Inkjet Printer Repair Tips

Posted by Richerd Wilson | Posted in , , | Posted on 3:18 AM

How to Repair Inkjet Printer

The following are some inkjet printer repair tips and steps, based on certain problems related to the printer.

Printed Output Quality
When a printed page looks nothing like what you imagined, it's time to check under the printer's hood. Print quality problems that you could face include:

    Lighter print color in images, white lines or spots are present
    Spots or deep blotches of color in certain areas
    Lines are not straight and seem jagged
    Poor color quality, sometimes too dark or too bright colors are produced
    Certain colors are missing

Most image or print quality issues are to do with the cartridge, especially in the case of color printouts. The color will fluctuate in tones, your pictures might end up more blue than normal etc all signs that the cartridge is running low. So you may have to replace the entire cartridge or if allowed, just specific ink wells.

☛ Power on the printer and lift the top cover, then wait for the mechanical arm to bring the cartridges to the front. Very gently, with minimal force, tilt the cartridge forward and lift it out. Keep it aside.

☛ Using a lightly-dampened cloth, clean the cartridge carrier or print head carrier, where the cartridge were held. Remove ink pools and residue as well as dust. Clean the print head mechanism with a cotton swab or even a earbud.

☛ Now check the cartridges by shaking them. If you can hear ink sloshing around within, the cartridge is good for use. Else you need to use a new cartridge. Be very gentle through this entire process, do not rub any of the internal parts with force.

☛ Cleaning the print head helps with line alignment issues, but sometimes the printer head itself is misaligned. There is a line alignment utility located in your printer software, run the tool to help with this issue.

☛ Printing at a lower quality-setting can help resolve color issues as well. Some printer quality issues can have nothing to do with the printer and all to do with the printout settings that you have specified. When testing for such defects, use the "print test page" option from your computer or if present on the printer.

Failure to Communicate
Sometimes your printer just will not turn on. Or a little orange or red light will blink at you. Such attitude means the printer and the computer are having a tiff, it's up to you to bring them together. Steps to follow:

☛ Are they physically connected? Check the power supply from the printer to the outlet. Disconnect connections, reconnect them and make sure they are tight. Try using a different power source. Turn off both the PC and the printer and leave them alone for some time.

☛ A message on your PC says "Printer not recognized" or "Printer not responding". Now this is usually a driver issue. The firmware on the printer has either become old or gone bad and needs to be updated. In case of connecting to a new PC or operating system, the driver is incompatible. To confirm, check out the Device Manager, you may see Other Devices, under which your printer's name is listed, with a yellow "?" or "!" mark. Time to head over to the manufacturer's site and download the latest driver, then update the printer. Check for error codes or messages and refer to your printer's manual for a solution.


Comments (2)

Salamat sa pag post (thank you for posting). My problem is that my printer doesn't have any power. Do you have any remedy about it? Or should I consult Printer Service Pittsburgh and let them check it?

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