Thursday, March 7, 2013

Repairing / Refilling Nearly Filled to Full Ink Cartridge Not Printing

How to fix an ink cartridge with ink still in it that won't print with printer:

1) Obviously, you should first check to determine if the printer settings and/or computer configuration is correct. You obviously don't want to go through with cleaning the print heads and nozzle if it is simply a software or printer setting issue. You may also need to determine whether the cartridge still has ink in it. If it is one given to you or found and is not working, you should proceed to step 2. However, if you started to notice that the ink has been getting lower and lower and eventually started to all but completely fade out, chances are that the ink is gone. For the fun of it, you may wish to test to see if more ink will come out using the following measures, but you should, at this point, proceed with buying a new cartridge or refill.

2) Try to running hot water over the cartridge printing head and nozzle, with the flow parallel to the printing head so as to avoid excessive water intake into the case.

3) If after several failed attempts at manually and electronically (via printer self-cleaning functions) cleaning the print heads and nozzle, your best bet is to try this little something that worked for me: Use clear hockey tape to reseal the cartridge like when you first bought it and let it sit for a few weeks. Additionally, add back the plastic cap that fits around the side of the cartridge. It should lock onto the side, putting pressure and seal on the print head. This pressure along with the plastic tape I believe eventually lead to the ink flowing again.

As such, going about this procedure got the ink to start flowing again from an ink cartridge I thought was empty and is now printing nicely again. Considering the price for a good/official ink cartridge such as the one I had (an official HP one), I'd say this is quite the dollar saving tip of the day. I've now applied the piece of hockey tape to the another black ink cartridge and hopefully that one will start running too. 

Best of luck everybody!!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment!!!!

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