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Print Head needs cleaning

Thank you for your response, but I have spent the past 40 minutes trying to find the print head so I can try to clean it. Is it located where I put the cartridges in? I have an HP Deskjet 722C; found manual online, but no photo included of parts, etc. Thanks.

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Print heads are the heads on the ink cartridges rubbing alcohol on them and a wipe with paper towel non fiber

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Every time I print, the printout always has black horizontal lines on top of the requested document. How do I fix this? This has now been happening for the past week.


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.

Please rate and make a comment if you find this solution very helpful and might help others as well. Post more comments if you need more help.

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There are 27 "buttons" on th operation panel of my

Part of the print head appeard to be blockes. The internal cleaning process is sometimes not strong enough to clean this.
Try this, Remove the Cartridges, The box that the cartridges sit in the printer has a green or orange lever on the right hand side, pull this leaver and the print head will come out.
Follow the instructions in the link below, it will tell you how to clean the print head more thoroughly.
Replace the Print Head and The cartridges when your finished, print approx 2-5 sheets and it should be fine.
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How do you clean the printer head on the epsom sx200 printer?


To clean the print head manually, remove the ink cartridge and rub the print head in a plain paper with rubbing alcohol until ink flows and then run the print nozzle cleaning maintenance.

If not, dip the print head into a how water for 5 minutes and then run the print nozzle. Then try to print again.

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How to clean canon iX5000 print heads print nozzles etc ive got white lines appearing in the prints

Hi, Try first with cleaning tests on maintenance mode.Make sure all cartridges are not empty.If not help try manually cleaning.Open the cover and first remove the ink cartridges.Then open the holder and remove the print head.Run hot tap water and put the print head with the nozzles up to stream water.Hold that 5 mins then turn the print head around with the nozzles down.Hold that for every color of 5 mins.Then put the print head in hot water with the nozzles down.Left it water about 15 mins and then you must very nice to dry.When the print head dry put it in printer and start cleaning.If this not help you need to replace the print head. Thank you for your time and best wishes for your effort.

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On my HP Officejet 4215, my black cartridge doesn't print. The cartridge is nearly full.

If you haven't used the black print option, as in to print without using the color cartridges, then the black print head may be 'gummed up'.
You can try to clean the print head using the 'clean' function, which may work.
You can also try to get the print head to work by using ammonia and hot water. If the cartridge has its own print head, you can use some hot water on a paper towel and set the print head onto the soaked towel for a few minutes. After it has sat for a while, gently dab it dry with another paper towel, and try to use it. If it works, you're done. If not, you can use ammonia to try to clean the print head using the same tactics as using water. Try water first, then ammonia.
If the print head is fixed in place, you have to remove the whole assembly from the printer, and then try to clean the print head using the same method.

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Sounds like the cyan print head is clogged or you are out of cyan ink. You can try running cleaning cycles with your printer or you can try to clean the print head yourself. To clean it yourself you will need dry paper towels and papers towels moistened with warm water. First rub the print head with the wet paper towel, then press the cartridge into the dry paper towel to see the three color bars (a good print head will have three solid fat color bars). Then you can try resting the print head on the wet paper towel for about a minute to get the ink to flow out (do this on a surface that you don't care about, ink stains). Then rub and blot the print head on the dry paper towel. Continue until the cyan flows again (if after 2-3 tries it isn't flowing you probably won't get it flowing). If you go to a Cartridge World store they have equipment to get print heads flowing again and they should clean it for you.

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The colour is faint, a new catridge was installed

Hi there,
When printing becomes faint or colors are incorrect, even if ink remains in the ink tanks, the print head nozzles are probably clogged. Follow the procedures below to clean the nozzles.

Step 1 : Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern.
If white stripes are noticeable
Step 2 : "Aligning the Print Head"
If print quality is poor
Step 2 : "Print Head Cleaning"
if the problem remains
Step 3 : Print Head Deep Cleaning"
if the problem still remains
Step 4 : Replacing Ink Tanks.

Note : * If the ink tank replacement does not resolve the problem, contact the Customer Care Center.
* You will be alerted if low ink warning is enabled.
* When the Maintenace button on the operation panel is pressed, the maintenance mode is shown. Numbers and functions that can be selected on the maintenance mode as follows :
01 : Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern
02 : Print Head Cleaning
03 : Print Head Deep Cleaning
04 : Aligning the Print Head
05 : Reset the ink counter.
06 : "Display" or "Not Display" remaining ink volume.
07 : Date and order setting.

Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern : Print the nozzle check patterb to determine whether the ink ejects properly from the print head nozzles and to verify print head alignment. Use this function when printed results are blurred or the color is incorrect,
1) With the printer on, load a sheet of Letter paper in the printer.
2) Print the Nozzle Check Pattern.
a) Press the Maintenance button,
b) The Maintenance icon and 01 appear on the LCD.
c) Press the OK button. The nozzle check pattern is printed.
3) Examine the nozzle check pattern output by the printer.
a) Lines missing in this pattern indicate that the print head of black ink requires cleaning. Perform the Print Head Cleaning.
b) White stripes in this pattern indicate that the print head of color ink requires cleaning. Perform the Print Head Cleaning.
c) Uneven patterns indicate that the print head requires alignment.
Perform Aligning of Print Head.
d) Noticeable white stripes in this pattern indicate that the print head require alignment.
Perform Aligning of Print Head.

Print Head Cleaning : Clean the print head if you suspect that the nozles might be clogged. Cleaning the print head consumes ink, so perform print head cleaning only when necessary.
1) Ensure that the printer is on.
2) Start print head cleaning.
a) Press Maintenance button.
b) Press right arrow once to display 02 on the LCD.
c) Press the OK button.
Important : Do not perform any other operations until the print head cleaning finishes. This takes about 50 seconds.
Note : After the print head cleaning finishes, print the nozzle check pattern to verify that the print head nozzles are clean.
If the problem persists, perform printhead deep cleaning.

Print Head Deep Cleaning : If print quality does not improve by standard print head cleaning, try print head deep cleaning, which is more powerful process. Print head deep cleaning consumes ink, so perforn this procedure only when necessary.
1) Ensure that the printer is on.
2) Start Print Head Deep cleaning.
a) Press Maintenance button.
b) Press right arrow twice to display 03 on the LCD.
c) Press the OK button.
Important : This process takes one or two minutes to complete so simply wait until the Power lamp stops flashing.
Note : After printhead deep cleaning finishes, print the nozzle check pattern to verify that the printhead nozzles are clean.
If the printhead is still not clean after the second deep cleaning, replace the ink tank.
If ink tank replacement does not resolve the problem, the print head may be worn out. Contact the Customer Care Center.

Hope this helps.
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Have a good day.

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Canon Pixma IP4000 5 ink tanks Black (main tank BC3e) will not print at all. Nozzle check pattern does not print any black at all. Tried 3 new cartridges. Cleaned and deep cleaned. Tried...

I spoke to a company called CRC (Tasktron Limited) who are repair specialists for all kinds of business machines. They can be contacted at 01483 776060 or via
After explaining my problem and the amount of use my printer is subject to, they advised me that the printhead was past its useful life. They offered to send me a relacement (£40) which I received today (next day delivery) and fitted in two minutes. Problem solved.

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Dear louis,
You have done right thing by cleaning the print head. If the print head still clogged after repeatedly cleaning, It seems that the print head need to be replace with new one. Make it sure by printing nozzle check pattern. Is it good or not?.

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Perform print head cleaning using the driver.

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