Epson Printer – Print Head Nozzle Check and Cleaning



This post will help you check your Epson printer Print Head and how to Cleaning Epson printer Print Head.

If your printouts become too light, or you see dark or light bands across them, you may need to clean the print head nozzles. Cleaning uses ink, so clean the nozzles only if print quality declines.

You can check for clogged nozzles before you clean them so you don’t clean them unnecessarily.

How to check Print Head Nozzle and Cleaning Print Head

Note: You cannot clean the print head if the ink cartridge is expended, and may not be able to clean it when the cartridge is low. You must replace the cartridge first.

This is how to check Print Head Nozzle

You can print a nozzle check pattern to check for clogged nozzles.

You have two options to check Print head Nozzle: 1 using Printer Buttons and 2 Using a Computer Utility

Checking the Nozzles Using the Printer Buttons

You can check the print head nozzles using the buttons on your product.

– Make sure no product lights are indicating errors.

– Load a few sheets of plain paper in the product.

– Turn off the product.

– Hold down the cancel button as you press the power button to turn the product back on. Hold down both buttons until the power light begins to flash, then release the buttons

check the print head nozzles using the buttons on your product

– Check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines.

check printed pattern

– If there are no gaps, the print head is clean and you can continue printing with your Epson printer. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.

Checking the Nozzles Using a Computer Utility

You can check the print head nozzles using a utility on your Windows or Mac computer.

Step 1: Make sure no product lights are indicating errors.

Step 2: Load a few sheets of plain paper in the product.

Step 3: Do one of the following:

+ Windows: Right-click the product icon in the Windows taskbar.

+ Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8: In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax or Print & Scan, select your product, and select Options & Supplies. Select Utility and select Open Printer Utility.

+ Mac OS X 10.5: In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax, select your product, and select Open Print Queue. Select Utility.

Step 4: Select Nozzle Check. You see a window like this:

Nozzle Check Window

Step 5: Click Print.

Then check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines.

Step 6: If there are no gaps, click Finish. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.

How to cleaning Epson Printer Print Head

You can cleaning Epson Printer Print Head by using the Product Buttons and Computer Utility

This is how to cleaning Print Head Using the Printer Buttons

You can clean the print head using the buttons on your product.

– Make sure no product lights are indicating errors.

– Load a few sheets of plain paper in the product.

– Hold down the cancel button for 3 seconds until the power light flashes. The cleaning cycle starts.

clean print head by printer buttons

The power light flashes throughout the cleaning cycle and stays on when the cleaning cycle is finished.

Caution: Never turn off the printer during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.

– Run a nozzle check to confirm that the print head is clean.

If you don’t see any improvement after cleaning the print head up to 4 times, turn off the product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try cleaning the print head again. If quality still does not improve, the ink cartridge may be old or damaged and needs to be replaced.

Cleaning the Print Head Using a Computer Utility

You can clean the print head using a utility on your Windows or Mac computer.

– Make sure no product lights are indicating errors.

– Load a few sheets of plain paper in the product.

– Do one of the following:

+ Windows: Right-click the product icon in the Windows taskbar.

+ Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8: In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax or Print & Scan, select your product, and select Options & Supplies. Select Utility and select Open Printer Utility.

+ Mac OS X 10.5: In the Apple menu or the Dock, select System Preferences. Select Print & Fax, select your product, and select Open Print Queue. Select Utility.

– Select Head Cleaning. You see a window like this:

Select Head Cleaning

– Click Start to begin the cleaning cycle. The power light flashes throughout the cleaning cycle and stays on when the cleaning cycle is finished.

Caution: Never turn off the product during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.

– When the power light stops flashing and remains on, you can check to see if the nozzles are clean; click Print Nozzle Check Pattern and click Print.

– Check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines.

+ If there are no gaps, click Finish.

+ If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, click Clean to clean the print head again.

Note: If you don’t see any improvement after cleaning the print head up to 4 times, turn off the product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try cleaning the print head again. If quality still does not improve, the ink cartridge may be old or damaged and needs to be replaced.

Source: https://files.support.epson.com/htmldocs/wfm1030/wfm1030ug/source/printers/source/ink_functions/concepts/print_head_maintenance.html