How to Identify and Fix Common Problems ?
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Check to see if the Paper Out light is flashing, indicating there`s paper jammed inside the printer. If there is a jam see Clear paper jams in the Printer Guide. If grinding occurs from the front and rear and there`s no sign of a paper jam, contact Epson`s technical support for further assistance.
Cleaning the print head will start the ink cartridge replacement process. If you do not intend to replace an ink cartridge, press the ink button again to return the print head to its home position. The printer starts cleaning the print head and the power light and the ink lights begin flashing.
Access the Print or Page Setup dialog box. Click the Utility icon button, then click the Auto Nozzle Check and Cleaning button. Follow the on-screen instructions. The power light flashes while the printer performs the cleaning cycle.
A piece of paper, or other obstruction, is stuck somewhere inside the printer. One of the toner cartridges or photo developer units may be installed incorrectly or may be damaged. A door or cover may not be closed completely. A roller or gear on a paper feed option may need repair.
The product prints a nozzle check pattern. Check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines. If there are no gaps, the print head is clean and you can continue printing. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.
In the majority of cases, printers` self-cleaning mechanisms clean blocked printer heads by flushing the nozzles with air. The air works to dislodge dry ink inside the cartridge channels and also push it out. The intensity of the self-cleaning process of printers is usually not very strong.
Print head cleaning takes about thirty seconds to complete. Caution: Never turn off the printer while the processing light is flashing. Doing so may damage the printer.
Otherwise use a printer head cleaning solution recipe of 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol. We also like a homemade printhead cleaning solution that is 8-parts Windex to 2-parts rubbing alcohol. This printer head cleaning fluid works like a charm and it`s cheap to make!
If the hot water soak did not unclog the print head, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to soak overnight. Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the print head area and dry carefully.
You won`t need to clean the inside of your printer too often. Generally, aim to clean it every four to eight months, depending on your level of usage.
If the material is not being melted at enough speed, it will get stuck on the hotend while the motor keeps pushing which results in it being grinded, try to increase the temperature by 5ºC or 10ºC to help the filament melt in time.
Filament grinding, which is accompanied by a “clicking” or “squeaking ” sound coming from the extruder, usually happens when the extruder gears are unable to push the filament further towards the nozzle. Over time, the gears grind away the filament, until they can`t grab it anymore.
Streaky prints call for additional steps
Another way to tell that your print heads are dirty is if your print jobs come out partially printed or streaky. If your printer display says that you`re low on ink but you have a full cartridge, this may also be a sign of a dirty printhead.
Check the nozzles if you notice print quality has declined and after cleaning to confirm that the print head nozzles have been cleared. If the nozzle check indicates the print head needs cleaning, you can access the Head Cleaning utility directly from the Nozzle Check utility.
Printhead cleanings can take about 1 or 2 minutes and they do use some ink to run through the cleaning process. Once complete, print out a test page to compare print quality. If the print results look good, you can continue printing.
Soak the Printhead
Fill a bowl with warm water (or a mixture of water and vinegar to clean the printhead) and place the printhead directly in it. Let it sit for five minutes or so. Pull the printhead out of the water and use a lint-free cloth or paper towel to remove the dried ink.
Note: After a Power Cleaning, you must turn off the product and wait at least 12 hours before printing a nozzle check pattern and running another Power Cleaning or Print Head Cleaning.
Turn the printer on at least once every two weeks to automatically clean the print head and prevent the nozzles from clogging. If you do not turn on the printer for a long time, the printer may malfunction.
After a Power Cleaning, you must turn off the product and wait at least 12 hours before running another Power Cleaning. Turn off the product.
If you don`t see any improvement after cleaning the print head up to 4 times, turn off the printer and wait at least 6 hours. This lets any dried ink soften. Then try cleaning the print head again. If quality still does not improve, one of the ink cartridges may be old or damaged and needs to be replaced.
To grease carriage rod A, locate the grease tool and pad A that came with your product. Press the maintenance button. You see the Maintenance menu on the product control panel screen. Press the up or down arrow button to select Grease Carriage Rod and press the OK button.