How to unplug Epson print heads.
are a number of ways that the print heads can be cleaned. The first way
that I have always tried is to put 5-10 drops of
Print Head Clog Buster
onto the docking station that the print head comes to rest on when the
printer is turned off. Be very careful not to allow the solvent to
overflow the edge of the pad. If it becomes flooded, it will run below
onto sensitive electronic components. If you overfill the pad you can also
create a perfect siphon at the print head and it can actually cause the
cartridges or bulk feed system to drain into the waste pad in the bottom
of the printer.
If you were unsuccessful with the above steps, this would probably be your next step. Purchase a set of Cleaning cartridges and install them into the printer. Be sure to return the print head to the right and allow them to sit without use for a 1/2 hour. This will allow any air to dissipate upward into the cartridge where it will not effect the printer. Perform at least 3 print head cleanings cycles doing a print head nozzle check between each cleaning. You must do a print head nozzle check between each cleaning cycle in order to gain the maximum potential of the cleaning process. Again this will require a little patience because if it does not immediately open the nozzles, you will have to let it sit overnight to allow the blockage to dissolve. If by the second day you still have no success then this is where patience will have to rule. I have left printers sit for as long as 3 weeks with the Cleaning cartridges left in the printer, but not doing anything with the printer but simply let it sit and allow the Print Head Clog Buster to slowly dissolve the plugged nozzles. I know this is a long time to wait but it's either that or take out a second mortgage on the house and take it to Epson. I had a stubborn Epson 3000 that I tried everything but the sledge hammer and finally parked it with the cleaning cartridges for the 3 weeks and voila, tried it, and it worked like a new machine.
Do you have a complete nozzle check but some nozzle appear to fire off to one side?
This is usually due to
pet hair, dust bunnies or dryer lint clinging to the underside of the print head and as
the nozzles are firing the ink droplet hits the hair, diverting the flow
of ink to one side.