How To Drain A Keurig B60 (Quickly & Easily!)
There could be many reasons for needing or wanting to drain your Keurig coffee maker. It could be a move, or perhaps it’s being sold, or maybe it just hasn’t been used for a while and needs refreshing. Perhaps it is even that new shiny Keurig model that goes so well with your new kitchen remodel? Whatever the reason is, it inevitably leads to one question above all others, and that question is about how to drain a Keurig B60.
To drain a Keurig B60, water can be blown out of the inner tank using air pressure and will require some disassembly and creativity. The second option is to manipulate the water level sensor. This option requires no disassembly, but it is also arguably the least reliable method.
It is worth noting that Keurig manufactured the Keurig B60 with no intent or means to drain the inner tank. Even the storage directions specifically state to store the Keurig away in an upright position to avoid leaking. That does not mean, however, that the Keurig B60 cannot be drained because it can.
What Is the Inner Tank Anyways?
Like most Keurig coffee machines, the Keurig B60 comes with a reserve tank. This water storage tank holds water ready to dispense for immediate brewing. The water we actually see in the water reservoir simply replaces the water used from the inner tank.
This tank, according to Keurig, is of a stainless steel makeup, so it preserves the quality and safety of the water. Think water canteen in essence. While many Keurig models come with an option to empty this inner tank, the Keurig B60 obviously, does not.
Here are the options to drain the Keurig B60 and what you need to do the job.
How To Empty An Inner Tank For The Keurig B60
These are the two most popular options for draining the inner tank for the Keurig B60. It is advisable to perform these techniques in an area like the bathtub or kitchen sink to prevent accidentally soaking anything of value. It is also a good idea to allow yourself enough time to work uninterrupted. And one last thing, don’t wear anything that you don’t mind getting wet.
Option One: Blowing The Water Out
The goal of this technique is to gain access to the inner tank, to use air forced through the water feed hose, to force the water in the inner tank out.
Tools You Might Need:
- Philips-head screwdriver
- Needle nose pliers
- Air pump, compressor, etc.
- Duct Tape
- A little creativity
Step 1: Remove Casing
Before beginning make sure the water reservoir has been emptied. Also, double-check to make sure the coffee maker has been turned off and unplugged.
Remove the chrome casing around the top of the coffee maker. Do this by lifting the handle to access the casing and remove it by unsnapping from the top of coffee machine.
Step 2: Remove Bottom Screws
On the bottom of the Keurig are several screws (typically six) that need to be removed. Using a Philips-head screwdriver remove all the screws from the bottom of the machine and store them in a safe location until it is time to reassemble the machine.
Step 3: Remove Front of Coffee Maker Housing
Keeping the coffee maker upside down, remove the long sliver border guide on the front corner of the machine. Sit the coffee maker upright, and remove the two screws at the top on the water reservoir side of the machine. Now you can work out and dislodge the complete top facing of the coffee maker. It may be helpful to use a firm spatula or flat object to loosen the facing.
Step 4: Remove Exterior Wrapper
The exterior case wrapping is attached with clips or snaps at the base of the coffee maker. Locate the clips, and unsnap the exterior wrapper from the base. It may require a little force to release these clips.
Step 5: Remove Water Intake Assembly
To remove the water intake assembly, unsnap the three clips that hold it in place. Now, carefully disconnect the attachment piece that leads to two tubes.
Step 6: Remove Water Intake Assembly
Locate the screw near the base of the motherboard, then remove the internal filter. It may take a little jostling to free it from its slot, but it should require a great deal of force.
Step 7 Access Water Tank Assembly
Now turn the machine around to locate and then remove the screws that sit on a white washer. The water tank assembly is now freed, but be cautious of the wiring when or if moving it.
Step 8: Seal Water Feed Entrance
Once the water tank has been removed use duct tape (or another strong tape) to seal the water feed entrance. It is important to make sure the tape is sealed well and no air leaks exist.
Step 9: Pump Air Through Water Feed
Using a bike pump or air compressor with a needle, use the needle to poke a hole in the tape. Begin pumping air through the needle and the water in the inner tank will quickly drain. Be sure to hold the coffee maker and water tank assembly over the sink or tub at this point.
Step 10: Carefully Reassemble Coffee Maker
There is nothing left to do at this point but to put the coffee machine back together, and store it, sell it, or pass it on – with an empty tank.
Option Two: Manipulating Water Level Sensor
This technique is easily the most simple and quickest option, although it leaves some doubt about being the best. The first argument against this technique is that it doesn’t always work. The next debate surrounds the question of drainage, as in how do we know the inner tank is emptied? The truth is, we don’t know, so that is also a problem.
Finally, there is the concern about leftover or remaining water in the lines, a problem generally resolved through the disassembly and blowing process of option one. Here are the simple steps for manipulating the water level sensor.
Step 1: Prepare Coffee Maker for Inner Tank Drainage
Before we can drain the inner tank, it is necessary to make sure the water reservoir is empty. Next, make sure the coffee maker is powered up and turned on, and a large cup is on the dispenser plate.
Step 2: Manipulate Water Level Sensor
Remove the lid to the water reservoir and locate the water level sensor inside the tank. Slide the water reservoir carefully to the top of the tank and hold it there.
Step 3: Begin Brew Cycle
When the display indicator reads Ready, start the brew cycle. Repeat this process as many times as the coffee maker will allow. Continued manipulation of the water level sensor may be necessary. Remember to be careful manipulating the sensor as it contains electronic components.
While different techniques have been reportedly tried, they are all the same variation of the same principle. In theory, the objective is to make the Keurig B60 system think the water level is full so it engages the inner tank to begin the brewing process.
Are There Concerns I Should Be Aware Of Before Disassembling?
In addition to the obvious concern of ensuring the coffee maker is turned off and unplugged, there is a couple of other issues to be aware of when disassembling a Keurig.Be cautious when moving the front housing unit during disassembly. The bottom needle can present poking or cutting risk. Another concern is the inner tank water. When attempting a disassembly of the Keurig B60, allow the machine to sit unplugged for at least 24 hours to avoid the risk of burns from heated water in the tank.
Do Most Keurig Coffee Makers Have Draining Options?
While the Keurig B60 is a beloved and popular machine, it does have the oddity of being one of the Keurig makes that doesn’t offer auto drain or designed draining options. Most Keurig coffee makers, (at least the newer models) do offer draining options. Sorry B60 owners.
Does Keurig Offer Support Or Service?
Although there are mixed reviews on the effectiveness of this aspect of Keurig, there is help. Keurig offers customer services for both residential and commercial clients. These are the contact numbers for Keurig support:
- Residential Call Line: 1-866-901-BREW (2739)
- Commercial Call Line: 1-866-669-8922
The truth is, and according to the folks at Keurig, it isn’t ever a necessity. From all accounts, it is quite evident, in fact, that Keurig never intended for the B60 model to be emptied. Unfortunately, that can be impractical for some situations.
If the Keurig B60 is ever tilted, turned on its side, or upside down for any length of time, it will eventually leak. That also makes the Keurig B60 less than an ideal appliance for storage purposes. No, the Keurig B60 does not need to be drained, but it may also be a very practical thing to do.
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