to give it a proper funeral. It's old but I figured I would research the problem one more time, im a die hard cant help it. I came across a post about the "slap and burp" method. Sounded logical. Spanked my Keurig and it's back to normal.

Jan 08, 2024
Amazed this actually worked
by: Anonymous

I have a k-express and did everything short of taking the stupid thing apart to no avail, but lo and behold all I had to do was smack the heck outta it and finally it started brewing again! Amazing

Apr 29, 2023
Risen from the Dead
by: Anonymous

I was so frustrated as I was in the midst of cleaning my Keurig and it seemed to stop pumping water in or spewing out. Lights came on, it heated, but alas, no water came out. I smacked it around and turned it upside down in case something was lodged somewhere. I gave up and sat it aside, resorting to an old drip machine for a few days. I was about to order a new model when I read on a review that someone's old K started working after sitting for a while. So I tried it again and hallelujah, it came on just like old times! I don't know how long the miracle will last, but I'll enjoy it as long as I can! This baby got me through the pandemic, and I hated saying goodbye. I hope it lives for more reviving brews!

Jan 22, 2023
Slap it and it works!
by: marshall

Thanks!!!!!!!! it WAS the fix!!

Jul 02, 2022
My Keurig does not give me a 14 oz cup coffee
by: Ken

I have had my Keurig for maybe 7 or 8 years. I clean it as much as it says to but lately it is not giving me a full 14 0r 16 oz cup of coffee. It only gives me a 8 or 10 oz cup. What can I do.

Mar 31, 2022
Here's the thing....
by: Anonymous

You'd expect that after the gestation period of 9 months and birth, babies usually need a little jiggling and then there comes the burp... I mean this Keurig issue is sounding a lot like a baby hahah

Feb 27, 2022
Much to my husband's surprise
by: Anonymous

This solution absolutely worked for my machine....Hope it helps many others enjoy their morning coffee!!!

Jan 12, 2022
K145 7 plus years and going strong!
by: Anonymous

I’ve had the Keurig OfficePro K145 since 2014.
I have descaled it only once, since I use bottled water instead of tap water.
It has a handy "drain" function to empty the reservoir.
It weighs 2X more than the smaller, but similar looking K50.

I have not had to burb and swat the machine.

It is still making perfect coffee going on 8 years with daily use!

I think the pump and parts in this machine are better quality than the other models, because it was designed for office use.

Back then, Keurig sold the K145 for $120, because they made so much money on the pods. I see them priced $350 - $800 now.

Check back in 8 years from now to see if it still works.

Jun 27, 2021
by: Anonymous

This 100% worked on my Keurig 2.0 brewer!!

Apr 19, 2021
7 year old Keurig
by: Anonymous

I just used this technique after my 7 year old Keurig kept giving a descaling alert light adjust a few weeks after I descaled it. Was hardly pouring any coffee and I’d checked the needle already for a clog. Was ready to trash it when I read this! Did as directed, gave it a few good spanks over the sink, one final insertion of a paper clip into the needle, added water, good as new! Thank you!

Mar 27, 2021
Cleaned but Keurig still dispenses debris
by: BERN

I have a 7 year old Keurig Vue. I recently cleaned it and no joke put 2 gallons of vinegar through it. I've been cleaning and rinsing for weeks. The machine still dispenses bits and debris. It's a lot better than before but I cant seem to rinse enough to stop the debris.
Wondering if I should get a new machine or keep trying. The machine works fine. I just can't get it clean enough!

Mar 20, 2021
Burping Works
by: Anonymous

This is my 2nd Keurig and I ended up with the same issues as my first one and as everyone else seems to have despite my diligence in descaling, type of water, etc. I started shopping around for a different brand but out of desire not to spend more money I searched online and found all of the comments on Coffee Detective regarding the "burping method". I used a paper clip and poked it into the brew hole (where the pokey thing is) and turned the Keurig upside down and hit it several times and I have my coffee maker back!! And yes bubbles came out of the brew hole after putting the paper clip in and moving it around. I didn’t realize that was a thing until I went back to the comments again. Super happy to have saved myself the money!

Jan 26, 2021
Thank you so much!
by: Candice

Awesome post. Just brought my 13 year old Keurig back to life with a spanking!

Dec 23, 2020
by: Anonymous

I thought my keurig was done but I slapped it a couple of times and it really did work for real. I thought I was going to have to buy a new one. Thank you

Dec 15, 2020
by: Fred

I have an original B40 model that I have had for over 16 years. I travel for work and take it on the road with me. Keeping it clean and doing the occasional slap keeps it going. I also have a newer K550 at home that I have had for about 5 years. I love both of my Keurigs.

Dec 12, 2020
It Really Worked!!
by: Anonymous

I have had my Keurig Platinum Plus (QVC) for about 8;years and haven't really had to descale it very many times. (I use filtered water and run the rinse cycle every time I make a cup.) A couple of months ago, it started acting up, slow and not full stream — not even a complete cup. So I wound up descaling with white vinegar. Well, in the last day or so, it started to act up again. I was starting to consider a new machine when I saw your article. I did as you suggested and gave my Keurig a slap on the bottom and now is working beautifully! Thanks so much for the hint!

Nov 08, 2020

I take good care of my Keurig Elite, but after 2 yrs., this morning it kept shutting off before brewing. SO SAD FOR THE PRICE!!! Anyway, I tried this method, and VOILA'! It worked! Thank you, thank you!!!

Oct 15, 2020
Worked for us!
by: Jami

Thanks for the tip - it seemed to work for us!

Sep 13, 2020
Smack it
by: Carol Graziano

My Keurig is about 6 years old. Came on this site after the needle and vinegar. Turned it upside down gave it a few good smacks. I cannot believe it. Works like a charm.

Sep 07, 2020
It works
by: Anonymous

Thank you all. I did as you said, unplugged it, turned it upside down, slapped it and it works again.

Aug 16, 2020
going on 7 years now
by: Anonymous

I got a keurig vue 700 about 7 years ago because it is able to brew a 20 oz cup of coffee at a time (hubby likes his coffee in the morning). First time I have EVER cleaned it was this morning and it's as good as new. Use it every day, multiple times a day. I is made to last in my opinion.

Jun 30, 2020
Keurig Brewer
by: Anonymous

My Keurig has to be 11-12 years old.. I descale it occasionally, whenever it starts to act up, I clean it. I do the needle clean for the pins and then slap it on the bottom and it comes back to life.

May 27, 2020
by: Mary

I gave mine a good swat on the bottom. Fullest cup & best cup of coffee I've had in a while. We just descaled & cleaned it & still had trouble. Thank you for the tip! <3

May 14, 2020
Thanks for the Tip
by: Ralph

Mine is been going strong for 14 years. All of the sudden, no coffee. I thought, oh well, its probably time to get a new one. But I tried your tick, and now it's back to working jus fine! Thank you.

May 13, 2020
Too far the other way!
by: Anonymous

My 7yr old Keurig was brewing partial cups so I dwscaled, cleared the pointy thing, slapped it, and now it makes TOO MUCH of a cup so the coffee comes out weak! Thoughts?

May 11, 2020
Slapping 6 yr old Kurig
by: Anonymous

Thank you to the person that wrote a few days ago.
I did slap unit and YEAH... started working.
We do find it embarrassing for Kurig!

May 09, 2020
by: Anonymous

Called Keurig and their "fix" did not work. Found this site and did the slap maneuver twice and our 2 year old Compact brewer works again! Thanks for the tip!!

May 03, 2020
It's a miracle!
by: Anonymous

The "slap and burp" worked!

I was skeptical, but as soon as I gave it a few solid swats, it started working again!

Apr 08, 2020
Fixing the Keurig
by: David

Ok so my 2.0 stops brewing about twice per hear. I've had it since 2015. All I do is unplug, remove the water tank, turn it upside-down and take a paperclip, bend out one end of the clip so it's straight.

Then find the brew hole and use the clip to unclog the hole. You might need a light and magnifying glass, to hole is not easy to see. Push it and out of there several times and then turn the Keurig upright, put water tank back on, plug in and turn on. Then run the hot water in a cup a few times. You will see the clogged coffee grounds come out in the cup. After that you should be good for a while

NOTE: It helps to not get clogged if you do not leave a coffee pod in the brewer after you make a cup. Always take that spent pod out when done.

Feb 25, 2020
To All Non Believers. This Works!!!!!

You have got to be kidding. I had made up my mind to throw my Keurig in the trash. Then I saw this remedy on the Coffee Detective. And low and behold. I did exactly what it said. DAMN! It worked. Thanks so much. Burp!!!excuse me. Fresh cup of coffee. Delish. 👍👍😀

Feb 24, 2020
by: AnonymouV

I tried the slap test 4 times and the machine still doesn't brew. Only 2 years old.

Feb 10, 2020
Thank You!
by: Anonymous

I thought I broke my mother’s Keurig this morning and would need to buy her a new one, but I don’t for this method really works! Thank you

Jan 30, 2020
by: Barbara

I thought this was so bogus but decided to give it a try. It WORKS! Thanks for posting!

Jan 07, 2020
It truly works!
by: Scott

Woke up and my Keurig (of 6 years) had stopped working....displaying all the symptoms described in your blog.
I followed your steps and IT WORKED!!!
Thank you for the advice!!! I’m curious as to how many people have thrown out one of these without trying the burp method?

Dec 08, 2019
by: Anonymous

This completely fixed my Kerug! Thank you!

Nov 09, 2019
Burp The Keurig
by: Anonymous

I honestly thought this was a joke, butI'll be darned it worked. Saved me from spending money when I didn't have to. Thanks for the tip. Slap & Burp away Keurig users....

Oct 02, 2019
Kuerig died
by: Francie

OMG Thank you sooo much for that info ..just burped my Kuerig and brought it back to life now enjoying a cup of Pumkin Spice coffee ..Happy Fall !!!!!!!

Sep 08, 2019
Great morning Friend
by: Anonymous

Slap and burp? HAHAHAHA. Sounds like you are burping a baby. If I ever have a problem of my keurig not working. I will slap the crap out of it. So to speak. HAHAHAHA. Thanks for the great tip and laugh. I have had a couple keurigs. Both of them worked really well. Gave one to my ex and she is still using it after 3 years of constant use. Best morning friend I could ever have. Thanks keurig.

Aug 24, 2019
worst brewer and company
by: C in nyc

I warn you not buy keurig, they have the worst brewers and the worst customer service. I am now already on my second brewer from keurig that has completely broken down. The first was same issue now as the second. And YES i spent all that time and money buy descalin solution and maintaining the stupid crappy brewers every month or two, and investing in new filters and changing those every month or two...and like like clock work after two months both just stop brewing. And before you ask YES i did that stupid paper clip maintenance trick and worthless turn it upside down and burp it for some ridiculous imaginary air bubbles (idiotic)...and now it just keeps flashing a filling sign on the screen. We are all dupes and morons and naive imbeciles for buying into this company.. boycott and bring it down. Their customer service sucked and only offered to give me a bullshit 20 percent discount if i ordered and new one through them..the actual gall of these people. Corrupt capitalist pigs. Better business bureau do your damn jobs and shut this place down and run these crook out of town and out of business!!!!! Lend me a hand in my crusade to shut these con-men and con-women down and charged with fraud!!

Aug 15, 2019
It worked you saved me $$$$
by: Ssi

I tried all the you tube video and nothing workes . Finally tried this one and worked thank yo so much.🙏🙏🙏

Jul 25, 2019
Burping works!!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig was making awful sounds, and I tried to burp method. It works great!!

Jul 05, 2019
by: beerj01

I have been struggling with Keurigs for years. Loved the coffee, the convenience, everything. But they all died in a year or two. Your 'slap and burp' method has saved me!Thanks so much!

Jul 01, 2019
by: Anonymous

I was just about to drag myself to target to replace my Keurig until I read the "burping technique." Worked like a charm, bless u for this! 4 yrs and counting!

Jun 05, 2019
This Works!!!!
by: Anonymous

I was skeptical, but figured, why not? Worked like a charm!

Jun 03, 2019
by: Anonymous

Just worked for me!

May 19, 2019
Brewing no water coming out
by: Honey

Did the pin, took out the cover top, descaled with vinegar and burped it..... it worked!!!! Whew... I thought I had to give up with my 8yo keirig... Thank you. Burping worked.

May 06, 2019
This really works!!
by: Anonymous

I went to make some coffee, haven’t used my keurig in over two years. Plug it in, everything seems to be working, but it’s not brewing for some reason. I did a quick google search, figured I may as well try this slapping trick. Lo and behold, it worked!!! Enjoying my coffee as I type this :))

May 04, 2019
Slap and burp
by: Anonymous

Tried it and it didn’t work for me on my keurig ☹️😔now I need to buy a new one🤦‍♀️

Apr 29, 2019
I guess you can find ANYTHING on the internet!
by: Anonymous

Our small office Keurig Commercial brewer stopped working one day and I came across the slap and burp. It worked!!

Apr 21, 2019
10 years Still going strong

I have had my keuig for over 10 years today It stopped. What I had to do was take a straw blow it through the hole where it pierces and like magic it started working again!

Apr 15, 2019
It works
by: Anonymous

I was so frustrated with my Cuisinart Keurig brewer. Desacaled to the point where vinegar wouldn’t even flow through. Did the slap and burp and back in business. Didn’t hear a burp but it works. Try it. What do you have to lose???

Apr 08, 2019
Keurig Owner and Lover
by: Bob

WOW! It worked for me too! Thanks!

Mar 30, 2019
by: Anonymous

I can't believe that worked! Despite all the other satisfied and equally stunned comments above, I honestly thought I would end up buying a new brewer. I only did it because I figured I had to unplug it and empty the water anyway if I was tossing it, so why not smack it around a little before I got rid of it? I plugged it back in, added a half tank of water, and watched in amazement as a full cup of water dripped into the mug. THANK YOU!!

Mar 22, 2019
Keurig coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I've had Keurig machines ever since they came out. I've never had any issues with any of them. They all work to this day. Once a month I run vinegar thru mine and then water. Always delicious coffee everyday.

Mar 13, 2019
by: Anonymous

Totally worked. Crazy. Thanks!!!

Nov 11, 2018
by: Anonymous

It worked!! Thank you!

Mar 27, 2018
Spank and Burp
by: Anonymous


Mar 19, 2018
is there a testing facility that can tell me which keurig works?
by: Anonymous

I owned a 1.0 and it lasted one year and the power switch went out. I called Keurig and there is no switch available and I could have fixed it with my electronics skills. Keurig made me a deal with buying a 2.0 so I did. The 2.0 lasted a year and problems started showing up like grounds in the coffee and I found online to push the k-cup down on the needle before closing the lid. A few other small problems fixed from other suggestions found online but now I have the lid wont close problem and its from poor manufacturing! There is a myriad of fixes but replacing the Keurig is the only real one to fix it. I wish there was a testing facility that could tell me which Keurig actually works forever!!!! 50 cents a cup isn't bad compared to the 5 dollars at Starbucks!!

Feb 28, 2018
by: Anonymous

The burping worked on my almost 6 year old kurig! So happy I don't have to buy a new one!!!

Feb 25, 2018
Worked and then some
by: BR

I did this a month ago and hesitated on posting until I was comfortable this did it.
My household probably does 10-12 K-Cups a day (both store bought and the make your own). Mine was starting to only brew half cups, had tried descaling, power cycling and the paperclip trick many times already. I was skeptic on this trick, it was too simple but damn it worked.
Added benefit (and to my disgust) it freed up some additional sediment etc that descaling alone didn't probably get. First 2 water only cycles had come out as colored water, ran 2 more times after it was clear for good measure. Went thru the descaling process and works like a champ again. Needless to say I've also adopted...bottled/distilled water only now.
Thank you much for sharing the information.

Feb 16, 2018
by: Bob

I tried the method you described this morning and by sure luck the machine worked. Praise God!!! I reallt have to have my morning ☕ coffee for work especially when I start real early. Thanks for the best tip ever.

Feb 07, 2018
Tank light keeps flashing while full
by: Sue Zee Q

My light kept flashing despite the removal and replacement of the reservoir. I had tried the "smack and burp" solution with no luck. It still would flash and make the regular noises, with no luck for a hot cup. I decided that since it has been in the family since Christmas of 2011, it was worth a thorough tune up. I have always cleaned it regularly, but this time I broke out the toothpicks. I figured that since the pump was attempting to pull water from the tank, it must be the intake area.
I thoroughly cleaned the bottom valve port on the tank. The spring area had what looked like sediment and lint in it. I depressed the spring while blasting water through it from inside and outside. I then used a toothpick to swirl around in the inlet on the base that the valve rests in.
HURRAY! The first sweep brought up a little lint. The second sweep brought out a little clump. I continued with the "toothpick swirl until I was confident that I had disturbed any sediment. I then held the brewer upside down over the sink and used the a spray bottle full of water used for ironing. I had it set for a stream of water. I blasted the inlet hole with several high pressure bursts. When I put the tank back on, my brewer worked beautifully.
For years I have had many times that the light would flash despite the reservoir not being low, and the brewer being clean. I would lift the tank and set it down again, and it would work. Sometimes we would do this several times a week. Frustrating. Since the "toothpick Swirl" two months ago, we haven't had to do a single tank juggle! Mission accomplished!
We live in a high wind, desert area where we have dust storms. It is impossible to be dust free. We also have house pets. I am not sure what had accumulated in that port over the seven years we have had the brewer, but I am very happy to have saved it. It was the last Christmas gift from my mother to our family. We lost her to Cancer in the spring of 2012. I know it sounds a bit corney, but I feel as though having my Keurig Coffeemaker from her, allows me to have coffee with mom every morning.

Feb 06, 2018
by: Kelly

Thanks for this quick fix. Worked like a charm for what I thought was the end of my 5 yr old Keurig.

Feb 04, 2018
Planned Obsolescence
by: Anonymous

I burped, spanked and hit my 2 year old machine and NOTHING. I have bought three of these machines in a about a 6 year period. I cant seem to get more than two years off any one machine. Keurig should be totally embarrassed by the poor quality of this product!

Feb 01, 2018
It works!
by: Sylnonymous

After it’s spanking the pot worked great. It had a lot of air bubbles in the first cup. Thanks so much.

Jan 28, 2018
Worked like a champ!
by: Anonymous

Thank you!
I was about to buy a new one. This saved me the $150 or so bucks.
Thank you!

Jan 16, 2018
Rebirth on a 3-year old
by: Mac78

The spanking worked like a charm. Thanks so much. In fact the big mug actually gets FULL!!

Jan 06, 2018
get used to it
by: ken

i'm on my 12th keurig in just over 8 years. the coffee maker is not made to last more than 12 months, and that's just a fact of life. "spanking" the brewer will sometimes work, but not a permanent fix and in my mind, if i'm paying 100.00 for a 20.00 coffee maker i should have to drain, disassemble,"burp", reassemble and hope that it will work. be smart, keep the box. you will need it to make the eventual return especially if you buy at sam's or walmart. i've resigned myself to the fact that these are 12 month products at best and always keep a spare. buy when it's on sale and put it in the basement. the morning will arrive that you will be looking forward to a cup of coffee only to find another keurig cursed with the 180-day break down. better yet, but a product that really does what it's supposed to do.

Dec 29, 2017
Spanking did not work
by: Anonymous

Frustrated. Tried cleaning it out, turned on and off, unplugged...I can hear the water trying to come up but nothing happens and the water tank is very hot to touch. Unfortunately the spanking did not work. This will be my last Keurig! Mine only last 12-18 months. Time to try another brand.

Dec 28, 2017
This trick really works!!
by: Anonymous

Brewed coffee in the morning with our Keurig (which we've had about 5 years)... That night I went to brew another cup and it wouldn't work! The lights flashed like normal but it didn't make any sounds or brew coffee. I went online looking for a new Keurig because I thought it had finally reached its limit. I happened to run across this article and thought "why not?" I turned it upside down and gave it about 5 good smacks... Turned it over, plugged it in, and it works just like it used to! Thanks for sharing the trick! It really does work!!

Dec 25, 2017
5 years old and working again
by: Anonymous

Mine is 5 years old and my Christmas morning present was that it wasn't working. The buttons didn't work. I turned it over and tried the slapping and burping and it's working again. Yay!

Dec 19, 2017
Too Late!
by: Andrew

I just bought the 475 series plus. I had a K75 since 2013..... I wish I had the ‘spank’ info earlier.

Dec 16, 2017
Hi- 7 years👊🏻
by: Anonymous

I received my Keurig Seven years ago it is K 55 this single serve unit. And it’s still going strong. Love it

Dec 16, 2017
It really does work!
by: FairyLore

I was desperate and had even gone so far as to place another unit on my wish list for Christmas on my Amazon account. I had tried EVERYTHING, then I came across this post and figured, what the heck, can't hurt anything now. After doing it one time (well I did give it like 5 good hits) IT WORKS!!!!

Dec 10, 2017
Slap and burp
by: Schulzadelic

It totally just worked for me! Saved me from buying my third Keurig. Just hoping I don’t have to start burping my Keurig every week. Thanks for the tip!

Dec 09, 2017
It works
by: Vivian in Tennessee

I called the hot line no one helped me my warranty was up but if I wanted to buy a new one I would be given20% off. I thought what the heck. I did as they said watched it good all over the back. I figured nothing and plugged it back up and it filled my cup like a charm. Crazy but it works. I got my coffee maker in 2013 hope it keeps on going now. Who ever thought of doing that was smart and thanks for passing it on.

Dec 09, 2017
Keurig about dead
by: Tracie

Oh my gosh it worked...thank you so much..about to buy a new coffee maker and pitch my baby into the frustrated..but thank you my coffee is brewed and i am happy i still can use it

Dec 05, 2017
It works!!
by: Jane

Amazing! I did this and it works. Thought I would have to buy a new Keurig but now it’s back to brewing my morning coffee!

Dec 02, 2017
Sounds Funny...But It Works!
by: PJ

I turned on my Keurig this morning only to find there's no brewing!! Can you imagine...Saturday morning with no coffee? *Tears* I was heading out to the store and immediately decided to purchase a new Keurig as I've had this one for about 2 and a half years. I thought it had finally died until I took a deep breath and a quick moment to search the net to find the TRUE lifespan. I found this article and thought I'd give it a try before spending money on a newer model. OMG I can't stop really did work! I'm actually sitting here typing this comment as I enjoy my café mocha before heading out to shop. Thank you soooo much!! :)

Nov 23, 2017
Coffee pot
by: Anonymous

I've had my cure egg for 4 years I bought it brand new and it just stopped working it won't pornos water out and believe me I did slap and burp it twice and still no coffee I just like to know how long they last for

Nov 22, 2017
it works
by: Anonymous

OMG!! I was so upset the descaling wasnt working and I thought I had to go get a new coffee maker. I did the burp thing and it totally worked :) Thank you so much for sharing :)

Nov 16, 2017
It worked!!!
by: Happy coffee drinker

This made me laugh when I read and thought no way this will fix my Keurig. I was dying for my morning cup o joe and thought what the heck, lets give this cockamamie idea a try. Low and behold! Sweet sweet coffee pours out of my machine again! Thank you!!

Nov 05, 2017
Thanks for Spanks
by: Linda K

First morning back from vacation - NO COFFEE! Google search brought me here! Two times was the charm. Ahhh - enjoying our morning Joe ☕️. Thank you thank you thank you!

Oct 25, 2017
The smack/burp suggestion works!!
by: Shelly

I have a Keurig 360 purchased around 4 or 5 years ago and we've taken decent care of it. Today I was descaling it, and after the first cup to run through, suddenly it just stopped brewing. Got on with Keurig CS at the 800 number, walked thru the whole "poke the needle holes with a small paper clip" make sure all other parts of the unit were cleared of anything, plugged back in, tried again, and nothing! Was thinking I'd have to replace the whole thing then Googled "how long does Keurig last, anyone have theirs stop brewing"and found this post! IT WORKS! I held it over the sink and smacked the bottom and side like I was burping it, LOL, plugged back in and I was able to complete the whole descaling process. Now has clean filter, no particles, good as new!!

Oct 22, 2017
by: Anonymous

I've had my Keurig for 2 years, I've descaled as needed and have taken good care of it until all the sudden, I encountered similar problems other people in this blog are having. I thought it was crazy and absurd but IT WORKS!!!!! I give it 2 hard hits on the bottom and works like new. THANK YOU!

Sep 28, 2017
Old Brewer
by: Julie coffee drinker

We have had our Keurig for over seven years. It recently acted up with not making a full cup or not brewing and I turned to the internet to find this blog. The slap techique has been posted to work on other sites too. Who knew ?! Hahaha. We use only filtered water and we descale regularly (1-2 xs a year) with vinegar. I use it daily. The 3 kids use it in fall/winter for hot chocolate and apple cider. We always flush hot water (run it with no pod) after the chocolate and cider. Thank you for the post and getting our Keurig through more uses.

Sep 25, 2017
Yep. It works.
by: Diane R

After two "spank & burp" efforts to no avail I decided to spank & shake the heck out of my Keurig. I had nothing to lose because it was going to go in the trash can.

Worked like a charm. I'm so happy.

Sep 16, 2017
Seriously go try it, it works!!!
by: Anonymous

Mine is a couple years old so I was about to throw it away and go buy a new one today! But it works!!!!

Sep 16, 2017
It worked on second try
by: Jim

K525C stopped completely with brewing interrupted message. Cleaned everything to no avail. Ordered new Keurig from Amazon. Then I Googled the question above and found this. First try, no good. Waited a bit and tried it again hitting a little harder and distributing the hits over the entire base of the brewer. It worked! Cancelled the order at Amazon.

Thank you.

Sep 07, 2017
Side smacks work,too
by: Anonymous

Just about ready to put Keurig in trash when I read this forum. I smacked the bottom several no avail, but then started smacking both sides at same time and lo-and-behold on comes light. This is a three or four year old Keurig, so I wasn't expecting miracles, but it worked.

Sep 06, 2017
Old fashion fix
by: Brent

2 year old keurig wouldn't dispense hot water so I turned it over and smacked it a few times "I had to repeat this" and the thing work.I too thought burping it was a joke but it worked.

Sep 02, 2017
by: Anonymous

My brewer was acting like my previous one, slow brewing and not filling the coffee cup. I have had my brewer replaced three times due to brewing issues. After descailing four times with very little improvement and about to give up, I google and see this article about "slap and burp". I figured I had nothing to lose, so unplugged it, gave it a few smacks, and it worked. I'm so happy I did a little coffee dance!

Aug 30, 2017
It Worked!
by: Anonymous

I called Keurig customer service and they walked me through all kinds of BS. I was getting ready to throw my Keurig away when I found this post. I can't believe it worked! Thanks so much!!

Aug 30, 2017
Thanks anyway.
by: Paige Turner

I spanked it. I said, "I believe! I believe!" but no magic. I've done it a few times and may try a few times more...

Jul 21, 2017 works!
by: Sandy

Like several others, I just assumed when it stopped working today after five years it was time to replace it. So I went shopping, couldn't decide; came home to research it And found this website. It brought back memories of kicking the old TVs to make them work! Nice to know that Old fashion methods can still fix 21st century technology. Thank you!!l

Jul 20, 2017
It worked!
by: Anonymous

You just saved me $100 thank you SO much!

Jul 09, 2017
Spank that keurig!
by: Anonymous

Sunday morning and my eight month old keurig stopped working! No caffeine! Went to service kinda sad. I sat it on the table refusing to say goodbye. I ate my dinner with it by my side! Still sad, I googled how long should a keyrig last. This site popped up and said Spank your keurig! I took it to the sink and spank it good. OMG! It worked! Thank you so much, gonna sleep well tonight!

Jun 17, 2017
Smack,smack it good
by: Jan - Upstate NY

Ok, so I was tasked to find a new Keurig today, as our 2 year old is acting up. I found this solution to fix all that ails our Keurig. Guess what, I smacked that Keurig, smacked it for new brewing Honey Bunny's coffee and making him cranky, smacked it for some angst I endured this week at work, and smacked it again because it just felt right. I put it back together, turned it back on to some growling and snarling, and guess what - you got it, a perfect 10 oz cup of hot water. I put in a pod, and less noise, much faster 10 oz of coffee for Honey Bunny. IT'S ALIVE!!! Thank you for saving me a trip out and another $100.

Jun 16, 2017
It worked! It worked!
by: Anonymous

The slap and burp! It worked! It worked! Thanks for the tip!

May 29, 2017
Close - will try again
by: Caffeine Deprived

Got home late last night from vacation, greeted with the demonic "Descale" light this morning.


Struggle to get a cup (20+ minutes, drip drip drip)

Curse some more.

Descale (ProTip - remove the old pod first.)

Yet more cursing.

Drink tepid cup of coffee while enjoying the aroma of hot vinegar...

Run "test cup" to replace vinegar smell with coffee.

You guessed it, even more cursing.

Find this post, unplug, take to sink, invert, splash hot water all over.

(you know the pattern by now...)

Slap Keurig to release demonic possession (It has both of us at this point due to my lack of adequate caffeination.)

Plug everything in, run empty cycle - EUREKA!

Insert pod.

Curse some more.

I'll try again later, the dog is already cowering in the corner.

(I only hit it three times, obviously needs four or more - it's not *that* old and we only make about 2 cups a day, on average.)

May 28, 2017
It worked!!
by: Anonymous

I had water coming out the back hose into the reservoir as well as the front spout, so only getting a half of a cup at a time. I tried blowing out the hoses, unscrewed all the screws and took the whole thing apart. Didn't help. This suggestion did the trick!! Amazing!!! I was going to throw it away, but just saved some cash :)

May 19, 2017
by: DBarnes

Amazing! It worked. We've had ours for over 5 years. I thought it was time to buy a new one. I'm getting more coffee than my cup can handle.

May 07, 2017
Worked... but too late.
by: Jeff

Wish I'd seen your article yesterday. I tried several other fixes: paperclips in the needle; cleaning out the brew basket; etc. I got tired of messing with it and bought a new one at Costco this morning. I tried your suggestion after setting up the new one... viola, it worked. Too lazy to return the new one, so I guess I'll have two working Keurigs now.

May 01, 2017
by: Ken

After talking to a CS person that really had no clue, I did the spank and burp method which was easy to do cause I was so pissed at this thing.... AND it worked! THANKS!!!!

Apr 25, 2017
Slap coffee maker keurig
by: Anonymous

works,It works after I put it in the trash I took it back read this article and it works slap the coffee maker 4 times plug it and water stared coming out so glad I didn't throw it away.

Apr 25, 2017
Little things !
by: Anonymous

Sitting here googling how long does keurig brewer last and so exhausted because i need coffee and it just STOPPED working, and I came across this after I tried it all and IT WORKED !!! Im so excited I guess its the little things in life !!
God Bless !

Apr 18, 2017
by: Jimmyk

It worked!!! Thank you so much!!!!

Apr 08, 2017
by: Anonymous

My wife was on her way to Costco and was going to have her buy a new unit when I saw this. Back in business! Thank you!

Mar 24, 2017
Well.... it worked
by: George

Followed instructions and whacked the darn thing hard several time. Now my pessimism say how long will it keep working.

Mar 14, 2017
by: Anonymous

Had to do it twice -- but I now have a hot cup of coffee during the cold snow storm! Thanks!!

Mar 09, 2017
It worked!!!
by: Donna u

It worked!!!!!! I was skeptical but thought I would try it on my 2 year old Keurig. Thank you for saving me a hundred bucks!

Feb 25, 2017
This is Genius!!!
by: Anonymous

I love the internet and especially sites like this. My Platinum just stopped pulling water through. Tried cleaning the needles,p and desalination but now luck. Was ready to order a new one and saw this -- figured I had nothing to lose. Tried it and the machine now works like new. Thank you!!!!

Feb 25, 2017
by: Melonie

Got my Keurig in 2013.. had to burp it once in 2014.. passed technique into a few people..worked for everyone

Feb 22, 2017
8+ year old Keurig still working
by: Anonymous

I've had my Keurig for at over 8 years and have made at least 7,000 cups of coffee. I had to descale it once a few years ago. Best coffee maker I've ever owned.

Feb 19, 2017
Thumbs up!!!
by: Anonymous

Wow! Almost went and bought a new one!

Feb 11, 2017
Awesome Advice!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much! I was ready to go out and get a new machine today!

Jan 30, 2017
It won't stay on
by: Anonymous

Our Keurig at work shut down on it's own and will only stay on for about 5 seconds before turning itself off again. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this?


Jan 25, 2017
It worked
by: Janet

My keyring is about two years old and would only brew half a cup. The spanking worked for me. Thank you!!!!

Jan 24, 2017
It worked!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig is only 4 years old, so when it stopped working this morning I was quite frustrated. Tried the spank & burp & it worked great! Yay! Thank you!

Jan 18, 2017
burp and slap
by: Tricia

it worked great!! Thank you very much Nick

Jan 13, 2017
by: Julie

Can I just say I LOVE YOU?!! Since nothing is made to last anymore, and I've had my work Keurig for about 2 years I just assumed I'd have to go buy a new one. But I thought I'd search online first to see how long they typically last before going bad and what do I find? Your SOLUTION!! Worked like a charm the first time. I'm so elated I'm going out shopping and spending 100.00 on myself instead. THANKS!

Jan 10, 2017
Burp your machine!!!
by: Susan N.


Jan 07, 2017
by: Michael

The burp did the trick thanks for the tip!!!

Jan 07, 2017
So simple. Who'da thunk?!
by: Grateful Coffee Drinker

Ah yes. Science. Perfect. My machine is the one with a "drain brewer" option so air being caught in the works somewhere seems to be the issue. I took off the reservoir, drained the brewer, turned it upside down & gave it a few good spanks. Worked like a charm. Thank you, thank you, thank you: we were adding up gift cards & cash-back certificates to replace it and now we won't have to do that. Wow.

Dec 15, 2016
It didn't work!
by: Anonymous

The machine was only giving me half a cup and then when I tried to burp it, it looked like it was about to work, but now even less comes out of the keurig and now I feel sad. Very sad human being.

Dec 11, 2016
Will be thankful in the morning!
by: Anonymous

Spanking worked!! Thank you thank you thank you!

Dec 04, 2016
Spank that Keurig
by: Anonymous

Yes I spank my Keurig and I too do it twice but it's working. Thanks for the information

Nov 28, 2016
Not working
by: Anonymous

I started my keurig put pod in then selected cup size it said brew then water came out the bottom now won't work at all

Nov 13, 2016
It Works!!
by: Anonymous

Your awesome! The water had stopped coming out so I burped it and had a cup of coffee in no time. Great tip thanks so much!

Nov 09, 2016
It works again!
by: Anonymous

Stopped working suddenly so we cleaned the needle and tried holding the Keurig button down without any luck. Called Keurig and they didn't have any other solutions but offered 20% off on new machine (is cheaper on Amazon). Found the old slap the base trick and it came back to life!

Oct 10, 2016
spank & burp
by: Don

Stopped working; during descaling spit out about an ounce and quit. Cleaned needles. Called Keurig and went through same - no luck. Offered 20% off on new machine. Found and tried the "Spank & Burp."

Worked Perfectly!!

Oct 02, 2016
works like a charm
by: Anonymous

Keurig stopped working, tried this and now its works like a charm!

Sep 24, 2016
by: Ruth

My machine is 4 years old and thought it was toast. Had a new one ready to go but then saw this tip and it worked! Water's coming out even faster than before. Thanks!!

Sep 21, 2016
Office Keurig - Fixed
by: Anonymous

I had thought our Keurig 400 was dead, but I gave this method a try and it brought it back to life, and i made sure to run it few times, and it's back to life. :D

The sad part is though, I bought a new Keurig and people have already used it.

Sep 19, 2016
by: Anonymous

Such a valuable tip. Many thanks. I had actually given up and had bought a new Keurig, but when I got home with it I looked up the question, " How long does a Keurig last?" and found your comment. Thank You. June

Sep 17, 2016
I did indeed work
by: PJ

Just getting ready to go buy another. Thought I would try Google and there you were and with an answer and my Keurig is working again. thank you and thank Google.

Aug 26, 2016
by: Sharon

My machine is 5 years old, thought maybe the pump went or something. Tried this right before heading to the store to buy a new one- and it actually worked!!!! Thank you!

Aug 05, 2016
tried it, still didn't work
by: Anonymous

tried turning it upside down and hitting it, still didn't work. I took out the k cup and it brewed fine, so it must be the k cup. I inserted a k cup, and closed the handled, then i opened it and turned the k cup in the slot and closed the lid again, then it worked. it seems that the fluid was not escaping through the little hole created, so i created another hole to let it breathe and allow the fluid to escape.

Jul 28, 2016
It freakin worked!!!
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe it worked, but it seems to be working now after doing that!!! Running vinegar through it because descale code came up on display screen. Hopefully after doing that and then running a lot of water through it to clear vinegar, it will work like a charm again!!! :) Thanks!

When I called keurig maintenance customer service he didn't mention that little trick! Told me about cleaning out the puncture needles with paper clip but I had already done that from reading other blogs. Asked me dumb questions like was it plugged in and what kind of water was I using. Then said it was out of warranty and I could either ship it to them for repair which would be costly or purchase a new one at a discount from them for $97.00 plus shipping! Ahhhh... No!

So thanks again for the fix!

Jul 17, 2016
by: Anonymous

It worked!!! Thank you

Jun 18, 2016
I dont FREAKIN believe it!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig was only brewing half or 1/3 cups when I put the k-kup in...but would fill a whole cup with water if I didn't put the k-kup in. Tried this amazing piece of advice..and galore. Thank you for sharing. I have had mine for a few years and really didn't want to fork out the money for a brand new one:) So happy this answer popped up first when I did a google search for "how long do Keurigs last!"

Jun 12, 2016
Wow! it worked
by: Doni

I cannot believe this worked! My son was laughing when I held it over the sink and slapped it a few times. Put it back together and it brewed perfectly.

May 22, 2016
Don't know why, but it works
by: Anonymous

Was gone for the weekend and my brother was watching cats, told me my Kuerig was dead. Tried cleaning by running water and vinegar through it but it wouldn't make a full cup. When u came home I looked up this article and tried it before buying a new Kuerig. I'm writing this while enjoying a full and delicious cup of coffee. All is right again in the world.

May 22, 2016
by: MB

You dont know how I cussed this POS.
It quit working. I descaled it. Worked without coffe pod but woyld quit when put pod in. Descaled more. Cleaned needles, still same. Finally wouldnt pump at all really. Nothing worked.

Tried to didsasemble it, nothing to lose, couldnt get it apart.was upside down for dissassembly.

Putback together, same. Smacked it while trying to operate, a little might trickle out but still didnt woek.

Was going to throw it away , then read this. Turned upside down, lots of gurgling sounds. smacked bottom a few times, it works.

May 18, 2016
Really works!
by: Tina

Oh my gosh. I have returned 4 coffee makers over the years due to this problem. Just tried this fix on my current one and it worked!!! I can't believe it. I called my brother in law to tell him because he is having the same issue. Thank you so much!!!

May 11, 2016
Spank it!
by: Mandee

Thank you for this fix Nick!! Our machine just stopped working when we plugged it in this morning. Turned it over, spanked it hard twice and we're back in business. Happy caffeinated day!

May 04, 2016
keurig stops working
by: caroleabh

Well, before reading the above I tried slapping it on the top a couple of time and that seemed to work. Now I know why. Hit it any where to release the air bubble.

Apr 18, 2016
It worked
by: Anonymous

Thank you thank you. Iit has worked for us.

Mar 13, 2016
No Coffee
by: Kathy

I have mine for over a year now and for the last month or so it has not been working right at all. Could say it works when it wants to not when i want it too...The burp did not work for me so i am now with out coffee on my Sunday Morning :(

Mar 05, 2016
Easy Fix
by: Bill

Keurig quit working. Turned it upside down and smacked the bottom firmly several time. Plugged it back in and it works like a charm.

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