Keurig ‘Water Under Pressure’ Fix

* These fixes have worked for us, but some of the methods are not approved by Keurig; as such you must understand that making use of any of the adjustments or other tips given here is done at your own risk. Especially if your machine is under warranty, it is always best to contact Keurig for support before breaking it on your own…


Many of the Keurig brewers will ‘shut down’ if the water pressure becomes to high, halting the brew cycle and displaying the ‘Water Under Pressure’ warning. In the event your machine does shut down due to high water pressure, just remove the pod, then run a single ‘water only’ cycle to reset the error. If the warning keeps returning or will not clear, it could be the ‘needles’ that puncture your pods are clogged with coffee grounds or other gunk. Many machines come with a Needle Maintenance Accessory, if you have been using your machine for awhile you may need to perform this procedure:
1) Power down and unplug the machine, then open the handle.
2) Fill the Maintenance Accessory with water (shown below properly assembled).
3) Insert Maintenance Accessory as if it was a coffee pod.
4) Close and then open the handle 5 times, then remove the accessory.
5) Power the unit back up and run a few ‘cleansing brews’ (hot water only).

Keurig Needle Maintenance Accessory


Sometimes this might not work (or you might not have the maintenance accessory). If so (and your machine is no longer under warranty) you can use an unfolded regular size paper-clip to ‘poke through’ the needles on your unit. Take extreme care as these needles are sharp, and if damaged, may cause your machine to require repair or replacement. Do not use oversize paper-clips or the rubber coated ones, just a normal paper-clip straightened out as much as possible to gently poke through the clogged needles. Then, as we did with the maintenance accessory, run a few cleansing brews and with any luck, you should be ready to brew coffee again.


If you are experiencing this problem with a NEW MACHINE, there are a few things to try before assuming the machine is defective. In some cases, the problem may actually be the coffee pods, we have seen them clog up, or even ‘pop’ the internal filter and allow grounds into your cup. So before doing anything more, try a different brand pod (another kind of coffee) to see if the problem may not be the machine at all.

If that does not seem to help, then try a brew cycle using the ‘strong’ setting (if available), this will slow the machine down, and since the water is not being pumped as fast, may eliminate that water pressure warning. If it does, there is one final setting that might solve your problem without forcing you to brew every cup on the ‘strong’ setting. Enter the setup menu and enable the ‘high altitude’ option, then hit save (if your machine has this option, not all of them will). Though the option would not seem to be related, I think this fixes most lingering water pressure warnings on new machines, if not, then you may have a defective unit and should contact Keurig for support.


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30 Comments:

  1. I had lots of issues with the Keurig my son brought me two years ago. I finally after multiple cleanings running water vinegar the apparatus I figured it out!. The water under pressure message kept coming up. This is what I did—I took the pod back out. When it asked if it should dispense water or cancel I chose cancel. This seemed to reboot the Keurig. It then went on to ask what strength coffee. Do not press 1 unless you intend to make a carafe. I chose the strength. When putting back the pod because it always used to say wrong pod I turned the pod so the camera would pick up the writing on the top sides. I now have a working Keurig and can’t stop making coffee. I wish Keurig would have given me this information because it worked ! Don’t push the pod down too far but just gently after inserting. You can use pods you previously used ! Ok I am not throwing the Keurig in the trash after all Keurig Customer Service !

  2. You may try this to get your Keurig to work … Stop filling the reservior to full. only load it to the minimum or just a little over half way full. Each time you make coffee remove the pod and discard it and leave the units head up in the air so the needle is not left in the soggy wet grounds. my Keurig was giving me the water under pressure error message every 2 or 3 cups, was driving me crazy..I tried EVERYTHING I could find on the internet short of dismantling the unit. I tried this..lower the water level and leave the head up to let it stay dry and my Keurig has been working 4 days now without fail and that hasn’t happened for weeks now. I have been using the needle cleaning tool over and over to get just one or two cups and then it gave me the error again. Water low, head high seems to be working for me.

  3. I called and no help I will buy a nespresso and get rid of all 5 of my Kuerig machines. Good Luck I drink approx. 30 to 50 cups a day and do not appreciate the lack of customer service

  4. I did the maintenance procedure as required,ran 4 hot water cycles,saw coffee bits in the first 3 cycles,then the 4th looked good with clean hot water.I put a McDonalds K Cup in for a brew and almost right away I got the error again. This happened with 2 of them that don’t use plastic cups. I then took a Tim Horton’s cup and it worked and it worked with no problem. Previously,I had no problems with McDonalds K Cups.

    • I have had problems with McDonalds KCups also, I suspect they are low quality – I also tried to contact them about it and they did not even bother to respond.

  5. Thank you! After running needle maintenance twice, it was still throwing the error. Running the water only, did the trick!

  6. I just received my second Keurig 2.0 (still under warranty) because I was having this issue. I brewed my first cup of coffee – perfect! The second cup – I got this same “Water Under Pressure” message. I cannot believe it! Wasted two k-cups because I did the cleansing of the needle and same thing on the third cup. Am I inserting the k-cup incorrectly? This is my third Keurig and not my first rodeo. I have never had so many issues.

    • You do know this site has no connection to Keurig, right?

      Have you tried this?
      …there is one final setting that might solve your problem … Enter the setup menu and enable the ‘high altitude’ option, then hit save.

      • How do you get to the settings menu, I can’t clear the error message to do anything! I am so frustrated with this machine, would never buy another one for sure. I have run the cleaning process several times, was able to run a descaler cycle too and then went right back to the error message. I tried the paper clip method, we have not been able to get it to even do a cup of coffee, just a few lucky tries with water and now it won’t do anything. I have it unplugged now, hoping to get it to at least give me the option to change settings. Any other way to get into the menu?

  7. Hi. My husband ordered a Keurig 2.0 Hot brewer with option to use the carafe. The water pressure message is showing up and ive cleaned the needle and put distilled water in res. and I can’t get off the message screen to access the settings to pick the high altitude option. I even uplugged it for awhile. to see if that helps..nothing worked yet.

    • Have you tried this?
      …there is one final setting that might solve your problem … Enter the setup menu and enable the ‘high altitude’ option, then hit save.

    • You may try this to get your Keurig to work … Stop filling the reservoir to full. only load it to the minimum or just a little over half way full. Each time you make coffee remove the pod and discard it and leave the units head up in the air so the needle is not left in the soggy wet grounds. my Keurig was giving me the water under pressure error message every 2 or 3 cups, was driving me crazy..I tried EVERYTHING I could find on the internet short of dismantling the unit. I tried this..lower the water level and leave the head up to let it stay dry and my Keurig has been working 4 days now without fail and that hasn’t happened for weeks now. I have been using the needle cleaning tool over and over to get just one or two cups and then it gave me the error again. Water low, head high seems to be working for me.

  8. Jennifer Schnellmann

    This made my morning and gave me information to share with others. Thanks for the attention to detail and the kindness to post such.

  9. Dear Keurig,

    I’ve bought your Keurig K425 Coffee Maker from WalMart around 6 months ago (and lost the recipt).
    Two months ago the display would continuously go wacky and that required my unplugging the unit to correct.

    Three weeks ago we started getting the following error message over and over “”water under pressure” perform needle maintenance.”, continually wasting k-cups!!!
    So I go to Walmart last week and buy the same exact (hoping to put the old unit right back in the box to return to walmart w/ new receipt) and after brewing only six cups… the same exact error message and destruction of kcups is occurring… HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE????

    Your Keurig K425 Coffee Maker is an absolute piece of junk and am shocked that you allow it to remain in stores!

    Signed,
    PO’d

    • BigBQ is not affiliated with Keurig, just to be sure that is clear.

      Your KCups should not be ‘destroyed’, you can run them through again by lifting and lowering the handle (we do this to get 16oz cups filled by using two 8 ounce cycles). Even if you remove them, you can slip them back in, so long as the inner ‘filter’ of the pod is not torn, they will still work.

      Anyway, have you tried this:
      Enter the setup menu and enable the ‘high altitude’ option, then hit save.

      PS, it only took me a few seconds to register my K425 (from SAMS), and for doing that I got a coupon to get discounted coffee, making it less expensive than buying from local stores. That would have insured you could talk to Keurig customer service, who I found to be helpful and willing to exchange my unit if they could not resolve my issue. After setting ‘high altitude’ to on (or yes, not sure which it was) I have had no more problems and we often brew 3 or more cups per day – the unit is at least 2 years old now, so give it a try.

  10. I have not had my Keurig very long,My old one was great just was very slow.This Keurig says until water pressure.Every time I use it.Am getting very up with Keurig.

    • …there is one final setting that might solve your problem…
      Enter the setup menu and enable the ‘high altitude’ option, then hit save.

  11. I kept getting the under pressure message. I tried all the things to try to fix it. So I just called the number and they had me check the bottom where the Pod drops into it comes out. I use my flashlight to look and found that the needle was broken off. So that means it’s not poking a hole in the bottom of the pod. That’s why it’s under pressure. They’re kindly sending me a free assembly to replace that part. So check the bottoms of your pods if there’s no hole that’s the reason

  12. Thank you worked like a charm!

  13. I tried all these multiple times and it didn’t work but I was able to fix the water pressure error by holding the keurig upside down for 2 minutes draining out all the water that’s in the reservoir.

    • Check and see if the needle is broken on the assembly that holds the pod. If it is call the Keurig number that shows on your under pressure indicator and they will send you a new one. It’s under pressure because the whole is not being poked in the bottom of the Pod as well as the top

  14. I get the water pressure error, tried high altitude and did not work, tried paper clip and now I have 3 streams coming out of brew hole instead of one.

  15. Thank you for the advice, strong worked for 1 cup so I tried the high altitude and it worked for the second cup. Even if it’s only been 2 cups your post made my day better!

  16. Might be the pod! Some appear to be under pressure and others not. The one under pressure stopped up the needle and gave pressure error while one from a different batch worked like a charm! Try a pod from a different manufacturing date.

    • Thanks for the tip, though it was mentioned in the article:
      …In some cases, the problem may actually be the coffee pods, we have seen them clog up, or even ‘pop’ the internal filter…

    • I called the number that shows on the Under Pressure thing and they had me check the bottom where you put the pod into that bottom needle was broken so there’s no way to poke a hole in the bottom of the pod which causes the pressure. They’re sending me a free assembly to replace it

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