I bought new ink cartridges for my epson stylus 440 printer and now it won't print anything. The printer is responding and it goes through the process, however, no ink is coming out on paper. Help! Please!
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Re: No ink is coming from my ink cartridge?????
I find this problem occurs when the Print Head dries out.
You can buy special cleaning fluid for this.
Just google search for "epson 440 print head clean"
You can clean the print head yourself with some warm water on a lint free cloth but this is quite messy.
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You cannot test an Epson printer without both ink cartridges installed with a good supply of ink in them. All the printer will do is turn on the power. Nothing more. There is no way around this problem. They are built this way on purpose. The print heads in the printer can be ruined by allowing the printer to sit without ink cartridges in it. If you replace them, you might find that it no longer works depending on the amount of time it has sat without ink.
If you are considering purchasing a used printer that does not have any ink cartridges to test and see if it works, then all I can adivse is to be careful. You can get refilled cartridges from a company who sells them professionally for about 1/3 of the cost of brand new cartridges from a department store. Be careful using refilled cartridges though. It may void the printers warranty with Epson.
Please follow the procedure your printer has which forces it printer to clean the print heads.
I have experience of other epson stylus models. I have previously spoken to epson about this exact problem. Repeating the head cleaning process a minimum 5 times cleared the problem.
Running head clean multiple times in succession builds up pressure in the print heads - causing (usually new) cartridges to work correctly.
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
This morning I was researching to purchase a new printer to replace the 10 year one. The last cartridges I had purchased were from Printpal and made in China. They looked the same, but I had to force the door closed on them. With the solid red light on and replacing the cartridge three times with new ones from this order, it was time to find an old used cartridge from another company that I intended to refill myself. I did, installed it and the solid red light disappeared. The old Epson Stylus 440 is still ticking! However, I had written off InkGrabber for unused cartridges going dry in 2 months and now Printpal is on my $%%# list for non-uniform replacement cartridges as well as not lasting long. I am back to refilling my own. I had followed the instructions for resetting the ink level indicator, but to no avail as those instructions are for a blinking light, not a solid light.
I appreciate your website, if for nothing else, to be able to vent. Thanks so much for your follow-up inquiry and I'm sure you'll hear from me again soon about my old Epson.
I have a 440 and have had the same problem. Of course, I have been using cartridges from Printpal, Inkgrabber, etc. that are not official Epson. I have found that it takes several cleanings and after the cartridge has been in the position for the ink to go down it will start. My last order from Printpal said to set all the cartridges in the position they are in when installed in the printer for several days prior to installation. Of course, every cleaning of the print head uses up more of your ink. You don't have much choice though.