Keurig Burp and Slap – Air Pump Restart

We suggest that you try what we call the Keurig burp and slap in many of our solutions to Keurig issues. With some problems in Keurig brewers, this simple step can help get the machine back working again, if only temporarily.

What we are trying to do is get the air pump back into action. It has perhaps become clogged with limescale build-up inside; perhaps some rust has formed in the pump, slowing its operation, or some other issue is disrupting the signals between it and the main power board. The photo below shows the air pump, and it’s the long silver cylinder on the right, bolted to the side of the frame. The picture below is from our B60 (usually in bits as we work on new material).

The insides of a B60 Keurig brewer

Do note that this approach doesn’t always work, and the main reason will be with the pump you are trying to kick back into action. It could be the fault with the pump is nothing to do with a loose connection, the deposit buildup doesn’t dislodge or isn’t there, or the pump has failed, and a new one is required.

However, before we get to replacing any pump, you might like to try these easy steps. In our little demonstration below, we are using our new K550 Keurig 2.0 brewer. We would use our trusty B60, but she is in bits as we have worked on other repair guides. It takes a little while to put her back together again.

Step 1

Turn the Keurig off and then unplug it from the wall. We don’t want any little surprises.



Step 2

Remove the water reservoir and drip tray (if they are detachable). We don’t want them being damaged or dropping off.


Step 3

To burp the Keurig, apply a firm slap to its side, halfway up where the reservoir connects to the body. You want to be holding on to the other side of the Keurig, so you don’t knock it over. I know we haven’t in the photo, but I had to hold the camera with something. Do this two or three times.


Step 4

Put the water reservoir back on, drip tray in and plug the brewer back in.


Step 5

Put some water into the reservoir and try and run a water-only cycle.

If you are still experiencing the problem with your Keurig, use the Contact Us, and we’ll see if we can offer any advice.

{ 23 comments… add one }
  • usaok59 June 14, 2015, 15:28

    Awesome. Worked like a charm. I thought I’d have to buy a new coffee maker (but not a Keurig!) Thank you so much.

    • Andrew Carter June 16, 2015, 21:59

      You are very welcome. Really pleased it worked for you. Always like hearing the success stories too. Thanks 🙂

    • Andrew Carter September 10, 2015, 18:13

      Really pleased to read it worked for you (and sorry for being “a bit late” in replying to your comment). It’s such a simple process, but it amazes us how often it gets a brewer working again.

  • Kimberly Thilges September 8, 2015, 20:02

    It worked! It actually worked!!

    • Andrew Carter September 10, 2015, 18:14

      Excellent news Kimberly. Glad we could help. And thanks for posting a comment too.

  • Steve Waldhalm December 9, 2015, 23:15

    Amen! It worked! I slapped with the vigor of a movie villain… 3 times… it brought alarm to my wife and dog. When they recovered, so had my Keurig Elite 40.

    • Andrew Shephard July 23, 2021, 12:52

      Nice work Steve. Pleased the Elite 40 was back with us. Do you still have the brewer after all these years?

  • fahkir1 December 19, 2015, 18:55

    My wife called from her daughters house in VA, telling me the Kueric wouldn’t work. So, I put it in a search engine and it brought me here. I talked her thru this and it worked. Thanks.

  • anewpher December 24, 2015, 04:19

    Thank you Andrew Carter! Monday the coffee maker stopped working and Tuesday the transmission in my truck stopped working… 🙁 But your “Slap and Burp” fixed the coffee maker, so now I can at least enjoy a cup of coffee before I walk to work.

    Got any tips on fixing a transmission? 😎

  • Long Time Fed November 2, 2016, 14:34

    Worked like a charm, thanks!

    • Andrew Shephard July 23, 2021, 12:52

      Thanks for the comment, and pleased it worked. The simple solutions are sometimes the best.

  • Rich February 4, 2017, 16:31

    Worked Great thank you

    • Andrew Shephard July 11, 2020, 05:52

      Pleased we could help. And thanks for letting us know.

  • John July 4, 2020, 18:50

    Worked Great!!! Thank You

    • Andrew Shephard July 5, 2020, 16:11

      Hey John. Thanks for your comment; pleased it worked for you and you are back making the coffee. Andrew

  • Larry July 10, 2020, 09:23

    I tried this a few weeks ago, and it worked. This morning I had the same issue; it took a few more whacks and creative curse words, but it worked again. I suspect I will eventually have to either get a new unit or start taking apart this one and doing more intensive surgery on it. I also talked an elderly uncle through the process but still haven’t heard back if it worked or if he ended up buying a new unit. Many thanks from Michigan! ~~ “There is no life without water, because without water, there is no coffee”

    • Andrew Shephard July 11, 2020, 05:50

      Hey Larry. Thanks for letting us know. Pleased this worked for you and hopefully your Uncle will have success too. If the machine ever fully stops working have a go at the repairs, always really satisfying getting a brewer going again. And if we can help, let us know. All the best, Andrew

  • Dave September 12, 2020, 13:44

    I was skeptical when I read this. Being an engineer, this is not a usual method of repair. However, three slaps later, coffee was brewing.

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 14:41

      Hi Dave. I know what you mean – but I am amazed how reliable the method is. Doesn’t always work, but does the trick so many times. Thanks for the comment. Regards, Andrew

  • Jennifer December 8, 2020, 01:16

    Works on a Duo! I did everything you suggested and gave it a few good slaps. Thanks so much! Funniest thing…burping your Keurig 😉 who would have thought?

  • Mari-Jo Hedman February 6, 2021, 17:39

    The slapping didn’t work, however, the lines were plugged even after descaling. The Keurig would start to brew and then shut off but if I just ran water through it, it was fine. I unplugged everything and then opened up the K-cup holder. I then took a bendable straw, put one end over the pick that pokes a hole into the cup and blew through the straw. It took several good bursts of air, but the clog finally dislodged and the Keurig is now working great!

  • Chris March 25, 2021, 00:19

    Worked great, also gave it a few good villain slaps! LOL
    The eleven year old Keurig still crankin’ out hits!

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