I believe that I've clogged the black print head by using cheap replacement ink. I've tried cleaning it several times with the printer's on-board method but it never works. From what I can tell, the print head is clogged.
Is there any way to clear this without having to buy a new print head? I would really appreciate any help.
I've gone into maintenance mode and checked for any error messages, but there are none.
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So, if you have achieved the maintenance mode, go back there and when entered press 7 then 6 then 4 then start bk-copy. Before that insert new original brother carts! machine will initiate the carts and do some power cleaning. when finished press 7 then 6 then 3 then start bk-copy. machine will do a power purge. leave maintenance mode by pressing 9 then 9 and -after machine comes up in a normal state- run a test print.
if you still cant see any bk blocks the head is definitly clogged and needs replacement.
NEVER use generic ink carts like easyjet, unink etc. because of wrong consistence of ink (only dye-ink with glycerol is allowed to use)
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If your black cartridge was empty for any length of time before you replaced it, even if it was still installed in the printer, chances are that the black print head nozzle has dried ink in it. Cleaning may or may not resolve the problem, but cleaning also uses obscene amounts of ink. Epson printers are notorious for clogs since they have some of the smallest print head nozzle sizes (thus their high dpi resolution).
There are some Youtube videos that suggest ways to clean severely clogged Epson print heads. I cannot vouch for them as I have never tried them, but you can view them and decide for yourself.
if it is a new black ink cartridge and the printer still wont print black start by:
A: Simply making sure the settings are ok. To do this, go to file>print. When the printer box shows up. click properties.
From there, you will be able to see color settings. (ex. black, grayscale, full color.) Try switching to black or "use black cartridge only.
B. If "a" does not work for you, the print head which hold the ink cartridge is clogged or no longer working. Through the cannon window on the printer, try running a print head cleaning or any maintenance program.
If there's still no black, the print head has seen better days and needs replacing. Most of the time it is more effective to get a new printer.
I use to have a Canon with the same issue as yours. Do you refill your own ink tanks? If so, that is the problem because they leak inherently after awhile. If they leak then your print head is probably clogged. Was this a gradual problem or did it occur all at once? That will make a difference in troubleshooting your problem. Another issue with Canon printers is that you have to use them often of the print heads will clog up after a period of time. Take a look at this video as well. It may help you!
I believe the print head is clog and need to clean it. Try this solution.
Remove the ink cartridge and clean the print head using a cloth with rubbing alcohol to remove clogged ink in the print head. Then rub the printhead into a plain paper until ink flows. Then try to print again
If still not working, run the print nozzle for 2-3 times to clean thoroughly.
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Hold down the menu key. While still holding the menu key, unplug the machine and plug it back in. Do not let go of the key until the machine reboots and the screen says "maintenence". Hit the following keys: 7, 6, 4,black start. The machine will then go into "power purge" or deep clean mode for about 5-7 minutes. When complete hit: 99 to get out of maintanence and reboot. Be sure to have extra ink cartidges on hand as it does use up a lot of ink but this process works the best every time when the printer wont print
Hi Good day!!! Maybe your print head is clooged (red) Then most about 98% are more likely to be an ink clog which just needs to be unclogged using something like print head cleaning solution Basically, if a print head has been left unused for some time... moisture inside the ink begins to evaporate and instead of liquid ink, a thick inky jelly begins to form inside the print head.
When this occurs white lines appear in prints and most people not realizing the problem, will replace their inks... But when that does not work. Some assume they have an electrical fault, and replace their print head, others will replace their printer !
But provided there is no obvious print head damage? In 98% of cases it simply needs a little patience and print head cleaning solution injecting directly into the print head to dissolve the dried ink trapped inside. This will dissolve the clog and allow your expensive ink to flow once again. Most will then print as new.
Most likely the printer has been sitting for along time not used or you have used cheap replacement ink. Epsons are notorious for clogging the jets with cheap ink. unfortunately replacing the ink cartridges will not help because the jets are seperate from them. If cleaning numerous times does not work your next best bet is to buy a cleaning ink cartridge for your model. otherwise youll need a new printhead or new printer. If your going to use cheap replacement cartridges stay away from epson.
Sounds like the black color lines (the "cables" between print head and cartridges) either have clogged ink in them, or air bubbles. Try the cleaning process found by pressing Ink Management and then Menu/Set twice. After the test print sheet is printed, answer the question(s) in the display and print up to five test prints by answering the questions.
It should solve the problem, but if it doesn't, you should perform a heavier duty purge found in the service mode.
I had this problem also. There were short-term solutions, but nothing worked for any length of time. In the end the only solution was to buy a new printer.
Epson have deliberately built obsolence into these printers. After a pre-determined number of prints, they just stop working. Clever fixes keep them limping on a bit longer, but eventually you have no alternative but to replace them. On principle, you should therefore replace your planned-obsolescence printer with a non-Epson machine. But then you'll be left with your stock of cheap Chinese printer cartridges!
In the 1960s Ralph Nader made his name as a consumer champion by campaigning against US car companies. They used to build in pre-programmed obsolence into your car so that after a certain amount of time you were forced to buy a new one. Just like Epson is doing today.