How to Clean an Epson Inkjet Printer Print-Head

How to Clean an Epson Inkjet Printer Print-Head

The inkjet printers create the image by propelling drops of ink on the paper. The ink flow out through the nozzles. These nozzles are about one-tenth of the
diameter of an human hair. If the printer has a long period of inactivity, the ink may dry into the nozzles, clogging the printhead Unfortunately, Epson print-heads are part of the printer itself, and cannot be easily removed and cleaned. Changing the ink cartridge is useless. It’s only an ink container. To solve the problem of an Epson printer with clogged print-head, try these methods: Turn your printer on. Press the ink button. The cartridges will move into the center of the printer. Unplug the printer. Now you can move the ink cartridge
carriage freely, from side to side. Take a strips of soft cloth. Insert the strip under the printhead. Put a few drops of distilled water near the middle of the cloth. You can use a mixture of 80 percent water and 20 percent ammonia. The ink-jet inks are water-based. The alcohol is not so useful. Move the cloth over the printhead. You can let the printhead sit over the wet cloth for 10 minutes or more. This will soften the dried ink on the printhead. Remove the cloth and move the printhead assembly back to
its initial position. If any water or printhead cleaner is fallen into the printer, wipe it dry with a paper towel. Do a cleaning procedsure with the Epson utility head cleaning. It may take several pages of dense print to get the ink flowing properly again. Do not make more than three cleaning
cycle at a time, or you can damage the print-head. and don’t forget: a dozen of cleaning procedures can use half the ink in the cartridge. Second method Turn the printer on. press the ink button, until the cartridges move into the changing position. Unplug the printer. Remove the ink cartridges. Be careful: they may lose ink. You’ll see the small cone shaped ink tubes: the ink ports. The ink flows through this tubes from the cartridge to the print-head. Draw hot distilled water into a 5 milliliters or 10 milliliters plastic syringe. It’s possible to use a mixture of ammonia and water. Place the syringe without the needle over the clogged ink port. Be sure it is a snug fit. Gently, put some of the water through the ink port. Allow the liquid to soak into the printhead. Do not use too much pressure. if you feel resistance, push a little, then pull it back. Slowly, eject the syringe plunger to suck up the sediments out from the nozzles. A few milliliters of water will do the job. To minimize injecting air into the ink port, it would be better to use a flexible plastic tube. If it’s the red color which has clogged nozzles, put the water only into the red ink port. Do it as fast as possible. Without the ink cartridges, the ink into the ink tubers tends to dry quickly. if you’re not sure which is the color port, look at the holes in the bottom of the cartridge. Once you have injected the water, insert the ink cartridges. Move the print-head assembly back to its resting position. Clean up the water from the paper path. Let the printhead soak for at least 3 hours. Do not install the power cord immediately,n to avoid short circuits Run one or two cleaning cycles. it may take several pages of dense prints to get the ink flowing properly again. Repeat the process, if necessary. This works on all printers with cartridge without printhead: Brother and Epson Do not use these methods cartridges with printhead. To clean a cartridge with printhead use
this method If nothing works, the nozzles are
hardly clugged or damaged. The best choice is buy a new printer, unless you have an expensive professional printer. Replace the printhead yourself can be
very difficult, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Have the printer repaired is more expensive than buy a new printer. In case the printer is in warranty, purchase original Epson cartridges. Never return Epson printers for warranty with compatible cartridges. Epson will blame the problem on the cartridge, and refuse the warranty. While is their print-head technology which is to blame for most of their problems, you certainly won’t get anyone at Epson to admit it.

22 thoughts on “How to Clean an Epson Inkjet Printer Print-Head”

  • Oh dear! I'm going crazy with my Epson CX5500. I am using it after a year. I installed everything and it said there's no black ink so I've got one. Yesterday, I placed in the new black ink. The printer detected it's full. But when I printed out, a rust brown-yellowish dirt appeared on the paper. So I made my conclusion that it was clogged. I followed your tutorial on how to clean by using a wet cloth. Now, after cleaning, it's not detecting the black ink. I switched it off and back on, it detects the new black ink is low, asking me to purchase a new one, what the heck? Then it's detecting the cyan is low whereas yesterday it was about half to quarter. PLEASE, help. I'm begging. I don't want to waste the money I've just spent on the new black ink.

  • SWING IT AROUND BY THE COORD AND RELEASE??? Hahahaha! Nobody noticed these brilliant written instructions in the description? This alone makes it the bes video :p

  • In a parallel video you said Epson printer did have a print head and did not get the ink directly from their cartridges. However at the end of this video you state that method 2 works with these printers and then you state that Epson inkjet printers don't use a print head but print directly from the their ink cartridges?

    Is the devil in the detail? Could it be that some Epson inkjet printers use a print head and others do not?

  • I have had this happen twice with my HP Deskjet 3510. I got on HP phone support +1-888-494-0464 ( US & Canada ) and went through all the steps . Finally, they suggested I try ANOTHER new black ink cartridge, and it worked perfectly. Apparently, the initial ink cartridges were defective. HP sent me a new cartridge and I mailed the defective one back to them.

  • Thanks for these instructions. I followed the first procedure and successfully cleaned the print head. I did a nozzle check print, then had to do 3 head cleanings (nozzle checks between each) before i got a good print nozzle check. Thank you. My husband was ready to do the 3rd swing process.

  • Same issue with the print heads in 2019. I honestly believe this isn't a design flaw, but instead Epson printers are built so the print heads will clog if you aren't printing at least weekly or you don't replace the cartridges (with Epson ink cartridges) as soon as the low ink warning appears. (Note that you can still do a fair amount of text-only printing after the low ink warning.)

    So either you have to purchase ink sooner than actually needed or (due to the relatively inexpensive home printers) purchase a new printer (that'll probably have the same problem in a year or two.)

    What is it called in the auto world? Planned obsolescence.

  • "Take hold of the plug end, swing the printer around by the cord, and when you are satisfied with the speed of the swing, release the cord."

    LOL getting a like and a subscribe for this alone.

  • Hi tks for the cleaning method but even though i have done the cleaning i still have few wide horizontal lines. how to solve this

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