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How to Fix Printer Ink Problems

The ink problems with the printer happen due to improper usage of ink cartridges. It is recommended to use genuine ink cartridges to avoid ink issues. You can purchase the genuine cartridges from the manufacturer’s store. The issue may also happen due to incorrect functioning of print heads. Find simple and quick solutions in the following topics to fix the ink problems with your printer. You can also call our techies and get instant solutions to solve the ink issues.

Quick solutions on how to fix printer ink problems.

  1. Check for ink clogs on the cartridge and clean it.
  2. Verify the manufactured date of the cartridge.
  3. Ensure that the ink cartridge suits the model of your printer.
  4. Replace the cartridges with a new genuine set if damaged.
  5. Make sure that the plastic stickers are removed from the cartridges before inserting them into their slots.
  6. Clean the printhead using a lint-free cloth dampened in distilled water.
  7. Reinstall the cartridges into the printer.
  8. Reset your printer.
how to fix printer ink problems

Detailed solutions to fix printer ink problems.

  • Open the cartridge access cover of your printer.
    open cartridge access door
  • Take the cartridges from the printer.
    take the cartridge
  • Verify for ink clogs or damage on the cartridge.
  • Clean the cartridge if there are any ink clogs.
  • Take a lint-free cloth or cotton swab and dip it in distilled water or glass cleaner.
    clean the cartridge
  • Take the cloth from the water and squeeze it.
  • Wipe the ink clogs on the cartridge by using the cloth.
    do not touch ink nozzles
  • Leave the cartridge to dry.
  • Insert the cartridge into its slot.
  • Make sure that the cartridges are installed into the corresponding slots.
  • Replace the ink cartridges with a new set if damaged.
  • Go through the guidelines for replacing the cartridge.
  • Take a new ink cartridge and unpack it.
  • Peel off the wrappers on the cartridge.
  • Remove the protective component on the cartridge.
  • The ink nozzles or copper colored contacts of the cartridge should not be touched.
  • Handle the cartridge by touching its black colored plastic.
    insert ink cartridge
  • Insert the cartridge into the respective slot.

Note: Make sure that the cartridge is compatible with the printer.

  • Check if the ink error is solved.
  • Continue with the upcoming solutions if the ink problem persists.
  • Following steps provide the procedure to clean the print head or cartridge using a related option on a Windows system.
  • Connect your machine and computer either by using a wired or wireless connection.
  • Click the Start or Windows icon on your computer’s display.
    click-the-start-or-windows-icon
  • Type Devices & Printers in the search field and select it in the result.
    select-devices-and-printer-option
  • Right-click on the name of your machine and select the Properties option.
  • Go to the Hardware or Maintenance tab.
  • Find the option related to clean the print head or cartridge and click on it.
  • Go through the instructions and complete the cleaning process.
  • Go through the upcoming steps to clean the print head or cartridge by using a suitable option on a Mac device.
  • Click the Apple logo on the display of your Mac computer or laptop.
    select-system-preference-option
  • Select the System Preferences option.
  • Find Printers & Scanners and click on it.
    find-printer-scanner-button
  • Choose your printer name at the left panel on the computer’s display.
  • Click Options & Supplies present in the middle of the Printers & Scanners window.
    click-option-and-supplies-button
  • Go to the Utility tab and click Open Printer Utility.
  • Select the Cleaning option.
  • Follow the instructions and complete cleaning the print head or cartridge of your printer.