Question about Epson Stylus Photo R1800 InkJet Printer
A bit late from your initial request for help, but I also have the same printer. I found that removing the print head and cleaning it manually solved blocked nozzles.
You require a small screwdriver and some solvent cleaner.
Take out the 8 cartridges.
Turn the power off and disconect the power cable.
As you look in the cradle you will see some small screws, remove these.
The floppy cable that connects to the head is clipped in, un clip it.
The head can be now lifted out, pull the ribbon out of the head noting which way it came out. It simply pushes back in.
Now you have the print head in your hands, be carefull not to let the surface touch anything.
To clean it can be done in several ways, I use a solvent cleaner that is aerosol based, give it a good squirt, virtually soak it.
Whilst the head is removed clean the rubber wiper blade that is now visable.
Dont let the head dry out too much, put it all back togethor and run a head clean.
Your first prints might look a bit poor, untill the cleaning fluid has washed through.
Allways works for me.
Takes about 20-30 mins in total and is better than running lot of head cleans costing a small fortune.
Best of luck.
Posted on Sep 02, 2010
The problem is with the print heads. Unlike hp, which puts the print head on the ink cartridge, Espon inks are simply "tanks". The heads are fixed into the printer, and the ink just flows down to them. Thats make the only way to really clean them is to remove them--a very daunting task. The ink has a high glycol content--good for fast drying but bad for the heads. Try running a LOT of cleaning cycles (which uses a LOT of ink!). If you get them clear, they will stay that way if you practice printing something (test or demo page) at least every other day. Also, NEVER remove a cartridge until you have a new one to put right in. The residual ink in the fixed print heads will dry out if exposed to the air for even an hour or so.
Posted on Apr 25, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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