Introduction

This guide will assist you in unclogging your water dispensing hose. To get to the hose you are going to need a #1 Philips screw driver.

Parts

No parts required.

Lift up the handle of the Keurig Mini.
  • Lift up the handle of the Keurig Mini.

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Make sure to avoid the needles above and inside the K-cup because may puncture your hand Firmly place a finger on each one of the three tabs that hold the K-cup holder into place, pushing in lightly. The tabs are difficult to see, but they are there and will make the removal easier.  The top tab is located in the same location as the white triangle and the bottom two are located under the plastic bumps highlighted in the picture.
  • Make sure to avoid the needles above and inside the K-cup because may puncture your hand

  • Firmly place a finger on each one of the three tabs that hold the K-cup holder into place, pushing in lightly. The tabs are difficult to see, but they are there and will make the removal easier. The top tab is located in the same location as the white triangle and the bottom two are located under the plastic bumps highlighted in the picture.

You may want to show a picture of the needles to show what exactly to avoid even though it might be blatantly obvious.

Creed Borden - Reply

You should write "They" between "inside the K-cup because" and "may puncture your hand"

Creed Borden - Reply

I did the needle up the 2 pin hole trick and it's working now!

hooyame2002 - Reply

What is a needle up the 2 pin hole trick?

Gina -

Firmly rock the K-cup holder from side to side, loosening the K-cup holder from its seat. Firmly rock the K-cup holder from side to side, loosening the K-cup holder from its seat.
  • Firmly rock the K-cup holder from side to side, loosening the K-cup holder from its seat.

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Pull the K-cup holder straight out.
  • Pull the K-cup holder straight out.

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Open the top lid of the Keurig. Pull directly outwards on one of the arms that holds the top lid in place.  It will take some force to get the arm off the peg.  Once one side is off, repeat the process on the second arm. Pull directly outwards on one of the arms that holds the top lid in place.  It will take some force to get the arm off the peg.  Once one side is off, repeat the process on the second arm.
  • Open the top lid of the Keurig.

  • Pull directly outwards on one of the arms that holds the top lid in place. It will take some force to get the arm off the peg. Once one side is off, repeat the process on the second arm.

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Lay the Keurig on its back with the water reservoir pointing away from you.
  • Lay the Keurig on its back with the water reservoir pointing away from you.

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Avoid the top needle as it may puncture your hand.
  • Avoid the top needle as it may puncture your hand.

  • Unscrew the two 9mm #1 Philips screws that hold the top plastic cover in place.

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Set the Keurig in an upright position with the front side facing you.
  • Set the Keurig in an upright position with the front side facing you.

  • Pull the cover off the top of the Keurig. It should come off easily with little force.

Not coming off easily. Pull toward front a little helps.

Henry Huang - Reply

Firmly grasp the hose and pull it off of the plastic nozzle.
  • Firmly grasp the hose and pull it off of the plastic nozzle.

Before pulling, you can see if this portion of the tube is clogged. If clogged at the other end, you may be wasting time going further. See comments at the last step.

Henry Huang - Reply

Our unit's hose end was secured with a plastic zip tie that had to be cut off. When replacing the hose, a new zip tie was required.

M A - Reply

Unscrew the two  9 mm #1 Philips screws at the top of the device.
  • Unscrew the two 9 mm #1 Philips screws at the top of the device.

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Push down lightly on the nozzle that the hose was attached to. The plastic housing along with the needle should pop off without much force.
  • Push down lightly on the nozzle that the hose was attached to. The plastic housing along with the needle should pop off without much force.

Make sure to clean out the needle carefully at this point, paper clip is good from the hose attachment nub rather challenging the sharp nèdle end

Tim Tiegs - Reply

Handle needs to be in upright position, then it pops out without force.

Christina Slack - Reply

With the needle removed, open the device by pulling up on the handle.
  • With the needle removed, open the device by pulling up on the handle.

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Push in on one of the arms attached to the K-cup holder plastic housing to remove it from its rails.  The arms are identical for both sides so once one side is free repeat the process for the second side. The plastic is flexible and will not snap with the force applied. Once the arms are removed, the configuration should look like the picture. The K-cup holder housing should be separated from the arms.
  • Push in on one of the arms attached to the K-cup holder plastic housing to remove it from its rails. The arms are identical for both sides so once one side is free repeat the process for the second side.

    • The plastic is flexible and will not snap with the force applied.

  • Once the arms are removed, the configuration should look like the picture. The K-cup holder housing should be separated from the arms.

My Keurig has white, nylon half-grommets to reduce wear, where the post of each arm slides in its slot. Take care that they do not fall down into the machine and that you do not lose them.

wheelersthree - Reply

That just happened,( lost the grommet), I can hear it but can't get it out from inside the machine. I put everything back together and it is working. One note: may I suggest removing just the k-cup holder then removing the two screws for the top. you can then access the upper part of the hose. after that I used a long tie wrap (pipe cleaner would have been better, (I had given my tobacco pipes and cleaning equipment away last week.) Also I ran a bread tie down the top connection for the hose and into the needle. That is where I found the last of my clog. So now all I need is to find that little plastic piece and it will be perfect but it is working without it

sandpat76 -

Getting this part put back together is near impossible. White pieces keep falling off & don't seem to line up correctly with plastic arms. Over 1 hour to get to this point. Frustrating.

Christina Lemmey - Reply

Don't take it apart at this point! Move on to the next step, then it is super easy to remove this front part in the same way but from the bottom pegs, if you want to clean all the small spaces covered in coffee dust and

Christina Slack - Reply

Use a Phillips #1 screw driver to remove the four 12 mm screws that hold the arm assembly in place.
  • Use a Phillips #1 screw driver to remove the four 12 mm screws that hold the arm assembly in place.

The hose in the picture in this step is a little distracting.

Rubia Siddiqi - Reply

Lift up the arm and pull up the handle assembly. It should easily come off. This white tab falls off easily, remove it and set it aside to ensure it is not lost.
  • Lift up the arm and pull up the handle assembly. It should easily come off.

  • This white tab falls off easily, remove it and set it aside to ensure it is not lost.

The first picture is a little on the dark side, but I could still tell what you're trying to say in the picture. Maybe make it a little brighter?

Rubia Siddiqi - Reply

The second picture in this step shows the white plastic 'slide guide thinger', it is however upside down. During reassembly make sure to have it the other way so that the handle assembly will stay up when installing a k cup. If not the handle will fall everytime you let it go making for a frustrating coffee going experience especially if your not a morning person. :)

foxyauto - Reply

If your clog is in the other end of the hose, you are out of luck. I had only used my machine about 6 times before it wouldn't dispense. I disassembled the contraption, and stuck a pipe cleaner down the hose. There is no clog. Keurig is sending me a $50 coupon to apply toward a new machine.

Jill Kozak - Reply

Lift up the arm of the Keurig Mini to get it out of the way.
  • Lift up the arm of the Keurig Mini to get it out of the way.

  • Hold the water tube at its base while pinching it tightly.

  • While maintaining pressure on the tube, slide your fingers along until the tip to push out any material clogging the hose.

  • Repeat this process until all obstructions are removed.

What if the clog is at the other end of the hose?

wheelersthree - Reply

See above for my fix with the syringe with boiling water.

Kimthetoollady - Reply

To kimthetoollady. Where can I find your "above" fix?

Henry Huang - Reply

I too used a small medicine syringe of CLR cleaner and pushed it into the hose slowly

Tim Tiegs - Reply

Our tube had visible grounds clogs deep into the tube. So took our house vacuum hose and cupped my hand around it and the tube. Clogs instantly sucked into the vaccum - even pulled a few drops of water from the tank. Took no time, no boiling water and did not have to take out the needle to do. Will work with shop-vac hose as well.

M A - Reply

This worked for me. Thanks! My needle was clogged this time. However, to unclog the hose I pour some vinegar in with the water and run that through the machine about 6 times. Now I just do it once a month, or depending on how much I use it like routine maintenance!

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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To clear the hose I needn't have gone beyond step 9. Once the hose is detached one can run a pipe cleaner down it. I was amazed how many coffee grounds were stuck way up there where there shouldn't be any!

A tip would be to use a magnetized screwdriver: I was worried that the screws would fall into the workings of the machine.

For the final step of reattaching the lid, having a second person would help or perhaps holding it between your knees might help - trying to apply pressure to the screws also made the arms/compartment want to collapse/ close so that was a bit of a challenge.

Very informative instructions and I now have a Keurig that works again!! :)

Linda Alphan - Reply

Thumbs up on the magnetized screwdriver tip

M A -

While you have your brewer this far apart it would be wise to take a small wire or even a sewing needle and run it down the slightly squared, open side of both of the Keurig needles. You'll be surprised at how grounds have gotten in there and slowed the flow of output liquid, mine flows like a new one again.

mhb2661 - Reply

Your comment saved me a lot of hassle. I didn't even have to go to step 2. I just threaded a small wire through the hole, and it went from completely blocked to like new. Thanks for the wire threading idea. I didn't have to take apart anything!

Grateful -

I have never been able to follow an instruction manual in my life but I'm feeling pretty good right now. Not only did I fix my Kuerig but I managed to get all the pieces back where they were supposed to be. Thanks for the great directions!

bahamajane2002 - Reply

OMG, it worked!!!! Thanks iFixit I always come to this site to DIY techie fixes.

soliva - Reply

I was able to clear the hose using just canned air!! I just pointed the little red straw into one of the holes in the Keurig needle, closed off the other holes in the needle with my thumb and first finger, gave it a blast and BAM, the water was flowing again. Maybe my clog was in the needle, but I think that's unlikely because I had already cleaned it out throughly with a sewing pin. I know the seal with my fingers wasn't great, but apparently it was good enough to push the air all the way through the tube because I could hear it bubbling up in the water reservoir. It's worth a try before you take your machine apart!

Alison - Reply

I am with wheelers3. You directions were good, but the OTHER end is where the clog is. I can't blow air through it, pipe cleaners were not long enough. How do I get the water reservoir off? Please advise. Your directions were good & easy to follow, just stopped one step too soon. TIA. Kim

kim - Reply

http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/spikem...

I found this step by step album, it's excellent work! My complements and thanks to the owner. hope it helps you

fwashicosky01 -

Our tube had visible grounds clogs deep into the tube. So took our house vacuum hose and cupped my hand around it and the tube. Clogs instantly sucked into the vaccum - even pulled a few drops of water from the tank. Took no time, no boiling water and did not have to take out the needle to do. Will work with shop-vac hose as well.

M A -

Worked like a charm. Thanks

Rozz Hopkins - Reply

Thank you you helped me so much...XOXO

wendibirdie1969 - Reply

This worked great as a guide to disassembling the keurig wheather your clog is in the needle or the hose. Its nice too know whats involved in something before you go tearing into it. My clog was deep in the hose and i was without pipe cleaners so i used my faucet on low to run water thru the hose backwardss and also blew thru it. I then dumped out the water by turning the whole thing upside down and repeated until all of the debris came out. One thing to note during assembly is the direction of the white plastic piece that acts as a slide guide that the author made reference to when noting that it fallls out easily. I used the photo he posted as directional reference and found that if assembled in this way the handle assembly will not lock in the upright position when installing a new kcup. btw does anyone have any good tips for preventing debris from entering the system in the first place

foxyauto - Reply

Our debris was 100% coffee grounds, so grounds must back up into the pipe because of back pressure during the brewing process. Then if those grounds sit in the tube and in the needle for a while, they harden up. Two tips then: 1. immediately remove used K-cup after brewing so the needle is not sitting in the K-cup's pile of cooling, hardening grounds, 2. "brew" a cup of hot water, no K-cup, every second or third cup to clear the tube/needle with no back pressure and 3) paper clip the needle regularly so its channels stay open and reduce back pressure. Brew on!

M A -

After trying all of this, fighting like a dog to take it apart from the bottom to no avail because I figured that was where my clog was, I decided to try something outside the box. I felt that there was goop inside the bottom part of my white hose. I took a syringe and injected boiling water down the white tube. A turkey baster would work too! I pushed in boiling water until it spewed back at me. I let it sit for a few minutes, tipped the whole contraption upside down to drain the water out and then repeated my hot water syringe again. Tipped the water out as best I could, but its okay if water is still in the tube. I then went through the normal process of making a cup of coffee, less the K-cup, and let it run through and viola! it worked! I've run it a few times to make sure it is running through. I have now poured vinegar into the system and letting it set to clear out any other sediments, and will run it through a few more times. I'm happy I was able to fix this!

Kimthetoollady - Reply

Okay so I cleaned out the hose and put it back together but now when I try to brew, the "Brew" button won't highlight. It's stuck between telling me to add water and to add a Kcup. Please tell me I'm not the only one who had this problem. And how to fix it. I must have done something wrong because the previous commenters seem like they had no problems!

kalliopec - Reply

You're not the only one. Our button would not even light. So tried to disassemble from the bottom to get to the switch. A nightmare, so gave up, reassembled assuming I would have to go to step 17 - order new unit. Well, it "came back to life" after reassembly but on persnickety basis - the button has to be rolled around in just the right way! So because it was my mother-in-law's "must have" brewer, I went to step 17 anyway for her as Mother's Day gift and kept the precocious one to take to my office. It works but must be lovingly handled. All parallels to a successful marital strategy are purely coincidental - grin.

M A -

This helped so much, I used a syringe to pull through the tube. Although very happy that it's brewing again, cool water is trickling down to my cup as water is heating. What could be causing this?

lauragriffin76 - Reply

Your forgot step 17. If this doesn't work, go to Amazon and order another.

dstein1 - Reply

Classic - my thoughts as well!

michaeljmooney -

I skipped these steps and instead stuck a needle up into the big top "needle." Clean as a whistle now!

Savannah Lewis - Reply

YESSSS worked like a charm!! Excellent step by step guide-- the pictures were incredibly helpful. Thank you!!

Abby Fitzgibbon - Reply

Wow! Thanks for the superb advice!

masterpink08 - Reply

Thank you so much! I ended up just having to fill the tube with my faucet and then suck whatever was stuck in there out, since I didn't have pipe cleaners or anything. Maybe not the safest or most sanitary option but whatever was stuck came out!

Darbi Haley - Reply

Extremely helpful. Yay coffee again

Anita Vanvleck - Reply

You don't know how much I appreciate the step by step w pictures, thank you so much!!

bonitasenorita84 - Reply

Great instructions! I might recommend instructing users who think their hose is clogged to be sure it’s not the needle first (which can be cleared with a paperclip and minimal disassembling). These directions were spot on though, and reassembly wasn’t difficult!

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