Printer Tip No. 17
If you own an inkjet printer, you know how easy they can be to use and that’s one of the things that appeals to consumers and small offices alike. That is until the day it stops working and nothing you do seems to make a difference.
One of the major issues we hear about is ink quality, or lack thereof. The user will go to print something out on their inkjet only to find that one of the colors isn’t working or the black is completely faded despite the fact that printer registers a full ink cartridge. The user assumes the cartridge must be messed up and replaces it with a new cartridge only to find it made no difference.
In this scenario, the problem is usually that the print head or a print nozzle is clogged and simply needs to be cleaned. Every inkjet on the market today offers a simple solution called ink maintenance. If your inkjet has a control panel, find the settings/setup option and look for ink maintenance. It should list a few options usually a nozzle check, cleaning, and alignment. If it’s a nice all-in-one, there might also be options for deep cleaning, roller cleaning, bottom plate cleaning, manual alignment, etc.
Try running a nozzle check first; the cleaning is going to eat up some of the ink cartridge and should be your last resort. If the nozzle check confirms what you already knew, it’s probably time for a cleaning. This usually takes about five minutes depending on the printer and when it’s completed, you should run a second nozzle check. Most of the time, one round of cleaning will cut it but sometimes the color only improves marginally and you may have to run the cleaning (or deep cleaning) a second time.
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