Question about Epson WorkForce WF-2540 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
I have tried print head alignment and restoration to factory settings and tested it after each of those.
Clean the print heads.
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Posted on Dec 03, 2014
Testimonial: "Thanks Mike. I should have included the information in my first question about this. I did do the heads. Another clue that points outside of the printer is that it's on print responses generated from within the printer are perfect. Only those from the computer, even those that printed well a week ago have the faults. And the same document printed three times will have the same faults occur in the same lines."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
None of these answers are accurate. I know precisely what your problem is, and you aren't going to like what I have to say. What you are experiencing will happen eventually to every Epson printer and there is nothing you can do about it other than to buy a new printer. I have an Epson Stylus Photo 895 ( a 500 dollar printer in its day), which has the same issue. I am just waiting for my ink cartridges to run out in order to buy a new one.
Endless research on google has turned up that there is no solution to this problem. The issue you are having is with the Epson print head, which uses piezo technology. What that means is that unlike HP or Canon printers which are thermal, piezo uses a small piezoelectrical cell to force ink out of the chamber. It has advantages over thermal in that thermal requires a precise temperature to get ink on the page (what actually happens is that ink is heated, it forms a bubble, and the bubble bursts onto the page, hence the name BubbleJet). Therefore, the ink has to have fairly precise thermal ink properties making it more expensive to manufacture. Also, the ink on a BubbleJet (or HP) is wetter when it hits the page, and since the ink is heat resistant or order to properly form the bubble, the printer needs to incorporate a fast drying technology which consumes more energy. The massive advantage of thermal is that the print head is on the cartridge, not on the printer itself; change your cartridges, get a brand new print head. It makes cartridges more expensive, but reduces problems such as what you are experiencing.
Piezo on the other hand, always shoot ink through the same print head. Once the head become damaged over time, the piezoelectric cell is no longer accurately pushing out the ink, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you are lucky, it is only dried ink in the print head, but I can almost guarantee you that it is not. Dried ink can be cleaned by repeated head cleanings, even manual ones involving rubbing alcohol. However, I know that those pink lines are caused by the deterioration of the cell, and cannot be fixed. If if were only dried ink, you wouldn't be limited to just pink lines on the page, you would see other colours. If the cell is not doing its job, the lines are always pink (often called magenta when you google this problem). The solution is to acquire a new print head. Unfortunately, the cost of replacing an Epson print head is IDENTICAL to the cost of a new Epson printer.
So basically you have no choice, you need to buy a new printer. Were I you, I would purchase a new thermal inkjet printer so that you get a new print head with every cartridge. Look around before you buy to find out exactly how much the cartridges will cost, and then you will know which brand to buy. Although piezo *can* make for a cheaper printer at the outset, Epson simply charged what HP and Canon do for their replacement cartridges because that is what people are used to paying, but you really do get more in a thermal inkjet catridge.
Sorry for the bad news,
Posted on Oct 25, 2007
SOURCE: Print Head Alignment
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Posted on Oct 29, 2007
Hi there the likely thing is that there is a small blockage in the print heads not allowing the jet to fire and causing a blank line. You could remove the print head turn it upside down using a soft cloth clean the print head also use a alcohol based fluid to aid you.
Try this if it's doesn't work then the print head will need replacing you will be able to buy online.
Posted on Jan 12, 2008
SOURCE: Lines on prints
Hi kids! I decided to have another go at sorting out my 'lines' problem and have sorted it. See if this might work for you: I had previously done the head cleaning via the printer itself - holding the central ink/paper black button for 3 secs. This time I went to the Epson 1290 window on my Mac and clicked on the utility box. Though the Nozzle check print came out fine I went ahead and did the head cleaning in this box. The next print came out almost perfect so I ran the Head cleaning again and it printed a perfect print. Hope this might work for you. Keep on trying! All the best. Trant
Posted on Mar 28, 2008
You have the classic single nozzle failure it appears. You say you have done a nozzle check. This should reveal that one of the black nozzles is not working i.e. there is a single gap in your nozzle check printout for the black nozzles. Now, this may be due to a blocked nozzle. Try the following print head soak process.
Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid comes up over the print head. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then try a head clean again. If still nothing, report back
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
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