Why Won’t My Keurig Turn On (How to Fix)

Keurig coffee makers are convenient, compact appliances that can make a single cup of coffee quickly and easily. You can find them in lots of offices and hotels because of this convenience. However, like any mechanical device, Keurig machines can break or stop working for a variety of reasons. One frequent problem with Keurig machines is that they won’t turn on. Whether you see an error message or the lights just don’t come on when you press the “ON” button, these problems can seem frustratingly random. Fortunately, there are several simple solutions you can try if your keurig won’t turn on.

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.

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.

If the second appliance doesn’t also turn on, the outlet is probably broken. Try using another grounded outlet to see if the first outlet is malfunctioning. If this doesn’t work, inspect your household’s circuit breaker box to see if a circuit has been flipped. Switch 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.

There are two common causes of power-on failure in Keurig machines: a non-responsive ‘power on’ button and a display screen that does not work. The Keurig does not turn on if one of these parts fails. The causes of other Keurig failure 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 machine may also fail to turn on if the power cord is cut and the wires are not properly connected. 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 Keurig coffee maker. It enables communication between all of the device’s electronic components to allow the machine to function. If the ‘power on’ components of the control board are faulty, the machine won’t turn on.

The thermostat

Keurig brewers have internal thermostats that prevent the machine from overheating. A faulty thermostat can also cause a power-on failure in a Keurig brewer, even if the thermal fuses have not burnt out.

How to fix Keurig 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.

Basic Resetting (for Keurig 1.0 brewers won’t turn on)

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.

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’.

My Keurig is Not Brewing the Right Size Amount

  • Make sure the water reservoir tank is fully connected to the base of the Keurig. If it is not correctly seated or misaligned it will not intake enough water into the brewer.
  • Your water filter may be clogged or in need of replacement. Replace or clean your water filter and try again.
  • Your exit needle or entrance needle may be clogged with debris. Clear any debris from the needle hole using a paperclip. When using one or two of these commercial-strength rinsing pods, be sure to clear all of the smelly gunk from the insides of your brewing chamber. This is especially true if you own a K150, K155, B150, B155, K2500, or any other commercial brewing model.


Why did my Keurig won’t turn on?

If your Keurig coffee maker won’t power on, make sure the power cord is plugged into the wall. If it is, try plugging the machine into a different power outlet to make sure that it’s not that outlet that’s faulty.

How do I force my Keurig to reboot?

Basic Steps

  1. Remove the water reservoir before powering the machine off and unplugging. Allow the brewer to sit unplugged for a few minutes without the water reservoir attached.
  2. Plug your Keurig into its own designated outlet.
  3. Power the machine back on and then replace the reservoir.

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