Keurig 2.0 Water Under Pressure (What It Means & How To Fix?)


You turned on your Keurig machine to make yourself a nice cup of coffee. But when you wanted to press the cup size your Keurig 2.0 gave the message ”water under pressure”.

And now you’re like, what do I do? It’s not like your coffee machine gives you good instructions on how to fix this problem with these three words. But that’s why you landed on this page because I’m here to help!

What To Do When Keurig Coffee Machine Says Water Under Pressure?

If your Keurig 2.0 shows “water under pressure,” it means that your Keurig is clogged. To fix this:

  1. Use a Maintenance Cup: Clean the needle with the cup provided by Keurig.
  2. Use a Paperclip: If no maintenance cup is available, manually clean the needle and the three holes around it with a paperclip.
  3. Unclog the Tubes: Use a turkey baster (or similar tool) to force water into the machine, clearing the tubes.

Lets dive into some more detail below!

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Use a Maintenance Cup To Clean The Needle

In your Keurig 2.0, there are two areas that can easily become clogged: the needles and the internal tubes. First off, let’s begin by cleaning the needles.

For cleaning the needle of any coffee grind remains, Keurig has made a cleaning cup. This cup usually came with the machine when you first bought it.

Turn off your coffee machine and fill the maintenance cup halfway with water. Open the Lid and place the cup inside the machine. Then open and close the lid five times.

Take out the maintenance cup and turn the coffee maker back on. Your Keurig should be brewing a cup of coffee like normal again.

Alternatively, you can use a cleaning cup like this:

Clean Out The Needle With a Paperclip

If the Maintenance cup didn’t work or you don’t want to wait on the delivery because you’re really craving a cup of coffee right now. There is another way to clean the needle of your Keurig 2.0 and get it brewing coffee again.

First, you want to unplug the coffee machine and take the water reservoir off, so you can turn the machine on its back.

Then you want to open the lid. In the lid, there is a needle that pokes a hole in the K-cup when brewing a cup of coffee.

Around the needle, there are three holes. Two holes are next to the needle and one hole is under the needle. These holes can get clogged with coffee and scale over time.

Take a paper clip or something that is pointy like a paperclip and gently press it in these holes. Wiggle and turn the paperclip a few times to make sure you get all the scale and coffee grind loose.

When that is done, plug your coffee machine back in and put the water reservoir back on. Now then turn it on. Once it’s done heating up the error message of “water under pressure” should be gone.

Make sure to first press the button and let some water flow through the machine to clean out the remaining coffee grind. After that, you’re all set to brew a cup of coffee!

Unclog The Tubes Inside the Coffee Maker

Now that the needles are all cleaned up, it’s time to get rid of any clogging inside the tubes of the coffee maker.

Mineral deposits can build up in the tubes, blocking the water flow. This tends to happen especially with frequent use and lack of regular cleaning.

The problem can also arise when air gets trapped in the tubes if you attempt to brew coffee without enough water in the tank.

Here are the steps to troubleshoot this issue:

Method 1:

  1. Fill the water reservoir up to the halfway mark.
  2. Use a tool like a turkey baster to draw some water from the reservoir.
  3. Apply this water to the area of the machine where water is usually drawn up.
  4. Press the start button to begin the brewing cycle. At the same time, compress the turkey baster to force water into the machine.
  5. If a turkey baster is not available, a straw or a syringe can be used as a substitute.

Method 2:

If the first method doesn’t work, try these steps:

  1. Remove the water reservoir.
  2. Attach a tube to the area of the machine that typically draws in water, ensuring a secure fit.
  3. Fill the tube with water.
  4. Blow into the other end of the tube.


It can be very irritating when you feel like having a nice cup of coffee and an error message like “water under pressure” appears on your Keurig coffee machine.

This means that the holes next to the needle in the lid are clogged. There are three ways to fix this:

  1. Use a maintenance cup to clean the needle.
  2. Clean out the needle with a paperclip.
  3. Unclog the tubes inside the coffee maker.

I hope the error message on your Keurig machine is gone and you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee now! If not, make sure to contact Keurig customer support. They might know another fix or send you a new coffee maker!

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Thanks for reading!