How to Replace a Keurig Water Filter – Descaling Keurig Coffee Makers

For the best cup of coffee in the morning, you should use a charcoal Keurig water filter. These handy charcoal filters ensure that your favorite caffeinated drinks taste great every time. 

If you’re passionate about coffee, you’ll want to know how to keep your Keurig coffee maker clean and in good working order.

Keurig filters effectively remove any impurities found in tap water, such as chlorine. To guarantee that you get the best caffeine fix each day, replace your charcoal Keurig water filters on a regular basis.

Let us explain how to easily replace the charcoal water filters for your Keurig coffee machine. Plus find out why cleaning your Keurig coffee maker is key to enjoying the best tasting coffee  

Why you need water filters

The Keurig water filter improves taste and provides the purest cup of coffee. The charcoal water filters also help your coffee machine to dispense water at a faster pace. In particular the Keurig 2.0 coffee water filter has an optional water filter that fits easily into the removable reservoir.

Effectively eliminates chemicals from your tap water when brewing coffee, these water filters are key to the best tasting cup of coffee. Made from charcoal these filters need to be replaced every couple of months. Failing to replace the water filters is likely to lead to a cup of coffee with nasty chemicals that are found in regular tap water. 

Chemicals found in tap water may include:

  • Chlorine
  • Pesticides
  • Radionuclides Minerals such as Arsenic  

Replacing a Keurig filter requires careful preparation. New water filters have loose charcoal dust that you must eliminate before installing it in your Keurig water reservoir. The charcoal water filters should be changed at least every two months or after 60 tank refills.  

Steps on How To Replace Keurig Water Filter

Ready to replace your water filter? Let’s do this! Here are some easy to follow water filter replacement steps for the best tasting cup of coffee.  

Step 1 : First, soak the new Keurig charcoal water filter in a container of cool water for about 10 minutes. This will help to remove the loose charcoal in the new water filters. While the filter is soaking in the water, remove the water reservoir from your Keurig coffee maker and empty the water into the sink.  

Step 2 : Next, grasp the Keurig charcoal water filter housing base with your fingers and hold the water reservoir in your free hand. Carefully pull the water filter housing straight up. It will unlock it from the bottom of the water reservoir. After this squeeze the tabs on the bottom base of the water filter housing and pull the upper portion with the dial away from the bottom. Remove the old Keurig water filter from the upper portion and discard it. 

Step 3 : Rinse the new charcoal water filter under cool water until the water runs clear through it. Insert the new water 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.

Step 4 : Insert the upper portion of the housing into the lower base portion until the tabs lock in place. Lower the complete water filter assembly into the Keurig water reservoir and push down until it locks into position. place the reservoir back onto the Keurig coffee machine.

Top tip: If you feel that the Keurig water filter is not working correctly and you don’t have a replacement to hand, you can also use pre-filtered water in your machine to ensure you’re not drinking any nasty chemicals or minerals in your coffee. If you don’t have a water filter jug at home, you can always use bottled water instead, although this is not great for the environment.

Descaling Keurig Coffee Makers

There are several ways to properly descale your Keurig coffee maker and keeping it clean will prevent any issues with your morning cup of coffee.

Descaling Keurig coffee machines should be done at least every two months to prevent a build up of limescale in your machine. When limescale builds up within a coffee maker, it can prevent the machine from properly heating up the water. If the water isn’t hot enough, the coffee may come out cold. This can be a real nightmare when you need a caffeine fix in the morning.

Regularly descaling Keurig coffee machines is an important part of the cleaning process. Try to do this every time to change the water filter. To start descaling Keurig machines, first make sure that the coffee maker is unplugged and switched off. Take it apart carefully and wash each piece as you would a dirty plate or cup. Allow to dry. Now it’s time to descale your Keurig coffee maker.

Here are some easy ways for descaling Keurig machines:

  • Use a descaling cleaning solution Grab a bottle of white vinegar to descale your coffee maker with a damp cloth
  • Fill the water reservoir with one part white vinegar and two parts water and run until clean.
  • Use a soft toothbrush to effectively remove coffee grounds from your machine.

When Should Your Replace a Keurig Water Filter

A question we often get asked is: When should I replace my Keurig charcoal water filter? The purifying filter in the water reservoir on your Keurig coffee maker does not have a set number of brew cycles.

The lifespan of a water filter depends on a number of factors such as :

  • The type of coffee you make The number of times you drink coffee from your Keurig machine
  • The quality of your water
  • How often you descale your coffee machine

The less you use your coffee maker, the less you technically need to replace the Keurig water filter.

According to the Keurig website, Keurig water filters should ideally be replaced and changed every two months. However, if you’re not brewing coffee on a daily basis, your water filters may last longer than two months. In this case, you should change your water filter every 60 tank refills. Try and get into the habit of descaling your Keurig coffee machine too, every time you change the water filters.

Having said that, some new Keurig coffee machine models allow you to set a water filter reminder so there’s no guesswork involved, when it comes to changing the water filters. Like any other charcoal filter, once it’s been used for a long time, it will no longer filter the water effectively 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.

For the best cup of coffee every morning, make sure to clean and descale your Keurig coffee maker every couple of months and replace your Keurig water filters. If you have any questions or concerns about cleaning your Keurig coffee machine, feel free to contact us for handy hints and tips.

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