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When The Best Time Is To Replace A Printer Ink Cartridge


If you just replaced your printer ink and attempted to print, but found your paper blank, it could be that your printer's head is congested. The print head inside your printer has tiny holes in it which allow ink to flow from the cartridge onto the paper. If the holes get clogged, then it could cause some major problems for you - you may end up having to replace your printer. If your printer ink runs out completely before you replace the cartridge, you run the risk of ink drying up inside the head holes. Take care to replace cartridges before the ink completely runs out.

Most printer manufacturers recommend replacing cartridges when your computer or printer indicates that ink is low. This is an especially agreeable recommendation if your printer is under warranty; if something bad happens, the company won't blame you for the problem and refuse to service or replace your printer. Even if your printer isn't under warranty and you are a cautious person, then you also probably will want to take heed of this recommendation.

If you are less cautious, and you want to extend the usefulness of your ink cartridge, beyond when your computer indicates that the printer is low on ink, do not immediately replace it. However, you should begin to monitor the ink level. On some printer models the cartridge is transparent, thus it is easy to monitor the ink levels visually by simply lifting up the cover and taking note. When there is just a paper-thin layer of ink left inside the cartridge, it should be replaced. For models with opaque cartridges, you can wait to change them when the quality of the printed output becomes faded. If you don't need professional or high quality output, then you can continue to print even after the quality begins to fade. However, when it gets to this point, it's good to have new cartridges on hand and to replace them immediately when the printer begins to print sporadically.

When you are manually monitoring your ink levels, you will have to override your computer's or printer's messages for the cartridges to be replaced. To do this on some printer models, simply open and close the cover, then press the "resume/cancel" button on the machine. On other models, a sensor may be covered up with a small piece of opaque tape. Still on other models, you may need to restart the printer.

Whatever route you choose to take - replace cartridges when the manufacturer recommends, or replace them manually - you will always want to replace them before they completely run out of printer ink.

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