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Is it time to Replace my S200Print Head?

I've used my S200 for a year (since Jan 2006) mostly every other weekday for black text printing only. I've printed 20-25 pages of black text only 4 days out of 7 every week last year. Now after replacing my black ink that ran out last week as it has done before; it won't print nothing now. I've deep cleaned about 8-10 times. It prints 1 page and the next page is blank? It will not print anything on a nozzle test? I've aligned the print head also.
After all of my research on the net knowledge bases; I believe it's time to simply replace the "print head"; don't you think so? Plus can I replace the head myself at home rather than paying a tech service $65.00? The head only costs $15.00.

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