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Unclogging Epson 2200 inkheads

demetrius olivieri , May 21, 2008; 01:38 p.m.

I continually have to use the head cleaning function to clear the ink heads, does anyone know of a technique for cleaning them efficiently so I don't have to keep wasting ink.....


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Phillip Cheng , May 21, 2008; 01:50 p.m.

Try cleaning the printheads by removing them, and swabbing them with rubbing alcohol (witha lint free cloth, the fibers can clog the ports)

If that still doesn't work then you probably have bubbles in the print heads, in which you need to submerge just the heads into hot water (or alternatively water and soap if you're fancy).

You can find detailed instructions on the net through google. But its a fairly simple proccess.

If your printer has seperate print heads make sure you are cleaning the printhead only (it looks like a fancy circuit diagram). Don't try cleaning the tanks. If you refill, make sure you don't get bubbles the next time you refill.

Kory Gunnarsen , May 21, 2008; 02:07 p.m.

You can damage the heads very easily using any harsh chemicals like (like rubbing alchol or windex). I used to repair these printers and you should only use a specific solution. You can find a cheap version of it below. Try this place for how to clean your inkjet printer and its heads. It is very easy.


Kory Gunnarsen , May 21, 2008; 02:08 p.m.

Any questions just let me know. 1.800761.6623 Kory - Booksmart Studio

William Kahn , May 21, 2008; 02:31 p.m.

Question: Are you using Epson inks, or third party inks?

Ben Bangerter , May 21, 2008; 05:12 p.m.

Ten dollars an ounce for a head cleaning solution. Wow. That is $1280 a gallon. And I though gas was expensive! I have been using a mixture of equal parts isoproponal (rubbing alcohol), Windex ("original" - with ammonia) and distilled water on my Epson SP870 (dye ink) from time to time over the past eight years with no damage to the printer. I'm not sure how well this would work with pigment inks.

Kory Gunnarsen , May 21, 2008; 05:30 p.m.

The special head cleaning product is for professionals, you can unclog your printer head with acid if you want to. But this is the way it is done properly. You only need a few drops of the stuff. It is designed to penetrate the head and travel to where the clog is, not just dissolve like windex or alcohol will do. I have only purchased it once and fixed 20 or 30 printers so far. This is safe to use on a large format printer. If you spend $16,000 on a printer this is what the Epson or Canon repair man uses, they don't bust out a bottle of windex and start spraying.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..."

Charles Monday , May 21, 2008; 09:15 p.m.

The procedure I use to clear cloged heads on epsons is in This Photo.net post. Isopropyl Alochol is less than half as effective as either head cleaning fluid listed in the responces to your post. Windex is good for the exterior case of the printer only.

John Kelly , May 21, 2008; 11:12 p.m.

2200 is nothing like earlier or later Epsons. The only similarity is with its contemporaries, 3000 and 4000. In general clogging has to do with third party ink, rather than Epson OEM. Windex on the pad can help with third party problems but it's smarter to revert to OEM than to persist if you're getting clogs.

Anonymous Please , May 22, 2008; 12:23 p.m.

While I do not have direct experience with that model, I have spent a lot of time, (more than I want to really ;-) trying to unclog Epson printheads.

First I would suggest downloading purge.zip from http://inksupply.com/purging.cfm Unzip the file and find the tiff's that are specifically for only the color(s) that have clogged nozzle check pattern(s). Open the tiff(s) in Photoshop or a similar program and crop down the size (they start out as usually a full page 8.5x11) to a small rectangle like 3x5 or 4x6. Then print just that rectangle. It will fire ink only through the color that appears clogged. If it is air bubbles it will definitely clear it. If it is a bona fide clot it may take a few tries to melt it. If that does not do it and if you really want to keep the printer, get an empty refillable for the clogged color(s) and the refill syringe and a bottle of cleaning solution from inksupply.com or another company. Fill the empty cartridge(s) with cleaning solution. A small amount should work if it is not a horrendous clot. Put the cleaning cartridge in place and print the cropped or full purge image. It is like using pressurized clot buster. If that does not work, consider buying another brand of printer. That is what I am currently considering, because it is just too much work for my low print frequency.

Hope this helps. Please report success or failure to help the next victim :-)

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