Actually my problem might be the new mac operating system. I do not know. I cannot launch the printer utility to access the head cleaning process. Is there any way to clean the heads without launching the utility which will not load.
Put paper in the printer.
Turn the printer on.
Hold the resumebutton till the powerlamp has flashed 2 times, release the resumebutton.
Printhead cleaning and nozzlepattern-printout will follow.
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If you do not get an error in the LCD screen, it usually means that your Print head is clogged: try running a couple cleaning cycles using your printer inbuilt utility to try to 'clean' the Print head. If this does not clear the clog head, try using a new original Brother black cartridge (which contains special solvent to prevent clogging) and repeat the cleaning cycles a couple times again. If the problem persist, you could try buying a print head cleaning cartridge to 'dissolve the dried up ink' as Brother inkjet inbuilt print head are very difficult to access and clean! Hope it helps & good luck!
Hi Good day!! Try to do a printer maintenance Cleaning a Clogged Print Head
1. Press the cleaning button located on the front of the printer. Hold it down for 3 seconds to begin the cleaning cycle.
2. Run a cleaning cycle using your Epson printer utilities program. In Windows, go to "Start," "Printers and Faxes," right-click on your printer and choose "Printing Preferences." Select the "Utility" or "Maintenance" tab, depending on your printer model, and click "Head Cleaning." When the head cleaning cycle is complete, run "Nozzle Check." Repeat the head cleaning and nozzle check one to three times.
3. To access the Epson printer utility in OS X, select the Epson Printer Utility icon in the Applications folder in Macintosh HD. If prompted, select your printer from the Printer List, then click "OK."
Clean the print head manually. Remove the ink cartridges from your printer according to the instructions in your owner's manual. Turn off your printer. Dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol, ammonia or hot water and rub the swab against the print head. Let the printer sit overnight.
Remove the print head according to the instructions in your owner's manual. Soak the print head for at least an hour in a small dish of hot water or isopropyl alcohol.
Preventing Clogged Print Heads
1. Use your printer at least once a week. Regular use will keep dried ink from clogging your print heads. If you have a color inkjet printer, print full color pages in addition to black-and-white documents.
2. Turn your printer off when not in use. This will prevent warm ink from bleeding onto the print head. If you have to store your printer, remove the ink cartridges.
3. Use a cleaning kit regularly. A cleaning kit usually includes a tube of ammonia that you spray on the printer head to clean dry ink.
If the self-cleaning cycle does not solve the problem, try turning the
printer off overnight to allow the ink to soften. Turn the printer on
the next day and try printing a test pattern to see whether the problem
has either disappeared or become less noticeable. This ink-saving
procedure can work effectively because sometimes the dried ink on the
print head needs time to soften before the printer head can be cleaned
completely. Try running the self-cleaning utility again one or more
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head
If the overnight cleaning still does not work, there may be a layer of
thick ink that is blocking the holes of the printer's head. The next
option is to manually clean the printer head. Follow these steps:
* Determine from the owner's manual where the print head is located.
* Remove the ink cartridge from your printer and then dip a cotton
swab in hot water or isopropyl alcohol and rub it against the print
head. This should loosen any crusted ink. NOTE: Be careful, especially
if you use isopropyl alcohol to clean your print heads: Some printers
use rubber gaskets, and if you get isopropyl alcohol on the gaskets it
could dry them out.
* For models where the print head is in the printer, drop 7 to 10
drops of isopropyl alcohol (91% denatured isopropyl alcohol - not
'rubbing' alcohol) down the ink receptacle area where the ink actually
flows from the cartridge into the head. Run a few self-cleaning
utilities. If possible, allow the printer to sit a few hours or
overnight and repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the print head is in the cartridge, soak the cartridge print
head in hot water. Allow it to soak overnight. Dry the print head area
with a paper towel. Repeat the self-cleaning utility.
* If the hot water soak did not unclog the print head, place the
cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to soak
overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area and
dry carefully. Try the self-cleaning utility again.
* If the alcohol soak did not unclog the print head in the cartridge
you may need to purchase a new cartridge. This will provide new print
heads that won't be clogged. Contact a service technician for repair of
print heads in the printer if the alcohol did not unclog the printer
First of all please check the ink level. If it is not finished try followings:
First try to run a cleaning cycle. To do that:
- Load paper in the paper tray.
- Access printer utilities. (Right click your printer icon, select printing preferences and click the utility tab to access printer utilities)
- Click the nozzle check icon.
- Print to check it.
Then click the clean button to clean the print head.
- Try it a few times.
İf it doesn't help you can try to run power cleaning cycle.
But it uses much ink. There must be enough ink in the cartridge.
Hope this helps.
Turn off printer. Open Case. Move head carriage to parking position. Do suction from outlet pipe of head cleaning mechanic. It's for checking head. is there ink out? If printer not used for long time, may be ink inside head dried. Utility screen just show estimated not actually. If head clog, and do head cleaning more 5 times, screen show ink nearly out, but actually ink tank nearly full.
Run the software cleaning utility (almost always accessible from the printer) in order to fix a clog. Replace the ink cartridge if the clog cannot be fixed or if the cartridge is almost empty.
A way to physically clean the clog is using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and wiping it on the printer cartridge head.