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Keurig Coffee Maker Won’t Turn On? Here are a Few Possible Reasons Why

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Erica Cervenkova

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Turning on your Keurig coffee maker is the first step in brewing a fresh cup of coffee.


It would suck if your machine refuses to switch on no matter what you do. In fact, most people panic when this happens.


Fret not. It may seem like your machine is dead, but that might not be the case. Try some of the following easy troubleshooting methods to determine the state of your Keurig coffee maker.

Keurig Won’t Turn On

Don’t give in to fear if your Keurig coffee maker won’t turn on. It sucks that your machine isn’t working, but here are a few ways you can try to fix that. Try different power outlets in your kitchen, hold down the power button for 20-25 seconds, reset the coffee maker, or seek professional help.

1. Ensure it is Plugged in Correctly

Keurig Plugged in

This might sound obvious, but make sure your Keurig coffee maker is properly plugged into a power outlet. More often than not, this could be the issue.


You can escalate the situation if you have double-checked the connection and determined that it is properly plugged in. Use the following steps.

  • Step 1: Unplug your coffee maker and let it sit for five short minutes
  • Step 2: Try another power outlet in your kitchen
  • Step 3: Keep trying different kitchen outlets until you find one that works.


If your Keurig still isn’t working after trying all your kitchen outlets, you might have a breaker issue. It is possible that there is no power in your Kitchen.

In that case:

Repeat the above-listed steps in a different room. Try the power outlets in different rooms until you find one that works.


If this works, your Keurig coffee maker isn’t the problem. You can return to making your morning cup of coffee.

2. Hold the Power Button

Keurig Power Button

You likely discovered this problem with your Keurig coffee maker after clicking the power button. If the coffee maker indicator lights don’t power on, there might be a problem.


You can try something different. After double-checking the power cord, hold the power button for 10-15 seconds.

You see:

This acts as a soft reset. It’s nothing too complicated, and it might be just what your Keurig coffee maker needs.


This only applies to Keurig coffee makers that have power buttons. If your machine has a switch, try flipping it severally to see if it helps.

3. Reset Your Keurig


Your machine can fail to power on, even after routine maintenance (e.g., descaling or cleaning it).

You see:

Resetting a machine often deals with whatever electrical malfunctions may have recently surfaced. This is also true for your Keurig coffee maker.


You can use two major methods to reset your Keurig coffee maker. We will start with the beginner-friendly method.

  • Step 1: Open the K-cup pod, then close it. It may have malfunctioned due to a power outage.
  • Step 2: Turn off your Keurig Coffee maker and unplug it.
  • Step 3: Leave it for an hour.
  • Step 4: Remove the water reservoir and let it sit for half an hour.
  • Step 5: Put everything back together and power on your coffee maker.

This is an easy method you can use to reset your coffee maker. Be sure to do this after any major cleaning to prevent complications.


This works most of the time.


There is another method you can use to rest your Keurig coffee maker. It is a little more complex and only works for Keurig 2.0 coffee makers.

  • Step 1: Press and release the small and medium mug buttons at the same time.
  • Step 2: Hit the menu button three times right after doing this.
  • Step 3: The display time should become “6:09.” Hit the menu button once more, and the display should show “brew 0:00.”
  • Step 4: Press the medium mug button. While holding it down, click and release the menu button.
  • Step 5: Finally, while holding down the medium mug button, press the small one and release both simultaneously.
  • Step 6: Plug and unplug your Keurig coffee maker at brief intervals for a short period. Finally, plug it back in, and your advanced reset is complete.

Make sure you follow each step to the letter, and your Keurig coffee maker should be working as good as new once you’re done.

4. Check the Thermal Fuses

Keurig Thermal Fuses

The thermal fuse in your Keurig coffee maker is an important component. It prevents a power surge from overloading and damaging your machine.


The thermal fuse needs to be replaced after a major power surge. It could prevent your Keurig from turning on if not replaced.


Thermal fuses are not difficult to find. Make sure you find the right one for your coffee maker before purchasing it.


If changing the thermal fuse is beyond you, feel free to contact Keurig’s customer service.

5. Check the Control Board

Keurig Control Board

The control board is the nexus of your Keurig coffee maker. All signals and commands travel through the control board.

As such:

Your Keurig won’t come on if there is a problem with the control board.


The component responsible for the power button on your control board, or the “power on” component, needs to work.


Checking your control board is a difficult process and takes time. As such, you should contact a professional for help if need be.

6. Check the Thermostat

The thermostat keeps track of and regulates your Keurig coffee maker’s internal temperature. It makes sure your machine doesn’t overheat.


Your Keurig coffee maker may not turn on if there is an issue with the thermostat. Make sure it works properly, or see a professional for a replacement.

Models Commonly Affected

Here’s the thing:

Anyone can run into this problem, but here are a few Keurig models that are commonly affected.

1. Keurig K-Supreme

Keurig K-Supreme Black

The Keurig K-Supreme is one of the newer brewers from the brand that uses multi-stream technology. It has delicate components and often falls victim to power surges.

As such:

It may not power on from time to time. The same can be said of the K-920, which is also called the K-Supreme plus.

2. Keurig K-Elite

Keurig K-Elite Silver

The Keurig K-Elite has more features than your average Keurig coffee maker.


Some of the features may trigger a problem that stops the coffee maker from powering on.

On the flip side:

This issue can easily be resolved by using any of our troubleshooting methods above.

3. Keurig K-150

Keurig K-150

The K-150 is a commercial Keurig model. It has a nice display and many handy features for brewing a proper cup of coffee.


The K-150 may stop coming on due to how frequently it is used.

In addition:

Other models that are susceptible to this problem are the Keurig 2.0, the Keurig K-slim, and the Keurig duo.


Remain calm if your Keurig suddenly refuses to power on. It may seem like a dire situation, but the solution could be simple.


You can likely get your Keurig to turn on by trying the following:

  • Ensure it is plugged in correctly
  • Hold the power button for a few seconds
  • Reset your coffee maker
  • Check the thermal fuses
  • Check the control board
  • Check the thermostat

Did you find any of these troubleshooting methods helpful? Do you know any additional methods that aren’t included in our list? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Fix a Keurig That Won’t Turn On?

To troubleshoot this problem, make sure it is plugged in correctly, hold the power button for a few seconds, reset the machine, check the thermal fuses, check the control board, or check the thermostat.

Is There a Reset Button on My Keurig?

Your Keurig coffee maker doesn’t have a traditional reset button. However, you can reset it by unplugging it and letting it rest for half an hour.

How Do I Force My Keurig to Reboot?

You can reboot your Keurig by following these steps. Unplug the machine, remove the reservoir and let it rest for half an hour at least.


Plug it back in once the time has elapsed, and it should work fine.

What Do I Do if My Keurig Won’t Turn on After Descaling?

Reset your Keurig if it won’t turn on after descaling.

Does Keurig Have a Fuse?

Yes. Your Keurig has a thermal fuse that keeps it safe in the event of a power surge.

What Causes a Keurig to Stop Working?

Your Keurig may not work if the reservoir is incorrectly inserted. Also, a blown thermal fuse, a bad thermostat, and a faulty control board could all prevent your Keurig from working.

How Long do Keurigs Usually Last?

A brand new Keurig coffee maker usually lasts anytime between three to five years.

Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


6 thoughts on “Keurig Coffee Maker Won’t Turn On? Here are a Few Possible Reasons Why”

  1. Thanks for the information. It helped me to get mine back up and running. However, I had to add one little step… I had to open it place a pod inside and leave it opened and then press the ‘on’ button. It worked perfectly fine. Someone else might find this useful.

    Continue with your help!


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