Problems With Ninja Coffee Makers The Top 12 Fixable Errors!

Problems With Ninja Coffee Makers The Top 12 Fixable Errors!

There are many fixable problems with Ninja coffee makers that you will come across as the proud owner of a Ninja coffee bar.

This article lists the 12 most common and fixable errors and what you can do to fix them and get yourself back to brewing a delicious cup of coffee again.

Keep reading as we rock on with this article and get you dealing with the common and annoying problems with ninja coffee makers that you come across.

12 Common Problems With Ninja Coffee Makers That You can Easily Fix!

Let’s not waste any more time and get on with detailing the 12 most commonly occurring problems with Ninja Coffee bars.

If you have a persistent problem with your coffee machine shoot up a message, we will happily help you with it!

Common Problems With Ninja Coffee Makers That You can Easily Fix
A Ninja coffee maker.

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#1 Ninja Coffee Bar Clean Light Is Always Turning On

This error is far more common that you will realise. The easy solution and answer is to run a second and third cleaning cycle with a greater concentration of cleaning solution. There could be a heavy calcium buildup.

My own preference is to use white vinegar and at least a 50% solution and filling the water reservoir not with fresh water but with fresh filtered water or bottled water when it comes to the water portion of the 50/50 water and white vinegar solution.

The type of water to clean your coffee machine with during the clean cycle should not be one that may cause calcium deposits.

If you can, as preventative maintenance, don’t fill your reservoir with tap water, will it with distilled water, mineral water or filtered water when you are brewing coffee.

Once you wave finished running a second and third cleaning cycle, run two flushing, rinsing cycles and then unplug your machine for 10 to 15 min and then re-plug it in.

This, absolutely should take care of the cleaning indicator.

Ninja Coffee Bar
A Ninja Coffee Bar

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#2 Ninja Coffee Bar Won’t Brew Coffee

When you find your Ninja Coffee Bar is not brewing a cup of coffee, the first thing to check is if it is plugged in and switched on. Perhaps there is a problem with your outlet.

The next thing to check is the water reservoir and if there is enough water. If you hear the sound of 5 beeps from your machine, your drip stop will be in the closed position. The drip stop needs to be in the open position for brewing to commence.

If the drip stop is in the correct position, double-check the brew basket is in position and push it in to ensure that it is.

#3 Ninja Coffee Bar Is Not Brewing A Full Carafe

When your Ninja Coffee bar is not brewing the size of coffee that is should be have a good look at the size of coffee that you selected.

If you have selected the correct brew size, and you are still not getting the batch of coffee and correct serving of coffee that you are seeking, check the brew type that you have chosen. The option “over ice brew” will give you approximately 50% of the volume as the rich brew or classic brew options. It is designed this way to prevent your carafe from overflowing.

If you have selected the correct brew type and brew size check you have enough water in your water tank.

If all of the above fails, give you machine a good proper clean with a descaling solution or white vinegar.

#4 Ninja Coffee Bar Stops BrewingNinja Coffee Bar Keeps Shutting Off

This is the most annoying of the problems with Ninja coffee makers have, you are ready and waiting for your cup of coffee but….

…your machine cuts off and stops brewing.

Check that you have:

  • Pressed the correct button, you may have pushed the wrong button.
  • Ensure that you have selected the right brew.
  • Your coffee brewer is clean.
  • You have power going to your coffee maker.

If the issue is not related to any of the above and your coffee machine is new, less than 2 years old, contact the manufacturer and request a replacement.

Ninja Coffee Bar Stops Brewing - Ninja Coffee Bar Keeps Shutting Off
Cleaning your machine can solve many problems.

#5 There Are Coffee Grounds In My Coffee

The most probable cause here is one of two (or both) causes.

  • You are using the wrong grind size. 
  • You are brewing without a filter. 

The correct grind size if a medium grind coffee. A coffee filter is entirely optional, you can use a paper filter if you so wish.

#6 Your Ninja Coffee Bar Is Leaking Water

A leaky coffee bar issue is usually due to over filling the water reservoir. Only fill your machine to the marked level or slightly less. It is very normal for water to drip a little from your reservoir when you remove it for cleaning or filling.

There can be a little dripping from the filter and brew basket area and above the mug. This may be due to the brewing process and is not much of a cause of concern if it is only splashes.

Much larger drips will require you to look at seals and that none are broken.

Different Ninja Coffee Makers
Different Ninja Coffee Makers

#7 My Coffee Is No Longer Delicious

There are a number of factors that can and will influence how your coffee tastes. Some of these coffee taste issues may have nothing to do with your Ninja coffee maker.

Check the following:

  • Your coffee beans have not gone off. Coffee beans have a shelf life that is very short – typically only a week to 10 days of peak flavor after roasting.
  • You have poorly stored your beans and they are picking up the scents and flavors of foods and items they are near to.
  • You are using less than ideal water. Use bottled or filtered water.
  • Check the temperature of your water, and it is within the ideal brewing range of 195F to 205F (92C to 96C).
  • Your machine is dirty, and it may need cleaning. Old coffee is spoiling it for you.

#8 My Second Mug Of Coffee Is Much Hotter Than The First Cup Of Coffee Brewed

For a more constant and consistent temperature from the very first to last cup of coffee pre-heat your Ninja Coffee Maker for a few minutes and, at least before you start a brewing cycle.

#9 Ninja Coffee Bar Beeps 5 Times

If your coffee maker is a bleeping annoyance, you have an issue somewhere. Check your filter mechanism and brew basket and that it is in the proper place. Give it a little push to make sure. Ensure the drip stop is in the correct position.

If your problem still persists, run 2 to 3 good deep cleaning cycles with white vinegar, baking soda or decalcifying solution to ensure your water vale is not blocked in some way.  Regular cleaning is the key to solving a lot of issues. Occums Razor is often the key here, the most obvious and simple solution is usually the one.

If the problem persists after cleaning, switch your machine off and pull out the plug. Wait a few minutes and then plug it back in and switch it on.

#10 My Cup Of Coffee Overflowed

Make sure you have not over filled the water reservoir and that your mug is empty to begin with. Make sure that your coffee mug is empty before brewing and use the right size of cup. 16 Oz (480ml) for travel mug, 14 Ox (420ml) for XL and 12 Oz (360ml) for cup.

XL multi serve requires a man sized 20 Oz (600ml) cup of coffee.

#11 My Coffee Is Weak And Watery

The cause here could be due to using a grind size that is too large and not extracting your coffee efficiently and thus resulting in an under brewed cup of coffee. Use a slightly smaller grind size, medium-coarse is the suggested grind size by the manufacturer.

It may also be that you are not using enough coffee grounds. Adhere to the coffee to water ratio to ensure a perfect amount of grounds in relation to the amount of water used.

#12 Ninja Coffee Bar Cleaning Cycle is Not Working

When your coffee maker’s cleaning light turns on it is telling you that there is a mineral buildup inside the machine that you need to fix.

Regular cleaning will take care of this. I strongly advise you to keep on top of that and programatic fashion is best, like every month or every other Sunday.

Running a clean cycle is very easy. Fill your reservoir with water and white vinegar in a 50/50 solution.

Use a greater concentration if you have not cleaned it in a while or waited until the light appears telling you that it needs to be cleaned.

Make sure your carafe is empty and put it below the brew basket and select the full carafe size and push the clean button.

Then just leave the clean cycle to run. It should take about an hour.

If your machine is particularly dirty, run a second and third cleaning cycle.

Once you are finished cleaning, run two to three rinsing cycles by filling the water reservoir with clean filtered water and running a flush cycle.

Final Thoughts, Frappé-Ing It All Up, Problems With Ninja Coffee Makers

If you have read this far, you have come across and found solutions to the 12 common and annoying problems with Ninja coffee makers. If have persistent problems with your machine that is not listed above, please do contact us, we will be sure to help you with a quick and informative reply to help you.

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