I admit it, I used cheapo refill ink! Now the black section of the print head doesn't work...
I admit it, I used cheapo refill ink! Now the black section of the print head doesn't work. I took the printer apart and flushed the black tube and return line with alcohol, then installed new BROTHER black ink cartridge, but still almost no black gets through: when I do image quality test print it manages to print 2 or 3 of the 24 or so dots that show up on the color squares. Can you tell me how to rescue this print head, or where I can buy a replacement?
Re: I admit it, I used cheapo refill ink! Now the black...
Hey, that's terrific! Ah, well, thanks for your advice. I guess I'll be buying a new printer very soon. Shopping around, it looks like most brands use the same disposable printer setup. Can you suggest any inkjet MFPs that have replaceable print heads in case I make the same foolish mistake again?
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The Epson printer may only use genuine ink cartridges which contain a chip so that you cannot fill the cartridge with ink or use non genuine ink cartridges.
Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent ink drying out and blocking the print head nozzles. If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages, then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive. It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer than replace the print head.
Simple problem that print head cleaning will typically not fix. The black ink is pigment based so it tends to form more stubborn clogs. Just remove the print head and if you have a steamer hit the black printhead nozzles with some pressured steam. If not available, soak the surface of the printhead in shallow hot water (try not to get the contact wet or be sure to dry them if you do). You can tell if the printhead nozzles are open by folding a section of wet paper towel like 5-10 layers and then soak it, press the printhead surface up and down lightly on the wet paper towel and if the nozzles are open you will see some ink pulse in the black port screen (the colors will also pulse from the pressure of the liquid under the printhead). It's easier than it sounds so give it a try. I've saved 100s of Canon printheads this way.
Note: if you have a really dried out head, you sometimes have to soak from the top inlet ports and the bottom nozzle surface to clear, but unlikely in you case since you had a black cartridge installed with ink in it (this keeps the top port from drying).
There are very few things you can do, other than what you have aleady done.
I would recommend a decision on how much the unit cost and how long you have used the
printer vrs. what HP or a local authorized service center would charge to repair it.
If you have refilled ink cartridges, this is problem that can arise due to ink drying on the
print head as the black cartridge is use the most.
Refilling cartridges on _quality_ printers is not a wise solution. The makers of printers like Hewlett Packard spend thousands of dollars to formulate an ink to match the print head and printer. Then you buy a cheapo version of non-descript ink and refill their cartridge to save money and complain about the result. Buy a new HP cartridge, clean the nozzles, print a test sheet and post the results please.
Thanks for using FixYa. First of all please try the refill cartridge on some other printer. If it’s working fine on the other printer then check the settings of the printer which are by default 960 dpi (dots per inch) but due to some reason this size has been reduced. Now you have to change this setting to more than 960, around 1200 dpi and then check out that if your printer works fine. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance. Thanks Rylee
“Lexmark does not support the refilling of its ink cartridges. Refilling the ink cartridges can cause them to leak, thus clogging or even damaging the print head. Any damage to your printer caused by refilled ink cartridges may not be covered under warranty”. Please use genuine Lexmark cartridges for best results.
The ink on the print head is dry and it is preventing it from printing. I do my own refill so I buy a refill kit, in it, has 3 bottle of inks and a bottle of cleaning solution. The cleaning solution I use to clean the head. A place that refill in should carry some kind of a cleaning solution that you can use. I hope this help you