Keurig Says Add Water But It Is Full – What To Do? – 2022 Guide

Keurig Water Full What To Do

Keurig is a beverage brewing system for home and commercial use.

Keurig beverage varieties include hot and cold coffees, teas, cocoas, dairy-based beverages, lemonades, cider, and fruit-based drinks. Keurig has over 400 different varieties and over 60 brands of coffee and other beverages. Keurig’s chief plea is how freaking simple it is.

You just fill up the water tank, pop in a pod, press start, and you’ll have coffee in less than a minute. This means you won’t have to grind coffee beans, figure out how much coffee and water you actually need, or wait for a whole pot to brew.

What to do when Keurig says to add water?

Keurig beverage brewing system

This is a pretty common problem with Keurigs.

The water tank is inside the unit, so if the unit is already full, the only thing you can do is unplug it and wait for it to cool down, then remove the tank and clean it.

Unfortunately, this is a problem that happened to me; after doing some research I found this solution works. I’ll give you the steps I took to fix mine.

Maybe this will help some of you.

If Keurig is asking you to add water, and there is already adequate water in the reservoir, these are some troubleshooting options we can try out

  1. Make sure the water reservoir is seated properly in the Keurig base. Remove it and replace it as necessary.
  2. Remove, empty the water, clean the reservoir, and refill. Then place the unit back on base. Turn off and on again.
  3. Use filtered or bottled water, not distilled to fill the reservoir.
  4. If none of the above options work, you will need to descale your Keurig.
  5. Also, make sure that the water reservoir is seated properly in the base.
  6. Remove, empty, and thoroughly clean the reservoir. Then fill it with fresh water and place it back in the base.
  7. If after trying both of the above steps, you still see the message it may be time to descale your unit. It is a good idea to clean your Keurig 2.0 brewer on a regular basis and it solves many common issues.
  8. If you still see the message, it is probably your water. Keurig 2.0 is very sensitive to the type of water used, specifically, it does not like distilled water. The sensor that detects the water level is electrical.

keurig troubleshooting options

Without going into a nerdy scientific description that I don’t even understand, that sensor requires a solid matter for an electrical current to work.

There are little or no solids in distilled water therefore, the sensors are not activated leading the machine to think the water reservoir is empty.

You should use filtered or bottled (not spring) water with your Keurig 2.0 for optimal performance.

Nevertheless, using the correct water in your brewer is of topmost importance.

It is imperative that you use filtered water not only for the best-tasting coffee but to ensure the optimal permanency of your device.

Lastly, if there’s enough water in the water reservoir, the reservoir is placed properly, but if still having “add water” issues, try cleaning the reservoir, thoroughly. Remove the water reservoir and discard the water.

If you are a coffee drinker that uses a Keurig coffee maker, then you know that the water reservoir must be full to be able to brew coffee.

If you do not put enough water in the reservoir, the coffee maker will not brew a pot and will display a “Cannot brew” error message on the screen.

This is true for any brand of the coffee maker, not just Keurig, and it is actually a safety feature that helps prevent overfilling of the water reservoir.

Keurig water reservoir

Hand wash it with mild soap and a non-abrasive cloth and rinse.

Check and clean the valve at the bottom of the tank and on the machine where the tank goes.

The valve can sometimes get clogged as well and this can cause issues.

Fill the tank again to the MAX fill line (use tap, bottled, or filtered water, but do not use softened water) and return to the unit. Make sure to clean both exit needles as well.


1. How do you reset the water reservoir on a Keurig?

If the water reservoir on your Keurig is not filling, there are a few things you can do to try and reset it.

You can try turning off the machine, removing the water tank, and then reinserting it in the correct direction.

Another option is to hold down the power button for about ten seconds in order to restart the machine.

If neither of these options works, you may need to take your Keurig in for service.

2. Where is the water sensor on Keurig?

Keurig coffee makers use a water sensor to determine when a cup of coffee is ready. The sensor is located on the top of the machine near the water tank. If the water tank is empty, the sensor will not work and the machine will not brew any coffee.

Keurig water reservoir

3. What to do if your Keurig starts leaking?

If your Keurig starts leaking, take these steps:

  1. Unplug the Keurig and wait five minutes before plugging it back in. This will clear any residual water from the system.
  2. Make sure that the water reservoir is full and replace the water filter if necessary.
  3. Close the lid of the machine firmly and turn it on by pressing the power button. If nothing happens, check to see if your power cord is plugged in properly.
  4. If all else fails, take your machine to an authorized service center for repair or replacement.

4. What to do when Keurig coffee tastes burnt or bitter?

If you’ve been noticing that your Keurig coffee is tasting burnt or bitter, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem. First, be sure to clean your brewer regularly. Coffee oils can build up over time and cause bitterness.

Second, make sure that you’re using the correct water temperature for your type of coffee. Too hot of water can scorch the beans, while cold water can give the coffee a bitter taste. Finally, make sure that you’re grinding your coffee correctly – too fine of a grind can give the coffee a burnt flavor.

Keurig mini coffee maker

5. What to do if Keurig keeps turning off

If your Keurig coffee maker keeps turning off, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. First, check that the power is turned on to your Keurig. Second, make sure that the water reservoir is full and free of any debris.

Finally, make sure that the Keurig’s power cord is plugged into an outlet and that it’s positioned correctly in the wall socket. If all of these steps fail to solve the problem, you may need to replace your Keurig coffee maker.


There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and realizing that you’ve got to make coffee, but you forgot to add water to your Keurig coffee maker.

When you add water, you need to make sure that you add the right amount.

But if you don’t put in enough water, your machine won’t have the right amount of water and grounds to make the coffee.