(From: Mike Harrison
|Printer and Photocopier Troubleshooting and Repair Collection : Cleaning Epson inkjet print heads
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The symptom is missing horizontal lines through text or graphics -- or
no print at all. This occurs when the water based inks dry at the
print heads in amounts that the head cleaning routine cannot dislodge.
The newer Epson Stylus Color series print heads are particularly
It can happen whether you refill your inkjet cartridges or not.
One contributing factor is turning off the printer from a power
bar. This prevents a complete shutdown and docking of the heads at
their docking stations. You will notice some activity even after
turning the printer off by its switch, as it continues to take a
To unclog the heads:
- Run 3 cleaning cycles from the Epson Utility.
- Turn off printer, and restart in Test Print mode.
- When cartridges/ print heads are at extreme left of carriage, quickly
spray 3 shots of Windex or Ammonia onto docking station(s) affected, and
turn off printer for 5 minutes.
- Repeat process as needed until perfect test prints are restored - usually 2
We've saved 14 printers this way.
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