Is Your Keurig Leaking Water From the Bottom?
Oh no – that fear and dread you feel when you realize that there is water in a puddle on the kitchen countertop….coming from where?Â The coffeemaker, that’s where…now what? First off, don’t panic….(although we’ve all kind of gone there.) So once you know it’s sprung a leak, first things first is to check to see what part of the brewer the leak is coming from.
If the leak is coming from the side and it’s the same one the reservoir is located on, chances are, it is definitely leaking from the reservoir. If you attempted to contact a CSR from Keurig about the issue, I checked the company website and found in the FAQ /troubleshooting page that you would be advised to seek a new replacement reservoir (most current models are presented)
If you’ve got a hairline crack in your reservoir – yep, that would be a wise move. Some people might have the know-how to solder the cracked tank, but some of us might be afraid to try something like that.(it requires a certain skill) But let’s assume for a moment, it’s in perfect shape – no scratches or cracks.
Fixing a Reservoir Leak
Most likely, it is leaking from the bottom. If this is your story, this may be your lucky day as I’m going to share with you the solutions!
The key is to create a sort of makeshift barrier at the opening area that connects to the brewer base. When I rad through forums, view videos and try to compile some findings, I begin to see a pattern when a large enough group of people report success with a certain hack over others. One guy reported that he dabbed some food-grade silicone grease around the area and it worked like a charm.
A greater number reported that the answer lie in one of those “O” rings used in hardware for repairing kitchen related implements. Did it work? You bet! Following is the method used:
Choose the right size “O” ring..because Keurig model reservoirs differ, one “o” ring size may not fit another. But an overwhelming amount of answers said to look for the 3/16″ or 3/8″ size. Hardware or tackle shops may carry them or you check out these here:
Wacky Rings – O-Rings for Wacky Rigging Senko Worms – 100 oringsO’RING 3/8X1/2X1/16 by DANCO MfrPartNo 35724W
Turn over your water tank…Place the o ring over a small tapered object (a marker cap is excellent) This will serve as a guide.
Place the object onto the little “nub” that sticks out on the bottom of the water tank and guide the o-ring onto the nub. Push the o-ring down as much as you can and try to get it to sit flush against the bottom.
Replace the water tank back onto your brewer and try it out again, this time fill it with clean water, you may want to let it sit for awhile but you should notice that it’s leak free!
Leaking Brewer, But Not the Reservoir
Now what if the leak is not coming from the reservoir, but in another spot? This might be a trickier situation.
I did manage to find an example like that …Another Youtube channelholderÂ who had a B30 which is a home version of the B130 and in this case removing the side plastic piece enabled him to see where the leak was really coming from, after doing a test with pouring some water into the chamber (this is another model that, like mine, doesn’t have a reservoir.)
Turns out the check valve was cracked and causing the leak. He ended up repairing it via dab of hot glue and as they say, it did the trick. I haven’t used hot glue in a long time so I don’t know how long it needs to set up, I would be more likely to use it than a soldering tool however…
A Leak From the Bottom…But Where?
This situation happens too. It springs a leak and we troubleshoot…OK, it is not coming from the reservoir either, but somewhere on the bottom…Most likely, if you’re someone who is not mechanically challenged, this may involve grabbing a screwdriver to be able to locate the source of the leak. I have observed this happening too. On some cases, there was a part that had a pinhole (aren’t those always the toughest ones) and the solution was to seal the hole or try to locate a replacement part.
If you can find the model number you may be able to locate a new part, sometimes you can find them on Amazon , ; if your brewer is a little older, you might want to try a site like Ebay where it’s very common to find discontinued brewers parts listed…just look for those labeled “for parts” or “for parts or repair”
Hopefully this post shed some light on your situation, I know it is not fun to one day come home to a wet puddle and that flabbergasted feeling you get trying to figure out WHERE the heck it is coming from. Good luck to you!
Randy Guthrie says
thanks so much!..got the o-ring, installed per your video, and whammo….problem fixed.