Do you own a Keurig coffee maker? If so, then have you ever had to store it for an extended period of time? If your answer is no, then we are assuming that the answer to the question about how much money do you want to make is not “a lot.” Luckily, there are some tips and tricks on how to drain your Keurig coffee machines. We will tell you what tools you will need and provide step-by-step instructions on how to drain Keurig 2.0 for storage!

How to Drain Water Out of a Keurig Coffee

There are a few types of water reservoirs for the Keurig coffee maker.

  • The first is called a “closed system.” This type holds about 12 cups of water and you can fill it by opening up the top lid and pouring in fresh tap water or bottled spring water, but not with any other liquids. It also has an automatic shutoff if there’s no more room left on your k-cup holder to store another pod when brewing is done so that all those unused pods won’t overflow onto your countertop.
  • The second kind used in models like the B145 model is called open system KOIERE which means that this one holds about 50 cups of water and you can fill it by opening the top lid to remove a funnel that is inside. This one does not have an automatic shutoff when brewing is done.
  • There are several ways to drain your Keurig coffee maker for storage purposes, but they involve removing all residual water from the reservoir first. The one way would be to use gravity in the form of tipping over or inverting the machine onto its side so any excess liquid drains out into a sink or other container below. You may need help with this if there’s too much weight on top to tip over safely without taking off all parts as some people do before storing their appliances away for winter (not recommended ).
  • Another way to empty your Keurig is the more popular and simpler method of running a cycle with only water in it. This will ensure that any leftover water or liquid has been drained out from inside the machine before storage but can take up to four minutes per cup of coffee because there’s no pressure involved at all. It also means not being able to use it for anything else while you’re draining, so if you need iced coffee in the summertime on weekends this won’t work for you without an additional step.

What should I do after emptying my Keurig?

Give it some time to air dry completely afterward by leaving off parts like the lid or top until completely dried then reassemble carefully back together.

How often do you need to drain your Keurig?

Depends on the use and frequency of brewing but we recommend draining your Keurig at least once every 30 days just to make sure no water is left behind for longer periods of time where mold or bacteria can accumulate over time.

What tools do you need to drain your Keurig?

You’ll need a carafe full of cold water, Some paper towels, napkins or dishcloths that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. You can also use your old t-shirt if you’d like! I recommend using white vinegar for removing any residue left behind on the machine as well. This will help with keeping it clean before storage and prevent mold over time in between uses. It’s best not to store it while there is still excess water inside because this may cause corrosion after long periods of nonuse which will eventually shorten its lifespan due to damage by oxidation via exposure to air and moisture. Paper Towels or Dish Cloth, White Vinegar.

The process to Drain Your Keurig

Begin by gathering your tools. You will need a measuring cup or bowl that can hold at least two cups of water and is taller than the machine itself, an old t-shirt (or some paper towels), and something heavy like a cast-iron skillet or another microwaveable appliance with weight such as a kettle. Fill the container with enough cold water so it’s level with the top of the brewer. Then place it on its side behind where you plan to stand in front of it when you pour out excess water from inside. Next, take your shirt/towels and lay them around where you’re going to be standing for easy clean-up after emptying any remaining coffee in the basket.

Next, lift up the lid and fill the water reservoir with cold tap water to a level that is just below where you could add coffee grounds or K-Cups. The machine should be filled up so that it doesn’t boil dry during operation (approximately two cups). If needed, use leftover t-shirt material/paper towels at this time to wipe down any lingering debris from the inside of your Keurig before proceeding. Place the lid back on top of the brewer and plug-in unit for 20 seconds if unsure about whether there is enough power going through the cord to allow the brew cycle. After waiting approximately five minutes after the initial filling process has finished turn off the heat setting by rotating the knob all the way clockwise until it clicks into place, this will prevent the machine from heating up and potentially making a mess.

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I'm Carl. I am a coffee lover, and I write articles about coffee for my blog, The Coffee Net. One of the best things in life is watching someone enjoy their first cup of coffee and seeing them light up with joy!

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