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.