How to Identify and Fix Common Problems ?
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The Cause of Clogs
Printheads clog because nozzles get blocked by either air or ink. Clogs usually happen when: You keep printing with depleted ink cartridges. Using empty ink cartridges can result in air bubbles that can clog your cartridge and/or printhead.
You can fix the “Epson printer not printing black” ink issue by cleaning its printhead using the distilled water, and sponges. The printhead of the printer can also be cleaned by running a cleaning cycle on your printer.
Customizing print settings
Click Advanced, then click More Settings. The following dialog box appears. Choose Color or Black as the Color setting.
If you own a standard Epson home inkjet printer, it likely uses DURABrite cartridges. Epson Claria Photo HD cartridges contain mostly dye-based ink and are designed for amateur photo printing.
All cartridges must be installed with ink for printing and printer maintenance. For print quality, some ink remains in replaced cartridges. Designed for EPSON cartridges only: Other brands of ink supplies are not compatible and, if described as compatible, may not function properly or continuously.
Ink cartridges can dry out if they are sitting idle in your printer for an extended period of time. The best way to prevent an ink cartridge from drying out is by running a small print job every week, this keeps your cartridge primed.
Even if you select Black/Grayscale or Grayscale in the printer software, some color ink is still being used. Epson printers contain a permanent print head that needs to be charged with all colors to work. Even when you are printing black text only, a small amount of color ink is used to keep the print head charged.
Navigate to Window > Color > Color to bring up the Color panel if it is not already open. You will see colors measured in individual percentages of CMYK or RGB, depending on your document`s color mode.
At the Windows Manage your device screen, click Printer properties. Click Preferences. From the Color Mode dropdown, choose either Color or Black and White.
Perform a self-test on the Epson printer
Press the FEED button while simultaneously turning on the printer. The printer should print out the firmware version and communication settings. Press the FEED button again – the printer should print a sequence of letters, numbers, and symbols.
Using the control panel buttons
To turn on the printer, hold down the paper button and the power button . Release the power button first. When the nozzle check starts, release the paper button. The printer prints a nozzle check pattern.