Although Keurig coffee makers provide people with the convenience of making a single cup of coffee whenever they want, the machines are not so easy to use in other ways. Specifically, if you want to store the appliance for a long period of time, you must take a few additional steps to ensure it's still usable when you take it out of storage. Here are two things you need to know about storing a Keurig long term.
Empty the Internal Water Reservoir
Many people don't know this, but a Keurig coffee maker has two water reservoirs. It has the exterior container that you refill when it runs low, and there is an interior reservoir that keeps about a cup of hot water at the ready for quick dispensing.
The problem is, no matter how much you try, you cannot empty this internal holding tank by normal means. In fact, the company admits—with the exception of a couple of models—the internal tank cannot be emptied once it has been primed. You are expected to store the machine with the water inside, which can lead to a whole host of problems including mold and rusting.
Luckily, you can empty the internal reservoir. One way is to open the machine. Depending on the model, this may involve removing the screws found near the external water tank or cracking open the top of the machine. Another way is to hold the brew button down so the machine continuously pours out water until the internal tank is empty.
These methods may not work on all brewers, so it's best to conduct some research on your model to uncover the best way to accomplish this task. Additionally, opening the machine may void your warranty, so you may want to check with the manufacturer first.
Clean All Parts of the Machine
Before, during, and after emptying the internal reservoir, clean all parts of machine. You need to go beyond simply descaling the brewer and cleaning all removable pieces. You should take time and deep clean the machine. This means vacuuming out any grounds that spilled inside the K-Cup holder, unclogging the needle, and scrubbing the inside of the interior reservoir tank when you finally get it open.
Doing this will remove any food debris that may attract bugs into your storage unit. Additionally, deep cleaning will get rid of acids and moisture that can make the metal parts of your machine rust while in storage.
For more information about storing a Keurig or to rent a storage unit, contact a local storage facility, such as Cardinal Self Storage.