What Does Descale Mean On A Keurig?

If you are a new user of Keurig, then you must have noticed the add water and descale lights on your Keurig machine. The add water light is easy to understand, but what exactly does the descale light indicate?

What Does Descale Mean On A Keurig?

The descale light on your Keurig machine reminds you to clean it whenever it needs to be cleaned. After using your machine for a few days, the tube through which water flows gets clogged due to mineral deposits. So, in that case, you need to descale your machine to remove mineral deposits and scale buildup.

If you use normal water from the tap, then scale and calcium buildup will be faster, but if you use filtered water from which all mineral deposits are removed, then you don’t need to descale your machine very often.

Mineral buildups like limescale may not be harmful, but if lots of them collect, it can ruin the taste and temperature of your coffee and perhaps damage your coffee machine.

How To Descale Your Keurig Coffee Maker

In other coffee machines, you may simply add some vinegar, rinse it a few times, and you are done. But you need to follow the entire process to descale your machine on newer Keurig models. Although this descaling process is simple, you can do it very easily.

I’ve prepared a descaling guide for all new Keurig models:

How Often Does My Keurig Need Descaling?

While making a cup of coffee, if your machine makes more noise than before or the taste of the coffee is not good, it means you need to descale your machine now. However, Keurig suggests descaling the machine once every three months, particularly if you’re using unfiltered water.

If you use your Keurig frequently, then it should be descaled a lot more often. The descaling light is useful in this situation since it turns on after 250 brews. So, based on how frequently you use your machine, it is possible that you may need to descale it more frequently than once every three months.

You simply have to descale your Keurig once every year if you use soft filtered water.

What Happens If You Don’t Descale Your Keurig?

If you do not descale your Keurig machine, then after a while, depositions of minerals gather inside the tubes. This may slow down or even stop the flow of water. So, in this case, your machine will not be able to brew a full cup of coffee due to a blockage of water.

Limescale additionally has an impact on the flavour of your coffee, there may be no crema, and the flavour will turn more bitter.

Descale Light Stays On

As we have mentioned in our other Keurig articles, with the Keurig K-Express and other newer models, like the Keurig K-Slim and K-Supreme, you have to put the machine in descale mode and follow the entire descaling procedure before the light goes off.

The original user manual came with your Keurig coffee machine when you bought it.

Never remove the water tank or open the lid while the machine is in descale mode. This will cancel the descale mode and you will have to do the whole procedure again. Also, try to avoid touching other buttons than those instructed above because it can also take your machine out of descaling mode.

If none of the options work, the simplest answer is to restart the descaling procedure. However, because you have already descaled your coffee maker, you only need to use water this time.

I’ve prepared a guide on how to turn off the descaling light for all new Keurig models:

Final Words

After reading this article, you must have understood what descale means on a Keurig.

Again, for your remainder, descaling means cleaning your Keurig machine because, after using your machine for a few days, the tube through which water flows gets clogged due to mineral deposits. So, in that case, you need to descale your machine to remove mineral deposits and scale buildup.

I hope you have understood what is descaling by reading our article

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