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How to Install a Keurig Water Filter

By: Stephanie Nielsen
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If you’re serious about your coffee, you know that even the smallest details can make a huge difference, like the water you’re using. 

That’s where a clean water filter in your Keurig becomes key. 

Whether you’re just starting out with your coffee machine or you’ve been brewing for years, this guide will walk you through installing a new water filter so every cup from your Keurig tastes just right.

Step 1: Open the Water Reservoir

First things first, locate the water reservoir, which is typically on the left side of your Keurig. Open it up to access the area where the water filter is located. 

Step 2: Remove the Existing Filter Unit

Inside the reservoir, you should see the filter holder, often equipped with a convenient handle. 

Gently pull on this handle to remove the unit from the reservoir. Patience is key here; if it’s a bit stubborn, a gentle wiggle or firm tug should free it up.

Step 3: Discard the Old Filter

With the filter unit out, open it by pinching the tabs at its base.  Pull out the old filter and dispose of it.

Step 4: Acquire a Suitable Replacement Filter

Keurig filters usually come in packs, which is economical and convenient. Pick up a pack suitable for your model – it will cost you somewhere between $5 and $25.

Step 5: Soak the New Filter

Get your new filter ready by submerging it in cold water for about 5 to 10 minutes. It might float initially, but it should sink once it’s fully saturated and primed to do its job effectively.

Step 6: Rinse the New Filter

After soaking, give the filter a thorough rinse under cool running water for about a minute to wash away any loose charcoal bits. This helps ensure that nothing undesirable makes its way into your coffee.

Step 7: Clean the Lower Filter Holder

Take the opportunity to clean the lower filter holder while the new filter is soaking. A good rinse under the tap, especially on the mesh part, will help get rid of any lingering residues.

Step 8: Assemble and Install the New Filter

Place the new filter into the holder, round side up, and fit the lower holder back in place. Make sure it snaps securely together so that everything stays in place as your coffee brews.

Step 9: Reinsert the Filter Unit

Finally, place the whole filter unit back into your Keurig water reservoir. Push it down until it clicks into place, ensuring it’s properly aligned. A secure fit is crucial for effective filtration.

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Stephanie Nielsen
Stephanie worked as a department supervisor of kitchen, bath, and appliances at Home Depot, and water filters were part of the inventory she was responsible for assisting clients with so she learned the ins and outs of matching the right filtration device to homeowner’s needs. She also worked closely with Culligan water to educate customers about whole-home water treatment and softener systems.

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