HOW DO I CLEAN MY EPSON L1300 PRINTER?
The latest edition of Epson Printers (including Epson L1300) has a permanent printhead. The permanent printhead provides better printing quality and is more durable than a one-time used printhead. Nonetheless, the permanent printhead can become a headache, if it gets clogged. Commonly speaking, many Epson L1300 printer users will blame the poor print on third-party cartridges, ink quality, ink type switching, and more. If this problem erupts consistently, then it’s always better to take from Epson technical support team.
Best Time to clean the printhead of Epson L1300
- If your Epson L1300 is printing blank pages but your ink levels are normal then the problem lies in its printheads. There might be a possibility that some of the ink in the cartridges might have dried out completely. As a result, it can block up the printhead of your Epson L1300 printer and will not allow any ink to pass through onto the paper. For fixing these issues, it’s highly advisable to cleanse the printhead of your Epson L1300 printer.
- The other major sign is when your printouts are faded and your documents are blurry. In such cases, you might notice that the printed image is missing one colour overall. It is due to the CMYK cartridge not producing all of its dot work.
- It’s highly advisable to cleanse the printhead as little as possible as it consumes some amount of ink. You should clean the printhead if the print quality has declined considerably and is noticeable.
- The users of the Epson L1300 printer can clean the printhead manually or from their printer or computer. Before proceeding further, you are advised to perform a nozzle check to make sure that your printhead requires cleaning, as it will also save ink.
Methods of cleaning Printhead of Epson L1300 Printer
Before opening up your unit and cleaning it manually, it’s highly advisable to check the nozzles of your Epson L1300 printer and run cleaning cycles using the menu on your printer. Now, let’s discuss various methods of cleaning the Printhead of the Epson L1300 Printer in detail: –
- Printhead Cleaning Cycles– Your Epson L1300 Printer features a well-organized cleaning cycle that will generally clear out the nozzles in one or two cycles. Do follow these steps: –
- Before proceeding further, do ensure that your Epson L1300 Printer isn’t showing any errors on the LCD screen.
- Now, you should press the Home button and then select “Setup” and then select “Maintenance.”
- Next, you should select “Printhead Nozzle Check “
- Thereafter, your Epson L1300 Printer will produce a page with a four-colored grid, which is designed to explain which nozzles are blocked and which are not
- If there are no gaps present then do select Done
- If there are gaps or some lines are faint then do select “Clean the printhead” and continue.
- The users should note that they should never turn off their Epson L1300 Printer, during a cleaning cycle, or else your unit can be damaged permanently.
- After running 2 or 3 cycles with no great improvement in print quality, you should allow your Epson L1300 Printer to rest for several hours (around 6 to 7 Hours), as recommended by Epson printer support.
- After this step, do perform a cleaning cycle again, and check the print quality. If the problem persists do contact Epson printer support.
- If your Epson L1300 Printer is out of warranty period then you can manually clean the integral pieces to clear out the stubborn ink clogs.
- Using Clean Sponges with Distilled Water- It is one of the easiest and most preferred methods of cleaning the printhead. Do follow these steps: –
- You should turn off your Epson L1300 Printer and then open the top.
- After opening up the top, you should be able to see the printhead assembly.
- Now, you should look for a small plastic lever that will pop up when the printer is not printing, to the left of the assembly.
- You should move it forward and down to release the printhead and then push the assembly to the right.
- It may only move an inch or less initially, but when you push it to a stop, it will click.
- This will fully release the assembly so that you can push it to the side.
- If there is no lever next to your printhead assembly, then you should print a page with the top up and then unplug the printer with the assembly in the center, unlocked.
- Now, you will be seeing the sponges, which store ink from the cartridges in the carriage.
- You should use an eyedropper or plastic syringe, and saturate the sponges with distilled water or Windex solution.
- Now, you should move the assembly back over the sponges as far right as it will go.
- You should let the distilled water set for at least 15 minutes. For better outcomes, you should consider letting the printer soak overnight.
- Next, you should try to print 6 to 8 pages dense with text and images until your prints are clean and crisp.
- If still, you are not getting good results then move on to the next step in cleaning your printhead.
- Using Distilled Water in Ink Pot- Do follow these steps: –
- Firstly, you should remove the ink cartridges from your printhead carriage.
- After removing the ink cartridges, you will be viewing small cone-shaped indents which take the ink from the cartridge to the printhead. These are basically the ink ports, and there should be one for each color/black cartridge.
- You should use an eye dropper or plastic syringe, and then put a couple of drops of distilled water or printhead cleaner into the ink port that may be plugged. You are advised not to put cleaner into all of the ports.
- In case, if you are not sure, which color is which, then look at the bottom of the ink port for color residue.
- Generally, yellow is the color on the far right, and going left it’s magenta, cyan, and, finally, black on the far left.
- Now, you should replace ink cartridges and then wait for the printer to set up the new cartridge. If any water or solution is dripping from the printhead, then you should wipe it up with a paper towel before proceeding.
- Finally, you should print 6 to 8 pages of text and images to test the clarity of the printing.
- If not satisfied, then do follow the next method.
- Cleaning the Printhead with Paper Towels- For this cleaning method, do follow these steps: –
- Firstly, you should turn your Epson L1300 Printer off.
- Now, you should tear a single sheet of paper towel in half and then fold it lengthwise until it is about one-half inch wide.
- Next, you should open the top of your printer and then look for a rubber roller that transports paper through the feed system. It is through this feed system the printhead runs over when printing.
- Thereafter, you should secure the paper towel to the roller with tape and apply several drops of distilled water or cleaner near the middle of the towel.
- Now, you should move the printhead assembly over the paper towel and let it rest for at least fifteen minutes.
- Next, you should allow time for the dried ink on the printhead to begin to dissolve.
- In due course of time, you will see a collection of black ink on the paper towel. It’s basically a combination of all colors into one pool.
- You should repeat with fresh damp paper towels until you start to see individual colors from each ink port.
- You are advised to repeat the process several times to see good results.
- Now, you will want to turn your printer back on work.
- Before you make it happen, you should ensure that the printhead assembly has returned to its ready position, rather than resting in the center.
- Finally, you should print several pages to ensure that each of the ports is cleared.
- Using a Printhead Cleaning Kit Method– This method is mainly used to flush out the dried ink from the printhead of the printer. Do follow these steps: –
- Firstly, it’s important that you should have a Printhead Cleaning Kit, which will have all the desired materials for this process.
- Now, you should power on your Epson L1300 Printer and then print a test page,
- Next, you should unplug your printer in the middle so that the printheads are in position for cleaning.
- Thereafter, you should remove the ink cartridges, and then wrap them in a cling wrap so that they don’t dry up easily. Do set them aside for a few minutes.
- Now, you should tear a single sheet of paper towel in half and fold it lengthwise until it is about one-half inch wide and place it beneath the printheads.
- Next, you should position the printheads in the middle of the printer.
- Now, you should fill a syringe from your printhead cleaning kit with the cleaning solution and then connect a rubber tube to the tip of the syringe.
- Next, you should connect the other end of the rubber tube to one of the printhead’s ports.
- If the printer uses four cartridges, then there will be four ports to connect to and flush out.
- Now, you should slowly pump the cleaning solution through the ink port until your see liquid on the paper towel.
- You should always remember to flush out the ink from all cartridge ports.
- After the completion of this step, you should reinstall all the cartridges and then restart your Epson L1300 printer.
- Next, do print a couple of test pages
- Do check their print quality
If you are not satisfied with the results, do contact Epson printer
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