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How To Recognize Clogged Heads In A Printer

2011-08-02

Printers are still highly in use in homes and businesses across the country and around the world. They are practical and can manage a number of different jobs, especially nowadays with the multitasking abilities that most printers come with. But printers can only perform their job well if they are maintained properly and taken care of the right way. Even if you take measures to ensure that your printer has the newest ink cartridges and that it stays in use as much as it can, problems are bound to arise. All equipment will go through some type of slowdown because of one problem or another. In printers, clogged heads seem to be one of the most common problems that could turn into a long-term nuisance. It's important to be able to recognize when the printer heads of a printer are clogged so that you can take measures to fix the issue and get your printer back up and running.

One of the first ways you can tell that you have clogged heads is during the printing process. If you notice that the colors aren't printing as vibrantly, and this even includes black, this could be a sign that your printer heads are clogged. Typically, either the printed pages will be smudged, or in most cases, they will be very light and difficult to read. Try printing out a couple of test prints, because sometimes it's just a matter of the printer not having been used in a few days. If it still comes out distorted, then the printer head is clogged and needs to be fixed. What tends to happen is that if the printer isn't used for a while, the ink will sometimes dry up, depending on the printer ink cartridge you purchased. The amount of time varies and is not the same across printer cartridges.

If your printer isn't printing anything at all, this could be a sign that either your printer is out of ink, or the printer head is clogged. Check to make sure there is still a fair amount of ink left and then try to reprint. If nothing continues to be printed, that means the heads have been clogged by dry ink. If you have a disposable head, which means you buy printer cartridges, lift up one of the cartridges and inspect the bottoms of them. You'll notice right away if there is dry ink there, which means you'll have to buy a new cartridge. If you have a permanent head, then you can run a printer clean directly from your printer to see if that will clear up the problem of dry and clogged heads.

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