Ninja Coffee Maker Beeps 5 Times And Stops (Solved!)

When your Ninja coffee maker beeps five times, it signals that your coffee should be ready.

But what if the beeps occur prematurely, leaving your pot half-empty, or even if they happen after the normal brew time, but your pot still isn’t full?

This guide aims to help you troubleshoot and fix these issues, ensuring your coffee routine is back to running smoothly.

How To Fix A Ninja Coffee Maker That Beeps 5 Times And Stops?

Here are the fixes you can try to stop the 5 beeps:

  • Ensure the machine has enough water.
  • Confirm that the Drip Stop lever is open.
  • Unplug, disassemble, and blow into the water suction port to clear out any blockages. Reassemble and run a half-pot cleaning cycle. Repeat if necessary.
  • If the issue persists, try draining the entire unit by pressing the valve and shaking it until no more water comes out. Reassemble and attempt brewing again.
  • If the problem continues, the outlet in the water tank might be clogged. Clean it using a toothbrush, and vinegar, and blow through the filter to clear the remaining dirt.
  • After unclogging, run a descaling cycle with a mixture of white vinegar and water. This can be a 30-minute quick cleaning cycle or a 4-hour deep cleaning cycle. After cleaning, run two more cycles with fresh water to rinse out the vinegar-water solution.

Let’s dive into some more detail below!

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Do The Standard Checks On Your Ninja Coffee Maker

Make sure your coffee maker has enough water. If it doesn’t, it might start beeping sooner than expected.

If you accidentally leave the drip stop lever closed, your Ninja Coffee Bar won’t make coffee. If you try to make coffee with the Drip Stop closed, it’ll start beeping five times.

To fix this, check the position of your Drip Stop switch. If it’s closed, move it to the right to open it.

Unclog Your Ninja From Air Bubbles In The Tubes

Your Ninja coffee maker may beep 5 times and then stop due to an airlock or mineral build-up blocking the tubes. Similar to a Mr. Coffee machine beeping 3 times.

Here is a simple way to unclog your Ninja from air bubbles or mineral deposits:

  1. Prepare your space by unplugging your Ninja coffee maker and placing it on a towel on a table. This will help catch any water or debris that might leak out during the process.
  2. Have a washcloth ready to catch any debris that will be expelled from the coffee maker.
  3. Detach all the components, including the carafe and water tank.
  4. Next, find the water suction port at the place where the water tank was, it’s the valve where water flows into the machine from the water tank.
  5. Put your mouth on the water suction port and place the washcloth against the exit spout of the coffee maker.
  6. Blow into the valve, much like you would blow into a balloon. As you do this, you should see hard water flakes, air bubbles, and coffee grinds appearing on the washcloth. These are signs that the machine is getting unclogged.
  7. Repeat blowing into the machine a few times.

Once you’re done blowing into the valve, put the machine back together and plug it back in. Turn on the water valves and prepare a full pot of water.

Now, set your coffee maker to run a half-pot cleaning cycle. This will help flush out any remaining debris or hard water flakes from the machine. It’s normal to see some murky water at the beginning of the cycle.

After this, your coffee maker should be able to go through the entire cycle without any issues. If it does, this means your machine is unclogged and functioning again.

Given that you blew directly into the machine and there might still be some residue left in the tubes.

It’s a good idea to run another cleaning cycle, to ensure your coffee maker is clean and ready for use, scroll down to read how to run a full clean cycle with your Ninja coffee maker.

Drain Your Ninja Coffee Maker

Another way to get the air bubbles out of the tubes is to drain your Ninja coffee bar. Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Detach all the components, including the reservoir and filter.
  2. Unplug the coffee maker.
  3. Flip the entire unit upside down over a sink (be cautious of hot parts).
  4. Press the valve where the reservoir normally attaches, allowing water to drain from the machine.
  5. Keep pressing the valve and rocking the machine until no more water is coming out.
  6. Once drained, set it up again, plug it back in, and try brewing again.
  7. Repeat the process if necessary. Sometimes, you may need to do this more than once to fully solve the issue.

After doing so, the machine might work perfectly for a period of time before needing to repeat the process. This seems to be a design flaw in the Ninja coffee maker, but it’s a relatively easy fix.

Unclog The Water Tank Valve

The problem could be that the outlet in the water tank is clogged. This prevents the coffee maker from getting enough water, causing it to beep five times.

Here is how to unclog the water tank valve:

  1. Take off the water container from your coffee machine.
  2. Use a toothbrush and some vinegar to scrub three sides of the screen to remove any dirt. One side of it might be tough to clean.
  3. Locate the small ‘x’ mark under the water container. Push this ‘x’ inward a few times with a straw or pencil, then blow through the filter to clear any leftover dirt.
  4. Reassemble your coffee machine once the filter and outlet are as clean as you can make them.
  5. Fill the water tank and brew coffee. Check if the 5 beeps alert has disappeared.

This solution also turns off the ‘add water’ light on your Ninja coffee machine when it won’t turn off.

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Clean Your Ninja From Mineral Build-Up In The Tubes

After you’ve cleared any blockages in the tubes as explained earlier, it’s always a good idea to run a full descaling cycle.

Ninja coffee makers offer two cleaning options: a quick 30-minute cycle or a thorough 4-hour deep clean cycle. You can choose either one.

Here’s an easy guide to cleaning and descaling a Ninja coffee maker:

30-Minute Cleaning Cycle

  1. Empty any water currently sitting in your reservoir.
  2. Fill the reservoir with white vinegar to the “half-carafe” line.
  3. Fill the remainder of the reservoir with water, up to the “clean cycle max fill” line.
  4. Turn the knob to “full carafe”. If you don’t, the machine will start beeping and won’t allow you to proceed.
  5. Press the “clean” button. The machine will begin pulling a bit of the solution into the system, effectively immersing all parts.
  6. Wait for 30 minutes as the machine descales.
  7. Once the 30-minute cycle finishes, all the vinegar-water solution will have been run through and the reservoir should be empty.
  8. Dump out any remaining solution, and rinse out the reservoir.
  9. Fill the reservoir with clean water up to the max fill line, then run the “clean” cycle again. Do this twice.
  10. The “clean” light should then switch off, indicating the cleaning cycle is complete.

4-Hour Deep Cleaning Cycle

  1. Fill the reservoir with white vinegar to the “half-carafe” line.
  2. Fill the remainder of the reservoir with water, up to the “clean cycle max fill” line.
  3. Hold down the “clean” button for 5 seconds to start a 4-hour timer.
  4. The machine will slowly run 9 ounces of the vinegar-water solution through the system every hour, in order to deeply clean the machine.
  5. After the 4-hour cycle, rinse out the reservoir.
  6. Fill the reservoir with clean water up to the max fill line, then run the “clean” cycle again. Do this twice.
  7. The “clean” light should then switch off, indicating the cleaning cycle is complete.

Note: It’s important to distinguish between the “clean cycle max fill” line and the “max fill” line. For these cleaning cycles, always fill to the “clean cycle max fill” line.

Only fill it to the “half-carafe” line when doing the cleaning cycles with fresh water. This will let the machine sense that you’re not trying to brew coffee.


If your Ninja coffee maker beeps five times and stops prematurely, it might be due to insufficient water, a closed Drip Stop lever, or blockages in the machine.

By ensuring the water level, unclogging the water suction port or the tank valve, and running a descaling cycle, you should be able to rectify the issue and restore your coffee maker to its optimal operation.

If you often face another common problem with your Ninja coffee maker where the grounds basket overflows, make sure to read that article for a solution.

Thanks for reading!