clogged printer heads

How can I unclog my printer head?

A Printer Head

Episode 1676

Steve from San Clemente, California

Steve has an Epson all in one printer, and recently it's started to print lighter and lighter, making it steadily unreadable. Leo says that the heads are clogged, preventing ink from getting through the head to the page. He cleaned the heads with a video he saw on YouTube, and now it won't print at all. Leo says that printers are always being problematic. He recommends calling Epson and see if there's a replacement head assembly. It may be cheaper than buying a new printer.  The problem with all inkjets is that if they aren't used regularly, the ink in the heads dry and clog.

Can I Clean an Old Inkjet Printer?

NX510 

Episode 1630

Don from Culver City, CA

Don has an old Epson NX510 printer that he hasn't used in a long time. The ink cartridges are now really expensive. Is it worth trying to get new cartridges? Leo says that many models replace the print head when users get a new cartridge. So it's worth a try. But it's also worth running the unclogging utility and cleaning the print heads. Users really need to print once a week in order to keep the inkjet healthy. If users rarely print, a laser printer is better. 

Why is the image quality so bad on my Epson inkjet?

Expression Home XP-340 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

Episode 1502

Robert from Bakersfield, CA

Robert has an Epson printer and the print quality isn't good. Leo says that inkjet printers need to be used a lot in order to keep the nozels clean. Ink can dry and it can clog. He can run the cleaning utility several times to clear out the clog. The downside is that it uses a lot ink. But it's the only way to get it back to printing good prints. If he only uses a printer occasionally, a laser printer is a much better option.

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