4900 - small printhead problem

Started Feb 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kristian Rickert
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Re: 4900 - small printhead problem
In reply to jtoolman, Feb 9, 2013

I spoke with epson.

They said they no longer replace the units but have people repair them.  I'm getting some parts overnighted to me (thanks snowstorm nemo, it'll be awhile ).  They're just going to replace the entire thing and after complaining about wasted ink they'll give me a cartridge.

But I'll keep on printing then.  I'm just going to avoid printing the 17x50 inch prints I was thinking of doing.

jtoolman wrote:

drgas99 wrote:

Kristian Rickert wrote:

I have a 4900 and I'm printing the print pattern and noticed that the LLK has one block that doesn't seem to go away no matter now many times I do a cleaning (extreme and regular). Should I be worried?

I'm still under warranty, but if this isn't a big deal I'll just print for now and get it repaired.

The auto check says everything is clean though, it's just this one single block that happens when trying to clean the print head.

In my experience, there are several items that you may want to consider.

First, DO NOT WORRY about the one LLK block. It doesn't make a difference at all with your prints!

I spent a great deal of time, energy, ink, and money learning this lesson. The ENEMY of GOOD is BETTER!

Remember the story of President Garfield? He was shot but it wasn't fatal and didn't hit any vital organs. He would've most certainly survived. But doctors kept putting their fingers in the wound, probing for the bullet. As a result, he got infected and died.

However, it is not simply OK that part of a nozzle is blocked. Typically it will clear itself but it could get worse.

Well before your warranty ends, get it serviced so that it is perfect when you no longer have that insurance. Please also know that in my experience, the replacement units I have received also had problems. This is frustrating as it appeared I was trading one problem for another.

For now, do not try to correct a problem and "doesn't really exist."

Doesn't exist????

The 4900 is plagued with reported head failures that begin just like this!

Lucky the printer is still under warranty now and hopefully when more and more nozzles begin to fail, it still will be.

I hope it clears itself out as you say.

I own over 15 printers up to 17" capacity, sorry, but I would not touch the 4900 with a ten foot pole till the problem is fixed. Reminds me of the first X-Box massive failures.

Joe

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