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Keurig Needle Maintenance Tips (How To Guide)

If you have ever dropped a pod in your beloved Keurig and discovered a sluggish filing coffee cup, or worse, no water coming out at all from your Keurig, then it’s probable you have a clogged Keurig needle. This post will teach you Keurig needle maintenance, and how to clean a Keurig needle so you can restore your coffee maker back to its usual brewing methods so you can enjoy your next cup of coffee.

Keurig Needle Maintenance Tips

Clogged Keurig needles are a minor irritation at most and nothing to worry about, really. Coffee grinds, cocoa mix, and tea leaves, etc. might cause them to clog up, resulting in the increase of pressure behind the crowded region.

How To Clean Keurig Needle

Thankfully, it’s simple enough enough to accomplish on your own. Follow these simple steps to Clean Your Keurig Needle:

  • Simply remove the pod holder to pull out the funnel.
  • Next, use a paper clip to remove dirt from around the needles.
  • Replace them and conduct two brew cycles to verify whether your machine’s running well now.

Who doesn’t like having unlimited access to their morning cup of joe every morning? A Keurig that won’t brew properly might be a real hassle to deal with. Chances are that cleaning the needles will cure the problem.

The top needle on a Keurig Brewer may be located beneath the head of the brewer — the section you normally raise. Two holes and a razor-sharp tip may be found right there. Grab a paper clip and place it into the holes of the entry needle, then wiggle it around to remove debris.

How Does A Keurig Work

When you put a K-cup into your Keurig and shut it, two needles are functioning concurrently. The top and the bottom are both punctured in this way.


The bottom of the coffee pod is perforated by the machine’s needle, while the top wrapper is punctured by the machine’s needle when you shut the machine. If you don’t use one of these needles to pierce the pod, you’re going to have problems with your coffee.

Keurig Needle Maintenance Steps

Remove the blockages using the steps below, and you Keurig will be good as new and ready to back to work in no time at all:

Access The Keurig Needles

First and foremost, we need to get to the Needle, and have a clear path to clean the same. Here’s how you can do that:

Turn Off the Keurig

Unplug the Keurig machine from the power outlet. This will prevent any unlikely electric shocks and possible burns.

Remove the Pod Holder from the Keurig

Lift the machine’s handle as if you were inserting a K-cup. With your left hand, grip the top of the pod holder, and with your right hand, gently push it up. The pod will be much easier to remove this way.

Remove the Funnel from the Holder

With your left hand, grab the holder’s top and the funnel’s funnel with your right hand, and slowly pull them apart until they separate. With a little effort, the two parts will separate.

Inexperienced users of Keurig machines may find it difficult to separate the pod holder from the funnel during the cleaning process. If you find yourself in this scenario, all it takes to release the two parts is a few minutes under hot running water.

Let’s Clean the Keurig Needle

Insert a Paper Clip into the Holder

Flip the needle upside down before cleaning it. Now, if you have a bent paper clip, straighten it out. Afterwards, slide a paperclip into the little tube at the bottom and wiggle it about for about a half-minute to see if that helps.

The Brewer Maintenance Accessory may also be used to clear the machine’s needle of dirt and coffee particles. Clogs may be cleared with a 30-second spin.

Wash the Funnel & Pod Holder

Rinse the Funnel and the Pod Holder under tap water. Use a sponge or a cloth to clean any leftover dirt from the surface. Keep an eye out for your finger in the exit needle when you wash the pod holder’s exit needle using this method.

How to clean keurig needle

Where is the Entrance Needle

You must raise the brewer’s handle and open the area where K-cups are put to find the needle’s entry point. The needle should now be visible at the base of the skull. 

Clean the Particles from the Entrance Needle

The entry needle has apertures on both sides, as you’ll see. Insert a straightened paperclip into each of the needle’s apertures.

A paper clip may help loosen the blocked particles, but use caution because of the needles’ very sharp edges.

Wrapping it all back where it belongs

Connecting the Funnel and the Pod Holder

Make certain that the two components are completely dry before reassembling them. Push the funnel and pod holder together after aligning their side slots.

Keep pressing the two parts together until you hear a ‘click,’ which is your assurance that they are linked.

Insert the Pod Holder back in to the Keurig

The pod holder’s tabs should be aligned with the apertures on the machine. Before reinstalling the pod holder, be careful to put the tabbed side on the bottom and the non-tabbed side on top when placing it back into the machine. Press down on the top of the pod holder until it fits snugly into the desired location.

Test Brew Cycle

Grab your mug and put the brewer back on. Put it on a tray and fill the water reservoir with water.

Brew cycles should begin with a big cup, so choose wisely. Any leftover dirt particles may be flushed out with two brew cycles of water alone. For a lovely and fresh cup of coffee, insert your K-cup after the second cycle has completed.

Clean the Keurig needles every eight to ten weeks by following the Keurig needle maintenance tips above for a consistent and optimum performance.

How Do I Replace The Keurig Puncture Needle?

Follow these steps

  • Take hold of the knob
  • Remove the two screws on either side of the handle by finding and removing them.
  • The damaged handle on the machine should be removed and replaced with the replacement one that you purchased
  • Remove the two 9.5 mm screws by locating and removing them.
  • Remove the ring of plastic that surrounds the K-cup holder by pulling it off.
  • After that, remove the two screws that are located beneath the lid.
  • Remove the Keurig brewer lid and look for and remove the two screws on the Puncture Needle’s top.
  • Make sure to squeeze and then draw the hose first, so you can easily separate it from the Puncture Needles.
  • Remove the Puncture Needle Assembly from the brewing machine with care.
  • Assemble the next one in exactly the same way.

Wrapping Up

Having a broken Keurig needle might be a hassle, but at least you can quickly repair it if it happens to you again.

Every month or so is a good rule of thumb for maintaining the Keurig’s brewer accessory tool and keeping it working properly by following the keurig needle maintenance tips. You’ll be back to enjoying your favorite cup of coffee in no time with this fast cure.

About the author

Praveen Rajarao

Praveen Rajarao is an Entrepreneur and in his spare time blogs on his website –http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.pbgeeks.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides. Daily Morning Coffee is also accepting Guest Posts from Professional Bloggers at this time, take a look at “Write For DMC” page for more details on the same.

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