Keurig K-Express Lights Blink Twice Then Turns Off (Solved!)


Dealing with a faulty Keurig K-Express coffee maker that’s blinking twice and then powering off? Don’t panic, I’ve got you covered.

My detailed guide will provide you with the solutions you need to get your favorite coffee maker up and running in no time.

How To Fix A Keurig K-Express That Blinks Twice And Then Turns Off?

Here are the solutions for this problem in short:

  1. Use the descale mode to brew coffee: Hold the 6 and 10-oz buttons for three seconds until the descale and 8-oz buttons blink. Then press the 8-oz button to brew. This is a short-term solution.
  2. Reset the thermostat: Unplug your machine for 10 minutes. If it doesn’t work, you may need to physically reset the thermostat, located under the machine’s side cover.
  3. Clean the small rubber piece at the back of the lid and press the water feed button inside the machine a few times. This could solve the problem due to mineral build-up.
  4. If all else fails, contact Keurig’s customer service. If your product is under warranty, they may replace it; if not, they may offer a discount on a new one.

Now, let’s dive into some more detail below!

Keurig K-Express Lights blink twice then turns off

Use Descale Mode To Make A Coffee

Firstly, let’s discuss a quick workaround to get you coffee immediately. If you have more time, make sure to scroll down for other temporary solutions.

You can work around the issue of the lights flashing twice and then turning off by using the descale function to brew your coffee. Obviously, without putting the actual descale solution in the water tank.

Here’s the step-by-step guide:

  1. First, ensure that your Keurig K-Express is plugged into a power source but is turned off.
  2. Lift the lid and insert a K-cup.
  3. Next, press and hold the 6 and 10-oz buttons for three seconds until the descale and 8-oz buttons start to blink.
  4. Press the 8oz button to brew a cup of coffee.

I have also written a detailed guide that explains how to descale your Keurig K-Express machine. This guide offers more in-depth step-by-step instructions for a thorough cleaning process.

Remember, this isn’t a long-term solution as it can be frustrating to switch your K-Express to descale mode every time you need a cup of coffee. Below, we’ll explore more permanent solutions.

Reset The Thermostat

The problem of two blinking lights and then turning off can be caused by the coffee maker overheating.

Before you start to disassemble your coffee maker, first do a reset by unplugging your K-express for about 10 minutes and then plug it back in, sometimes this alone can fix the problem.

However, if that didn’t fix the problem, you can continue with a thermostat reset.

When it comes to fixing a Keurig that overheated, I have some experience with resetting the thermostat on the Keurig K-Supreme. I haven’t personally worked on a Keurig K-Express, but I imagine the process would be fairly similar.

There might be minor differences in how the covers are attached, or where exactly the thermal switch is located. But overall, I believe the same principles of unhooking the cover and resetting the thermal switch would apply.

I started by unplugging the coffee maker and removing the water reservoir. Then, I noticed that the sides of the Keurig were held in place by six small pins. These pins were easier to spot when looking at the machine from the bottom.

With a screwdriver in hand, I unhooked the pins by pushing them in while also lifting the side cover to gradually release the hooks. Once all the pins were unhooked, the side cover came right off. I found it helpful to open and close the lid a few times during this process to fully dislodge the cover.

Once the cover off is off, you can see a small white cap with a hole in the middle on the right side of the coffee maker. It was connected to a wire on each side and was attached to the heating element.

I took a paper clip and gently pushed it into the center hole of the cap. Though you don’t hear a click or anything, the coffee maker should now be reset.

reset with paperclip

I did find a video on how to reset the thermostat on your Keurig K-Express:

Clean Certain Parts of The Keurig K-Express And Press A Button

I’ve done some more research on how to fix this problem specifically for the Keurig K-Express, a potential solution involves cleaning certain parts and pressing a specific button within the machine. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Begin by locating the small rubber piece that resembles a pencil eraser, positioned at the right backside of the lid. Over time, this piece might appear white due to mineral build-up.
  2. Once located, gently clean this rubber piece, particularly focusing on the nib at the bottom. Cleaning removes the mineral build-up and fixes the machine’s functionality.
  3. To further clean the rubber piece, use a toothpick to scrape around the side of the upper part that fits over the rubber nib when the lid is closed. This will ensure thorough cleaning and can help to remove any potential blockages.
  4. Next, open the lid of the Keurig K-Express and find the two button-like things on the inside. The one on the left is specifically where the water feeds into the top part of the machine.
  5. Press this button a few times.

These solutions could possibly also fix the problem of the Keurig Express blinking twice and turning off, if resetting the thermostat didn’t work.

The Last Thing You Could Try

If none of the previously mentioned solutions have been successful, your final alternative is to reach out to Keurig’s customer service. If your product warranty is still active, they’ll likely provide a replacement Keurig coffee maker.

However, if your warranty has expired, they’ll probably present you with a significant discount on a new machine.


A malfunctioning Keurig K-Express can often be fixed by using the descaling mode, resetting the thermostat, or giving it a good clean.

However, if these tips aren’t successful, Keurig’s customer service should be your final resort.

Here are two articles about the Keurig K-express with similar problems: Keurig K-Express Descale light stays on and Keurig K-Express keeps shutting off while descaling or brewing.

Ultimately, the aim is to get your machine back up and running, so you can enjoy your favorite brew without interruption. I hope that this article helped you to fix the problem.

Thanks for reading!