Keurig Blinking Lights – 4 Step Solution

We had a question yesterday from Randy who had a problem with a very poorly Keurig B60 and the dreaded Keurig blinking lights problem …: “My Keurig stopped working. It has the “ready to brew” light on and the three-cup size lights blinking. You can’t turn it off, and the menu button or any other button won’t work. Is there a reset or something I can try?”.

It wasn’t an issue that we had covered before, and so we thought we better get to work. We wanted to find a solution that would get Randy back to making his regular Keurig coffee. Having worked through different solutions with our trusty B60 testbed, we have a solution that fixes the blinking light problem.

Keurig Blinking Light Cause

The cause of the blinking lights situation with a Keurig brewer is the machine unsure of its next step. This is usually the result of an interrupt to whatever it was working on. The interrupt could be from a power change, a break in a sensor signal, or just a bad day! Most people don’t realize underneath all that plastic is an 8-bit PIC Microcontroller that manages all the functions going on. And sometimes this unit can get itself a bit worked up and hence the flashing or blinking lights.

Photo of the blue LCD and cup size selection buttons and the blinking blue light on a Keurig.

A Solution to the Keurig Blinking Lights

The following solution was designed to enable a Keurig brewer’s “brain” to be reset and get it back into its normal mode of operation.

Step 1

Ensure the brewer is turned off (and at this point, the lights should be blinking, and the brewer isn’t in the middle of any other operation).

Step 2

Press and hold the auto-off button.

Step 3

Press and hold both cup-size buttons (for those brewers with only two cup sizes). For those with three cup size selections, press and hold down the medium and large cup size buttons.

Step 4

Once all the lights go out, release the buttons. The brewer should now turn itself back on, and you should be able to get back to making coffee. If the brewer doesn’t turn on automatically, press the power button.

As with all of our work, we would love to hear from you. In particular, if a proposed solution worked or didn’t work for you. Please use the comments section below or the Contact Us form.

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  • Randall Hutton March 10, 2016, 03:32

    First time I had heard of this error but it worked and we are back to drinking coffee. Thanks you!!

  • Stephanie Munding November 2, 2016, 19:06

    This exact error was showing up on my coffee maker after I had unplugged it and stored it for a couple weeks. Your steps above helped to get my coffeemaker working again, so thank you!!!!! Now, on to cleaning and brewing 🙂

  • Michael Andrew Serna December 10, 2016, 19:05

    i have this problem with the three cup option….didnt work….how long do i hold the auto off? it says press and hold…till when? till something happens? till i get tired? it also says make sure the brewer is turned off…if the brewer is off there wouldnt be any lights blinking, cause its off….very confusing

    • craig Whatley December 25, 2020, 01:57

      exactly. supper confusing. if the brewer is off it will not have blinking lights. My brewer failed and then randomly started working and failed again. Very bad experience with my first Keurig just when I was starting to enjoy it and its new! Didn’t even last 3 weeks. Please help.

      • Heather November 30, 2021, 16:39

        You press and hold the auto off button and at the same time you hold the medium and large button options. Mine shut off pretty fast once I held all 3 buttons at once.

        The device has to be plugged in so that part was a little confusing for me at first too.

      • LaTonda Wallace January 25, 2022, 23:41

        I pressed the auto off button (with my pointer finger) for maybe 3 seconds. With my finger still on the auto off button, I used my thumb (turned sideways) to press the large and medium button at the same time. After a couple of seconds, the lights went off. It didn’t automatically come back on, so I pressed the power button. I hope this helps. I did this with all the lights flashing because I had already tried unplugging it.

  • TexanForever January 28, 2017, 04:02

    I have two top-of-the-line Keurigs and both are in the attic storage room due to malfunctions. The single cupper where I work stopped working today after a cup was loaded and the buttons pressed. All it does is flash either blue or red. Keurigs are good looking junk designed to fail.

    I’m going back to a simple percolator (made in the USA) that always works.

  • Melissa campbell July 2, 2020, 20:30

    Great have to type it all over again because of time limits seriously captcha. Above doesn’t work. If power is off nothing is flashing. When I turn it on and choose a size, water comes out for a second then everything starts flashing.

    • Andrew Shephard July 5, 2020, 16:13

      Hi Melissa. Thanks for the question, sorry about the captcha … just helps to keep a lot of spam off the site. If you would like to use our Contact Us page and drop us some details about the brewer we’ll see if we can help. Thanks, Andrew

      • Kathy March 6, 2021, 17:10

        I bought this in December for our cabin. Used it two weekends and now have the flashing problem, tried pressing the on off with two cup buttons. Did not help. Not what

  • Anne Macek Lachelt August 12, 2020, 16:16

    Thanks! Worked!!!

    • Andrew Shephard August 14, 2020, 13:39

      Hi Anne. Great to hear, thanks for letting us know. All the best, Andrew

  • Jess September 22, 2020, 03:58

    It worked! Thank you.

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 14:37

      Hey Jess, you are very welcome and thanks for letting us know. Kind regards, Andrew

  • Bobbijayne noll October 3, 2020, 12:46

    Thank you so much,it is working

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 14:34

      You are very welcome. Glad the brewer is back workings.

  • Laura October 7, 2020, 21:18

    Thanks so much! Mother in law’s coffee pot was freaking out and this fixed it!

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 14:32

      Hey Laura. You are very welcome. And pleased some “in-law credit” has been earned. Thanks for letting us know. All the best, Andrew

  • Lyle October 8, 2020, 14:03

    I was trying to make coffee when our power went out and after 15 minutes when it came back on so too did all of the flashing lights on the Keurig coffee pot. I unplugged it for a few hours hoping it would reset but on re-plugging same issue – all flashing lights. I tried your solution, and it worked first time, thank goodness because my caffeine level was getting low ;-).
    Much appreciated !

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 14:31

      Hi Lyle. Thanks for letting us know. Glad the appropriate levels of caffeine have been restored. Regards, Andrew

  • Honee dew October 19, 2020, 19:24

    It didn’t work. Also the add water light is blinking along with all 3 cups. I’ve only had it for. Year or so . Very disappointed

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 15:07

      Hi there, sorry for delay in replying. With any brewer around a year old or less just ask Keurig to replace it. You are covered by their one year warranty. We have heard from customers with machines older than a year still receiving full replacements. Persistence is the key with Keurig from our experience. All the best, Andrew

  • Lyuska Rendon October 20, 2020, 13:55

    Mine its doing the same. I tried the solution above but the lights dont go off. Mine its new, not even a year old. What should I do?

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 15:03

      Hi Lyuska. Sorry for the delay in replying. I would get in touch with Keurig and ask for a new brewer. You are still covered by their one year warranty – so don’t worry about trying to fix it; just ask for a new replacement and they’ll send it out to you. All the best, Andrew

  • Vel October 23, 2020, 15:27

    Unable to press buttons when the light is blinking.

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 15:04

      Hi Vel … we’ll need a few more details to help. If you would like to use our Contact Us page and we can go from there. Thanks, Andrew

      • Mike Terwilliger December 4, 2020, 14:10

        We have a 3 button Keurig… all lights blinking. Pressing and holding any buttons do nothing… please advise.

        • Carol Ann Moore September 25, 2021, 03:09

          Just purchased the K-Elite and the clock lights keep blinking. Tried the method you suggested & it doesn’t work. There are 5 brew sizes and can’t hold them all down. Please help. Very frustrating 😩

  • Lisa October 23, 2020, 21:59

    Hi guys:
    My Keurig Classic’s blue add-water light and sensor have stopped working. Thoughts?…Lisa

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 15:01

      Hi Lisa. If you would like to get in touch with our Contact Us page with a few more details we can see if we can get the classic working again. Thanks, Andrew

      • Lindsay February 16, 2021, 20:19

        Hi, having this problem with a K35 model at a rented cottage so we are unfamiliar with the machine. We have a different one at home. All lights (power and 3 sizes) are blinking in a sequence as soon as we plugged it in. These is no auto-off button that I can see. Water tank is full. K-cup has been placed and top closed. Help?

  • Mercedes melo October 25, 2020, 08:53

    Al lights on won’t work

    • Andrew Shephard November 4, 2020, 14:59

      Hi Mercedes … if you would like to use our Contact Us page and send us a few more details we might be able to help. Thanks, Andrew

  • Shiva November 7, 2020, 15:08

    Hi I have the Keurig machine with 3 sizes and an on button. I tried this method. But it’s not working. I even kept it unplugged for 12 hrs or so. Still the same problem. Could you please suggest what else I can try? Thanks!

  • Gerald L Burgess November 8, 2020, 07:06

    Held down buttons still flashing it did not work for me

  • Robert November 11, 2020, 12:59

    My Keri has a flashing power light and holding the buttons does not work

  • Bonnie skierski November 11, 2020, 14:59

    My Kubrick coffee maker is blinking and won’t work. I’ve unplugged it and tried your trick of holding down the buttons. Didnt work. I have no auto button.

  • Ericia Arlene Compani November 16, 2020, 11:12

    Thank you so much, you are a lifesaver!!

  • Brandon November 21, 2020, 10:43

    I think I should just resign and buy a new one. The steps didn’t exactly work for me. If held down the buttons while plugging it in the lights either stayed solid or go completely out and never cut back on. But if I unplug it and plug it back in after doing that without holding any buttons the lights go back to flashing for me. I can hear water swishing around inside.

  • Bob November 23, 2020, 03:10

    Thank you thank you thank you

    • Andrew Shephard December 30, 2020, 10:49

      Hi Bob, you are very welcome. Glad it worked for you.

  • Theresa Bitz November 28, 2020, 00:57

    My keurig 2.0 power button just keeps blinking and won’t turn on

  • Robin December 8, 2020, 14:53

    My machine has three cup sizes. When plugged in, all lights flash and the machine will not turn off. I tried the above steps.

    Steps I took:
    1) I unplugged the machine for a few minutes but the lights continued to flash when plugged back in.

    2)While plugged in and the lights flashing, I held down the on/off switch and the large and medium cup buttons all at the same time for a minute or so. The blinking did not stop.

    What now?

  • Amanda Hood December 11, 2020, 15:09

    My Keurig (3 cup size option) has blinking lights (add water, heating and medium cup size). I tried holding all the buttons, as you stated, but nothing. I also dumped ot the water, added fresh, changed the filter, and cleaned the needle. Nothing works. Please help.

    Amanda

    • A September 6, 2021, 14:49

      Exact same thing on mine. It’s also making noise like it’s about to take flight

  • RONALD COMEAUX December 21, 2020, 20:52

    my Keurig is a 2017 model but it has brewed only around 10 cups coffee. For as much as was paid for this unit is very sad that I would have to dispose of it. I have gone through different sequences pressing buttons and opening and closing the lid. no good.

  • Cindy Morrison December 27, 2020, 16:56

    This didn’t fix my Keurig😪, thank you though!

    • Andrew Shephard December 30, 2020, 10:48

      Hi Cindy … sorry it didn’t work out for you. Hope you find a solution.

  • Jan Rassman December 28, 2020, 07:14

    Solution not working. Lights still blinking. Any other suggestions.no warranty, just expired.

  • Carrie Lee Simmons December 30, 2020, 03:51

    Well we got our going after holding down for a few seconds. My bf is just impatient.

  • Paula Sutphin January 9, 2021, 19:56

    Your solution worked perfectly – we were afraid we were going to have to trash a perfectly good machine – you are awesome!!!

  • laura slover January 11, 2021, 18:04

    I followed the steps and the lights went out. now no lights will come on. If I unplug and plug in again the lights all flash fast again. I did this three times,whats the next step.

  • Tammy Cole January 21, 2021, 11:15

    What is the fix or my Keurig supeme Plus flashing “add water” when it is full of water? I have descaled and still have the problem.

  • Janet January 31, 2021, 02:26

    It worked and my husband is very happy.
    Thank you 🙂

  • Janet January 31, 2021, 02:28

    It worked and my husband is very happy.
    Thank you 🙂

  • Malcolm February 1, 2021, 04:24

    Model: Compact K35

    Bought new for camper in spring 2019. Only went camping 4-5 times. Has 3 plus a power button. All flash when plugged in. I holding any button when plugging in. It stays powered off with no lights blinking. But still nothing. Not so much as a peep like its even trying… Grrr

  • Bill Manley February 6, 2021, 17:59

    3 button Keurig (sm, med, large)
    blinking blue (add water)
    blinking red (heating)

    auto and med and large turn lights off
    add water light works and functions well

  • Everett Knopp February 15, 2021, 14:17

    Didn’t work. 😒

  • John March 1, 2021, 10:21

    It worked. Thank you

    • Andrew Shephard July 23, 2021, 13:49

      Hi John, pleased it worked for you and thank you for lettings us know.

  • Ahny March 17, 2021, 12:24

    This worked! So happy. It did not turn itself back on so had to redo the process and when the lights turned off I hit the power button and boom, it worked! THANK YOU!

  • Ahny March 17, 2021, 14:36

    I pushed and held the auto-off button while pressing and holding the medium and large cup buttons, this stopped the blinking lights. I then had to push the power button which turned it back on. I was able to make my coffee. If I leave it on after its finished brewing it will start with the all lights blinking again and I have start the process over again. Even if I leave it turned off it starts the blinking again, I have to unplug it.

  • Diane Brown April 1, 2021, 17:59

    How do I fix Keurig B145 when the drain knob is selected but the drain brewer light above the drain button will not light up?

  • LoWaynne Woolridge April 4, 2021, 19:25

    Had my Keurig for a number of years and today is the first time I have had any problems with it. All the lights were blinking and I did not know what to expect. First thing I did was toon on website and get prices for a new one. I then went on website to look for trouble shooting for blinking lights. Did exactly as it said and it worked. I can now have my coffee again. Thanks very much.

  • Kim April 5, 2021, 16:09

    This solution worked for me but I think this can be better phrased.
    While the machine is plugged in and the lights are blinking, start holding down the Auto-Off off button.
    While holding that button, begin holding down the two cup size buttons (or in my case, the Medium & Large cup size buttons).
    When all the lights shut off, release all the buttons. The machine didn’t automatically start after that for me, I had to press the Power button. Everything turned on fine and worked well after that.

  • Pam Sligar April 6, 2021, 00:32

    My letter K keeps blinking. No other lights blink. Any suggestions? Thank you

  • Andy Johnson May 17, 2021, 14:30

    Gump! You’re a goddamn genius! I’m drinking coffee again! Thank you!

    • Andrew Shephard May 28, 2021, 17:24

      Thanks Andy. Good to hear you are back in coffee making action!

  • Diego May 18, 2021, 00:41

    Im having this issue and nothing is working lights are still blinking held the 3 buttons for 30 min nothing happened just keeps blinking. I have the 3 cup sizes one. Plz help. And if theres something else to do edit it into the info sp it can help other people

  • Michael May 19, 2021, 14:13

    Holding down the auto-off while then holding do wn the medium and large size buttons did the trick! Thanks bundles!!

    • Andrew Shephard May 28, 2021, 17:23

      Great to hear it worked. Thanks for letting us know.

  • Tom May 19, 2021, 21:35

    Worked for me

  • Bonnie Rix May 21, 2021, 05:34

    I have the single keurig with the full tank on the back. The power was interrupted and now the descaler light comes on and can’t make coffee. This is a new machine. I’ve tried holding the buttons down like posted and didn’t work. Now what????

  • Nancy June 5, 2021, 21:19

    We have had our keyring since February. It was working fine, then it got unplugged. We plugged it back in & now when we turn it on the three cup sizes blink & then the unit shuts off. I have tried your solution & it won’t work still. Please advise me on what to do.

  • Doris Watson June 5, 2021, 21:56

    I had a power surge occur and now my keurig keeps flashing all the lights ! I’ve only had it two months! I called customer service but let me tell you, when a coffee addict can’t have coffee they’re not I’m the mood to listen to promotions of other services! Got no nelp there !’ I have tried the sighrxyions and they’re not working!

  • Bill July 25, 2021, 16:51

    Thank you for the solution to this problem. I followed your steps and it worked!

    Bill

    • Andrew Shephard August 5, 2021, 17:27

      Hey Bill. Thanks for letting us know. Pleased we could help you back to coffee. All the best, Andrew

  • rafatennisgirl July 28, 2021, 01:01

    Found your remedy this evening, I’m going to try it at 6am..
    I’ll tell your fans if it worked or not 🤞🤞🤞

    • Andrew Shephard August 5, 2021, 17:26

      Both of the fans wait in eager anticipation.

  • Judy August 15, 2021, 20:44

    Thank you for showing how to fix problem

  • Daniel Barnes August 22, 2021, 01:51

    Keurig k-compact, lights blinking in secquence, starting with power, large, middle, small. Then all off, then repeat. Tried the 3 button reset but did not work. Help!

  • Robert Bradbury August 26, 2021, 12:48

    i have all 4 lights blinking at the same time and holding down the power button and the med and large button did not help

    help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phyllis Thornhill August 28, 2021, 01:54

    Your solution fixed my problem, so glad I found it on fixingthek.com. Was no problem going by your instructions. Thanks

  • Rex August 30, 2021, 00:46

    Turned on K50 in the morning, was low on water so filled up the tank while machine was heating and when putting the water tank on the machine dropped the tank and water got on the machine and all over buttons and lights. I quickly pulled the plug and cleaned up the water and plugged it back in and then the power, add water, descale, heating and power lights and 3 cup size lights where flashing but not the auto off light. I couldn’t get it do anything. I took it apart dried the inside, put back together and still the same thing. Found this trouble shooter and did as directed “hold auto off and med & large brew buttons at the same time” then the lights went out, I let buttons go lights stayed off but machine didn’t come back on by it self. I pushed power button and it turned back on and it works again. Thanks Rex

  • A September 6, 2021, 14:46

    My machine was unplugged for a couple months in storage and now it’s making very loud noises like it’s about to take flight and won’t do anything else. Briefly the heating, and add water lights were both flashing. Tried your reset and now nothing else happens.

  • James Fischer September 27, 2021, 15:55

    I have tried all you have suggested still all lights flashing any othrr ideas

  • Justin September 30, 2021, 16:34

    I was 34 when I started holding down the buttons. Today is my 43rd birthday and I’m still waiting for them to go off. Any suggestions?

  • Jacqueline R Buckley October 12, 2021, 19:29

    My k express lights all flash when rich on switch. Nothing happens. I’ve cleaned needles. Push n help on med n large buttons. Cold water comes out til stop pushing n holding buttons. What’s wrong?. I can not find anything like this problem on net so far.

  • Loretta October 23, 2021, 21:50

    Yay !!!!! It worked

  • Dorothy I Creach October 31, 2021, 21:00

    None of this worked floor me I have a compact 3 cups size machine and it’s 4 years old, none of these worked. I have had a lot of problems with this machine since about 6 months after I bought it. I just decaled it a couple of weeks ago but now this, this is the first time I couldn’t get the lights to quit blinking. I only drink coffee a couple of days a week so I don’t understand why this is happening. I will say that I will not be replacing it with another Kerig.

  • William Carenbauer November 25, 2021, 00:10

    I tried holding down the power button along with the 2 cup size buttons but nothing happened. Al lights continued to flash on and off.

  • Charles Conway November 30, 2021, 00:59

    Thanks! It worked. Needed to have it powered on for the reset to work, but otherwise instructions are fine.

  • Pam Morgan (Pamela) November 30, 2021, 23:07

    We have a Keurig K-25. This is the 3rd Keurig we have purchased in 2021, and the last one. All different problems. We have gone to Walmart to purchse the Mr. Coffee, and we will have to open the cups to get the coffee out of them to put into Mr. Coffee so we can have coffee tomorrow morning.
    The problems we’ve encountered are simple but beyond the user’s ability to fix. There is little, if any customer, support. One comment from your website is that, perhaps, our Keurig is “…having a bad day…”
    When it works, it’s great. The operative words…”when it works.” We are so disappointed in the Keurig.

  • scott December 7, 2021, 15:39

    power light blinks all three blue lights blink holding on or all of them doesent work????

  • Dianne Tymeson January 6, 2022, 18:38

    It worked! My wonderful ♥ Keurig ♥ coffee maker is working again thanks to your instructions. Thank you so
    much for your help.

    • Andrew Shephard March 21, 2022, 07:30

      Hi Dianne. Great news! Thanks for letting us know. All the best, Andrew

  • Teresa January 8, 2022, 14:00

    I have only had my Keurig a year bought after house fire for replacement. I drink 1 cup a day from the single side. My mom comes out on weekends and we make One 8 cup pot on Saturday and Sunday. Now my lights are blinking and tried your button thing and still not working. I need help should not have to buy new after a year.

  • Matt January 31, 2022, 14:05

    We have a K-Express and that worked for us. Interesting. From what I gather, it’s more apt to have to be reset by this method after a descaling. What ever the reason, we’re all set now.

  • Mary Anne Kalbfus February 5, 2022, 16:51

    After trying to get an answer from keurig, l finally found my answer here. Thanks.

  • Joyce March 1, 2022, 09:03

    OMG I was getting ready to go buy a new Keurig I’m sorry this one out but it worked thank you thank you

    • Andrew Shephard March 21, 2022, 07:28

      Hi Joyce. Thanks for letting us know; pleased we could help out. Kind regards, Andrew

  • Kipp March 22, 2022, 22:34

    I have a brand-new Keurig duo. When I plugged it in and turned it on all the lights begin flashing in a row and three different sizes plus the carafe and the cup on and off buttons. I am plugged it and tried it again doing either the cup or the carafe. I did this about four times before I googled troubleshooting. By unplugging and plugging in again pushing it on button and then holding the 10 and 12 down for several several seconds I let go when the lights went off then I pushed a power button again, then the 10 ounce and it worked. Yay

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