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How Printer Ink Tests Eliminate Clogging And Smearing

2010-08-09

Like any piece of equipment, proper maintenance and care for a printer will help extend its productive lifetime and improve its performance. Just as a car needs regular service, a printer requires periodic check ups to ensure that it continues to run properly and to prevent it from becoming damaged by extended use. There are various tests and functions that can be done to ensure your printer is in top working order. Ink tests can be performed to verify that enough printer ink remains in the cartridges and cleaning or maintenance programs can be run to help clean out the print head and nozzles.

It is important to keep a fresh printer ink cartridge in your printer at all times. If an empty cartridge is left sitting in a printer for an extended period of time, the ink residue can dry out and damage or clog the print head and print nozzles which can cause streaking. Large clogs can sometimes stop any ink from getting through and prevent the printer from working at all. By running ink tests and checking the ink levels regularly, you can anticipate when you need to replace or refill the cartridges.

If a printer is only used periodically, and the print cartridges are left idle for a long period of time, clots can form in the print nozzle causing streaking on printed documents. When an unused cartridge sits for an extended period of time, the ink begins to dry out and clots can form in the print head and nozzle. To prevent the ink from drying, ink tests can be run periodically. By running a printer test, all of the cartridges are tested. This keeps ink flowing through the cartridges properly on a regular basis which will ensure proper performance.

There are a couple different ways to run a basic ink test. First, you can access the printer properties via your computer operating system. Depending on the manufacturer and model of the printer you have, the maintenance menu generally lists different ink tests and cleaning functions available for your equipment. General printer ink tests are available to check for clogged nozzles and most printers have a basic or advanced self cleaning option. Another way to print a test page is to access the printer test option directly on the printer. Directions for this vary depending on the model of the printer, so be sure to check your manual for specific instructions.

By running periodic ink tests and cleaning functions, you can help improve the quality and performance of your printer and help keep your documents free of streaks and smearing throughout the lifetime of your printer.

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