Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Burp it and Spank it!! (the secret Keurig fix)

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WARNING***  there is a lot of back story before the actual solution.  So feel free to skip all my rambling and go right to the meat of the issue.  You will know it when you see it...Promise.


THE BACK STORY:
Okay, for those of you wonderful people who read this blog who don't know me personally I need to let you in on a little secret: I am a Cragslist-a-holic. Yes its true I am.  I love finding great deals on items that others are tired of but are new to me, or I can completely overhaul them to make the new again. My husband thinks this is a problem, but I consider it a blessing and great fun.  Its kind of like the ultimate scavenger or treasure hunt!  You wouldn't believe some of the gems I have found.  I purchased a weeks old Leather couch from a nice couple who when they got it home realized that the reclining ends didn't work with their room size and coffee tables.  Bless them for being able to go out to purchase another couch and put this one right up on Craigslist for a fraction of their cost.  I'm talking this baby was NEVER used!!! I have been lovingly sitting on it for two years, my kids not as lovingly, but it has held up like a champ keeping that sweet leather smell and buttery soft feel.  Next I purchased my Buick Rendezvous for a STEAL.  It was just what I wanted.  A small-ish SUV, fully loaded, and with BONUS a third row (she had it customized when she purchased it brand new).  It was driven by a sweet older lady who put a grand total of 35k miles on it in 4 years.  A STEAL I tell ya!! Next was a couch and love seat for my den from a young couple moving. I could go on and on and on and on (yes I really do buy that much stuff off of there), but I think you get the picture.  So I told you all that so that you could understand why I made my next purchase the way I did.  I have wanted a Keurig ever since my sweet friend Kristi told me about them before Christmas.  Her zeal for "the perfect cup of coffee" Keurig style was infectious.  So I started doing my daily Craigslist scan (I happen to live fairly close to two large cities so there are usually a good variety of items to choose from).  A few days ago I came across THE PERFECT MACHINE a Cuisinart Keurig.  This machine retails for $199 at most stores, and I am not going to make all you keurig owners who paid full price for your machines mad by telling you what I gave.  I will tell you that I paid about $20 less that what the cheapest Keurig mini costs brand new he he he.  Now you are asking "what is the point to all this if its not to just make me mad about paying more?".  Its this... the Keurig had an issue I learned about upon pickup: it wasn't dispensing the correct sized cups of coffee.  Now I had done extensive research on these machines, and I had a intuition that there might be a problem with it or one would be arising soon.  (If you are a Keurig owner and don't know, they don't have the best track record.  There have been recalls, faulty pieces used on the insides, and other issues with them.)  The seller told me that she had only used the machine for two weeks before her children (not knowing she had just purchased one) bought her a Keurig for Christmas.  Since theirs was a gift, she said she felt she needed to keep theirs, but didn't need two so she was selling the one she purchased. Anyway I was fairly certain that I could fix the problem. Oh, I forgot to mention the machine is still under warranty so if I couldn't fix it I could always return it for a new one she just didnt want to bother with it since she had another now.  So, SCORE!




NOW TO THE POINT OF THIS WHOLE POST 
(whew that was a lot of back story)

The Keurig did have an issue with dispensing short cups...like REAALLYYY short, and I tried several tricks to fix it that I found online.  Still didn't work.  Until I stumbled across this article on a website called Coffee Detective.  It was an interesting little write up that didn't help at all.  Yes I said it didn't help, until the very last line where it said to read the comments for others suggestion and solutions that they have found.  there I hit the GOLD MINE of keurig pointers from others who have triumphed over Keurig related issues, #1 of which seemed to be brewing a short cup.  That was what my machine was doing so I started devouring comments.  What I read cracked me up...some of them were downright hilarious, but they all had a main theme Spank that machine baby!!

Now I was skeptical,but before I went to the trouble to pack up the machine and return it to get a new one I wanted to exhaust every solution, especially since after all this I figured I would probably just face the same problem in a new machine.  So I tried exactly what they said.

Step 1:
Flush your system with water only

Step two:
Take out the piece that your purchased K-cup sits in and take it fully apart and flush with warm soapy water.

Step three: (not really necessary, but a great idea) take some compressed air and blow into the two needles. Then flush with warm soapy water.

Step four: (Here it is folks the one you were waiting for)
a)unplug your machine
b)Take your reservoir off (if there is a removable one)
c)Take your machine to a large sink (or bath tub if your sink isn't big enough)
d)Turn it upside down
e)bang on the bottom (i used an open hand, but whatever works for you).  I mean really go to town    smacking the mess out of the bottom of that machine.  Because mine was new nothing came out but some gurgling water and air, but several who had older machines noted that grounds came out with their water and air.
f)Turn machine right side up
g)replace water reservoir
h)plug in

Step five:
pop in a new K-cup and choose the size you prefer

Step six:
watch as your cup is filled with the CORRECT amount of coffee

Step seven:
Celebrate with a little shimmy dance at having fixed your awesome machine all by yourself

Step eight:
Enjoy your coffee/tea/cocoa

Step nine:
LEAVE ME A COMMENT telling me how awesome you are feeling right now!!!


So I hope this worked out for you as well as it did for me, and as always please let me know what you think.  If you did read the long back story and are a fellow Craigslist-a-holic I would LOVE to hear about your finds!  Its so exciting to get a great deal isn't it!!!

As always have a great day and God Bless.

91 comments:

  1. Mine is brand new and not pouring the correct amount of cups either. I ordered it online so return is a pain. Hmm.. I may have to try this.

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    1. I hope that this worked for you and thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Hey, thanks, nice lady! It worked!!!
      I'm so happy, I did step seven.
      Then I made my coffee-loving husband do it, too.

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    3. THANKS YOU!! I beat the snot out of it like you said and it worked!!!!! all it was doing was gurgling after i used the vinegar. You rock, i was really sad about it,

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    4. It worked! After two descale processes in matter of weeks the speaking did the trick! Not that I did not want to do it before anyway, but this time I discounted all of my frustrations. Thanks for the tip.

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    5. Descaling did squat. Just made the whole place stink like vinegar. I went on the Keurig website. Not helpful. Then went to Google and found you. Now ... my machine is plumbed directly as it is for the office so I was not sure your fancy solution would apply. But since is it not cheap to replace and the machine is fairly small - why not? Disconnected water - flipped it over - took small bath in all the water that is inside of it - oops - luckily it had been off for a while. Then beat the tar out of it.
      Very gratifying. How dare you short cup me... Slap! Who do you think you are to take up so much of my time with your 1/2 cup ways ... smash! You lookin at me?...boom! And I also rocked it around for a while too.
      Then reconnected and turned it on and waited to see. And OMFG 10 friggin oz poured out of that lil'f---er like it should have been doing all along!
      Hope it lasts for a spell. Thanks crazymommy. Nice job. Next time you beat up an appliance I will check out your results.
      Cheers!
      -happy as a clam with my full 10 oz.

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  2. My hubby has one of these, and I have no idea if it's working properly or not. I'll have to ask him. I'm so glad you figured it out.:)

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  3. Wow I will need to try this out. Sometimes I get not enough or WAY more than the size I chose. Weird. Thanks for this!

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    1. I hope it works for you as well as it did for me! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. That's awesome! Mine hasn't started acting up yet...but it could be just a matter of time. Wow, you do score some serious eny-inducing deals on craigslist! Nice job:)I came over from a diamond in the stuff!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you never have to use this information to fix your machine, but if you do I hope it works out great for you like it did me!

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  5. I've gotten a ton of cricut cartridges from Craigslist for 8.00 a piece!! Glad to have you at Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    http://www.bearrabitbear.com

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    1. OMW I will have to start checking for those! I love my Cricut!

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  6. Last night I spent an hour reading comments to fix the darn thing. I didn't spank it but did everything else. It worked for the rest of the evening, I happily asked the whole family "can I make you a cup of something" to keep testing it. This morning however the little bast@*d brewed me 1/4 cup. It's getting a spanking and next it's going back. He's only 4 weeks old, so maybe a burp and pat on his azzz is all he needs.

    ~Bliss~

    (Great scores on Craigslist too - high five!)

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    1. Well if it starts giving you fits again keep this idea in mind! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. You are featured on New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!!

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  8. Depending on where you live (what kind of water - hard or soft) you may need to descale it. You're actually supposed to do it every 3 months, but we have hard water so I have to do it monthly.

    First you fill up your reservoir with 48 oz. white vinegar. Then without a K cup, brew the vinegar through the machine, emptying your cup as you go, until the add water light is flashing. Then let your machine set for 4 hours. Then fill your reservoir with water and run it through your machine without a K cup. You may have to do a couple of reservoirs of water to get rid of the vinegar taste.

    I ONLY use filtered water in my Keurig to minimize any kind of build up.

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    1. I too only use filtered water! I was going to try the descaling method next if this didn't work, but since this was faster (and I'm an impatient sort) I tried it first..Lucky for me it worked ;)
      Thanks for the idea!!!! and thanks for commenting!!

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    2. Amazing! I've worked on descaling this thing for three whole days, left vinegar in everything to work on whatever is wrong with it. Found your post, giggled, then contemplated. I'm happy to say, I burped the crap out of this thing (Brogan Adjustments do work on technology!) and now it is practically feeding me my coffee.

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  9. I just wanted to tell you all that Keurig is an awesome company - I was having issues with mine too, I bought it 2 yrs ago and had no warranty left and had NOT registered it. So I called them up and they spent about 1/2 an hour walking me through some trouble shooting {much of what you explained} ... it helped and the machine worked well for a couple more weeks. But then it stopped working right again so I called them back up and with NO questions asked they said they would ship me a BRAND new one! All I had to do was ship back my k-cup to them and they sent me a brand new machine free of charge. I was very impressed with a company like that! Many companies would not have done that! =)

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    1. That is so great that they did that!!!! Its completely awesome that they stand by their product like that!! I read on another comment that if you join their online green mountain coffee club and anything ever happens to your machine they will replace it for free. They don't advertise that but its part of the club. Just wanted to pass along that tidbit of info ;)

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  10. We are on our second Keurig. And love the newer one cause it's a lot quieter. We gave our first one to our son who is a batchelor. He loves it. I'm so glad you fixed it. Tenacity pays off. Kudos on all the bargains too. Jan in FL

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  11. Love it, featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time.

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  12. Too funny! I don't have a Keurig but I feel your pain {and the Keurig's after that spanking!) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  13. Yea! Glad that it worked! I love Craigslist too!

    Thanks for linking up to Tell it to Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living!

    --Katie

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  14. Tried de-scaling... TWICE. Then stumbled upon your blog. Gave it a good spanking and... VOILA! I'm now de-scaling a unit that's been in the attic for two years. When I'm done I'll spank that one too and see what happens. Thanks!

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  15. thank you for the giggles you gave me and my granddaughter this morning as we finally successfully got the machine to give me some coffee. I fortunately was able to get vinegar to run through it 5 or 6 times and this perhaps has solved the problem but I was so annoyed with the machine that a spanking will be my next step should it be naughty again!

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  16. I got a Keurig Elite 40 for Christmas and hate the color, but it only comes in black. The smaller, cheaper one comes in Turquoise, which I'd love, but it doesn't have a water tank..you have to fill it each time. I am thinking of painting it white, aqua or Turquoise...after I make sure it works first, because I know they'd never take it back if I did something like that. I just wonder why they offer such cool colors on the cheap model and not on the more expensive ones. I really hate how it looks. My kitchen is white, stainless and aqua.

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  17. Great post.... I am going to share this with my keurig friends...

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  18. It worked!!!! Bless you!! I was so sad....about two drips were coming out and now a full cup. After I tried all the other things. Thank you!! :-)

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  19. It worked!!!! Thank you so much!!! I tried everything and was only getting a tablespoon of coffee...now a full cup!!! I'm so excited!

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  20. I just tried this and it worked. Thank you for saving me from throwing the darn thing out!!!!!

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  21. THANK YOU - how crazy that this works?!?! So glad I didn't rush out and buy another one!

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  22. Yes! I tried several other methods first........nothing. Tried your strategy and it's now working like new. Thanks!

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  23. You are hilarious. Thanks for the tip.

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  24. Please add: Compressed air in the tank return holes!! My Keurig has a white, hook-shaped thing at the top of the machine that returns hot water back to the reservoir if it isn't used in a cycle. Pushing compressed air through these holes also helps clear out clogs in the machine.

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  25. Okay,

    I think this is a really good one. We live in a condo building and once a month, a dumpster is put outside for everyone to through out their old furniture, tires, building supplies, etc. All the stuff that does not fit in the "regular" trash. We were driving out of our condo and my wife noted a Keurig in the trash. It was basically NEW. I mean, TOTALLY NEW. We could not believe it! So, we shamelessly entered the dumpster and rescued the machine. We then went back home and I googled it and found it was a $200 machine! WOW...we really hit the jackpot!

    I ran to Target, purchased some coffee pads and dashed back home. We plugged it in and it worked great (so we thought)! Yup, you guessed it, 1/2 brewed cups of coffee. What a disappointment. No wonder it was tossed in the trash.

    But wait, "I can fix it" I told my wife and I was off to the all knowing, all seeing GOOGLE. Which, as you will note, brought me to your blog.

    I admit, I was skeptical. I did all the other things noted (cleaned, flushed, cleaned again). I though, oh well, I have nothing to lose. After all, the Keurig was free!

    So, I emptied it out, removed the water then and went over the sink and spanked my Keurig over and over and over and over! I was laughing as I was doing this as it seemed so silly. I then put it back together, plugged it in and grabbed by 12oz measuring cup. I carefully hit the brew button and waiting....and for the first time....an actual 12oz cup of coffee!! WOW!! I brought my wife in and we laughed at the spanking thing! But what can I say, it worked!

    Thanks!

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  26. Wow...I wrote a long story about finding a Keurig in the trash and it was not posted :(

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  27. My 3 year old Cuisinart Keurig developed this same problem after we moved from an area with naturally soft water to one with very hard water. I tried your burp and spank method and it worked perfectly. I'm only using filtered water now, so hopefully that will help, but if not I know what to do. Thank you so much!

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  28. I must admit I'm stunned that it worked, but WOW, I finally got a full cup of coffee after more than a year of owning a Keurig! Thanks so much.

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  29. WOW! It worked thank you for the insights and tips.....my wife thought I was insane this morning....when I said I was burping and spanking the keurig...her comment was ...obviously you have a "special relationship" with it....

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  30. Bless you, my child! Just did it and ...Perfection. Even tastes richer and more full bodied. I thought my taste was changing and would have to go to darker roasts, but not any more. Thank you thank you thank you. I love my Keurig again!!!!

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  31. I made mine worse :( It will only brew on the largest size, but only half a cup, and that's with plain water. I de-scaled it, then spanked it.

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  32. Sounds whacky BUT IT WORKED - 8 weeks of full cups and still counting.

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  33. I am an engineer, but i am not a coffee engineer... I believe that air comes out of (water) solution, so there is essentially gas trapped in parts of the pumps, tubing, tanks....

    I think that turning the machine upside down is sufficient -- but burping(spanking) makes the owner feel better.

    My opinion.

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  34. I forgot to add -- great results... much faster, fuller cup, and I think even hotter!!!

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  35. I think I killed mine earlier today. All the things on the screen lit up and it sounded like a law mower. It was spewing water from 2 places.

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  36. Burping my brewer totally worked. Thanks!!

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  37. Worked like a charm. Thanks for the tip.

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  38. Alas, I have had my Keurig about 3 years now, and...after 2 spankings, it has failed to produce. :-( but it DID live quite a bit longer for the spanking!

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  39. Well, needless to say, I was skeptical... no longer! I followed your directions and voila! A freshly brewed cup of coffee... to the brim! Thank you!

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  40. Too many Spankings. It works.. but only for a little while... WHY DOES IT WORK. What is it fixing.
    I'd like to just replace the part that's 'sticking' ...

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  41. It worked! Thank you so much.

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  42. As insane as this sounds, it worked! I have 2 of these Cuisine machines, one of them has been in service daily for 3 years the other since maybe June. The one of 3 years has never malfunctioned at all, ever. The newer one (though refurbished) is the one that suddenly stopped discharging water this morning. I tried cleaning the cup holder and threading needle in the discharge tube but nothing worked. Tried unplugging for a while, nothing. Tried swapping water reservoirs with the good one and nothing. Made coffee with the good one and found this page. After collecting myself from howling at the name and description of the procedure, I figured eh why not. Spanked the devil out of it and didn't seem like anything came out. Turned it on...WORKED PERFECTLY! LOL!

    Thanks again!

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  43. This method ultimately seemed to work for us, solving our short cup and slow brewing problems. Our machine made 3 or 4 correctly sized cups after the procedure was performed, but then things actually got WORSE than they had been before. It would display that it was brewing but nothing would happen. I turned it off and back on and then tried again. I got the same result several times. Maybe a tablespoon of coffee each time. I then unplugged it for a while before trying again. When I plugged it back in and turned it on, only the 12 oz. icon showed on the display. Things were getting even worse... or so I thought. I "brewed" a 12 oz. cup with no K-Cup in and it gave me a full 12 oz. cup of water. The display went back to normal. I then brewed a coffee and it came out just fine. We've had no short cups since then and the machine seems to act and sound like it did when it was new. My wife still thinks it brews a bit slower than it did before, but she can be a bit impatient with this kind of thing. So anyway, thanks for the FIX!

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  44. 48 year old maIe, can't believe I'm getting Fix It advice from a "Mommy" website. You rock! Mine is about 2 years old and we use it at our family business. I even bought a Black Friday deal Keurig that we're using at home until the Cuisinart was "died". Now it works like new. I guess I have one for home now too. :-)

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  45. Along with everyone else, I just wanted to say thank you. Crazy solution but it works.
    -noticed our brewer under brewing, then taking almost 4min to brew half a cup. After trying, cleaner cups, keurig descaler process, vinegar descaling process, and finally an off market descaler all to no avail, as well as tearing it down cleaning everything we could including changing a filter that was only 1 month old... spanking it worked!
    Should mention brewer is Keurig 2.0 K300, and have only had since Christmas(2014),
    so less than 2 months old. Thanks again, saved us having to ship it back.

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  46. About 3 days ago, our heavily used Cuisinart-Keurig started taking a long time to brew and the cup sizes were getting smaller and smaller. After various cleaning attempts failed to work, we were prepared to replace it the machine.
    Just before tossing it, I chanced on the "burp and spank" approach and decided to give it a "last try".
    Twenty minutes later - both brew timing and cup size are working properly.
    Thank you.

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  47. Our Keurig is about 9 years old, we have certainly gotten our money's worth. Today, too much water was dripping, I had to grab a second cup and turn the machine off. I thought I would try this, even though it was a different problem, and it worked! Some grinds came out, not a lot, but it did the trick. Thank you!

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  48. Mine's about a year old. Just stopped midstream this morning. (Never gave a "descale" prompt, just stopped). Google searched, found this. Followed the steps. Spanked it about 5 good times using some pretty serious whacks, lol... Fired up immediately after, no problem. THANK YOU!
    KB, Sugar Land, TX

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  49. Thank you for this information. IT WORKED!!!!

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  50. Followed your instructions and it worked like a charm. I was ready to throw out after trying all other suggestions, running numerous cycles, and even disassembling the top of the unit. Thanks!!

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  51. So I am going to try to spank ot tomorrow. Question is, if it doesn't work..is this a cuisenart or a keurig? Still not quite sure on which company would be responsible.

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  52. This is my second unit and I almost threw it across the street when it stopped today. The usual fix of the paperclip and wasting a few K-cups to test it out proved not to work.

    I found this post and thought "this is right up my alley" and I went back down to the kitchen and removed the water tank and turned the machine over. Then I beat the shit out of it. Cleaned it up and BOOM my Black Tiger brand coffee was brewing like normal.

    THANK YOU MOMMY!

    TK

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  53. You have my vote for best headline and fix ever. Machine working like new again. And so am I now that I've had my coffee. You are going to go to heaven. That's obvious.

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  54. I accidentally hit delete instead of publish on the following comment so it was tossed into the wild blue internet yonder by Blogger. Thanks to the modern marvel of technology it was still in my email. Here it is, copied and pasted, so that all my fellow coffee-a-holics could appreciate the hilarity it contains:Laurie Behrmann has left a new comment on your post "Burp it and Spank it!! (the secret Keurig fix)":

    I have a story to share. Maybe better than yours. ;)

    Have had my Keurig Mini for quite a few years. Worked fine. Went away for 2 weeks for Christmas and New Year's to visit my daughter. My son I and fly the red eye New Year's Eve and get home New Year's morning.

    This is where I should tell you I live in Massachusetts. It was about 20 degrees that day. We walk in and it's 45 degrees in the house. Furnace is off.Now you know I am not calling to have them come on New Year's Day unless I want to empty my bank account. Thank goodness my son and I know how to do stuff! We have to prime it - twice - and finally it gets going. It's being weird though and won't stay on. It's happened before so I know what's going on. I have to stay awake to keep resetting it.

    I bundIed up in layers of comfy warm pj's, hoodie and sweats, my fuzzy robe, two pairs of socks and my slippers, long gloves and a scarf. Then I hunkered down on the couch with my warmest fuzzy throw and comforter and wrapped myself up like a mummy. Have you got a visual on this? LOL

    Then I finished the coffee that I got at Dunkin' Donuts on the way home. I crawl out of my blanket cave and think, "At least I can drink coffee all day to keep warm".

    NOT!!! I go out to the kitchen to make my coffee. Put the water in, k-cup in, close it up, and hit the brew button. It starts to make noise like it's heating up and then ... Nothing. I shut it off, open and close it, hit brew and try it again. Same thing...sounds like it's heating up-I can hear that gurgling sound but NO COFFEE!! I am stuck. I can't do a descaling because I can't even get the water to come out.

    Hello Google! What do I see? Articles about Spanking!! They are related to the larger machines with the reservoir, not the Mini, but I figured I had nothing to lose. It didn't work anyway. So, out to the kitchen I go. Dump out the water and I spank the dickens out of that bad boy! Plug it in, turn it on, put in my water (I wanted to test so I didn't waste the k-cup) and VOILA!!!! I had a working Keurig again. :)

    Talk about a little shimmy, I was having a full blown dance party in my kitchen!!

    I did run the vinegar through and then 2 rounds of fresh water before I made coffee just to clear it out. But I was able to face the freezing house knowing I had my Keurig and Netflix. Nothing like coffee and the Walking Dead to keep you going. LOL

    So, even if no water will dispense, if the light comes on and it's "working" that way give it a spank.

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  56. It works!!! Thank you. This is the 3rd time that I have had issues with Keurig and the other times I was able to clean it. This time, it needed a beating. Thank you so much.

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  57. Another problem that happens to the Keurigs is that calcium from the water collects in the boiler tank. I don't have super hard water, but I have to descale mine about every four to six months. I probably brew 3 cups per day on average. You dump the reservoir and refill it with white vinegar. You then take the k-cup out and cycle the machine a couple of times at your largest cup setting. On the last cycle interrupt the machine by cutting power just as it starts to dispense, so the boiler is as full of vinegar as you can get it. Turn the power back on (it won't dispense) and leave it sitting hot for 3 hours. At the end of that time, rinse the reservoir and fill it with water and flush the machine by cycling it a few times with fresh water. Once the liquid coming out stops smelling like vinegar, you are ready to brew coffee.

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  58. Soooo happy this worked!! Thank you

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  59. wow. thank you. You've saved my students and my 2 boys from impending doom tomorrow morning! merci beaucoup!

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  60. It worked!! Thanks so much!

    www.Lipofsky.com

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  61. Omg I'm dying! My Cuisinart keurig was brewing less than a tsp,my husband walked in to find my contemplating drop kicking the machine out of the kitchen, and suggested I Google the issue-i found ur blog and decided that even if it didn't work I would still have the satisfaction of beating on the machine! Any way...my husband hears the commotion and wanders in to ask what I'm doing "why, spanking my coffee maker of course, duh!" He thought I'd lost my mind, but I'll be damned if after a little abuse that little bugger didn't make me the finest cup of coffee! Lol (and no,I didn't spill a single drop as I did a jig in my kitchen! )

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  62. I must admit, I was skeptical. However: after trying this, it worked well. The only glitch I had is after filling the reservoir back up, and putting a K-cup in, it filled only to about 1/4 cup. Then it paused, and went on to overfill the cup (or would have, had I not turned the power switch off before that happened!) I then took another cup, took out the K-cup and pressed the medium fill button. Worked perfectly. I have no reason to believe it won't work as advertised from here on. There must be some relays inside the unit that get corroded or stuck, and the spank the bottom trick dislodges/corrects the relay problem. Another satisfied customer!

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  63. These comments are hilarious...I woke up this morning and almost slipped and busted my a** on water all over the floor...my wonderful machine (I love my machine btw) decided to have serious bladder control issues upon automatic start this morning and emptied itself...completely (and yes, the reservoir was completely full)...I think I will try this trick today.

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  64. Took 4 slapping events to get it to start working

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  65. OMG. I can't believe this worked. I have tried every freaking fix out there and stumbled across this (hilarious, btw) write up. Smacked around my machine and voila - full cup! I'm so excited :)

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  66. I had read on another site (don't remember which lol), a yr or so ago about the slapping but, never had an issue with that until today! But, glad I did because, I found your page when I jumped on Google! I just wanted to say, hoping it helps...I did the slapping pretty hard, 2 times. It did not work but, I then turned it upside down shook the (****) beans out. Surprised at the water that flowed out, even though I had slapped it before shaking it! The water that came out was also hot, from after slapping it I plugged in to see if it had fixed it!! So, slap and a good shake lol 😁

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  67. This does work. Our Cuisinart Kuerig machine seemed completely hopeless. Turned it upside down...Beat on the bottom very hard and then blew compressed air into the flexible plastic l-shaped overflow tube at the top of the water tank. The machine is back to life and working correctly.

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  68. My Cuisinart SS-700 (Keurig) machine was very slowly brewing coffee and I had to run it through 2 cycles to get a full cup. I tried vinegar, the actual descaling fluid from Keurig and it only worked for a couple of weeks, tops, then back to looking on the internet for another machine. I came upon your post and tried it...both my wife and I got in on it and it worked like a charm! Thanks for this post and I hope others read and try it too!

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  69. i tried descaling three times(thank goodness i love the smell of vinegar)i even bought the descaling solution , i did the paperclip trick and still short cups, unfortunately i tried this trick also and beat the snot out of the thing and still short cups......any other solutions to try?

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  70. Okay so 4 years later and here I am having to stop and say THANK YOU for this! I did this with the machine we have at work - and my boss looked at me like I was a little crazy for slapping the machine around. We had issues not too long ago where it would brew half a cup...then less than half...until nothing would come out at all. After some cleaning it was working great until today, when I got about a third of a cup! I decided this was worth a try...all these people couldn't be wrong! And if all else failed, I was back where I started anyway. So as crazy as I might have looked, when I ran through some hot water after I was done, I got a full cup. I did another test round (also to try to get out some of the gunk) of just water - and again, a full cup! It was well worth looking crazy to be able to have my coffee back at work again. Thank you so much! If you got here like me by Google, PLEASE go try this out! I don't know why it works, it just definitely does! :)

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  71. Actually it is almost to the day FIVE years later now...wow! I have to get used to this 2017 thing lol. But even if it was a million years later, I am eternally grateful!

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  72. Thank you for writing this! My cuisinart/keurig contraption was dispensing 30oz of water at a time, no matter what I did (which was everything except spanking it) - totally did the trick, and now I can use it again - yay!
    Note: the first "cup" I tried after the spanking was the same thing (30oz) (I guess it had to flush out whatever loosed in there), but the second was spot on.

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  73. WOW! It worked exactly as stated! I felt ridiculous spanking my machine, but grounds DID come out, not many, but apparently enough to fix the low ounce brewing! Kudos for sharing the fix, and to my husband who found your site!

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