How to unclog the head of an inkjet printer?

Inkjet printers are extremely popular because they are affordable and because of its print quality but we know how frustrating it can be for the average user to revive a printer these when problems begin to emerge, especially when they do not have the knowledge, patience and the way to handle machines.

However, when it is a little persistent, motivated to solve situations and you have nothing to lose, everything is possible.


What to do when an inkjet printer is printing problems?

For good maintenance of this equipment, and incredible as it may seem, its frequent use is necessary.
It is their use on a regular basis that will prevent clogging of the print head because this is the Achilles heel of these printers and the longer spend more compounds the problem.
If a careless or infrequent user then will have problems. If not using the ink dry on the inside and blocks.
When this happens, and in many cases, the use of cleaning feature is enough to desocluir and solve the problem but be prepared for the process will consume a considerable amount of ink.

And when the software for cleaning is not enough?


How to unclog the head of an inkjet printer?

This is exactly the method that we will address here, because in severe cases the aid of a cleaning solution is necessary, syringe and a catheter (thin tube) as the holes of the head ink channels to inject the liquid directly, or depending on the case, let the liquid drain tube itself for a few hours.
This requires a little patience and preparedness to prevent and perform certain tasks in order to get the results you want.
Any cleaning means therefore prevents dirt itself.


Buy a solution or make it?

Exist in the market own cleaning solutions for head cleaning, however, you can make your own solution with distilled water.
Although there advice on the Internet in order to use with liquid ammonia are not recommended since the heads are composed of metals particularly copper and cause potential corrosion or oxidation of the metal not good for the machine.
Even very dilute do not believe that is 100% safe and based on this knowledge we strongly recommend the use of pure distilled water, white vinegar or a mixture of both.


Materials needed

- Syringe
- Cleaning solution or distilled water and white vinegar
- Disposable gloves
- Probe as the holes (thin tube used in surgery sold in pharmacies)
- Preferably wipes microfibre or alternatively paper towels because this operation will only serve to absorb the excess liquid injected so do not infiltrate the machine mechanisms.


Following steps:

1- Remove the print cartridges and unplug the printer.

2- Avoid the head to the rest position, there are printers that can remove the head which facilitates the task.

3- Place paper folded kitchen with some folds beneath the print head

4- Cut probe having 6 to 10 cm

5- Place the tube on the syringe tip with a little longer solution inside and insert the tip of the tube into the hole and start to inject slightly, can also do the opposite direction to the suction effect.

6- Write Step 5 for each of the color channels. Can inject or let it drip alone for a few minutes or hours depending on the severity of the problem so that it can undo all the paint dries.

7- Let the paper soak up all the liquid was introduced. Initial impressions will not do well so make several prints.


Should not do this operation if your printer is covered by warranty, in this case, you should contact the customer support service of the first manufacturer.
If you have already passed the warranty period this tutorial applies to you because the goal is to help recover a printer with printing problems.

If you do not feel comfortable with this operation does not. This is the procedure usually done by professionals but due to subjective interpretations can be mishandled and cause situations that are not covered by the scope of this article, therefore we disclaim any responsibility.


We hope, however, have contributed in a positive way for your savings.


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