Why Keurig Brewer Won’t Turn On? (Problems +Fix)

When a Keurig brewer is powered on, a green light indicator or a display screen is activated at the front of the machine, signaling that the brewer is ready for use. If there’s no green light or if the display screen isn’t activated, it means that your brewer isn’t powered on and can’t brew.

The Keurig brewer may fail to turn on due to switch, power chord, thermostat, fuse, and control board problems. First, troubleshoot your house’s electrical wiring and check if the socket is powered before troubleshooting Keurig components.

Here’s how to troubleshoot and fix the issues causing your Keurig to fail to turn on.

Why my Keurig Brewer won’t turn on?

If your Keurig coffee machine won’t turn on, the problem most likely lies within the electrical outlet rather than the brewer itself. Or maybe, the power cable could be loosely connected to the socket. If you’ve checked and ensured that the Keurig brewer is well plugged in but still not powering on, try powering on a different appliance on the same outlet, such as a toaster or a blender.

My Keurig Brewer won't turn on? causes, toubleshooting and fixes.

If the other appliance powers on, then there’s a problem with your Keurig brewer. Or maybe you’re simply forgetting to turn the power switch at the back of your Keurig brewer to the ‘ON’ position.

However, if the second appliance doesn’t power on as well, the outlet is most likely faulty. Try to use an alternative grounded outlet to check if the first outlet is the problem. If this doesn’t work, access your home’s circuit breaker box and check if there’s a flipped circuit. Turn the flipped switch back to the ‘ON’ position.

If all the above options fail, there could be a problem with the electrical components of your Keurig brewer.

Common causes of power-on failure in Keurig machines include a non-responsive ‘power on’ button and display screen. Other parts that could develop faults leading to the Keurig not turning on are described in detail below.

The switch

External ‘power on’ buttons, switches, and knobs engage the switch, causing your Keurig coffee maker to turn on. Thus, if there’s a power-on failure, it’s likely that there’s a fault with the engagement of the switch, or the switch itself could be damaged.

The power cord

Your Keurig unit may also fail to turn on if the power cord is cut and the wires aren’t properly connecting. An old power cord that has been bent too many times may also have wires with poor contact.

Thermal fuses

Thermal fuses cut off the supply of power to your Keurig in case of a power surge. If not replaced afterward, your brewer won’t turn on.

The control board

The control board, circuit board, or circuit motherboard is the brain of your coffee maker. It tells your Keurig what to do by facilitating communication between all the electronic components. As such, if the ‘power on’ components of the control board develops a problem, the machine won’t turn on.

The thermostat

The thermostat works to regulate the internal temperatures of your Keurig, preventing the machine from overheating. A faulty thermostat can also cause power-on failure in your Keurig brewer, even if the thermal fuses aren’t burned out.

How to fix Keurig brewer that won’t turn on?

The fastest and simplest fix for a Keurig coffee machine that won’t turn on is to reset it. However, Keurig brewers don’t have a reset button. There are two general types of Keurig brewers: Keurig 1.0 and Keurig 2.0 machines. Each of them has different procedures for resetting.

How to fix Keriug coffee machine that wont turn on.

Basic Resetting (for Keurig 1.0 brewers)

Here`s a procedure to troubleshoot and fix Keurig 1.0 brewers models

  1. The first step is to open and close the K-Cup pod lever, as it might have been interrupted by a power outage. Doing this will reset the lever and get it ready for use again.
  2. Next, turn your Keurig machine off by flipping the power switch at the back to the ‘OFF’ position.
  3. Third, unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet before letting the brewer sit for at least an hour.
  4. Next, remove the detachable water reservoir and let the brewer sit for a further 30 minutes.
  5. Finally, reattach the water tank, plug in the brewer, and turn the power button back on. At this point, the Keurig brewer will have been reset and ready for use.

Advanced Resetting (for Keurig 2.0 brewers)

Keurig 2.0 models are much harder to fully reset as they feature more computer-driven components. A basic reset as detailed above might not do the trick, and the advanced reset procedure detailed below is recommended to get it to turn on again.

  1. Simultaneously press the ‘small’ and ‘medium’ cup buttons, before simultaneously releasing them.
  2. Next, push down thrice on the ‘menu’ button.
  3. At this point, ‘6:09’ will be shown on the display clock. Now, press the menu button once more for the display screen to show ‘brew 0:00’.
  4. Next, press and hold down on the ‘medium mug’ button, followed by pressing and releasing the menu button.
  5. While still holding down on the ‘medium mug’ button, press and release the ‘small mug’ button.
  6. Finally, repeatedly plug and unplug the Keurig brewer. Then, plug it in one last time to complete your advanced reset.

Note: Basic and advanced resetting may fail to solve the power-on failure problem on your Keurig brewer. In such instances, you may have to troubleshoot and repair or replace the individual faulty components.

We recommend calling in an appliance repair professional to fix your faulty Keurig switch, power cord, thermostat, or circuit board. There are also various online resources that can help you safely troubleshoot and repair appliances like Keurig brewers by yourself.

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How to turn on Keurig?

To turn on your Keurig coffee maker and brew a cup of coffee, follow the steps detailed below:

  • Plugin your Keurig’s power cord into the wall electrical outlet.
  • Lift the handle and fill up the water tank with water.
  • Place a cap on the drip tray plate.
  • Next, turn on the power button on the Keurig brewer for the water to start heating.
  • After a few minutes, insert a K-Cup pod into the pod holder.
  • Finally, choose how much coffee you need and click on ‘brew’.

References

  1. Goldwasser M. Samuel; University of Pennsylvania (UPenn): Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Small Household Appliances and Power Tools
  2. University of Washington Faculty Web Server: Thermostatic temperature controllers

13 thoughts on “Why Keurig Brewer Won’t Turn On? (Problems +Fix)”

  1. My water reservoir wasn’t down all the way and when I brewed it suck out the water in the machine then quit working. It does not power on now. Unplugged, left it off and then plugged it in and still does not work. The coffee maker is a K910 SN: 910.8100.0361156, which I purchased August 2021, forgot to register it, but need to find out why it doesn’t work. Thanks

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    • This is what happened to me exactly and I have the same model. I replaced the water in the reservoir and it started to make my coffee and then just randomly shut down and will not power on at all.

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  2. I just descaled my Kuerig supreme coffee maker but it hasn’t been putting out the amount of coffee it should for about A month now thought doing A descale which it called for would help. Went through the cycles at the end was ready to make A cup of coffee and it just shut off and won’t come back on only had it since Christmas 2021 what can I do If someone knows appreciate your in put Thanks

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  3. Same here descaled it and now it won’t turn on. This is the third one of these maybe I need to switch brands!!!!

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  4. I have a Keurig K Supreme I got for Father’s Day (2022 ) and it want come on it was brewing and just shut down yesterday, plugged my toaster in same outlet and it worked 🤔

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  5. I refilled my water tank while it was still attached and on and then it just quit working. I have the same model. It won’t display anything and is completely dead.

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    • Mine K-Express just shut down also, the water reservoir was not completely down, I see others had the same problem, why hasn’t Keurig answered to this issue, did any of your coffee makers work again…damn

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  6. Same issue here filled water tank placed it on machine turned it on and it worked for a minute sounded like it was sucking water and then it shut off and cannot turn it on now. However the frother does power up and work. Help!!!

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  7. I bought my keurig fron Kohls in December, shortly after in late December we left for Georgia and returned in April, late July it stopped working! We only used it 4 1/2 months! How do I get a replace

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  8. Seems like we all have this problem. I have TWO of the K910 that now won’t work. One of the was just out of the box. Has anyone found a resolution?

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