Re: How do I keep my ink cartridges from drying out ?
It would normally dry out if not used for a long time. Take it out and construct a cardboard casing around each cartridge so that the print head is not touching any surface. seal it with a plastic bag or container and store in a cool dry place. when you are ready to use them press the print head on a piece of tissue paper to prime the ink out. the ink should make a mark on the tissue's surface, then it s ready to be used.
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replacing a cartridge, while the nozzles are blocked won't help.
Realise the printer will mix there colours to get "black" on the paper. So even a full cartridge, can't make the other colours black till the blockage is gone.
Please try this. If you have ink cleaning fluid, (only for printer ink) use that, if you dont have cleaning fluid, use clean water.
Open the printer as if you replace a cartridge. Remove the black one and look tot the bottom of the cartridge holder. There is a little pipe, where the ink should go in. put some drops water or cleaning fluid in there leave it a few minutes. with a tissue dry it and again insert some drops of water or cleaning fluid. Then put in a cartridge and give the printer a black and white print job. Like print a few A4 papers. Let it print till the black comes back. Can take up to 4 pages A4. I hope this will unblock the nozzles.
Please even if you don't need to print, switch the printer on at least once a week. And even better, let it do a bit of printing every week. This will save a lot of frustration.
Do not keep the cartridges inside the printer for a long time, if you are not prinitng for a period of time. There are chances that the ink may dried off and that may lead to poor print quality. Keep the cartridges in an air tight container. Insert the cartridge into the printer once in a week and just print a sample page. Do the same process regularly.
Did you know that a perfectly good ink cartridge can dry out enough in just two weeks to be no good ever again. Not that all of the ink drys out, just that the ink closest to the working exit drys, clogging the exit holes and preventing the liquid ink from exiting. Often the printer indicates that the cartridge is still close to full but that color will not print out. I recently had this happen with an expensive jumbo black cartridge. After researching this and speaking with two printer technicians, my worst fear was confirmed. My almost new $35.00 ink cartridge was no good. And there is no way to fix it.
Knowing that these cartridges dry out pretty quickly, do not purchase a jumbo cartridge unless you do a lot of printing on a regular basis. The regular cartridges are good for about 200 copies and the jumbo cartridges are good for about 650 copies. If you know you aren't going to use your printer for the next couple of weeks or longer, remove the cartridges and store them.
Follow these steps for the best results: 1. Moisten a cotton ball with a small amount of tap water and carefully clean the residual ink from the working surcface of the cartridge. 2. Use a piece of plastic wrap to cover the working surface of the cartridge. 3. Store the cartridges in a ziplock bag trying to get out as much air as possible. This will prevent the ink from drying and clogging the holes.
I know this seems like a bit of work, but with the cost of these cartridges, it is time well spent. Happy printing everyone!
If you didn't used your inkjet printer for a long time the most common problem is that the nozzles of the print head are clogged with ink. The printing device consists of a print head and cartridges with ink. When you change the cartridges that does not mean you change the print head, like in some other models.
Now you can choose the "head cleaning" option from the printer settings a couple of time. If this does not help you have two options - to get the device to service center or buy a new one. The second option is the cheaper one I suppose.
And remember for inkjet printers you must print at least 1 page per week to keep head from clogging with ink.
Hope this helps
please ignore that message and keep on printing, and if your printer does not print then dont use your printer for several days and keep your cartridge out of your printer for around a week and a half,but keep it safely so that its printing head is not damaged. and run the printer without cartridge for several times . this will help the printer in identifying that there is no cartridge in the printer and after that keep the cartridge safely out of printer and run after 10 days again by putting back your cartridge
that may help you,
and after this procedure the problem which you can face is of dry ink .so apply some isopropyle alcohol on your cartridge print head (don't rub it)only put some drops of it on head and let the print head absorb it, this may be done when your cartridge s identified by your printer after 10 days and the error of low ink is gone.
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The ink dried up in the print head. A printer should be used at least every two weeks to keep from drying up the ink. You may have to replace the print head or have it serviced. This is not much help. Bud
I don't know if this will work on an Epson, but it does on Cannon. The pads on the cartridges or the ink jets in the printer head may be cloged with dry ink. Get some Q-tips and rubbing alcohol (water is a poor substitute). Take out the ink cartridges and touch the pad on the bottom with a Q-tip (one for each color). If there is color the cartridge pad is OK. Take a fresh Q-tip dip it in rubbing alcohol and GENTLY rub the little holes on the bottom of the plastic box the cartridges go in. Thse are the print head jets. You should see color. You may need to clean it a couple of times if the ink has dried down into the jets. It is OK to have the Q-tip pretty wet, but not dripping.
Do you use generic ink carts? Those do make a lot of trouble with different errors. Use another cart and it should disappear.
The technique of brother printheads demands some ink to keep the printhead working. Otherwise it will dry out. Therefore the machine runs some auto cleaning cycles (about once a week).
You should set date and time and leave the printer on power (You can turn it off by pressing stand-by-fax. But do not unplug/disconnect it from power outlet. Otherwise the printers logic thinks that if the printer is reconnected that it is newly initialized and pumps a lot of ink into the waistinktank). The amount of ink when running auto cleaning cycles is about 1/10 of the amount of the initializing one!