The Coffee water filter improves taste and dispenses water faster. The Keurig 2.0 coffee water filter has an optional water filter that fits into removable reservoir to help eliminate chemicals from your standard tap water when brewing coffee. The filter is a charcoal unit which requires replacement every 2 months on average.
Replacing a Keurig charcoal water filter requires preparing the new filter installation. New filters have loose charcoal dust that you must eliminate before installing it in your water reservoir.
Tips How To Replace Keurig Coffee Filter
Soak the new charcoal filter in a container of cool water for about 10 minutes to help remove the loose charcoal in the filter. While the filter is soaking, remove the water reservoir from the Keurig coffee filter/maker and empty the water in into the sink.
Grasp the filter housing base with your fingers and hold the water reservoir in your free hand. Pull the filter housing straight up to unlock it from the bottom of the reservoir. Then squeeze the tabs on the bottom base of the filter housing and pull the upper portion with the dial away from the bottom. Pull the old filter out of the upper portion and discard.
Rinse the new charcoal filter under cool water until the water runs clear through it. Insert the new filter into the upper portion of the housing. Rotate the dial on the top of the housing with your finger until the indicator is set two months ahead.
Insert the upper portion of the housing into the lower base portion until the tabs lock. Lower the complete filter assembly into the water reservoir and push down until it locks into position. place the reservoir back onto the Keurig coffee machine.
Note that if you feel the water filter is not doing what’s expected and you don’t have a replacement on hand, you can also use pre-filtered water in a pinch.
When Should You Replace A Keurig Charcoal Filter
The purifying filter in the water reservoir on your Keurig is designed to last a finite number of brew cycles, not any particular length of time. The less you use your Keurig, the less often you should need to replace it. As I said earlier, Keurig says its filters should be changed every two months. But if you are not brewing every day, it suggests you change the filter at least every 60 tank refills. You should also get into the habit of descaling the Keurig every other filters change.
Having said that, some new Keurig models allow you to set a water filter reminder so there’s no guesswork in when you should replace the filter. Like any other charcoal filter, once it’s spent, it will no longer filter the water in the reservoir like it should. This will not only affect the quality of the coffee, but can affect how quickly particulates will build up inside the machine.