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Why does my Yellow ink print with a deep green tint on my Epson R220?

Realigned, nozzle checked, heads cleaned, etc. Everything was fine until recently when my R220 started printing yellows as greens. I'm grateful for any suggestions. Thanks, Chet.

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The symptoms point to some kind of contamination between the cyan and yellow. Most likely is that the yellow nozzles are picking up a small amount of cyan in the cleaning/resting pad when the printer is waiting to print... it's also possible the printhead has started failing and is allowing ink to mix somewhere before the nozzles...

The former is more likely however, especially if you are able to print a few pages of yellow where the greenish tint/lines fade out to become pure yellow.. but then re-appear after the printhead has rested.


Causes of this problem tend to be a backed up waste ink tube or failed pump.. Again it's more likely the former, especially if you've been resetting the waste ink counter and ignoring pad replacement or redirection of the waste ink.

Simplest solution is to locate the waste ink tube (accessible via the access hatch in the back of the printer) and then flush the tube through using a syringe of warm water (don't use excess pressure). Then fit an external waste tank so that the pad ink doesn't back up again (and solve the waste ink issue at the same time).

Obviously if the printhead or waste pump are failing then you have no other options beyond a new printhead, reconditioned model or new printer.

Hope that helps...

Martin

Posted on Dec 02, 2012

Testimonial: "Concise diagnosis and functionally reasonable solution! Thanks."

  • Chet Yip Dec 02, 2012

    Thanks, Martin. Your diagnosis and prescibed solution both sound very feasible and reasonable. I'll give it a try. Have to find a syringe to get things started. Thanks again, Chet

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Status monitor just show approximately, not real level. It might be yellow and cyan ink is out actually.Others, yellow and cyan nozzle may be clog. Check nozzle, do head cleaning. Check nozzle again.

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