At some time or other the print heads on your Epson printer will clog up. This could be due to ink hardening through infrequent use or perhaps a bad batch of ink cartridge, more than likely it will be the former. There is a standard head cleaning procedure for cleaning the print heads on your Epson printer that can be found through your properties option when you go into your printer utility.
In the properties section you will find the ‘maintenance’ section, click on this tab and it will give you access you the head cleaning. The first step is to check the performance of the various individual ink cartridges; click on ‘Nozzle Check’ to print out a graph that will indicate if the nozzles are clogged. The next step is to run the ‘head cleaning’ operation and this can take several minutes. Immediately afterwards, run another ‘Nozzle Check’ to see if there is an improvement in the quality. This procedure may have to be repeated up to 5 or 6 times to clear a stubborn blockage.
This will inevitably mean the use of a lot of printer ink and you will need to have a spare set of ink cartridges in case it runs out mid-cleaning. This is a bit of a bugbear with people as you can go through a full set of ink cartridges on head cleaning alone. Be sure to run out a ‘Nozzle Check’ after each head cleaning procedure to see if there is any improvement in quality. If after 5 or 6 attempts to clean the heads using this method there is little or no difference, there is another way to try and overcome the problem.
Close the maintenance tab and go back to printing a document. So when you go file print go to the properties again and this time select the option ‘Best Photo’. This will use more ink than the normal printing but it will ‘layer’ the ink colour by colour onto the page. You should find that your document (try on a colour photo if possible), prints perfectly. The next step then is to go back into maintenance and print out another ‘Nozzle Check’; it may surprise you to discover that the print out is fine with no clogged nozzles! Inkjet cartridges that have been dormant in the printer for long spells of time without use may ‘harden’ and prevent easy flow of ink. Ink and toner is different with regard to liquid ink and toner powder and you should not experience these issues in a laser toner printer.