How to Replace Keurig 2.0 Water Filter
While Keurig coffee machines allow you to prepare a great cup of coffee without stress, they require regular cleaning and maintenance in order to work efficiently. Therefore, it is important to know how to replace the water filters in your coffee machine if you want to continue producing a stellar brew.
In this article, we are going to take a look at how to change water filters in Keurig 2.0 and the benefits that come with it. Let’s dive right in.
Benefits of Changing Water Filters Regularly
A single water filter is usually included with Keurig 2.0 upon purchase to make sure you get the high-quality water needed for great-tasting brews. However, you need to buy more filters to keep enjoying a good cup of coffee
Keurig water filter takes a lot of abuse, most especially if the water from the public supply is hard or unclean. So, you need to know how to replace them for the following reasons:
- To maintain a consistent taste
Water makes up approximately 95% of coffee, which means that the water you put inside the coffee maker plays a significant role in determining the flavor of the coffee.
One good way to make sure you get great tasting coffee at all times is to clean or change the water filters after a few months.
- To extend equipment life
Cleaning and maintaining your water filters can prolong the life of the machine. This is because filtered water prevents rust and other organic material from accumulating around the tubes and valves of the coffee maker.
How Frequently Should You Clean Water Filters?
Apart from knowing how to replace water filters, it is also important that you know how frequently you should clean the whole Keurig coffee-making machine.
1. Immediately After Every Use
Pour out any remaining coffee from the previous day. After discarding the coffee leftover in the carafe, wash it with water and a mild detergent for approximately 30 secs. Then, rinse it very thoroughly and then check if there’s anything you need to remove.
Keeping your carafe clean makes it germs-free and prevents your coffee from tasting stale and dirty. It also ensures that the flavor and taste of the previous days’ coffee are removed, allowing you to enjoy a fresh brew each time you use the machine.
2. Every Couple Of Days
After a couple of days, check the K-cup holder of your coffee machine for leftover grounds. Remove these grounds using a soft sponge to prevent them from mixing up with new ones.
Leftover grounds can clog up the needle, making brewing difficult as they block both the entry and exit points.
To clean these points, use a paperclip to remove debris and rinse the needle with water.
3. After 2 Weeks
Cleaning the Keurig 2.0 regularly helps extend its life. Take out the K-cup holder and tray. Use a soft sponge and detergent to hand wash these parts and rinse. Allow them to sit to dry or use a soft cloth to wipe them dry.
To clean the non-removable parts, such as the water reservoir, bring out the water filter cartridge and wipe all the surfaces with a cloth dipped inside a soap solution and then rinse with water.
Lint from the wipe cloth can that get mixed with the next batch of coffee you make, so it is better to allow the unit to dry without wiping it with a cloth. After this, clean the exterior of the coffee machine with a wet sponge and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
4. After 2 Months
You need to replace the water filter cartridge of your Keurig 2.0 every two months. This is to ensure that the filters are in good shape and that they can still remove contaminants from water.
5. After 2-4 Months
Minerals usually accumulate on machines that use water, be it tap water or any other type of water. The process is similar to the way caves are formed.
The minerals inside the brewer can build up after some time. This can affect the coffee taste, cause rust to occur, and, consequently, destroy your machine.
The process of getting rid of these minerals is known as “descaling.” To descale Keurig 2.0, put 10 ounces of Keurig’s descaling solution or white vinegar inside the water reservoir.
Switch on the machine and start brewing without putting a coffee pod inside of it.
Insert a mug to catch anything that comes out of the needle and discard them. Continue doing this until there’s no liquid left inside the reservoir. Repeat the entire process, this time using clean water.
You can repeat the process one more time if the water that came out the second time still smells of vinegar. Wipe everything with a clean cloth and fill up the reservoir.
How to Replace Water Filter in Keurig 2.0
While we recommend that you change your charcoal water filter every two months, you can replace it sooner than that when you have refilled the tank up to 60 times.
Below is how to change the water filters:
- Unplug the coffee machine from the power outlet and take out the filter holder from the reservoir.
- Soak a new charcoal water filter in water for about 5 minutes.
- Then open the cartridge holder and throw away the old filter.
- Dip the mesh on the filter holder inside water and rinse clean.
- Rinse the new filter in tap water for about 1 minute.
- Place the filter into the filter holder.
- Close the filter holder.
- Put the filter inside the reservoir.
- Push down the filter until it locks into place.
Aside from improving the taste of coffee, using a clean coffee maker also ensures that harmful substances don’t find their way into the mixture.
Therefore, it is very important to know how to clean and change each replaceable part of your brewer.
As with any other frequently used machine, your Keurig machine would consistently produce great-tasting coffee and last for a long time when it’s properly maintained. Lastly, remember to unplug the device before cleaning or replacing any part in order to avoid any injuries.