How to Maintain an Inkjet Printers

By an eHow Contributor

Just like any other computer peripheral, you’ll want to perform some routine maintenance operations on your inkjet printer to maintain print quality and prolong its life. Here are a few quick measures to take to help maintain an inkjet printer.

Difficulty:

 Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

  • Inkjet printer
    • Replace ink tanks. Your computer will let you know when you are running low on ink. Keep printing as normal, but have a spare tank on hand for the corresponding color. Wait until the tank is empty before you replace the tank.
    • Check nozzles. This can be done by running a self-test (see manual) or through your computer.

      For Windows, click Start | Control Panel | Printers and then right click your printer and select properties. Select the maintenance tab and choose nozzle test.

      For Macintosh, from any program that prints select File | Page Setup then click “Utilities” and select “Test print” from the drop down menu. Click “Nozzle Test.” On the test page, look for unevenness in color or missing lines. These indicate that the print heads need cleaning or alignment.

    • Clean print heads. Access the printer maintenance page as in step 2 and select the “Cleaning” option.

    • Align print heads. Access the printer maintenance page and select the option for “Print head alignment.”

    • Manually clean the printer. Make sure the printer is unplugged. Open the printer and use a dry lint-free cloth to gently wipe away any accumulated dust or stray drops of ink.

    • Update drivers. If your printer is a bit older than your computer you may need to check for driver updates or patches. Visit the manufacturer’s Web site and look on the tech support page for any relevant downloads.

    • Clear paper jams. It should be obvious if you have a paper jam (your printer won’t print). Always refer to the manual for the safest method of clearing jams. In general, be gentle and access the areas easily reachable by lifting a cover or removing a panel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you install the correct cartridges–write down your model number and ask for help at the store.
  • All operations require the printer to be properly loaded with paper.
  • Always check the manual for specific maintenance instructions.
  • Never use solvents or cleaners while wiping down the printer.
  • Print head cleaning and alignment takes a lot of ink, so only do it when necessary.

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