Care and Feeding of your
There are two things
that Epson Inkjet Printers don't like, being left unused and low humidity.
Today We will be discussing how to deal with the first, lack or use.
All Epson Inkjet
Printers use the same technology to make prints. A small crystal is excited with an
electric current and this acts as a tiny pump that shoots out a small quantity
of ink. This is called a Piezo electric print head. There are hundreds of
these in every printer but the exact number is different for each model of
When the printer sits
around unused for a length of time, individual jets can have ink dry out in
them and they don't print.
The first thing to do
when starting a printing session is to print a nozzle check. This way you can
see if all the jets are firing. Different printer models have slightly
different ways to do a nozzle check, some allow this procedure to be done from
the control panel on the printer itself and others can only be done from the
software on the computer attached to the printer. If the choice of Auto or
manual is offered, always choose manual. If you look closely at the little
lines in the nozzle check you will see they are actually little stair
steps, each one is being made by a single nozzle. If a complete row or more are
missing a cleaning cycle must be initiated.
These cleaning cycles
again, can be controlled from the computer or the printer depending on the
printer model. for most desk top printers it should be done from the computer.
After a cleaning is performed, repeat the nozzle check to see if the job of
cleaning has been done. If more cleaning is needed, doing so from the computer
as suggested will do a more vigorous job each time.If, after 5 cleanings the
problem is still there, allow the printer to sit for several hours before
Should this still
prove to be ineffective, more advanced procedures will be required. The next
step would be to put a solvent on the "parking pads" of the printer.
To do this it will be necessary to move the print head off of the parking
station which is where the head rests on the right end of the printer. Some
printers do this when you need to replace an ink cartridge, others have a
locking lever that can be manually released while others have to be fooled into
There have been many
suggestions as to what solvent to use but I have only ever used an ammonia
based window cleaner, usually the blue Windex. Several drops placed with an
eyedropper or a syringe, enough to make all the pads very wet, it may be useful
to have a flashlight to see where you are going as getting liquids anywhere
else in the printer can be harmful to it, then return the head to the parking
location and let it sit overnight. This should dissolve tough clogs.
On the internet there
are several companies that offer more specialized cleaning fluids and cleaning
kits, some have you pump cleaning fluids right through the heads, if you go
with one of these products be very careful to not apply much pressure as this
is a very easy way to destroy the print head.
In conclusion, the
best way to keep your printer happy is to use it all the time.Print something
every week and it should last a long time and the ink used for cleaning will be
Tips by Michael Lemos, IPS sales consultant.