asked Apr 21, 2005 at 10:41am
Epson Epson Artisan 700

Epson Photo 700 not printing after being tipped

In setting up a new computer, I moved my Epson Stylus Photo 700 and confess I left it sitting tipped forward for a while. Before this, it was printing great; after, it acted like the ink was clogged in the nozzles. Now, nothing prints on nozzle tests except the black ink and that pattern is missing a small part. How can tipping it have resulted in the ink clogging? I will order the unclogging fluid and use, but I don't understand what happened. Also, do I need to get new cartridges?
If you tipped the printer ink has become dispersed into cartridges sponges. You should leave it rest for a night and then perform an head cleaning cycle, it should solve your problem.

If it doesn't work try with the head cleaning solution.
by newuser on Apr 21, 2005 at 11:11am Add comment
Nadine: I doubt having your printer "sitting tipped forward" had that much to do with the actual print head clogging. However, its always possible, especially if the printers print head assembly was not locked at its home position, at the far right side of your printer. That assembly is fully seated and locked into its home position, when you turn the printer off, using its On/Off Switch. If you turned the printer off, using the power switch on your Surge Protector/Power Strip, that will cause possible damage and possible clogging with the print head assembly. Thats because that assembly is exposed to the direct air, instead of being seated and locked over the felt cap assembly, where its protected. If you powered off your printer using its on/off switch, then its possible that leaving it sitting "for a while", may have caused your printers clogging problem. Epson printers need to be used often and when they set not being used, the ink inside the tiny nozzles in the print head can dry out and that causes clogging problems. At any rate, about all you can do is try running sets of "Print Head Cleaning Cycles" & "Nozzle Tests" and see if that helps to get those nozzles to open up and start printing again. You may have to run up to 6 sets of "Printhead Cleaning Cycles" and "Nozzle Tests", to actually be able to get the ink to start flowing correctly again. Remember to run a nozzle test after every cleaning cycle ran. The nozzle test is used as a point of reference for the next cleaning cycle ran. Unfortunatly, running a lot of print head cleaning cycles and nozzle tests can use up the ink inside the cartridges, but you may not have a choice at this point. On some models, you could install a new ink cartridge and run between 10-15 cleaning cycles and tests and its possible to empty the new cartridge. If after running 6 sets of those tests, your printer is not printing correctly, then its probably do to a bad clog and most clogs have to be dissolved from the inside of the print head assembly. You might want to try using the "Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution", available through fixyourownprinter.com, at http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kits/epson . However, that solution will only help, if there is an actual clogged print head assembly. When it opens, click-on "Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution" thats listed for your particular printer. The epson solution sells for around $10.00 plus shipping. It includes a syringe and some epson print head cleaning solution, which is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you were using epson inks. This is the same chemical used by epson in their service department. You can try it if you want to and see if you can get the print head nozzles to open up again. That solution was basically designed by epson company for use on their older models of ink jet printers, but people have been using it on the newer models, with success reported. IF YOU DECIDE TO, TRY THE "EPSON STYLUS HEAD CLEANING SOLUTION", JUST REMEMBER: The nozzles inside the print head assembly can be easily damaged by using to much force on the plunger of the syringe. Damage can even occur when you are using the epson stylus head cleaning solution method, if you actually try to force the fluid thru the nozzle. To much force/pressure can damage the little tubes inside the nozzle assembly and then it will never work again. One individual print head nozzle is so tiny, that it will not accept a human hair. You can see why they can get clogged so easily, or even why the nozzles can be so easily damaged. The correct method is to use the syringe to add the fluid into the nozzle and then leave the fluids set inside the nozzle for a day or two, to try and dissolve a possible bad clog. If you remove the Top Cover Assembly, then you can leave the print head assembly parked in its normal home position, at the far right side. Then any ink & fluids that are purged during the cleaning, will normally travel thru the cleaning station hoses, to the waste ink pads. If you have the "Print Cartridge Holder Assembly", positioned away from the home position, then you will need to slide strips of paper towels or coffee filters under that assembly, to soak up any expelled ink and fluids, or it can get all over. Sometimes you might have to use the fluids several times to be able to dissolve the clog in the print head nozzles. Sometimes the clog will never dissolve, or it actually damages the nozzles. The longer the clog has been in, the worse it is to remove. Again, if the cleaning fluids don't help, then its generally time to invest in a new printer. In some more expensive printers, you may want to get an estimate to replace the print head assembly, but as a general rule, its not really economical to do in the smaller epson ink jet style printers. You can generally buy a new small printer cheaper than you can have your old one repaired for. EXAMPLE: The print head assembly in the "C80" Printer sells for around $120 to $130. There is a REVIEW of the "Print Head Cleaning Solution", as well as general "Print Head Cleaning Instructions", that is available to view at http://www.inkjetprinterhelp.us/EKR.html ...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Apr 21, 2005 at 12:24pm Add comment